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Orlando theme parks to start giving out free insect repellent

Orlando theme parks to start giving out free insect repellent

August 27, 2016, 11:54 AM · Worried about Zika on your next Florida vacation? Walt Disney World and the rest of the Orlando-area theme parks don't want you to be. Starting tomorrow, the resorts will begin offering free insect repellent to guests, in an effort to calm concern about the mosquito-borne virus. Keep reading...

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News update: Watching Disney's Electrical Parade, Dining Deals at Universal

August 26, 2016, 4:21 PM · Today's theme park news round-up includes Disney World filling in a pool at the old River Country water park, a live stream of the Main Street Electrical Parade, dining deals at the Universal Orlando hotels, details on this year's Terror Tram at Universal Studios Hollywood and one more warning about buying theme park tickets on Craigslist. Keep reading...

New interactive frights are coming to this year's Knott's Scary Farm

August 26, 2016, 10:52 AM · Knott's Berry Farm last night revealed details for its annual Knott's Scary Farm Halloween event. The original theme park after-hours Halloween event, Knott's Scary Farm has been entertaining visitors for 43 years and this year will feature (appropriately) 13 haunted attractions over 24 nights, starting Sept. 22 and running through October 31. Keep reading...

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Why do theme parks make so many rides based on movies and books?

August 25, 2016, 10:32 AM · If you're running a theme park and spending anywhere between $20-200 million on a new attraction — and you only build a new one every few years — you cannot afford for that attraction to be anything other than a big hit with fans. That is why so many theme parks these days are looking to established IP [intellectual property] to theme their new attractions.

But this isn't anything new. Theme parks have been looking to movies and other entertainment forms since Walt opened Disneyland in 1955. In my Orange County Register column this week, I look at the long history of cross-overs between movies, books, and theme parks, starting with the opening of Disneyland itself. Keep reading...

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