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Halloween events revive the great theme park IP debate

Halloween events revive the great theme park IP debate

September 19, 2017, 4:22 PM · The "IP vs. original theme" debate has been raging for years within the theme park fan community and probably won't fade anytime soon. Part of what can make this debate so heated is that individual parks open major new attractions so infrequently. That means the "original theme vs. IP" debate is driven more by hypothetical arguments than a steady stream of new attractions of both types that fans can judge, side-by-side.

...Except for Halloween. In my Orange County Register column this week, I write about my trip last week to Universal Orlando's Halloween Horror Nights and how it provided a welcomed opportunity to judge how designers handle a bunch of original and IP attractions at once. Keep reading...

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Walt Disney World to bring back its Star Wars party in December

September 19, 2017, 10:59 AM · The Walt Disney World Resort today announced that it will bring back its Star Wars: Galactic Nights hard-ticket event for another evening, December 16. Disney World first ran the Galactic Nights event last April, effectively replacing the Star Wars Weekends event that ran for years in Disney's Hollywood Studios during normal operating hours each spring. Keep reading...

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Can Legoland be the park that makes VR roller coasters work?

September 19, 2017, 10:19 AM · Legoland is climbing aboard the virtual reality bandwagon, even as other theme parks seem to be reconsidering the push toward adding VR to attractions.

Legoland announced that it will add a VR overlay to its Project X roller coasters in Florida, Germany, and Malaysia, transforming the rides into The Great Lego Race VR Coaster. The new experience will debut later this year at Legoland Malaysia, with a spring 2018 debut slated for Legoland Florida and Legoland Deutschland. But is this the right move for fans? Keep reading...

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