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.