Insider's Update: No More ToT race, Dreamworks to Dubai, and a New Harry Potter Guidebook on the Way

October 10, 2014, 10:59 AM · Let's take a look around the world of theme parks for a quick news update:

It looks like runDisney has, uh, dropped the annual Tower of Terror 10-mile run for next year. (Sorry!) The event is off the 2015 schedule that runDisney announced this week, and word on the street is that planned construction in the Disney's Hollywood Studios theme park is to blame. The annual Expedition Everest Challenge does not appear on the 2016 schedule in its traditional May date, either, though that event is slated to go ahead in 2015.

Christmas at Disneyland

Disneyland has started promoting its Christmas holiday celebrations, and the line-up looks the same as the one that debuted last year, with "World of Color Winter Dreams" and "Disney ¡Viva Navidad!" headlining in California Adventure and the "A Christmas Fantasy" parade joining "Believe... in Holiday Magic" and the Small World and Haunted Mansion overlays in Disneyland Park. The only change? No mention of the Jingle Cruise this year. The festivities begin Thursday, Nov. 13.

Victoria & Albert's
Victoria & Albert's photo courtesy Disney

Walt Disney World announced today that its top hotel restaurant, Victoria & Albert's at the Grand Floridian, placed among the top five restaurants in America in TripAdvisor's 2014 Travelers' Choice awards. (If you're curious, Chicago's Alinea took the top spot.) The prix fixe menu changes daily at Victoria & Albert's, which enforces the toughest dress code at the Walt Disney World Resort, with jackets required for men and jeans, shorts, and flip-flops banned for everyone.

Dreamworks Animation has signed on as the latest partner for the latest plan to bring world-class theme parks to Dubai, in the United Arab Emirates. Dreamworks Animation characters will inhabit one of the four planned lands in the Motiongate theme park in the Dubai complex, which will include a Legoland as well as a Bollywood-themed park, all to open in 2016. Six Flags also has announced plans to participate in the project, though its park is not listed in phase one of the development.

Puss In Boots' Giant Journey construction

Reader Brandon Townsend emailed some photos of the new Puss In Boots' Giant Journey coaster, under construction at Universal Studios Singapore for the park's Shrek-themed "Far, Far Away" land. The family suspended coaster is expected to open before the end of the year.

More Puss In Boots' Giant Journey track

Finally, we are thrilled to announce that our newest guidebook — Theme Park Insider Visits The Wizarding World of Harry Potter — should be going on sale at by the end of next week. This 18,000-word, 63-page booklet includes ratings and reviews for all the attractions and restaurants in the two Wizarding World lands at Universal Orlando Resort, tips for visiting, background and history about the project, quotes from its designers and the stars of the Harry Potter films, as well as a look at other Harry Potter projects around the world. Later this month, we'll put out the 2015 version of our complete Orlando theme park guidebook, as well. (It's in final editing at the moment.)

Replies (2)

October 10, 2014 at 11:36 AM · Sometimes I love the way we break things down with going to a running schedule to see when construction is happening.. Lol
October 10, 2014 at 4:08 PM · And we thought you just sat on your computer all day. Looking forward to these books

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