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. 

Saturday, 6 August 2022

Theme Park News in a Nutshell - 6th Aug 2022

Dollywood has announced its big attraction for 2023, Big Bear Mountain, a multi-launch, 3,990-foot family coaster from Vekoma.
SeaWorld theme parks this morning reported record revenue and earnings for the second quarter of 2022, with revenue of $504.8 million for those 3 months. Cedar Fair also posted all time record quarterly revenue, with revenue of $509 million for the quarter.
Disneyland has announced that Holidays at the Disneyland Resort will kick off on November 11 this year and run through January 8, 2023.
Scarecrow: The Reaping Coming to Hollywood's Halloween Horror Nights. It’s an original IP which featured at Orlando in 2017.
Universal orlando is going to have some Halloween at it’s resorts this year with Cabana Bay hosting the Universal Monsters Gallery of Legends.

Saturday, 25 June 2022

Theme Park News in a Minute - June 25th 2022

Walt Disney world have announced their holiday plans for this year with the return of Mickeys very Christmas party on November 8th. They’ve also announced that their newest ride Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind will have a holiday overlay featuring Christmas songs.
Universal Orlando and Hollywood have announced their next Halloween Horror Night house with “The Horrors of Blumhouse” featuring recent movies Freaky and The Black Phone. These universal park also announced their parties for July 4th this week.
Hong Kong Disneyland has debuted its new nighttime spectacular “Momentous – The Most Magical Show on Earth.”
Universal Beijing is attempting to reopen again.
Star Wars launch bay is returning to Disney’s Hollywood Studios again July 17th with guests able to meet Chewie, Bb-8 and Darth Vader.

Saturday, 18 June 2022

Theme Park News in a Minute - 18th Jun 2022

Iowa's Lost Island theme park opens officially this weekend.
Universal Beijing dropped their plans to open this week, after being contacted by local authorities. Shanghai Disneyland also has remained closed.
Disney have launched an ultra expensive world tour of all 12 of their parks called “Disney Parks Around The World – A Private Jet Adventure” with tickets starting at touch over 100 thousand dollars US.
Disneyland resort have announced a new BBQ heavy for their Paradise Garden Grill. The resort also Announced dates for this years Oogie Boogie bash and confirmed the return of haunted mansion holiday.
Universal Hollywood is bringing back their Nighttime Lights on Hogwarts castle and special effects shows for summer.

Saturday, 4 June 2022

Theme Park News in a Minute - 4th Jun 2022

This week's news:
Princess and the frog voice actress Anika Noni Rose may have leaked the opening time from for the retheming of splash mountain stating that it will be “out in 2024”.
Fantasmic and World of Color have reopened at Disneyland resort this week.
Universal Studios Hollywood has narrowed down the opening date for Super Nintendo World, stating that it will open in early 2023.
SeaWorld Orlando has given us a hype video for its seventh coaster under construction as we speak. It is as yet unnamed but appears to be Surf themed.
Disneyland Resort has stopped selling the remaining types of Magic Keys, their replacements for the annual pass program.
The Mattel Adventure Park under construction in Arizona has announced more of it’s attractions, which include a Barbie flying theatre and laser tag inside Castle Grayskull from He man and the masters of the universe
San Diego Sea World has kicked off it’s summer time event Electric Ocean. It includes two new shows called Adrenaline and ElectroBlast.

Friday, 27 May 2022

Theme Park News in a Minute - 28th May 2022

This week's News:
Guardians of the Galaxy cosmic rewind has officially opened at Epcot this week.
Previews have started for Disneylands returning Tale of the Lion King show.
Disneyland Paris have announced July 20 will be the opening date for their Avengers Campus.
Toy giant Mattel has trademarked a name for a theme park, Mattel Adventure Park. This is expected 
The latest version of Universal Orlando’s Tribute Store opened this week paying tribute to classic movies, ET, Jaws and Back to the Future.
The rumours of Universal Orlando’s City walk getting Escape Rooms is gaining traction. Check out Theme Park Stop on YouTube for a summary of the current rumours.
Universal Hollywood have confirmed they are switching from the word maze to the word House for their attractions at this year’s Halloween horror nights, in line with Universal Orlando.
Cedar point has opened their annual Frontier Festival this week, which runs through to June.
Knotts Berry Farm have also started their Summer time celebrations, including shows featuring DJ Lance Rock from Yo Gabba Gabba, and also the return of the Ghost Town Alive! Street entertainment.

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