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New Details Released on Shanghai Disney Resort

Where: China
July 21, 2015 at 9:19 AM | by | ()

The minivan is packed, the A/C turned full blast, and it’s time to take that long family road trip to Florida to visit Mickey Mouse. But wait: You might want to rethink things, save that gas money, and put it toward plane fare — because the Disney park you'll really want to visit is actually the new one headed to China.

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Speed Beasts: Meet Mako, SeaWorld's Future Hypercoaster

June 11, 2015 at 8:58 AM | by | ()

They haven’t even started counting the summer cash yet, yet the folks at SeaWorld are already looking forward to 2016. We guess that’s necessary when you're building a big, bad new roller coaster, as these suckers don’t just come together overnight.

Rather than take a cue from Shamu this time they’ll be looking towards a little inspiration from sharks: SeaWorld's latest and greatest roller coaster will be called Mako. We can only imagine the final specifications are still being worked out, but the big reveal includes promises of a 73 mph top speed and drops around 200 feet.

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If You're Looking For a Disney Monorail Just Check With eBay

March 27, 2015 at 9:26 AM | by | ()

Theme park fans need to monitor eBay and other online auction sites, as every once in a while a true gem comes up for sale. Just recently this was the case, as a pretty big piece of Walt Disney World had a chance of finding a place in your backyard or garage.

You know the monorail down in the Orlando area that whisks tourists from the parking lot to the Magic Kingdom and then over to Epcot as well? Well one of the cars was recently posted for sale on eBay, as the collector who previously purchased needed to get rid of it to raise some funds.

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Wait, What? Tickets for Disney World and Disneyland Now Cost How Much?

March 2, 2015 at 1:38 PM | by | ()

Your kiddos better start picking up extra chores, tasks, and assignments around the house, as they’re going to need some additional funds if they’re looking to visit one of the Disney parks here in the nifty fifty.

The folks responsible for the theme parks—we assume that’s Mickey and friends—have increased admission prices once again, so that visit to Disneyland or Walt Disney World is going to cost you that much more cash.

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South Korea Keeps Crushing It, Announces New Legoland

Where: Korea
December 3, 2014 at 9:42 AM | by | ()

Start looking under the bed and between the couch cushions for those missing pieces, as construction crews are going to need each and every bit of plastic for this project.

Another new Legoland is on the docket, and this time the Danish blocks will call South Korea home. The folks behind the project are Britain's Merlin Entertainments, and they’re planning to spend roughly $270 million to construct the amusement park, along with local investors. Building a Legoland honestly sounds like a dream for a contractor; just follow the instructions, right?

As for the opening date—the schedule right now puts the first visitor to pass through the turnstiles in 2017. The park will be situated in Chuncheon—up in the Gangwon Province. WikiTravel has good things to say about the area, least of all this: "For travelers weary of Seoul's crowds and big city atmosphere, Chuncheon can be an ideal place to spend several days."

The South Korea Legoland will join other Legolands in Florida, California, Windsor (UK), Germany, Denmark, Dubai, and Malaysia.

[Photo of another Legoland: Loozrboy]

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Why Billions and Billions of Disney Dollars are Bound for Japan

Where: Tokyo, Japan
November 5, 2014 at 11:58 AM | by | ()

In the wild world of theme parks the offerings by Disney over in Japan are often considered to be the best of the best. Sure Disneyland and Walt Disney World here at home are great spots to visit, but it seems like over in Japan they have all the best rides, newest attractions, and the biggest budgets—they spare no expense.

Now things are going to get even better, as it sounds like the folks behind the parks in partnership with Disney are spending around $4.6 billion to upgrade, improve, and expand the parks in Tokyo. Both Tokyo Disneyland and DisneySea are set to receive the influx of cash and construction, as the renovations are expected to take place over the next ten years.

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Will Harry Potter Move to China? Universal Studios Announces Beijing Park

Where: Beijing, China
October 20, 2014 at 9:18 AM | by | ()

Pack your best roller coaster riding pants, as China is all set to welcome the thrills and chills of a major new attraction. The folks over at Universal Studios have been running the numbers, preparing the PowerPoint presentations, and now it’s time to start about building a new park over in Beijing.

The opening date of the park hasn’t been announced, but you can bet on it being a few years from now; the bulldozers haven't even arrived on scene yet. The planned park will take up around 1,000 acres, and will likely feature all kinds of superheroes and movie favorites from Spider-Man to Transformers.

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Will Drones Soon Be Buzzing Overhead at Disney Theme Parks?

September 3, 2014 at 10:09 AM | by | ()

It sounds like Disney is hard at work thinking of the latest and greatest in theme park technology, but this time things aren’t exactly related to new rides, attractions, or roller coasters.

Disney recently filed a few patent applications for some of their new ideas, and they have a lot to do with drones. Specifically, the plans sound like the theme parks are planning to put unmanned flying devices to work in the name of sharing a little more entertainment with visitors.

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Will a Legoland for New York Become Reality?

August 21, 2014 at 11:30 AM | by | ()

File this one under "wait and see," but there’s some evidence that a new theme park could be coming to the greater New York City area. It’s not another Six Flags or even a roller coaster kingdom, but something more interactive and imaginative. That's right—the Hudson Valley may welcome its very own Legoland.

The plan is to utilize the site of the former Letchworth Village in Thiells within the town of Haverstraw. Recently the Mid-Hudson Regional Economic Development Council met to chat about stuff like economic development—ha—and the plans for the theme park received a positive reception.

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Halloween Theme Park Preview: Universal Hollywood's Werewolf Maze

August 15, 2014 at 8:31 AM | by | ()

We’re halfway through August, and before you know it the cooler temperatures and spooky stuff of fall will be here. That means that Halloween marketing is starting to arrive. The candy might not be at the store just yet, but the theme parks are getting ready to celebrate the season—like Universal Studios Hollywood and Halloween Horror Nights.

The park over in California is taking a few pages out of their own film library, as they’re calling on An American Werewolf in London for inspiration on their latest seasonal selection.

The maze opens up for the season on September 19, and it sounds like they’re taking plenty of cues from the original film. Organizers promise totally convincing props, authentic music, and special effects that will scare you silly—especially when it comes to all things werewolf.

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Universal Orlando's 'Hogwarts Express' is Totally Showing Up Actual Amtrak Trains

August 11, 2014 at 11:35 AM | by | ()

Already?!

That's the question being exclaimed by visitors to Universal Studios Orlando, as the theme park has announced that their newest ride—the Hogwarts Express within The Wizarding World of Harry Potter - Diagon Alley—just surpassed 1 million riders.

This train, a ride experience we heralded as "the most attractive ride at Universal Orlando" and which became our favorite of all at the park, only opened to the public on July 8, 2014. On August 7, the Universal Orlando Facebook page announced they'd reached the million riders, conveniently one day short of the ride's one month anniversary.

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This Indiana Theme Park is Spending $22 Million on Their Next Roller Coaster

July 31, 2014 at 7:29 AM | by | ()

We’re right in the middle of theme park season, so it seems a little unusual for a park to start building excitement over some future rides and attractions. We’d think they would still be focusing on this year. However, we’ll just assume that the folks over at Holiday World know what they’re doing, as they just announced that they will be spending $22 million to construct a new roller coaster.

It will be the country’s first launched winged coaster, and it will be known as Thunderbird once the final bits and pieces are assembled in 2015. The details are still coming out, and we’ll know more as the construction progresses; however, we do know that the ride will hit 60 miles per hour in just over three seconds—hang on. There’s the usual twists, turns, and whatnot as well as 14-story version of something called an Immelmann loop.

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