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

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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Is Disney's Big Thunder Mountain the 'wildest ride in medicine,' too?

September 26, 2016, 11:49 AM · If you ever find yourself cursed with the unfathomable pain that is a kidney stone, forget rushing to the emergency room at your local hospital. Medical researchers now say you might find relief at Walt Disney World instead.

Seriously. In a medical journal article published today, researchers from Michigan State University detailed how riding Big Thunder Mountain Railroad at Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom helped patients pass their small kidney stones. Keep reading...

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Don't get angry; it's just vacation

September 25, 2016, 6:09 PM · Vacations are supposed to be fun. But for many of us who love theme parks, our visits go beyond just being "fun." They are our passion — the time we cherish beyond just about anything else we do with our free time. Theme park time is family time — and not just with our blood relatives who visit the parks with us. It's the time we spend with the places, experiences — and other fans — we love, too. All of that contributes to the warm, comforting, family feeling we crave when we enter our favorite parks.

But passion can fuel more than just joyful enthusiasm. On its flip side, passion enflames fans to turn against their love when they sense something's gone wrong. And that seems to be happening a lot lately among Disney fans. Whether it's due to the annual price increases, long development times for new theme park attractions, or changes fans just don't like, Disney's been eliciting harsh reactions from many of its most loyal fans. Is that kind of anger healthy? Keep reading...

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