Saturday 28 October 2023

October 29th - Theme Park News in a Nutshell

 This week's Theme Park News:

• Tokyo Disney resort announced that Fantasy Springs at Tokyo DisneySea will open June 6, 2024.

• Disneyland Resort has announced the newly themed “Adventureland Treehouse inspired by Walt Disney's Swiss Family Robinson" will reopen officially on November 10. The treehouse had been Tarzan themed since 1999, and closed since shortly after the pandemic closures in 2021.

• Shanghai Disneyland has announced their Zootopia land will open December 20 of this year.

• WDW has given more details about it’s Christmas celebrations with Frozen Holiday Surprise castle projection show coming to Magic Kingdom, and lots of new entertainment coming to Hollywood Studios for the Jollywood Nights event. This includes a What’s this, nightmare before Christmas singalong show at the Frozen theatre.

• They also announced that EPCOT International Festival of the Arts will return on January 12, 2024 and run through February 19.

• Lots of Disney Cruise News this week but the most theme park related is that Disney Treasure vessel is going have a bar called the Haunted Mansion Parlor when it sets sail in December 2024.

• Japan’s new Ghibli Park is teasing the opening of the upcoming Princess Mononoke themed area that will premiere on November 1st. According to the update the land will feature a sculpture of a Tatarigami spiriti monster, a slide themed to the boar god Lord Okkoto and an area where guests can make their own “gohei-mochi rice cakes”.

• In the us, Several Cedar Fair theme parks Carowinds, Kings Dominion, and California's Great America are returning to their traditional calendars, closing for the winter and reopening for the 2024 season in the spring.

• Universal's theme parks took in more than $2.4 billion in revenue in the third quarter of 2023, parent company Comcast reported this week. Above comparable 2019 data. Despite this Comcast’s stock 8% post the report

• the Bullet Coaster at Happy Valley Shenzhen suffered some kind of incident. It sounds as if the two trains may have collided, causing the rear car to de-rail from the look of things. The unofficial reports say 8 riders may have been potentially injured from the incident. The Bullet Coaster is a modern S&S Thrust Air style launch coaster that first opened back in 2012.

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