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Walt Disney World opens advance reservations for Pandora

Walt Disney World opens advance reservations for Pandora

March 24, 2017, 12:21 PM · Walt Disney World this morning opened reservations for a preview of its upcoming Pandora - The World of Avatar land at Disney's Animal Kingdom. Preview opportunities for the week of May 13-22 also were extended to Disney Vacation Club members. Keep reading...

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Chinese theme park developer buys stake in SeaWorld

March 24, 2017, 12:01 PM · China's Zhonghong Group has bought a minority ownership stake in SeaWorld, making it the company's largest single shareholder. The 21 percent stake in the company comes from private equity firm Blackstone Group, which formerly owned half of the Universal Orlando Resort and currently maintains a stake in Legoland owner Merlin Entertainments.

As a theme park chain unconnected to a movie studio — and the resulting supply of free intellectual property around which to develop attractions with a built-in audience — SeaWorld needs to look outside the United States for new market opportunities as it attempts to find a sustainable niche for itself at home if it wants to reverse its nearly decade-long attendance slump and start growing again. Is Zhonghong deal the right next step toward that? Keep reading...

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Paid 'Fastpasses' come to Shanghai Disneyland

March 23, 2017, 8:31 PM · Last month, we showed you a report from a Theme Park Insider reader who said he had seen people selling Fastpasses inside Shanghai Disneyland. At the time, we wondered if the idea that other people were selling front of the line access to its rides would prompt Disney to get in the game and head off those deals by selling Fastpass-style access itself.

Guess what? Now the park is doing just that. Keep reading...

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