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.

Friday, 31 July 2020

News in a Minute - 31st July 2020

This week's news:
Universal Orlando has cancelled this year’s Halloween Horror nights. They have opened a tribute store to the event in the park this week, but it’s just a tribute.
Disneyland have cancelled their Halloween party , the oggie boogie bash, as well.
Other California theme parks are getting creative with their inability to open, with Legoland California opening part of their mini land and knotts berry farm extending their food festivals.
Germany's Europa Park today opened its new Pirates in Batavia ride, replacing the former version that was destroyed in a 2018 fire
In financial reporting this week both Six Flags and Universal reported dismal numbers for the second quarter of 2020, with the chains down 96% and 94% compared to the same quarter last year.
Universal has stated that due to this the Development of Universal Orlando’s new Epic Universe theme park remains paused
The Walt Disney World Resort is delaying the reopening of a few of its on-site hotels. Including Art of Animation, beach club and the boardwalk.
Busch Gardens Williamsburg is returning August 5th with a Hard-Ticket Event called Coasters and Craft Brews

Friday, 17 July 2020

News in a Minute - 17th July 2020

This week's Theme Park News:
The 2019 Theme Park attendance was announced this week, with most parks staying stable, except for Chimelong Ocean Kingdom in China and Islands of Adventure who had solid increases.
universal studios Beijing is on track with construction, which means a likely opening in the first half of 2021, according to China Daily.
Rumour has it that a Disney cast memo has stated that at Stitch's Great Escape at Magic Kingdom, Primeval Whirl and Rivers of Light at Animal Kingdom are permanently closed.
Cedar point has introduced a new ride reservation system this week. Cedar Point is now using an "Access Pass" system for Millennium Force, Maverick, Steel Vengeance, and - when it reopens - Top Thrill Dragster
Legoland florida is now requiring the use of masks inside any indoor facility.
Hong Kong Disneyland has reclosed this week, although it’s expected to be a short closer due to specific outbreak detected.
Fuji-Q highlands in Japan has asked for guests to refrain from screaming with the super cute Japanese slogan “scream inside your heart”.
Water coaster Cheetah Chase has opened at Holiday World & Splashin' Safari
Another wAter ride, Mystic River Falls has Soft-Opened at Silver Dollar City
Knotts berry farm are opening without rides and shows for the Knott's Taste of Calico food festival for the next two weekends
Dollywood has stopped requiring guests have advanced reservations for the park.

Saturday, 4 July 2020

News in a Minute - 4th July 2020

This week's news:
Tokyo Disney has reopened this week, with one noticeable difference. The Haunted Mansion has lost it’s pre-show. That means no stretching room.
Japanese newspaper Nikkei is reporting that Universal Studios Japan has decided to postpone the opening of Super Nintendo World indefinitely.
Disney has suspended the Disney college program for the remainder of the year.
The Bourne Stuntacular Debuted at Universal Studios Florida this week, and universal shared a sneak peek video of the attraction.
Six Flags Great Adventure in New Jersey, is delaying the opening of their Single rail coaster Jersey Devil until 2021.
Kings island released a POV video of their upcoming giga coaster Orion.
Hersheypark gave opened their new coaster Candymonium yesterday after media previews this week.
Annual passholders at Walt Disney World snapped up all available spots for the resort's preview days on June 9th and 10th within minutes of them becoming available this week.

Friday, 26 June 2020

News in a Minute - 26th June 2020

This week's News:
Splash Mountain is officially being rethemed to Princess and the Frog at both Disneyland and WDW. Disney announced the change, which has been in development for a year, early due to Controversy around the incredibly racist movie Song of the South which the original ride is based upon. As it’s still with Imagineering, there is no date for when work will start on this re-imagining.
Disneyland has indefinitely postponed their reopening plans. The Californian government has said that it won’t decide on any theme park in openings until July 4th. Disney said this didn’t leave sufficient time for their planned July 17 opening.
Tokyo Disney has announced July 1st as its opening date. Disneyland Paris has announced they will reopen July 15th
The UK government has stated that their parks are allowed to reopen from July 4th.
Australia’s first theme park to reopen, Sea World reopened today!
WDWs new Park Pass Reservation system opened this week, with heavy access and technical glitches.
Disney has also stated they have "paused” the planned rewrite and refurbishment of Epcot's iconic Spaceship Earth attraction.
In the Netherlands, Efteling Opens Its New Family Coaster, Max & Moritz.
The US state of Virginia has cleared the way for it’s theme parks, Kings Dominion and Busch Gardens Williamsburg to reopen, but have capped parks to 1000 people.

Friday, 19 June 2020

News in a Minute - 19th June 2020

The Bourne Stuntacular Has started technical rehearsals at Universal Orlando.
Walt Disney World have cancelled the Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party in its entirety. They have confirmed a modified version of Epcot’s Food and wine festival will still run.
Hong Kong Disneyland Reopened yesterday
Australia’s big theme parks are reopening. First Sea World on June 26, Movie World on July 15th and Dreamworld sometime before September. The parks will be opening at half capacity.
Hersheypark is going to reOpen with their brand new B &M hyper coaster Candymonium on July 3.
California has had a state wide mandatory mask order, which trumps the local Orange County weakening of restrictions that were effecting Disneyland and it’s surrounding areas.
The original Wizarding World of Harry Potter land in Universal Orlando is celebrating it’s 10th anniversary this week.
Tivoli in Denmark reopened this week.
Power Park in Finland has started testing their new Gerstlauer coaster.
Se World SAN Antonio appears to be planning at least 2 new rides, with one likely to be a Mack Power Splash.

Friday, 12 June 2020

Theme Park News in a Minute - 12th June 2020

Here is the news:
Disneyland theme park is reopening on it’s 65th anniversary, July 17th. The resort is using a staged approach to reopening with the Downtown Disney opening on July 9th and two of the 3 reiterated hotels opening July 23rd
Universal Hollywood and Knotts Berry farm both opened their external shopping districts this week
Lotte World in South Korea closed for a day of disinfecting after a visitor tested positive for Coronavirus
Universal Studios Japan re opened this week, which has given us some great new images of the upcoming Super Nintendo World.
Shanghai Disneyland has started vertical construction of its upcoming Zootopia-themed land this week
The two owning companies for Australia’s biggest theme parks have teamed up to submit Reopening plans to the Queensland government. Current restrictions allow them to reopen, but limit them to only 100 in the park which would not be financially viable.
Cedar Fair have announced opening dates for some of their parks: Kansas City’s Worlds of Fun will reopen to its pass holders on June 22. Kings Island will reopen on July 2, followed by Cedar Point one week later - on July 9.
Movie land park in Italy is set to reopen today.
Sea world Orlando and Busch Gardens Tampa Bay have reopened yesterday.
Holiday World in the US has added a new policy where guests can get a pass to return on an additional day if weather causes the closer of an attraction for more than 2 hours.