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News update: Orlando area gets new wooden coaster, plus Disney/Universal notes

News update: Orlando area gets new wooden coaster, plus Disney/Universal notes

December 8, 2016, 6:49 PM · Tonight's theme park news round-up includes the return of USH's Laika animation exhibit, the Disney After Dark hard-ticket event at the MK, two actors to Universal Orlando's Harry Potter event, and Big Thunder Mountain in Paris, plus the addition of a Gravity Group wooden coaster in Kissimmee for 2017. Keep reading...

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When's the best day to visit a theme park?

December 8, 2016, 12:32 PM · That's the question I address in my Orange County Register column this week. As the founder and editor of Theme Park Insider, I'm part of a publishing niche built on providing a sometimes overwhelming level of information and analysis to encourage people to spend their time, attention, and money to get the answer to this question.

So I understand the financial and social risk in actually telling you this... the best day to visit a theme park is any darned day you want. Keep reading...

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Disney brings Splitsville west, adds bowling restaurant at Disneyland

December 7, 2016, 11:45 AM · The Disneyland Resort announced today that it will welcome Splitsville Luxury Lanes to its Downtown Disney. Featuring bowling and live music along with a huge menu of food, Splitsville opened what was then Downtown Disney (now Disney Springs) at the Walt Disney World Resort in late 2012. The new Anaheim version will open late next year. Keep reading...

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IMG Worlds plans larger, second gate for its Dubai resort

December 6, 2016, 8:10 PM · The owner of IMG Worlds of Adventure, the world's largest indoor theme park, which opened earlier this year in Dubai, has announced plans to build a second, even larger theme park.

IMG Worlds of Legends will be located next to the existing theme park, connected by a sky bridge, making the destination a multi-gate, multi-day resort. The new park will be one-third larger than the existing park, for a size of two million square fee and will feature nine themed zones, including IP from partners Nickelodeon, Mattel, and Ubisoft, among others. Keep reading...

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