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The Jungle Book: Alive with Magic opens to mediocre reviews

The Jungle Book: Alive with Magic opens to mediocre reviews

May 28, 2016, 3:05 PM · Walt Disney World last night premiered the new nighttime show at Disney's Animal Kingdom, "The Jungle Book: Alive with Magic." The show is playing on the Discovery River this summer as a last-moment replacement for the planning "Rivers of Light," which Disney managers deemed not ready for its previously announced debut last month.

The TL;DR seems to be this: If you're going to enjoy the expanded night hours at Disney's Animal Kingdom (and you should!), be sure to see the new Tree of Life show... and don't worry if you end up missing Jungle Book show to catch an extra ride on the Safaris or Expedition Everest. Keep reading...

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Frozen - Live at the Hyperion opens at Disney California Adventure

May 27, 2016, 9:24 AM · This afternoon, Disneyland opened new Broadway-style musical, Frozen - Live at the Hyperion. Taking the place of its long-running Aladdin musical, this "Frozen" retells the story from Disney's Academy Award-winning animated hit, under the direction of Liesl Tommy, who most recently directed Lupita Nyong’o in "Eclipsed" on Broadway. Fans rushed Hollywood Land when the park opened at 8am today, snapping up Fastpasses for the day's three performances, which were gone around 9am. Here are our video highlights:

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Theme park attendance shows the power of Disney's Magic Your Way

May 26, 2016, 11:03 AM · The Walt Disney World theme parks continued to post strong attendance gains in 2015, even as Disney continued to raise prices in the absence of major new attractions at the resort, according to yesterday's 2015 TEA/AECOM Theme Index and Museum Index. If you're wondering how Disney managed to pull off that feat, you need to look back not to 2015... but to 10 years earlier.

Walt Disney World's introduction of the Magic Your Way ticket system in 2005 paved the way for a decade in consistent attendance gains at the Walt Disney World Resort, allowing Disney to take visitors from its Orlando rivals while protecting the resort from one of the biggest economic downturns in recent history. Keep reading...

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Magic Kingdom tops 20 million in 2015 theme park attendance report

May 25, 2016, 8:42 AM · The theme park industry's annual attendance report is out, and Disney and Universal theme parks continue to dominate. Attendance grew five percent overall at the world's top 25 theme parks, led by massive surges to theme parks in China, according to the 2015 TEA/AECOM Theme Index and Museum Index. [PDF file]

Among parks well known to western fans, the Universal Studios theme parks in Japan and Florida posted the largest gains in attendance last year. And Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom continued as the world's most popular theme park, topping the 20 million mark in annual attendance. Keep reading...

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