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How old should a child be to visit a theme park alone?

How old should a child be to visit a theme park alone?

September 28, 2016, 12:44 PM · Theme parks provide great destinations for a family vacation. But, in all families, eventually the kids grow up and head out on their own. So when should kids start taking their first steps toward their eventual independence?

In Episode 2 of our weekly Theme Park Insider video show, my daughter Natalie and I talk about our experiences with being independent in a theme park.

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Is the theme park industry hostile to mental health concerns?

September 28, 2016, 8:59 AM · This week, the Cedar Fair company closed a virtual reality experience at its theme parks' Halloween events, following accusations that the attraction was insensitive to the mentally ill.

FearVR, originally titled FearVR 5150, depicted a girl in a mental health facility. I haven't seen the attraction (and I'll explain more about why I didn't see it in a bit), so I can't comment on it, specifically. But I do want to talk about the broader issue of referencing mental health treatment in entertainment. Keep reading...

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What are the most anticipated new theme park attractions for 2017?

September 27, 2016, 10:11 PM · So where should theme park fans be planning their 2017 vacations if they want to see the best new rides that will open next year?

To be honest, 2017 does not look to be an especially deep year for great new theme park attractions. There's one huge new project that supposed to debut next year, another major new world-class attraction, a couple of interesting new (or newly themed) rides that will capture the interest of Disney and Universal fans, and then...? Without further delay, here are the scheduled new attractions we most are looking forward to experiencing in 2017: Keep reading...

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SeaWorld unveils new attraction line-up for 2017, including VR on Kraken

September 26, 2016, 6:58 PM · SeaWorld Tuesday morning will announce its line-up of new attractions for 2017 and beyond, but the company gave several newspapers an early look today. The highlights will include adding a virtual reality narrative to the Orlando park's Kraken roller coaster as well as a new evening show at the company's largest park. The announcements also include additional detail about previously announced new rides in San Diego and San Antonio. Keep reading...

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