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DreamWorks Animation officially joins the Universal Studios family

DreamWorks Animation officially joins the Universal Studios family

August 23, 2016, 1:32 PM · Universal Studios owner Comcast has closed its deal to acquire DreamWorks Animation, officially making Kung Fu Panda, Toothless the dragon, and the Madagascar crew part of the Universal family.

As theme park fans learned when Disney bought Marvel, theme park rights to specific characters don't automatically switch upon a change in ownership. But in the United States, with no other parks currently using Madagascar, Kung Fu Panda, or How to Train Your Dragon, Universal would appear to have a clear path forward to bring these characters into Universal Orlando and Universal Studios Hollywood. Keep reading...

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Disney celebrates 45 years of the Country Bear Jamboree

August 23, 2016, 10:02 AM · As the Walt Disney World Resort prepares for its 45th birthday this fall, Disney is saluting the attractions that opened with the Magic Kingdom on October 1, 1971.

One of those is one of my former homes at Disney, the Country Bear Jamboree, which Disney is featuring this week. Here's some fun stuff about our favorite singing bears that you won't find on the official Disney blog. Keep reading...

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Toothsome Chocolate Emporium opens at Universal Orlando's CityWalk

August 22, 2016, 8:12 PM · Universal Orlando's newest restaurant opened to the public today. The Toothsome Chocolate Emporium & Savory Feast Kitchen might be a mouthful to say, and the desserts it is serving certainly are a mouthful to eat.

We told you before about the outlandish milkshakes, designed to end up on your Instagram feed soon after hitting your table. But the other desserts appear worthy of attention as well. Reader Lisa H. emailed some photos from her family's visit. Keep reading...

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Can Walt Disney World really make a Guardians of the Galaxy theme park ride?

August 20, 2016, 11:10 AM · Is a Guardians of the Galaxy roller coaster about to replace Ellen's Energy Adventure at Walt Disney World's Epcot? Will the Guardians of the Galaxy characters appear in the upcoming Avengers: Infinity War movie?

These might seem like somewhat unrelated questions. Sure, they both involve Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy franchise. But one is about a theme park ride and the other a movie. Yet the two questions are intimately related, and could have profound legal consequences for the Walt Disney Company and its parks. Keep reading...

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