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What's next for interactive attractions at Disney and Universal?

What's next for interactive attractions at Disney and Universal?

August 29, 2016, 2:54 PM · Top theme parks are working on some neat technology that will help make their new attractions into custom, more personal experiences. Fans have gotten used to having interactive experiences when they visit the Disney and Universal theme parks, but the stuff designers are working on now will take that interaction to a new level — one that could help make a theme park visit seem as responsive and engaging as a video game come to life. Let's take a look at some of their patent applications. Keep reading...

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Disneyland announces Frightfully Fun Parade for Mickey's Halloween Party

August 29, 2016, 10:44 AM · Disneyland might have raised prices up to $15 for its Mickey's Halloween Party this year, but the park's upgrading its entertainment for the event, as well. The resort announced today that its after-hours, hard-ticket Halloween event will include a new parade — the Frightfully Fun Parade.

The new Halloween parade means that Disneyland fans who buy a party ticket in addition to regular tickets or an annual pass will be able to see four different nighttime parades at the park over the next few months: this new production, the Christmas Fantasy parade, Paint the Night, and starting in 2017, the return of the Main Street Electrical Parade. Keep reading...

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Are Disney's theme park annual passes a good deal?

August 28, 2016, 9:05 PM · Both the Walt Disney World and Disneyland Resorts have been raising their annual pass prices aggressively over the past few years, especially so at Disneyland, where a no-blockout annual pass now costs more than $1,000 a year. For many fans, even the higher prices aren't too much to pay, as they continue to flock to the parks. But some are saying, "enough."

We're getting to the point in the year when Disney typically announces its annual pass prices for the next year. Is Disney providing enough value for you to renew (or consider) an annual pass? And if not, what do you need to see from the company to consider buying one? Keep reading...

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The 2016 Rao family vacation, or, we rode 55 coasters in eight days, baby!

August 28, 2016, 11:16 AM · It began with a really big dream and ended with some really tired feet!

The 2016 Rao Family Vacation began with a dream to travel to eight different amusement parks in two weeks on a Clark Griswold-like road trip. It was an epic dream which would have included stops at Kings Island, Cedar Point, Hershey Park, Dorney Park, Kings Dominion, Busch Gardens, Carowinds, and Dollywood, and would have encompassed well over 70 roller coasters along the way. However, as with any epic dream, the boring reality of budgets and human stamina eventually take precedence and our eight park dream trip became a five park Cedar Fair excursion. Let's look at the highlights, and our picks for the best coasters on the trip. Keep reading...

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