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Tickets go on sale for Disney World's annual holiday parties

Tickets go on sale for Disney World's annual holiday parties

May 5, 2016, 10:10 AM · Theme park fans know you often need to make your vacation plans early. So even though we're still more than a month away from the start of summer, tickets have gone on sale for Walt Disney World's annual holiday parties.

And, as you might have expected, prices have gone up, too. Tickets for this year's Mickey's Not-So-Scary-Halloween Party start at $72 for adults, and tickets for this year's Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party will start at $86. Last year, tickets started at $68 for the Halloween party and $74 for the Christmas event. Keep reading...

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Cedar Point's Valravn sets records as it thrills riders

May 4, 2016, 9:53 PM · Cedar Point in Sandusky, Ohio has a long history of bringing the biggest, fastest, tallest, fill-in-the-blank-est roller coasters to the shore of Lake Erie, and this year it has outdone itself.

Valravn opens this weekend to the public, and in one fell swoop (like how I brought a diving bird image into this?), it breaks all sorts of records for dive coasters and amusement parks in general. Here's our on-ride video:

They say "leave them wanting more," and I did. I guess I'll just have to go back and ride it again... and again. Keep reading...

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May the Fourth be with you for Star Wars in the parks

May 4, 2016, 12:04 AM · It's Star Wars Day, so let's celebrate with a look at current and future ways to travel back a long time ago to a galaxy far, far away.

Disney was the original place to experience Star Wars in a theme park, and it remains Star Wars' primary theme park home, thanks to Disney's 2012 deal to buy Lucasfilm. But you can find some Star Wars-themed exhibits at the Legoland theme parks, too. Let's detail all your options for celebrating Star Wars in the parks. Keep reading...

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Trashing Shanghai Disneyland, before the park even opens

May 3, 2016, 11:03 AM · As if Disney fans angry over Shanghai Disneyland needed any more provocation, along comes a slew of photos showing Chinese visitors trashing the Disneytown shopping area outside the yet-to-open park's front gate.

Even though Shanghai Disneyland won't open until June 16, the train station that will serve the park recently opened, and thousands of Chinese tourists visited Disneytown over the recent May Day holiday. While most enjoyed the opportunity to see the park for free — at least from the outside — a few others, well, didn't exactly mind their manners on their sight-seeing visit. Keep reading...

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