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What are the most anticipated new theme park attractions for 2017?

By Robert Niles: So where should theme park fans be planning their 2017 vacations if they want to see the best new rides that will open next year? To be honest, 2017 does not look to be an especially deep year for great new theme park attractions. Show More Summary

SeaWorld unveils new attraction line-up for 2017, including VR on Kraken

By Robert Niles: SeaWorld Tuesday morning will announce its line-up of new attractions for 2017 and beyond, but the company gave several newspapers an early look today. The highlights will include adding a virtual reality narrative to the Orlando park's Kraken roller coaster as well as a new evening show at the company's largest park. Show More Summary

Is Disney's Big Thunder Mountain the 'wildest ride in medicine,' too?

By Robert Niles: If you ever find yourself cursed with the unfathomable pain that is a kidney stone, forget rushing to the emergency room at your local hospital. Medical researchers now say you might find relief at Walt Disney World instead. Show More Summary

Don't get angry; it's just vacation

By Robert Niles: Vacations are supposed to be fun. But for many of us who love theme parks, our visits go beyond just being "fun." They are our passion ? the time we cherish beyond just about anything else we do with our free time. Theme park time is family time ? and not just with our blood relatives who visit the parks with us. Show More Summary

News update: New Disneyland Halloween parade; Toothsome opening

By Robert Niles: Mickey's Halloween Party kicks off for the season tonight at Disneyland. This year's family-friendly trick-or-treating event also features the debut of a new Disneyland parade ? the Frightfully Fun Parade. FeaturingShow More Summary

Event Review: Knott's Scary Farm 2016 at Knott's Berry Farm

By Jacob Sundstrom: Knott's Scary Farm is at war with itself. On one side, the cheesy, spooky aesthetic that has become synonymous with the original theme park Halloween event over the last decade ? on the other, a movement towards scares over charm and darkness over illuminated cheese. Show More Summary

When is it okay for children to miss school for a Disney trip?

By Robert Niles: It's fall and schools are back in session across the country... but you'll still find plenty of young children visiting Disneyland and Walt Disney World with their families on any given weekday. For many families with...Show More Summary

Southern California Passports are back at Disneyland

By Robert Niles: The Disneyland Resort announced this morning that it has resumed sales of its Southern California annual pass. The next-to-least expensive two-park annual pass tier is available to Southern California residents at Disneyland Resort ticket booths, with online sales expected to resume soon. Show More Summary

News update: Less Stitch at Disney World, and maybe less AP access, too

By Robert Niles: Disney fans are buzzing about a customer survey from the company that asks fans' opinion about an annual pass that would block out days after new attractions open. Typically, Disney's annual pass blockout days have been scheduled around high attendance periods: holidays, school vacations, and (in the case of Disneyland) weekends. Show More Summary

Are there really secret tunnels under the Disney theme parks?

By Robert Niles: Are there really secret tunnels under the Disney theme parks? Theme Park Insiders already know the answer, but we're sharing that "secret" with everyone else today in the first episode of our new weekly video show. Join...Show More Summary

IAAPA announces its move to the theme park capital, Orlando

By Robert Niles: Orlando is the biggest market in the theme park industry, as home to five of the world's most-attended theme parks. So it makes sense that the city also would be the home for the industry's largest trade association....Show More Summary

End of an icon: Disneyland drops the sign on its Hollywood Tower Hotel

By Robert Niles: As first reported by Matthew Gottula on Twitter yesterday, the Disneyland Resort last night removed the "Hollywood Tower Hotel" sign from its Twilight Zone Tower of Terror. On Twitter this morning, the snark came swiftly. Show More Summary

How to be a courteous theme park photographer

By Robert Niles: Taking pictures is as much a part of visiting a theme park as going on rides, watching fireworks, and meeting characters. While it's great to have photos to help preserve the good memories of a day in the parks, the act of taking those photos too often creates much less pleasant memories for everyone. Show More Summary

Top 10 must-eat dishes at the 2016 Epcot Food & Wine Festival

By Jeffrey Siegal: The annual Epcot International Food & Wine Festival is one of the best times of the year to visit the park. It can also be one of the busiest. So with 30 food booths, which ones should you visit if you have only one day at the park? Well, here are my top 10 MUST have dishes: 10. Show More Summary

Event Review: Halloween Horror Nights 2016 at Universal Studios Hollywood

By Jacob Sundstrom: The best artists establish their brands on innovation and creativity; but every once in awhile, you gotta play the hits. In its 11th year of revival, Universal Studios Hollywood's Halloween Horror Nights has broken out the greatest hits album its fans have been craving. Show More Summary

Event Review: Halloween Horror Nights 26 at Universal Orlando

By Jeffrey Siegal: Roll the dice and take a Chance. Universal Orlando?s Halloween Horror Nights has been the example of Halloween done right, and it's no different this year with its strong-yet-frightful female figurehead, Chance. HHN26's...Show More Summary

News update: The Force Awakens at Legoland, plus Disney/Zika controversy

By Robert Niles: Legoland California announced its 2017 additions today. The highlight will be six new scenes for the park's Lego Star Wars section of Miniland, inspired by the first 20 minutes of Star Wars: The Force Awakens. The displays...Show More Summary

Are Disney tickets too expensive?

By Robert Niles: Are Disney tickets too expensive? With the price for a one-day, one-park ticket topping $100 on most days at both the Walt Disney World and Disneyland resorts, many fans might answer "yes." But other consumers know that Disney's hardly alone in charging $100 and up for a day's entertainment. Show More Summary

First look at Universal Studios Japan's Halloween Death Eater Attack

By Robert Niles: We told you last month about the Halloween celebrations that are coming to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter... in Japan. Now, we've got our first look at the Death Eater attack that's starting tomorrow at the Osaka theme park, thanks to a preview video from the park. Show More Summary

Disneyland's World of Color welcomes its Season of Light

By Robert Niles: The Disneyland Resort confirmed today what we'd told you last week ? that the World of Color show at Disney California Adventure would be getting a new holiday version. World of Color - Season of Light will debut with the rest of the Disneyland Resort's holiday festivities on Nov. Show More Summary

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