Here is what's coming next to theme parks (sort of) in 2024

April 1, 2024, 9:45 AM · ["April Insider" is back for another April 1 report.]

As the world begins to emerge from the shadows of the pandemic, theme parks around the globe are gearing up to provide visitors with unforgettable experiences. From Disney to Universal Studios, parks are rolling out an array of new attractions that promise thrills, adventure, and magic for guests of all ages.

At the forefront of the excitement is Disney, which is set to debut several highly anticipated rides and shows across its parks worldwide. In California, Disneyland Resort is preparing to unveil the "Avengers Campus," a superhero-themed land where guests can team up with their favorite Marvel heroes on epic adventures. Meanwhile, over on the East Coast, Walt Disney World Resort is gearing up for the debut of "Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind," a high-speed indoor roller coaster that takes riders on a wild journey through space.

But the excitement doesn't stop there. Disney's international parks are also getting in on the action. Tokyo Disney Resort is set to open "Fantasy Springs," a new area inspired by beloved Disney films such as "Frozen," "Tangled," and "Peter Pan." And in Disneyland Paris, guests will soon be able to experience "Cars Route 66 Road Trip," a family-friendly ride based on the hit Pixar franchise.

Not to be outdone, Universal Studios is also raising the bar with its own lineup of new attractions. Universal Orlando Resort is gearing up for the launch of "Universal's Epic Universe," a brand-new theme park that promises to transport guests to immersive worlds inspired by their favorite films and TV shows. And across the pond, Universal Studios Hollywood is set to debut "The Secret Life of Pets: Off the Leash!," an interactive dark ride based on the popular animated film franchise.

Beyond Disney and Universal, other theme parks are also getting in on the action. Legoland resorts around the world are introducing new attractions, including the "Lego Mythica: World of Mythical Creatures" land at Legoland Windsor Resort in the UK. And in Asia, Everland Resort in South Korea is set to unveil "Everland's Magic Land," a new area featuring enchanting rides and attractions for the whole family to enjoy.

With so much excitement in store, theme park enthusiasts around the world are eagerly counting down the days until they can experience these thrilling new rides and shows for themselves. Whether it's soaring through the skies with Marvel superheroes or embarking on magical adventures with beloved Disney characters, there's something for everyone to look forward to in 2024.

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April 1, 2024 at 10:21 AM

I found that this year, I had to add the qualifier "based on true information" when prompting the AI bot to "write a news story." Otherwise, I got complete fiction, such as my first attempt, pasted below.
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In a move that has ignited passionate debates among Disney enthusiasts, the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida has unveiled its latest attraction, "Fantasy Island: The Dark Odyssey." Promising an immersive experience unlike any other, this controversial addition to the Magic Kingdom has drawn both excitement and criticism from fans worldwide.

Set to open its gates next month, "Fantasy Island: The Dark Odyssey" is a departure from Disney's usual whimsical fare. The attraction plunges visitors into a dystopian alternate reality, where heroes battle dark forces in a struggle for the fate of the enchanted island.

But it's not just the thematic departure that's sparking controversy. Critics argue that the attraction's darker tone and intense narrative may be too mature for younger audiences, challenging Disney's traditional family-friendly image.

"We love Disney for its classic charm and innocence," says longtime Disney fan, Sarah Jenkins. "But 'Fantasy Island: The Dark Odyssey' seems like it's pushing the boundaries too far. I worry about the impact it will have on kids."

However, Disney officials defend the new attraction, emphasizing its innovative storytelling and cutting-edge technology.

"Disney has always been about pushing the boundaries of imagination," says spokesperson, Mark Thompson. "Fantasy Island: The Dark Odyssey offers guests a thrilling adventure that combines the magic of Disney with the excitement of an epic quest."

Despite the controversy, anticipation for the new attraction is palpable. Social media is buzzing with speculation and excitement, with fans eagerly sharing their thoughts and theories about what awaits them on Fantasy Island.

"I can't wait to experience 'Fantasy Island: The Dark Odyssey' for myself," says Disney blogger, Amanda Rodriguez. "Sure, it's a departure from the usual Disney magic, but that's what makes it so intriguing. I think it's going to be a game-changer."

As the countdown to the grand opening begins, one thing is clear: "Fantasy Island: The Dark Odyssey" has sparked a conversation that shows no signs of slowing down. Whether it will be a triumph or a misstep for the Happiest Place on Earth remains to be seen.

For now, Disney fans will have to wait with bated breath to embark on this daring new adventure and decide for themselves where they stand on the controversy surrounding Fantasy Island.

April 1, 2024 at 12:41 PM

lol Fantasy Island: The Dark Odyssey sounds like it might make for a good real-life attraction, if only the pitch were real. Alas

April 1, 2024 at 1:08 PM

My favorite touch was USH being located "across the pond" from Universal Orlando. Followed by Secret Life of Pets being an interactive dark ride. Yeah, let's shoot at some stray dogs. That'll go over well.

April 1, 2024 at 2:10 PM

LOL this is great. I didn't realize Universal Studios Hollywood was in the U.K.! I guess I have been to the U.K. then!

I don't what's so fake about the "Fantasy Island: The Dark Odyssey" story. A parent saying Disney is "pushing the boundaries too far" and "worried about the impact it will have on kids"? Sounds pretty realistic to me. And Disney answering every question by touting its "innovative storytelling and cutting-edge technology" is pretty on brand.

April 1, 2024 at 2:53 PM

Hopefully the lesson that Disney learns from the DL Paris earnings report the other week is that investing in attractions brings in guests and revenue.

April 1, 2024 at 7:12 PM

“At the forefront of excitement is Disney …” - bah haha ha - definitely April foolery day

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