Saturday, 1 October 2022

Theme Park News in a Nutshell - October 1st 2022

This week's Theme Park News

Hurricane Ian hit the hit the south of the United States this week causing lots of damage, especially in Florida. All the major Orlando parks were shut for two days with Walt Disney World starting a phased reopening on Friday. Universal Orlando suffered severe flooding, with images showing the hulk coaster partially submerged and damage to the Jurrassic Park river adventure.

SeaWorld San Diego has confirmed its new roller coaster for 2023 - Arctic Rescue, a snow mobile themed triple-launch terrain coaster from Intamin.
Sea World San Antonio has announced its adding a world first launched log flume called Catapult Falls in 2023.
Pennsylvanian theme park Kennywood had a shooting at their Halloween event this week, with 3 people shot in the legs, while several others were injured in the mass panic event that followed. The park is reviewing their safety protocols.
Knotts is changing its chaperone policy for Scary farm, increasing the child to chaperone ratio to 5 to 1, and announcing free tickets for Chaperones.

Saturday, 17 September 2022

Theme Park News in a Nutshell - September 17th 2022

This week's News:
At D23 Disney announced that Disneyland resort is getting the return of the Magic Happens parade and the debut of two new night-time spectaculars, World of Color: One and Wondrous Journeys. 
Disneyland will also getting Hulk at Avengers campus and Din djarin and grogu are coming to Galaxy’s Edge.
The new version Mickey & Minnie's Runaway Railway coming to Disneyland in early 2023, will be modified from the Florida original with a more detailed queue.
Some more details were announced for the new ride in Avengers campus, which will bring the multiverse to Avengers Campus, as it is set in a universe where Thanos won.
He also announced Paradise Pier Hotel at Disneyland will be renamed the Pixar Place Hotel.
At WDW next year the Magic Kingdom, Happily Ever After is returning, and the Hatbox Ghost is coming to the Haunted Mansion. And next week Character breakfasts return to Magic Kingdom with Pooh and friends returning to Crystal palace on the 22nd.
At Epcot next year will bring Moana Journey of Water walk-through attraction opening, as well as a figment meet and greet. And a new lagoon show is in development.
Universal Parks & Resorts announced that it is merging its Universal Brand Development business with the Universal Parks & Resorts Merchandise Group to create its new Universal Products & Experiences division
Studio Ghibli Park in Japan have released video from inside the park for the first time. The park opens in phases starting later in the year.
An avatar immersive exhibition is coming to Shanghai Disneyland on th 22nd
Disney Files Patent for Augmented Reality Ride Without Glasses
This week it was announced that Construction of SeaWorld Abu Dhabi is 90% complete and the new theme park is set to open next year.
Columbia Pictures' first fully-branded park will open on October 11 in Thailand. Columbia Pictures Aquaverse will be a redesign and rebrand for Amazon Falls' Cartoon Network Amazone water park, which opened in 2014
The Tokyo Disney Resort is selling frozen versions of two popular theme park food items for home delivery through its official mobile app. Fans can buy Mickey-shaped bacon and pineapple pizzas and Mickey shaped churros.

Friday, 9 September 2022

Theme Park News in a Nutshell - Sep 10th 2022

All the Theme Park News that I can fit in a minute. • The D23 expo has kicked off in Anaheim, with the first news being the re-announcing of the e-ticket ride for Disney California Adventure’s Avenger’s Campus. • The parks and experiences pavilion featured models of Disneyland’s new ToonTown and Tiana’s Bayou adventure. We got to see ride vehicles for the 4 new rides at Tokyo DisneySea’s upcoming fantasy springs and 2 ride vehicles For Hong Kong’s upcoming Frozen land. And the ride vehicle for the zootopia ride coming to Shanghai. • At Universal Orlando we’ve seen two new trademark applications believed to be related to Epic Universe with Universal's Stella Nova Resort and Universal's Terra Luna Resort. • Cedar Point has announced it has retired Top Thrill Dragster "as you know it." • Busch Gardens Williamsburg have announced a new coaster called the DarKoaster which is is taking its theme from their former dark ride Curse of DarKastle which closed in 2017. • Universal Hollywood have brought Pizza Fries to their Halloween Horror Nights this year for the first time.

Saturday, 3 September 2022

Theme Park News in a Nutshell - September 2nd 2022

Here is this week's news:
Halloween celebrations have kicked off at Disneyland resort on Friday, as did universals Halloween Horror Nights. 
A new “Disney Vacation Club Star View Station" will open at Disneyland in the first half of 2023 up stairs at the old America sings building in Tomorrowland.
Merlin have announced Europe's 4th Legoland with Legoland Belgium to be located in Charleroi, just south of Brussels. Th target for opening is 2027.
The revenge of the mummy has soft opened at Universal Orlando after it’s extended maintenance.
Animation Tests Start at Universal studios Hollywood’s Super Nintendo World
Dreamworld in Australia is running its Spring County fair event again this year from September 17th.

Saturday, 27 August 2022

Theme Park News in a Nutshell - 27th August 2022

Disney has shown off construction photos for upcoming Epcot attraction the “Journey of Water, Inspired by Moana”.
They also released the live steaming schedule for the D23 expo, which includes the parks and resorts presentation on September 11th.
Here in Australia, movie World have announced the return of their Halloween event Fright Nights after a 2 year hiatus.
Ardent, the owners of Dreamworld have boasted in their Full Year results that they have plans for multiple new attractions over the next 3 financial years, with announcements to occur before the end of the year.
Six Flags Great Adventure’s award winning wooden coaster El Toro has been closed for inspections, after multiple riders were taken to hospital with back and jaw complaints after what people described as a pothole appeared on the rides track.
Walt Disney World has improved functionality for guests hoping to change plans this week. Previously guests would need to cancel reservations to be a ale to add new ones on the same day or as additional people. This now can be managed as an update on the Disney website.

Saturday, 20 August 2022

Theme Park News in a Nutshell - 20th Aug 2022

This week's Theme Park News:
Chessington world of adventure have announced they are opening a World of Jumanji land in 2023.
Universal Hollywood has announced the final parts of their Halloween Horror Nights event, announcing the return of Terror Tram featuring two hit Jordan Peele movies, "Nope" and "Us.". They also announced that Death Eaters will take over the Wizarding World of Harry Potter for the first time in the US. 
Universal Orlando also completed its HHN lineup this week, announcing six houses, 4 scare zones and two shows. The houses include Bugs: Eaten Alive and Fiesta de Chupacabras.
Knotts also announced 2 new houses for their Scary Farm event, as well as announcing that their new Chaperone policy will be in effect at all events. Knotts also showed off their new coaster trains for the refurbishment of Montezumas revenge.
Disneyland Resort opened up renewals for their magic key program this week, with an increase in cost and new restrictions on the top tier.
Sea World parks in the US are celebrating summer by giving away limited numbers of free ice creams until the end of August
Universal Orlando have given team members a chance to ride the refurbished Revenge of the Mummy this week, meaning that it will soon reopen to the public.

Saturday, 13 August 2022

Theme Park News in a Nutshell - 13th Aug 2022

In France, Futuroscope has opened a first of its kind rotating theatre called Tornado Chasers.
The cedar fair chain Have made a number of big 2023 announcements this week. Cedar Point are adding a new area called the Boardwalk which will include a new Grand pavilion. They’ll also be adding a new family coaster called Wild Mouse. 
Canada’s wonderland is getting a launched family coaster called Snoopy's Racing Railway. 
Carowinds is getting a new land Aeronautica which will feature 5 new flat rides. 
The rebuild of Montezuma’s Revenge at Knotts berry farm has a name, MonteZOOMa: The Forbidden Fortress. 
And worlds of fun is going to name it’s gci wooden coaster Zambezi Zinger.
In other news universal have submitted a patent for an "Interactive Pepper's Ghost Effect System." rumored for use at the Wizarding World land at universal Orlando’s upcoming theme park Epic universe.
The have also given proposed names for roads around the epic universe site. The main road will Epic boulevard, while the backstage roads will have names of Ideation Place”, “Opportunity Way” and “Teamwork Drive”.
Universal Orlando have also announced a curfew for unaccompanied minors. With guests under 18 required to be a parent or guardian after 9 pm.
The Holidays celebration at the Universal Orlando Resort will start November 12 this year, continuing through January 1, 2023.