Friday, 21 February 2020

News in a Minute - 21st Feb 2020





This week's News:

Universal Studios Hollywood has confirmed the closure of its Walking Dead attraction on March 4th.they also released the theme for its first Halloween Horror Nights maze of 2020 as the Walking Dead.

Magic Kingdom’s Cinderella castle getting a slight touch up later this year, with concept art for a new slightly darker colour scheme released this week.

Universal launched a new "Let Yourself Woah" campaign staring "Saturday Night Live" cast member Kenan Thompson.

Cedar Fair reported record attendance at its theme parks in 2019 up over last year by 5 percent.

Screamscape have reported that Universal is working on a secret project that will be connected to Epic Universe in Orlando. Think along the lines of Star Wars Galactic Star Cruiser... but for Harry Potter.

The Apex Parks group has closed 4 of their properties including 2 amusement parks Indiana Beach and Fantasy Island

Turkey’s Wonderland Eurasia (formerly called Ankapark) is now closed for good after failing to attract enough business

The Secret Life of Pets: Off the Leash! at Universal Hollywood will open to the public on March 27.


Friday, 14 February 2020

News in a Minute - 14th Feb 2020





This week's news:

Disney is coming for even more of your money, with price increases for day tickets at Disneyland resort and annual passes at Walt Disney World.

Six Flags has announced that all 26 of their parks and attractions have been designated "Certified Autism Centers" by the International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards.

Universal is giving away 8 trips to Japan in a promotional stunt for Super Nintendo World at Grand central station in New York on February 19th.

Universal Hollywood have dropped a hint on the opening of their new Secret Life of Pets Ride, saying it will be open for their Peacock Live after hours event on March 28th.

They also announced more details for their Top chef event this week and

It’s been reported that the next maintenance closure of their Jurassic World Ride will see the inclusion of the Indominous Rex.

Dreamworld Australia is retiring the Rocky Hollow Log Ride.

Disneyland had a backstage media preview of the Magic Happens parade.

New restaurant called Asian Street Treats has opened at Disneyland resorts downtown Disney.


News in a Minute - 14th Feb 2020





This week's news:

Disney is coming for even more of your money, with price increases for day tickets at Disneyland resort and annual passes at Walt Disney World.

Six Flags has announced that all 26 of their parks and attractions have been designated "Certified Autism Centers" by the International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards.

Universal is giving away 8 trips to Japan in a promotional stunt for Super Nintendo World at Grand central station in New York on February 19th.

Universal Hollywood have dropped a hint on the opening of their new Secret Life of Pets Ride, saying it will be open for their Peacock Live after hours event on March 28th.

They also announced more details for their Top chef event this week and

It’s been reported that the next maintenance closure of their Jurassic World Ride will see the inclusion of the Indominous Rex.

Dreamworld Australia is retiring the Rocky Hollow Log Ride.

Disneyland had a backstage media preview of the Magic Happens parade.

New restaurant called Asian Street Treats has opened at Disneyland resorts downtown Disney.


Saturday, 8 February 2020

News in a Minute - 7th Feb 2020





Something fishy is coming to Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Hollywood, with the previously exclusive Fishy Green Ale arriving from Orlando.

WDW has added a new paid PhotoPass option, where you can book a photographer for a private session. Sessions are booked at 20 minute increments at a cost of $50.

Mickey and Minnie's Runaway Railway in Hollywood Studios has been turn over to the park operations team to start training, a month our from its official opening date. They also installed a new marquee for the ride this week, and they have opened up FastPasses for March 4th onwards.

Tokyo Disney had a bad news week, where it was announced revenue was down, ticket prices are going up and the Tokyo DisneySea expansion, original planned for 2022, has been pushed back a year until 2023. This won't effect the expansion of Tokyo Disneyland, which is still on track to open April 15th.

The American Disney parks have had a good quarter with attendance up 2 percent, it was revealed in Disney's Earnings Report. The report also mentioned that Disney expects the two Chinese parks to be closed for 2 months with an estimated net loss $280 million in operating income.

Reportedly Warner Bros Entertainment is teaming up with Seibu Holdings to build a Harry Potter themed attraction in Tokyo by Spring 2023, on the side of the Toshimaen amusement park. Plans have not been finalized, but the rumours are is that it's going to be similar to the Warner Bros Studio Tour in London.

Soarin' Over California is coming back to Disney California Adventure, for another limited run.

The track has been completed and the first train run on California's first floorless dive coaster - Emperor at SeaWorld San Diego.


Friday, 31 January 2020

News in a Minute - 31st Jan 2020





This week's News:

Tokyo Disney have announced a new vacation package where children between 7 and 12 get to work a shift as a Gondalier at DisneySea's Mediterranean Harbor.

Galaxy's Edge became the first theme park land to win a Grammy this week, with John Williams picking up the Best Instrumental Composition gong for "Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge Symphonic Suite".

Shanghai and Hong Kong Disneyland both closed this week over fears around the novel Coronavirus outbreak. It is unclear when the resorts will re-open. Other theme parks have closed around China as well, including Ocean PArk.

Universal Orlando kick's off their Mardi Gras celebrations this Saturday. It's the 25th year of the event, and this year they have opened a Tribute Store.

We've seen a sneak peak at The Happy Ride with Baymax, which is opening as part of the Tokyo Disneyland expansion on April 15th. The new attraction is the same ride system as Alien Swirling Saucers at WDW.

Disneyland has announced a new Star Wars Nite for its Disneyland After Dark series for August 27, the first ngith of Star Wars Celebration.

They have also teased a flying Spiderman ahead of their Avengers Campus coming to California Adventure.

Knott's Berry Farm have kicked off their annual Peanuts Celebration this week. The event runs weekends and selected days through til March 1st.

Sea World San Antonio have released a POV of their upcoming new Coaster, the Texas Stingray.

Disney is bring a Preview for the Disney Pixar movie Onward to the US Parks in February.

Rumours are swirling about Walt Disney World considering adding a Paid FastPass option, similar to the MaxPass at Disneyland, in the coming months.

Another Rumour is that Epcot's Space 220 restaurant will open on March 30th.

Friday, 24 January 2020

News in a Minute - 24th Jan 2020





This week's Theme Park News:

Disneyland gave a sneak Peek of their Magic Happens parade which features 9 new floats including one themed to the Sword and the Stone. It has not been confirmed whether it will feature the burly guest 'Sam' who allegedly pulled Excalibur from Disneyland's stone earlier this month.

Disney World has added the Millennium Falcon to FastPass+. It’s open for visits on and after February 19, subject to the normal 30 and 60 limitations.

Universal Hollywood officially announced that The Secret life of pets - off the leash! Will open in spring.

Comcast’s CEO has confirmed in an Earnings Call that Epic Universe will be contain Orlando’s version of Super Nintendo World

Ferrari World Abu Dhabi has finally announced the Mission Ferrari roller coaster, as well as a new family zone, a walking experience and zip line.

An official update from Virgin Trains stated that talks with Disney had reached a rather advanced state now”, to put a station on or near the Walt Disney World property.

Sea World Orlando has media preview of their 2020 quadruple launch coaster Ice Breaker. They also gave a food and concert details of the Seven Seas food festival running from February to May.

Efteling has completed the track on their upcoming Max and Moritz family coaster

The imagineers behind Galaxy’s Edge have won a Lumiere award for Best Location Based Entertainment.

Friday, 17 January 2020

News in a Minute - 17 Jan 2020






This week's News:

Universal Studios Japan have release a hype video for Super Nintendo World, as if we weren’t hyped enough already. The music video featured Galantis and Charlie XCX. We also saw potential 4 people ride vehicles for the Mario Kart ride and got our first look at Power-up wristbands.

Disneyland’s version of Rise of the Resistance opens today, using the same boarding group system that has been used at Hollywood Studios.

Epcot has started previews for a couple attractions coming in the next few weeks,Canada Far and Wide and Beauty and the beast singalong with the latter having its opening schedule released. It will Run 11am-7pm with Impressions de France running 7:30pm-9pm.

Legoland California unveiled an 8.5 foot tall space raptor from the Lego Movie 2, at what will be the entrance of Lego Movie World, which will open in spring.

The share price of Six Flags had a dramatic dive this week after they filed a report with the US Securities and Exchange Commission declaring that the company has filed a formal notice of default with Chinese development partner, Riverside.

Chessington World of Adventure has announced that they will open a new Rainforest area in 2020 that will include three kids rides.

Disney has shown off the huge Gusteaus Sign which will be outside the upcoming Ratatouille dark ride in Epcot’s World Showcase.

Ocean Park in Hong Kong has announced its spending 10.6 million yuan to open 7 new scenic spots between 2023 and 2027.