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Theme Park Insider 11/21/2019 14:38
By Robert Niles: The for this year's Epcot International Festival of the Holidays, which kicks off November 29 and runs daily through December 30. The festival honors holidays around the world with special events, entertainment, merchandise, and, of course, food. Here are some of the new items available this year at the Holiday Kitchens around Epcot's World Showcase. Yukon Holiday Kitchen (Canada):. Canadian Wild Rice and Ham Soup with Almonds served with a Pretzel Roll. Peppermint Pinwheel Cookie. Le Marché de Noël Holiday Kitchen (France):. Rillette de Saumon: Salmon Spread with House-made Bread. L’Chaim! Holiday Kitchen (Between Morocco and France):. Smoked Salmon Potato Latke. Potato Latkes with Sour Cream. Sufganiyot: Mini Jelly-filled Doughnu.
Theme Park Insider 11/20/2019 22:22
By Robert Niles: One of the highlights of each year's IAAPA Expo is Bob Rogers' annual Legends panel. What was once a gathering of Disney Legends reminiscing about the old times working with Walt has grown into an annual master class dissecting a major project in the past year of themed entertainment. And in 2019, there was no bigger, more ambitious project in this industry than Disney's Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge lands. So Bob this afternoon welcomed Scott Trowbridge, Margaret Kerrison, Anisha Deshmane, and Chris Beatty from Walt Disney Imagineering to share their report from the Galaxy's Edge. Like a true showman, Bob saved the juiciest prompt for near the end of the panel:. "I know you must have had this meeting, this must have happened. Im.
Theme Park Insider 11/19/2019 17:06
By Robert Niles: Knott's Berry Farm and its partner Triotech this afternoon at the IAAPA Attractions Expo in Orlando offered more detail for their new Knott's Bear-y Tales: Return to the Fair interactive dark ride. revives one of the park's classic dark rides, just in time for the farm's 100th anniversary.
Theme Park Insider 11/19/2019 15:00
By Robert Niles: Thinkwell's Warner Bros. World Abu Dhabi, Disney's Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge, and Universal's Hagrid's Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventures led the winners of this year's Thea Awards, announced this afternoon by the Themed Entertainment Association at the IAAPA Expo in Orlando. The Yas Island park, which won our Theme Park Insider Award as the world's best theme park earlier this year, was honored for outstanding achievement in the Theme Park category while Galaxy's Edge was honored as a New Park Land and Millennium Falcon: Smuggler's Run and Hagrid's were honored as Attractions. The Themed Entertainment Association presents its Thea Awards to deserving themed entertainment projects and personnel each year. Unlike many awa.
Theme Park Insider 11/19/2019 10:43
By Robert Niles: The SeaWorld theme parks chain today at the IAAPA Expo in Orlando is revealing train cars and more details for the new line-up of roller coaters it will debut at its SeaWorld and Busch Gardens parks across the United States next year. New coasters are coming to the three SeaWorld and two Busch Gardens parks, from five different manufacturers overall. Rocky Mountain Construction will present the ride car for at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay.
Theme Park Insider 11/19/2019 09:29
By Robert Niles: The 2019 IAAPA Expo kicked off this morning with the introduction of a new class into the IAAPA Hall of Fame and the opening of its 13.5-acre show floor. This year's Hall of Fame inductees are Fred Langford, called the father of the modern water slide - the first person to use fiberglass in a water slide design, and Alberto Zamperla, the head of the Zamperla company, one of the largest ride manufacturers in the world. More than 1,100 companies are exhibiting at this year's expo, which is expected to attract more than 38,000 attendees from around the world, making the largest professional gathering in the theme and amusement park industry.
Theme Park Insider 11/18/2019 13:21
By Robert Niles: Walt Disney World is stepping up the promotion for its upcoming 2020 attraction debuts. Today, the resort released a promotional poster for its new , just in time for Mickey's birthday today. The ride replaces The Great Movie Ride in the Chinese Theater at Disney's Hollywood Studios and originally had been slated to open this year. It follows Mickey and Minnie on a wild trip as Goofy steers our train through a series of misadventures on the way to Mickey and Minnie's picnic in the park. (Here's the , if you don't mind spoilers.). Image courtesy Disney. The poster appears to call to the "Over the Falls" scene in the ride, where we appear to end up underwater... but since Disney is releasing this image now, I'm no longer callin.
Theme Park Insider 11/17/2019 12:36
By Robert Niles: The theme park industry's largest annual industry convention begins this week in Orlando. That's right — It's IAAPA week once again. The International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions' IAAPA Expo show floor opens Tuesday morning, welcoming tens of thousands of theme and amusement park managers, designers, vendors, and buyers to the Orange County Convention Center. Exhibitors have filled Tuesday's schedule with press conferences to announce and provide fresh detail on many new attractions coming to parks next year. I am in Orlando for the expo, and here is a look at some of the coverage that I will be bring you this week on and our social media channels. Knott's Berry Farm and vendor Triote.
Theme Park Insider 11/16/2019 23:30
By Robert Niles: The Universal Orlando Resort welcomed the 2019 holiday season this evening with a return of three holiday shows... and a feast of holiday treats. With plunging temperatures providing a wintery feel around the resort, we started the evening tonight with Chef Ron Cope Jr. talking us through some of the sweets and savory treats (including some grown-up drinks) available at Islands of Adventure and Universal Studios Florida this holiday season. Then we spoke with Universal Orlando Vice President of Entertainment Deborah Buynak about how Universal brought Christmas to life in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. Then it was time to for the shows to get started. We went live on our YouTube channel tonight with Universal's Holiday.
Theme Park Insider 11/15/2019 16:26
By Robert Niles: Aquatica Orlando today announced its new slide for 2020, , which the park is calling "Florida’s first-ever dueling water slide.". Riders will slide in two-person rafts from a 68-foot tower down 650 feet to the final splash — "dueling face-to-face, racers will navigate tight loops and accelerations through indoor and outdoor sections," according to the water park's press release. Here's the hype video:. Aquatica Orlando announces its new slide for 2020, Riptide Race - "Florida’s first-ever dueling water slide.". — Theme Park Insider (@ThemePark). "Riptide Race will offer a ride experience you won’t be able to get anywhere else in Florida. Aquatica will be the first waterpark in the state to have a thrilling, and more importantly.
Theme Park Insider 11/15/2019 14:26
By Robert Niles: Walt Disney World is publicly honoring two of its Magic Kingdom cast members. It's the "Skipper of the Year" awards, presented to cast members who work the Magic Kingdom's Jungle Cruise and the Jungle Navigation Co. Skipper Canteen. This year's honorees, nominated by their fellow cast members, are Jay Friesner at the Jungle Cruise and Richard Reyes at the Skipper Canteen. As a former cast member who worked Magic Kingdom attractions on the west side of the park, I somehow managed to avoid ever once working on the Jungle Cruise - the only Magic Kingdom West attraction I never worked, even as a fill-in greeter. Nevertheless, from watching them every day, I know how hard pulling shifts in the Jungle can be... and how a great sk.
Theme Park Insider 11/15/2019 11:12
By Robert Niles: A new drone show might be on its way to a Southern California theme park. Permit applications reveal that of a new drone show this February, in advance of a potential official launch of the production next summer. The show would use up to 500 of the Intel Shooting Star drones that have featured in shows at other parks around the world, including Universal Studios Hollywood's Dark Arts at Hogwarts Castle, Starbright Holidays at Walt Disney World's Disney Springs, and the opening ceremony for Dubai Parks & Resorts. Intel won a Thea Award last spring from the Themed Entertainment Association for its Shooting Star drones. SeaWorld's San Diego park lies within the jurisdiction of the California Coastal Commission, which subjects.
Theme Park Insider 11/14/2019 15:13
By Robert Niles: It's been an... interesting year in the theme park business. A year ago, 2019 looked like it was going to be the year of Disney's Star Wars land. Well, that did end up being the big story of the year, but not for the reasons that Disney had hoped. Disappointing attendance left the door open for Disney's competitors in 2019. So who took advantage? Which of America's top theme park companies has the best momentum going in the theme park industry right now? Universal never cedes anything to Disney, and this year delivered no exception. The Universal theme parks brought two of their biggest franchises to compete against Disney's Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge land, with Jurassic World in Hollywood and Hagrid's Magical Creative Motorb.
Theme Park Insider 11/13/2019 20:19
By Robert Niles: The Star Wars universe giveth... and the Star Wars universe taketh away. A day after Disney+'s new Star Wars series, The Mandalorian, revived the old Star Wars Holiday Special's Life Day, Legoland California announced the closure of its Lego Star Wars section in Miniland. The exhibit will close January 6, 2020, park officials said today. "Since opening in 2011 with additions made year after year, the Lego Star Wars Miniland model display has been popular for children and their parents," Legoland California Resort General Manager Peter Ronchetti said. "We are thrilled we were able to bring this generational experience to our guests and hope those who have yet to see it, or want to revisit with their friends, will come experi.
Theme Park Insider 11/12/2019 22:09
By Robert Niles: Not long after Disney detailed plans for its Star Wars Galaxy's Edge land, I (semi-facetiously) suggested in that perhaps Disney could do a Christmas overlay for the land by reviving its long-shunned Star Wars Holiday Special. For those who have seen the 1978 TV special, "Life Day" was the Star Wars version of Christmas, featured in the special as the day for which Chewbacca was trying to get back to his family on his home planet, Kashyyyk. The special was so cheesy (the cast actually includes Harvey Korman and Bea Arthur) that George Lucas reportedly ordered it struck from the Star Wars canon, never to be recognized officially again.
Theme Park Insider 11/12/2019 18:04
By Robert Niles: The past few weeks have filled news reports with dramatic video and reports of wildfires burning throughout California. The flames and smoke have prompted . With Southern California the birthplace of the global theme park industry, many readers are concerned about not just the community, but also the beloved theme parks that call it home. A reader wrote:. Given the increase in wildfires in California, I would like to [learn] how Disneyland, Universal Studios Hollywood, Knott's Berry Farm, and Six Flags Magic Mountain are prepared to deal with a potential wildfire. In particular, given Disneyland's solid place as a historical icon (some would say around the world), does Disney have water reserves? Specific plans with local an.
Theme Park Insider 11/12/2019 14:23
By Robert Niles: The Walt Disney Company today premiered its much-hyped new direct-to-consumer video streaming service, . Designated the new online home for the Disney catalogue, plus (thus the name) those of Pixar, Marvel, Lucasfilm, National Geographic, and even the family-friendly(ish) elements from Fox (i.e. The Simpsons), Disney+ also offers a new original series for the company's millions of theme park fans. The hour-long first episode of The Imagineering Story takes viewers through the early days of what is now known as Walt Disney Imagineering. Begun as WED Enterprises in the early 1950s, this new company of Walt's was his "sandbox" for the development of Disneyland. Long-time theme park fans probably won't learn anything new from T.

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