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.

Friday, 5 June 2020

News in a Minute - 5th June 2020

Black Lives Matter.
Universal Studios Orlando's theme parks have re-opened this week.
Other Reopenings this week include Europa Park and Efteling
Efteling have also announced their new Max & Moritz will debut on June 20.
Parks that have announce their opening this week inclue Universal Studios Japan Busch Gardens Tampa, Hersheypark, Kentucky Kingdom, Silver Dollar City, Sea World San Diego and Legoland California.
The NBA is going to implement a long speculated plan to finish it's season at the Walt Disney World resort.
Univesal Studios Beijing has revealed the lineup for their CityWalk Shopping and entertainment district.
Sea World and Busch Gardens have announced details of their advanced reservation system
King's Island is suing the state of ohio for the right to re-open

Friday, 29 May 2020

News in a Minute - 29th May 2020

This week's news:
Walt Disney World is reopening it’s theme parks. Magic Kingdom and Disney's Animal Kingdom will reopen on Saturday, July 11, while Epcot and Disney's Hollywood Studios will reopen on Wednesday July 15, with soft opening events for select audiences before theN.
Sea World Orlando has put forward its reopening plan as well, with a plan to reopen on June 11th.
There was an amazing photo taken this week of the state of Super Nintendo World Japan! Looks amazing!!
Six Flags today announced that the first of its parks Frontier City park in Oklahoma City will reopen on June 5. It’ll be first to utilise the new chain wide safety protocols including IR Temperature checks and contactless bag searches.
Cedar Fair announced an update of its parks' mobile apps to support new admission procedures. This includes the ability to reserve entry times and complete the health survey required to enter the parks.
Former Fox World Park At resorts world Genting in Malaysia has been Delayed to Late 2021.
The Themed Entertainment Association today canceled its rescheduled 26th annual Thea Awards ceremony and TEA Summit for 2020 and announced that its Thea Case Studies sessions from the summit would move online.
Legoland Florida has gotten approval from the state of Florida for its reopening plan, so the resort will resume welcoming guests on June 1

Friday, 22 May 2020

News in a Minute - 22 May 2020

Here is this week's news!
- Disney Springs has partially re-opened in Florida, with mixed success. A lot of talk this week about how signage for queue has been done, as Disney appear to be using a "Don't Stand Here" approach, as opposed to universal using a "Stand here" approach.
- Universal Orlando has put forward a plan to their county, to re-open their theme parks to the public on June 5th. The Orange County Economic Recovery Task Force has requested plans from all major theme park chains in the region. They uniamously approved the plan, which includes a testing periods on June 1st for cast members, and June 3rd and 4th for invited guests and annual pass holders.
- In Europe, Efteling has re-opened, with firm rules around distancing, but no requirement for wearing masks.
- This years IAAPA Expo Asia has been announced as a virtual event , which will run on July 28th to the 30th.
- Current WDW President Josh D'Amaro has been named as Bob Chapek's replacement as the hea d of the park, experiences and products division of the Walt Disney company.
- Village Roadshow, who owns and operates Movie World and Sea World in Australia, has entered into exclusive takeover talks with a private Equity company BGH Capital. Interestingly though, there specific terms in the offer relating to raising the price if the theme parks run by the chain are able to re-open before the deal is finalized.
- Europa Park gave a video of the making of their new Piraten in Batavia ride.