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The circus is dead. Long live its successors

By Robert Niles: Feld Entertainment announced today that it will close the Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey Circus this spring, bringing to a close a 146 year run. Circuses were one of the progenitors of the themed entertainment industry,...Show More Summary

Let's imagine more entertaining, and useful, official theme park apps

By Robert Niles: Are theme parks getting as much as they could be from their official mobile apps? Most parks' apps provide a lot of useful information for visitors. You can see where you are on an interactive park map, look at current wait times for rides and see the day's schedule for shows and other in-park entertainment. Show More Summary

The new Epcot International Festival of the Arts opens at Walt Disney World

By Robert Niles: Walt Disney World this morning opened the first of six weekends of its new Epcot International Festival of the Arts. Featuring visual, performing and culinary arts, the festival helps fill the gap on the calendar between Epcot's Food and Wine and Flower and Garden festivals. Show More Summary

Universal Orlando's Jimmy Fallon ride to open April 6

By Robert Niles: Tonight Show host Jimmy Fallon announced this evening that his eponymous theme park ride, Race Through New York Starring Jimmy Fallon, will open officially on April 6 at Universal Studios Florida. Universal's first flying...Show More Summary

Tourism in Los Angeles is having a very good week

By Robert Niles: More people than ever are visiting Los Angeles and major new attractions are coming to the city. In a press conference at The Three Broomsticks inside Universal Studios Hollywood's Wizarding World of Harry Potter yesterday,...Show More Summary

Universal Orlando, Busch Gardens announce festival concert line-ups

By Robert Niles: Universal Orlando this morning revealed the concert line-up for its annual Mardi Gras festival. The resort previously announced that this year's Mardi Gras would run for 50 consecutive days, from Feb. 4 through March 25, rather than keeping with the on-one-day, off-on-others schedule it had followed in the past. Show More Summary

Disneyland introduces a limited Fastpass+ system, for a price

By Robert Niles: The Disneyland Resort today announced that it will allow visitors to start booking and managing Fastpass reservations via the resort's official app later this year, just like with the Fastpass+ system at the Walt Disney World Resort. Show More Summary

Disney announces SoCal resident deals, plus return of Food & Wine Fest

By Robert Niles: For the first time in nearly two years, there's no overarching theme decorating the Disneyland Resort, starting today and going for the next many months. No Holidays. No HalloweenTime. No Diamond Celebration. It's just... Show More Summary

Walt Disney World introduces new one-day, quick-service dining plan

By Robert Niles: Walt Disney World next week will start testing a one-day dining plan, matching similar plans offered by competing local theme parks. The new "Disney Dine-on-the-Go" will be available between Jan. 12 and Feb. 22 and includes one quick-service lunch and one quick-service dinner at the Magic Kingdom. Show More Summary

What's the biggest mistake ever made by a theme park?

By Robert Niles: What's the biggest mistake you've ever seen by a theme park? With The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror closing this week at Disney California Adventure, I'm sure that many fans would cite Disney's decision to replace that attraction with a new Guardians of the Galaxy theme as their pick for biggest theme park blunder. Show More Summary

SeaWorld announces passing of its largest, most famous orca

By Robert Niles: SeaWorld Orlando this morning announced that its largest and perhaps most famous orca, Tilikum, had passed away. Tilikum was 36 years old, meaning that he had outlived the average lifespan for a male orca in the wild, according to data from the U.S. Show More Summary

Jimmy Fallon reveals new detail from his Universal Orlando ride

By Robert Niles: Tonight Show host Jimmy Fallon dropped some new details this morning on the "Ellen" show about his upcoming attraction at Universal Studios Florida. Race Through New York Starring Jimmy Fallon is a flying theater attraction (presumably from DyMoRides) that will open in the former Twister space at the Orlando park this spring. Show More Summary

Disney Parks name Panasonic as official projection technology partner

By Robert Niles: Disney Parks has signed a deal with Panasonic that makes the company's Panasonic Projection Imaging Systems the "Official Projection Technology" of Walt Disney World and Disneyland Resorts. Disney fans knock rival Universal...Show More Summary

Disneyland hits capacity for the first time this holiday season

By Robert Niles: Yesterday we posted about the record-setting attendance at Universal Studios Hollywood, while noting that the Disneyland Resort managed to avoid any capacity-related shutdowns this holiday season, in large part due to changes to its annual pass calendar. Show More Summary

Universal Studios Hollywood sets attendance record over New Year's

By Robert Niles: The 2016 holiday season promised to shake up attendance patterns at Southern California's theme parks. Disneyland's move in late 2015 to change its annual pass structure, followed by the changes at Disney and Universal...Show More Summary

Disneyland fans say good-bye to Tower of Terror at its final check-out

By Jeff Dix: Disneyland California Adventure, Hollywood Land, 2017, January 2nd. That night?s story was somewhat unique and calls for a different kind of introduction. The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror, as you may recognize, had a maintenance...Show More Summary

Electric Eel roller coaster comes to SeaWorld San Diego in 2018

By Robert Niles: SeaWorld San Diego this morning announced a new roller coaster for the 2018 ? Electric Eel. Electric Eel will feature a top speed of 62 miles per hour on 853 feet of track, in a compact design that accommodates the development restrictions imposed upon the park by the California Coastal Commission. Show More Summary

Rose Parade honors Orlando and the Pulse nightclub victims

By Robert Niles: Happy New Year from Pasadena, Calif., where the annual Tournament of Roses Parade stepped off this morning, one day later than its traditional New Year's Day start, thanks to the tournament's long-standing "never on a Sunday" tradition. Show More Summary

Knott's incident raises questions about ride evacuation procedures

By Robert Niles: Local firefighters last night evacuated 21 people from the Sky Cabin ride at Knott's Berry Farm, eight hours after the ride malfunctioned, trapping visitors in the cabin 125 feet above ground. We do not routinely cover ride evacuations here on Theme Park Insider. Show More Summary

Five New Year's resolutions for theme park fans in 2017

By Robert Niles: With 2017 only a few days away, it's time again to make our annual New Year's resolutions. As fans, we don't get much say in running the parks, so instead of compiling a wish list of things we'd like to see from theShow More Summary

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