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Goodbye, Earffel Tower

Goodbye, Earffel Tower

April 29, 2016, 10:05 AM · The Walt Disney World Resort last night finished the task it'd previously said it would do... and tore down the Earffel Tower. If that "punny" name doesn't sound familiar, the sight surely looked familiar to millions of Disney fans. It was the water tower with Mickey ears that stood next to Disney's Hollywood Studios theme park.

The tower went away as part of Disney's ongoing transformation of the studios theme park. However, two more Disney water towers remain. Where are they? Let's take a look. Keep reading...

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Legoland reinvents interactive gameplay with Ninjago The Ride

April 28, 2016, 4:47 PM · Themed to Lego's popular Ninja franchise, Ninjago The Ride challenges visitors to train to become ninjas by learning "Spinjitzu." The first time I walked through the dojo queue to sit in my ride vehicle, I caught myself reaching for a gun that wasn't there. Instead of using a controller to shoot at targets, on Ninjago, you use your hands like a ninja — to launch a variety of blasts at your enemies.

We've got our full review, after the jump. Keep reading...

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Tokyo Disney announces five new attractions

April 27, 2016, 8:26 AM · The Tokyo Disney Resort has announced plans to add several new attractions at Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySea, including a new version of Soarin', a Big Hero 6 spinner ride, and a Mystic Manor-style ride through the Beast's castle from Beauty and the Beast.

The plans, which also include a 1,500-seat theater for live performances and a Minnie Mouse meet and greet facility, will cost an estimated US$675 million. Let's take a closer look at the plans and concept art. Keep reading...

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Universal's owner buys DreamWorks Animation*

April 26, 2016, 9:24 PM · *Update [April 28]: The deal is done. NBCUniversal will acquire DreamWorks Animation for $3.8 billion, Comcast announced Thursday morning.

Universal Studios' owner, Comcast, is in talks to acquire DreamWorks Animation. The deal would be worth $3 billion and give DreamWorks Animation a stable home after several years of being shopped on the market.

Throw in the Nintendo rights that Universal recently acquired, and if Comcast completes this deal, Universal could have a wealth of intellectual property to fill that third theme park it now has the land to develop in Orlando. Keep reading...

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