The top theme park news stories from the first three months of 2011

April 1, 2011, 10:44 AM · Yeah, it's April Fool's Day, but instead of whipping up some fake story for you I thought I'd instead share with you links to the top 10 stories from the first quarter of the year.

To me, that's the biggest surprise of April Fool's Day, the recognition that the year is already one-fourth over. Wow. Anyway, here are the top 10 stories on Theme Park Insider from the first three months of the year, based on reader traffic during those three months:

Six Flags New Orleans tickets, scattered

  1. A photo tour of the abandoned Six Flags New Orleans
  2. Fire at Universal Orlando's Islands of Adventure; Ripsaw Falls evacuated
  3. Disney employee killed in accident at Animal Kingdom
  4. Disneyland changes 2Fer deal for 2011
  5. How to have a horrible theme park vacation
  6. Walt Disney World unveils the new 'new Fantasyland' plans
  7. What will change at the Tokyo Disney Resort when it reopens?
  8. Earthquake strands thousands at Tokyo Disney theme parks
  9. The 2011 Rose Parade, in photos
  10. Universal Orlando raises annual pass prices, expands blockout dates to Islands of Adventure

Here's hoping for a more positive mix of top stories in the next three months.

Replies (3)

April 1, 2011 at 1:08 PM · I would like to add the possible closing of the 83 year old Rye Playland NY amusement park as one of your top new stories. This park started it all for the industry. The new county executive (Playland is owned by Westchester Cty)seems to have his heart set on shutting it down. All of the greats in the amusement park industry had a hand in planning and building this park. People should be aware of its possible closure.

Laura H.

April 3, 2011 at 8:26 PM · Glad to see at least 3 of the top ten stories were not Disney/Universal based!
April 3, 2011 at 9:24 PM · New Fantasyland Plans was my favorite thing covered so far (and it was much more cheerful than the abondoned Six Flags, although that was interesting to see). It got people talking because so many people have so many different ideas and opinions on it. I look forward to seeing the end result (sad I have wait so long, it seems like life is too short to be already looking that far ahead already!)

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