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The circus is dead. Long live its successors

The circus is dead. Long live its successors

January 15, 2017, 12:04 PM · Feld Entertainment announced today that it will close the Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey Circus this spring, bringing to a close a 146 year run. Circuses were one of the progenitors of the themed entertainment industry, so it's well worth a moment for fans of theme parks to think about what the passing of the most famous circus in America might mean for the industry. Keep reading...

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Let's imagine more entertaining, and useful, official theme park apps

January 13, 2017, 3:22 PM · Most theme parks' official mobile apps provide a lot of useful information for visitors. You can see where you are on an interactive park map, look at current wait times for rides and see the day's schedule for shows and other in-park entertainment. The better apps also work as park tickets and might even allow you to manage any reservations you have in the park.

But theme parks could learn a few things from other app developers, too. What if official theme park apps provided more than an interactive guidemap and maybe a ticket? What if they became virtual tour guides, encouraging visitors' movement around the parks? That's the question I ask in my Orange County Register column this week, How about virtual online prize games while visiting theme parks? Keep reading...

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The new Epcot International Festival of the Arts opens at Walt Disney World

January 13, 2017, 11:43 AM · Walt Disney World this morning opened the first of six weekends of its new Epcot International Festival of the Arts. Featuring visual, performing and culinary arts, the festival helps fill the gap on the calendar between Epcot's Food and Wine and Flower and Garden festivals. The festival runs Fridays through Mondays from now through Feb. 20. Keep reading...

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Universal Orlando's Jimmy Fallon ride to open April 6

January 12, 2017, 10:18 PM · Tonight Show host Jimmy Fallon announced that his eponymous theme park ride, Race Through New York Starring Jimmy Fallon, will open officially on April 6 at Universal Studios Florida.

In addition, Universal Orlando announced tonight that Race Through New York Starring Jimmy Fallon will be the first attraction in the park to feature a "Virtual Line" experience. Visitors will be able to book return times to experience the attraction through the official Universal Orlando app or at kiosks outside the attraction. Keep reading...

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