Saturday, 21 May 2022

Theme Park News in a Minute - 21st May 2022

This week's Theme Park News:

Efteling have announced the replacement for Spookslot haunted castle will be another spooky attraction called Danse Macabre.
Universal Orlando is retiring it’s day time parade Universal's Superstar Parade, in June just to make way for other entertainment experiences.
Universal Orlando and Hollywood have announced the first of their houses for Halloween Horror nights Universal Monsters: Legends Collide, featuring Dracula, the mummy and the wolf man.
Disney have confirmed that the only way to ride Epcot's new Guardians of the Galaxy Cosmic Rewind roller coaster at opening end of May, will be via virtual queue or Lightning Lane.
Disney is also making so that Genie+ is only available to purchase on the day of use from June.
Kings island are adding a new fireworks show for their 50th anniversary called “Fun, Fireworks and Fifty: A Kings Island Nighttime Spectacular”
Busch Gardens Tampa bay have announced plans for their Summer celebration which has fireworks and beer samples
The electric ocean event is coming back to SeaWorld Orlando this summer with a new fireworks show called Ignite 360

Friday, 25 September 2020

News in a Minute - 25 Sep 2020

Hong Kong Disneyland has reopened today, but news from the resort is a little mixed. Apparently the company who runs the resort had an option to buy the land which is adjacent to the park, which expired yesterday and the Hong Kong government has declined to extend the option. So at this stage now second park for Hong Kong.
The Tokyo Disney Resort announced it will open its new Tokyo Disneyland attractions on September 28th. The expansion — which includes the Enchanted Tale of Beauty and the Beast trackless dark ride, The Happy Ride with Baymax spinner ride, and the Minnie's Style Studio meet and greet location is the largest on Tokyo Disneyland history.
Legoland in California has announced another new hard ticket event called Halloween in Miniland, which will run Friday’s through Sundays for October.
Busch Gardens Williamsburg is hosting its own Halloween event, Busch Gardens Halloween Harvest in October.
Universal Orlando is expanding its Halloween offering, continuing to offer day guests the ability to tour the two HHN houses they were testing last week, and adding Trick or Treating for younger guests at Islands of Adventure.
Toothsome Chocolate Emporium at Universal Orlando has added a new Robot Dog called Latte to their family of characters.
A maintenance worker has fallen to his death from about half way up the Orlando Star Flyer. The giant swing ride has closed pending an investigation by the Sheriff’s Office and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.
Walt Disney World’s Water parks will not reopen this year. Disney World posted to its website that it plans to open either Blizzard Beach or Typhoon Lagoon on March 7, 2021.
Idaho's Silverwood Theme Park announced its new-for-2021 coaster, Stunt Pilot, RMC Raptor single rail coaster.
Disney has released concept art of the new entrance for the Polynesian Village resort which will reopen next summer

Friday, 14 August 2020

News in a Minute - 14th August 2020

 This week's news:

  • Epcot has brought back it’s iconic entrance foundation sculpture. The new sculpture is modelled on the original from 1982.
  • Officials with the culture and tourism management commission of Beijing's Tongzhou District have said that Universal Studios Beijing will open for trial operations in the spring of 2021.
  • WDW is cutting park hours for their fall schedule, in The expectation that it will be even quieter than normal in coming months.
  • WDW is also discounting day tickets for Florida residents with a new ticket called the Disney Magic Flex pass.
  • Busch Gardens Tampa has confirmed its hard-ticket Halloween scare event, Howl-O-Scream. The event will be modified with no houses, and a focus on open air scare zones and live performances.
  • Genting Singapore, who own Universal Studios Singapore, have stated that their Super Nintendo World and Minion Park developments are on hold.
  • The Actors’ Equity Association said that it has signed a memorandum of understanding with the Walt Disney World Resort after Disney agreed to provide Covid-19 testing for cast members at the resort. This should mean the return of several live performances to WDW
  • A new theme park related show is coming to Disney + in September. Magic of Disney’s Animal Kingdom is produced by National Geographic.