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No more 3D on Harry Potter in Hollywood; the Death Star is coming to Epcot

No more 3D on Harry Potter in Hollywood; the Death Star is coming to Epcot

December 2, 2016, 5:51 PM · Changes are coming to a couple of popular theme park destinations, in Orlando and Hollywood.

At Universal Studios Hollywood, the park apparently has abandoned its conversion of Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey into a 3D attraction, switching the screen elements of the ride to 2D projection, as they are shown in the Orlando original. In Florida, Walt Disney World is switching up the operations at the ABC Commissary at Disney's Hollywood Studios. And Spaceship Earth is transforming into the Death Star for a promotional event next week. Keep reading...

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What's happening for the holidays at Disney, Universal, SeaWorld and Six Flags?

December 2, 2016, 11:15 AM · With the start of December, Christmas and year-end holiday celebrations are underway at all of the nation's top theme parks. You'll find holiday-themed parades, shows, and special meals and sweets waiting for you at dozens of top parks between now and the start of the New Year. For our weekly video show, Natalie and I visited Disneyland yesterday to sample some of what Disney has to offer, but let's also take a what's on at other major parks and chains, too.

You'll find links to our extended coverage of these events throughout the post. Keep reading...

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It's time to start planning your 2017 roller coaster vacation

December 1, 2016, 11:06 PM · Is it time to start planning another big cross-country summer roller coaster roadtrip?

For a theme park fan, I suppose the answer to this question is always an emphatic "yes!" But practical matters often seem to get in the way of actually hitting the road for that big month-long trip to ride 30 coasters in half-a-dozen parks that we dream. So if you're going to pull off that summer coaster roadtrip of your dreams, the time to start planning it is now. And the way to start planning it is to think BIG. Keep reading...

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Is Small World Holiday the best, or worst, of Disney's holiday overlays?

November 30, 2016, 12:26 PM · Disneyland's It's a Small World Holiday celebrates its 20th anniversary this year... and I get all Grinch on it in my Orange County Register column this week. (Sorry for mixing some corporate IP there....)

I'll explain after the jump what my problem with the show is... and show you full videos of Disney's three big Christmas attraction overlays: Small World, Haunted Mansion, and the Country Bear Jamboree. Keep reading...

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