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What is the future for movie studio-themed parks?

What is the future for movie studio-themed parks?

May 2, 2016, 11:54 AM · If you haven't visited Universal Studios Hollywood in a few years, prepare for a surprise. The haphazard collection of lightly decorated upper lot attractions is gone — replaced by a richly-detailed collection of themed areas.

This transformation didn't happen because some studio executives felt like changing things up to make the park look more like Disneyland. Across the theme park industry, studio themed parks have been changing their focus from behind-the-scenes looks at movie production to building themed environments that put visitors into the action. The trend is away from deconstructing the movie to reconstructing them. But why? Keep reading...

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Disney offers its ultimate location for a fairy tale dream wedding

April 30, 2016, 6:15 PM · If a dream is a wish your heart makes, a wedding is a production that can break the bank. But for dreamers for whom having money is never a problem, Disney is offering its ultimate location for their fairy-tale wedding.

Now you can book your wedding on the hub in front of Cinderella Castle in the Magic Kingdom. Walt Disney World long has offered on-property weddings for couples looking to tie the knot Disney-style, but its most iconic location remained off limits to wedding ceremonies. Until now. Keep reading...

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Goodbye, Earffel Tower

April 29, 2016, 10:05 AM · The Walt Disney World Resort last night finished the task it'd previously said it would do... and tore down the Earffel Tower. If that "punny" name doesn't sound familiar, the sight surely looked familiar to millions of Disney fans. It was the water tower with Mickey ears that stood next to Disney's Hollywood Studios theme park.

The tower went away as part of Disney's ongoing transformation of the studios theme park. However, two more Disney water towers remain. Where are they? Let's take a look. Keep reading...

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Legoland reinvents interactive gameplay with Ninjago The Ride

April 28, 2016, 4:47 PM · Themed to Lego's popular Ninja franchise, Ninjago The Ride challenges visitors to train to become ninjas by learning "Spinjitzu." The first time I walked through the dojo queue to sit in my ride vehicle, I caught myself reaching for a gun that wasn't there. Instead of using a controller to shoot at targets, on Ninjago, you use your hands like a ninja — to launch a variety of blasts at your enemies.

We've got our full review, after the jump. Keep reading...

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