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Robert Niles

Justice League is Coming to Chicago and Mexico City for 2016

Published: September 3, 2015 at 6:05 AM

Six Flags will be bringing its award-winning interactive dark ride, Justice League: Battle for Metropolis, to Six Flags Great America and Six Flags Mexico next year.

Justice League: Battle for Metropolis

The first two installations of Justice League opened last May at Six Flags Over Texas, outside Dallas, and then Six Flags St. Louis. Strong reviews from visitors won the ride our annual Theme Park Insider Award for Best New Attraction in July. Produced in conjunction with Sally Corp., Oceaneering, and an all-star team of themed attraction developers, Justice League puts riders in the middle of a battle with Joker and Lex Luthor on the streets of Metropolis.

Let's take a ride on the Texas original:

Six Flags this morning announced its complete line-up of new rides for 2016 at its parks across North America. In addition to the two new dark rides, Six Flags' new roller coasters will include:

  • The Joker - a hybrid coaster at Six Flags Discovery Kingdom
  • Total Mayhem - a 4D free fly coaster at Six Flags Great Adventure

In addition, the company will rename Six Flags New England's Bizarro as Superman The Ride, adding new on-ride music, and will refurbish Six Flags Magic Mountain's Revolution, adding "newly-created special ride effects, a new look, and newly designed trains that will deliver a smoother, sleeker ride experience for guests." You can see the full line-up of the other new flat rides and water and family attractions the chain is adding in its press release. (And thanks to Six Flags for the shout-out to us in that release!)

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Robert Niles

Paper or Plastic? Universal Orlando Passholders Know What They Want

Published: September 2, 2015 at 3:25 PM

Universal Orlando Resort this week set up a Facebook group for its annual passholders. Universal pitched the group as an opportunity to connect with other passholders and get news from the resort.

Universal Studios Florida

Well, one day in and Universal's passholders are connecting, all right. And they're rallying around one message: "We want plastic annual pass cards!" — not the current paper ones. Here are a few of the comments:

You pay several hundred dollars for a year long pass that you're expected to present for purchases and express pass, and they give you the cheapest piece of paper ever. Step it up UO! Even a laminated pass would be better.

My $60 six flags season pass came on a plastic card...but my $480 universal season pass comes on a pice of paper?

What do we want? PLASTIC PASSES. When do we want it? Anytime it's convenient, really.

I haven't been a Universal Orlando passholder since Universal Studios Florida's first year, but my pass back then was plastic. Here in California, Universal Studios Hollywood also distributes paper APs (at least to the "buy-a-day, get-the-year" passholders), which simply don't hold up as well in the wallet as Disneyland's plastic AP cards.

Of course, there's a third alternative — an annual pass that doesn't require a card. Whether it's on a MagicBand or a smartphone app, electronic annual passes provide another way for loyal visitors to get into the parks. Now, if only Disneyland's smartphone app allowed AP holders to get their discounts and Fastpasses without having to bring their card into the park, too.

Perhaps Universal could take this up a step and program interactive Wizarding World of Harry Potter wands to function as an annual pass, inspired by the scene in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows where a Gringotts goblin accepts Bellatrix's wand as a form of identification. Now that would be cool!

What's the most convenient form of an annual pass for you?

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Tokyo Disney Resort Announces its Fourth Hotel, to Open Next Year

Published: September 1, 2015 at 9:29 PM

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Where to Eat: Beaches and Cream Soda Shop at Disney's Beach Club Resort

Published: September 1, 2015 at 2:34 PM

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Breakfast Expansion Continues at Walt Disney World

Published: September 1, 2015 at 9:13 AM

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Published: August 31, 2015 at 1:53 PM

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