Friday, 18 November 2022

Theme Park News in a Nutshell - November 19th 2022

This week is the  annual IAAPA Expo in Orlando, which as always features roller coaster train reveals for a number of US parks. The trains shown include Arctic Rescue from SeaWorld San Diego, Big Bear Mountain for Dollywood, Wildcat's Revenge at Hersheypark, and Pipeline The Surf Coaster for SeaWorld Orlando.
The 2023 Thea Awards were also head in conjunction with this expo, with Universal Beijing picking up 3 major awards.
Major US parks also kicked off their Christmas celebrations this week.
Disneyland resort has announced that Mickey's Toontown will reopen at Disneyland on March 8, 2023.
Disneyland also briefly reopened Magic Key Pass sales this week, for just one day before closing sales again.
Din Djarin and Grogu have started appearing at Disneyland's version of Galaxy's Edge this week.
Alberto Zamperla, the head of the Zamperla group, has passed away this week at the age of 71.
Dubai Parks and Resorts has announced it has reached a deal to build a theme park based on football club Real Madrid, which will include rides and a museum.
Legoland owner Merlin Entertainments has appointed former NBA executive Scott O'Neil as the company's new CEO

Saturday, 12 November 2022

Theme Park News in a Nutshell - November 12th 2022

 • Sea World Australia have announced an opening date for their two new Rides. Wooden coaster Leviathan and swing ride Trident will open December 2nd, finally completing the New Atlantis land.
Hurricane Nicole Closed all the major Florida Theme Parks this week.
Warner Bros. World Abu Dhabi have announced they are planning to open a Harry Potter-themed land in the coming years, the first non-Universal Harry Potter land since Universal acquired the licence for theme parks.
Disneyland is adding the Swiss Family Robinson back to Adventureland, where the currently closed Tarzan Treehouse is going to be reimagined as the "Adventureland Treehouse inspired by Walt Disney’s Swiss Family Robinson". 
Universal Hollywood have announced two show closures this week, with Universal's Animal Actors and the Special Effects Show to close on January 8, 2023 "to make way for a future attraction." This future attraction is strongly rumoured to be a Fast and the Furious coaster.
Canada's Playland Amusement Park has signed a deal with Zamperla to a Lightning LSM Coaster, which will be Canada's fastest launch coaster when it opens in 2024.
Legoland California have announced they are going to add San Diego to their Miniland for Spring 2023.
Disney Imagineering Legend Alice Davis has passed away at age 93 this week.

In financial news: Disney's theme parks segment reported $7.4 billion in revenue in the final quarter of its 2022 fiscal year, up 36% from the same period one year ago. Six Flags had a significant attendance drops resulting in a 21% decline in revenue for the quarter, from $638 million in 2021 to $505 million in 2022. Sea World and Busch Gardens had a very slight attendance bump, but increased guest spending, as SeaWorld post total revenues of $565.2 million for the quarter, up 8.4%.

Saturday, 5 November 2022

Theme Park News in a Nutshell - November 5th 2022

Universal Orlando has announced that a major reimagining is happening to it's Woody Woodpecker KidZone land. The resort announce that the last operating day for Woody Woodpecker's Nuthouse Coaster, Fieval's Playland, Curious George Goes to Town, and meet & greets for Shrek and Donkey and Dreamworkd Destination will be January 15th 2023. It was confirmed that the Animal Actors show and E.T. the Adventure will not close at this time.
Legoland Florida's new pirate ride will open on January 12, 2023 after the planned opening was delayed by Hurricane Ian.
Fantasmic! has reopened at Walt Disney World.
On the last night of this year's HHN, Universal has Announced 'Chucky' for 2023 Halloween Horror Nights on both coasts.
Efteling have shared details of the ride vehicle for it's 2024 haunted house attraction Danse Macabre, which will feature a first of it's kind Intamin ride system, with a giant rotating motionbase with six vehicles each able to rotate on top of it.
Disney imagineering has shared some shots of the new World of Frozen land opening at Hong Kong Disneyland next year.

Saturday, 29 October 2022

Theme Park News in a Nutshell - October 29th 2022

Tokyo Disney resort have announce that DisneySea’s new land fantasy springs will be delayed until financial year 2024
WDI has given an update on Epcot’s refresh with three areas CommuniCore Plaza, CommuniCore Hall, and Journey of Water, Inspired by Moana - to be open to guests in Late 2023. There are strong rumours that the play pavilion has been permanently shelved.
Elsewhere at WDW, typhoon lagoon is closing November 13th, and Blizzard Beach will be reopening.
Universal Beijing Resort has closed once again, due to the continued presence of Covid.
In Australia, village roadshow have released concept art of a proposed Hotel to be added to their Movie World property on the Gold Coast.
In the US, a steam train derailment at Silver Dollar City injured seven people.
Universal creative have patented a new type of vertical dark ride using a rotating lift.
Six Flags Magic Mountain will close Tuesdays through Thursdays for most weeks from November 1st.

Saturday, 22 October 2022

Theme Park News in a Nutshell - October 22nd 2022

Disney has rolled out a new game at galaxy’s edge called Battu Bounty Hunters using the MagicBand+ which has only just arrived at Disneyland resort.
Disneyland Resort is bringing out new meet and greets and new food to celebrate the release of Black Panther Wakanda forever.
November 3rd will be the reopening date of Fantasmic at Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Disney world.
Imagineer Bob Weis is retiring from Walt Disney Imagineering.
Sea World Orlando have officially announced their new stand up coaster for 2023, which is to be called Pipeline: The Surf Coaster.
Two cedar fair parks Carowinds and Kings dominion are moving to year round operations at the start of next year

A new Adventure Port land is coming to Kings Island. The new land will include two new rides as well as a refresh for Kings Island's Adventure Express Arrow Dynamics mine train roller coaster.
Universal Orlando have announced the dates for next years Mardi Gras event from February 4 through April 16.
Universal has applied for a patent titled “System and Methods to Hold and Charge a Personal Electronic Device on a Ride Vehicle” 

Saturday, 15 October 2022

Theme Park News in a Nutshell - October 15th 2022

Here is this week's News:
The TEA/AECOM Theme Index for estimated theme park attendance for 2021 is out, with the big winner being Universal Orlando who has significant gains on the Walt Disney World parks.
Disney reportedly is developing a movie based on its Society of Explorers and Adventurers theme park franchise with Ryan Reynolds company Maximum Wffort producing. 
Disney’s Hollywood Studios has confirmed that “Fantasmic!” performances will begin once again at the theme park this November
Monsieur Paul will return to Walt Disney World's Epcot on Tuesday, October 18
Disney is getting MagicBands from October 26.
Disneyland Resort has increased ticket prices this week, for some tickets by 12%.
Holiday World in Indiana is going to announce their 2023 addition via drone during their Halloween in the Sky Drone show.
Toothsome Chocolate Emporium & Savory Feast Kitchen will open in early 2023 on Universal Studios Hollywood's CityWalk.
This park is also rumoured to be getting a new coaster called Fast & Furious Hollywood Drift, which is believed to run up and down the hill next to the Starway escalator .
The worlds tallest Screamin Swing ride is coming to Busch Gardens Tampa next year and it’s going to be called Serengeti Flyer

Saturday, 8 October 2022

Theme Park News in a Nutshell - October 8th 2022

This week's Theme Park News:
Disneyland resort is bringing back guided tours with the new tours the Walt's Main Street Story Tour and the Holiday Time at the Disneyland Resort Guided Tour starting in the next few months.
Mickey & Minnie's Runaway Railway will open January 27, 2023, kicking off The Walt Disney Company's 100 Years of Wonder anniversary celebration at the Disneyland Resort.
Their new shows Wonderous Journeys and World of Color - One will also open end of January 
Icon Orlando has confirmed that it is removing the Orlando FreeFall ride which caused the death of a 14 year old boy in March.
After losing two nights of Halloween Horror Nights to Hurricane Ian last week, Universal Orlando is adding two more nights to this year's schedule: Tuesday, October 11, and Monday, October 24.
Here in Australia, Monopoly Dreams, a new indoor themed attraction is coming to Melbourne by the end of 2022
Tokyo Disney resort has announced plans to keep attendance down, with data suggesting that the resort can be more profitable with lower guest numbers. The Japan times stated the resort is aiming for only 26 million visitors by 2024, well short of their pre-pandemic record of 35.5 million.
It’s been reported that Legoland Korea has defaulted on their business loan this week, though it’s unclear what this will mean for the park.
Epcot celebrated its 40th anniversary in the wake of Hurricane Ian, which was mostly only notable due to anniversary merchandise.