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Walt Disney World files plans to start work on Tron, Ratatouille rides

By Robert Niles: The Walt Disney World Resort is preparing to begin site work to clear the space for three new attractions at the Magic Kingdom and Epcot. Disney's Reedy Creek Improvement District has filed two permit applications with...Show More Summary

Thanksgiving greetings from the world's best theme park

By Robert Niles: KAATSHEUVEL, The Netherlands ? Happy Thanksgiving to our American readers... from here at the world's best theme park. Last summer, Theme Park Insider readers collectively voted The Netherlands' Efteling as the world's best theme park in our annual Theme Park Insider Awards, dethroning five-year-consecutive champion Tokyo DisneySea. Show More Summary

Hollywood is trying to change - but will audiences let it?

By Robert Niles: How did you feel when you read the news about John Lasseter? I've heard this many times over the past month, but if 2016 was the year when so many celebrities we loved died, then 2017 is the year when our love for so many celebrities died. Show More Summary

Universal Orlando moves to start construction on its Nintendo land

By Robert Niles: Construction should begin within the next few months on Super Nintendo World at Universal Studios Florida, according to permit applications obtained by an Orlando television station. WFTV, Channel 9, says that it has...Show More Summary

Lasseter out at Disney - at least for now - following 'missteps'

By Robert Niles: It appears that the chief creative officer for Disney Animation and Pixar is the latest to be caught by the Hollywood harassment backlash. John Lasseter announced in a memo to staff today that he is taking a six-month...Show More Summary

Should visitors become characters in a theme park attraction's storyline?

By Robert Niles: What is your role in a theme park attraction? Hang with me for a moment here, because this question is not as obvious as it first might appear. Sure, your role as a theme park visitor is to be the person who sits there and rides, or watches. Show More Summary

Disneyland suspends Southern California AP sales once again

By Robert Niles: The Disneyland Resort once again has suspended the sale of its Southern California annual pass. In 2014, Disney also dropped the SoCalAP, only to bring back the pass last year. Even though Disneyland is no longer selling the pass to new customers, the SoCal AP remains available via renewal to current passholders. Show More Summary

It's time to pop theme parks' virtual reality bubble

By Robert Niles: I don't care about virtual reality anymore. Walking the show floor at IAAPA last week did me in for VR. Every year at IAAPA seems to have an official theme ? perhaps it is the hive mind of the theme park industry, with vendors all rallying to provide what they see as the hottest thing, and easiest sale, of the moment. Show More Summary

Blueprints detail more of what we will find in Disney's Star Wars land

By Robert Niles: The Disneyland Resort has revealed more details about its upcoming Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge land, via local government permit applications obtained by my colleagues over at the Orange County Register. We've known the...Show More Summary

Disney's new Star Tours offers fans an edge-of-your-seat surprise

By Robert Niles: Let's cut to the chase. Disney's latest iteration of Star Tours offers attentive theme park fans one of the most rewarding Easter eggs I've seen in a theme park attraction in years. I know that others are spoiling it,...Show More Summary

The holidays come alive with new shows at Universal Orlando

By Robert Niles: ORLANDO ? The holidays have arrived at the Universal Orlando Resort, with three all-new shows to celebrate the season. Universal hosted invited media to preview its holiday performances this evening, kicking off with the new Universal's Holiday Parade Featuring Macy's. Show More Summary

IAAPA Legends panel 2017: What makes a great IP-based attraction?

By Robert Niles: ORLANDO ? Intellectual property can give theme park designers a head start in appealing to their audience, but parks and their design teams cannot count on IP to deliver a great attraction without help. Three leading...Show More Summary

Chowing down on theme park treats, on the IAAPA show floor

By Robert Niles: ORLANDO ? Vendors aren't just selling rides, slides, theaters, and games at the IAAPA Attractions Expo. Every year, the food and beverage pavilion attracts some of the biggest lines on the show floor, as many of the 38,000 attendees head over to taste the free samples offered at these booths. Show More Summary

Downtown Disney to add Black Tap Craft Burgers & Beer restaurant

By Robert Niles: The wacky milkshake thing finally is making its way to Southern California's theme parks. Orlando-area theme park fans have been enjoying the battle between Universal's Toothsome Chocolate Emporium & Savory Feast Kitchen...Show More Summary

Mark Hamill joins fans for a ride on Disneyland's Star Tours

By Robert Niles: Poor Mark Hamill. He's the star of what might be the hottest entertainment franchise in Hollywood, with Star Wars: The Last Jedi ready to drop next month. But apparently, Disney is still scheduling him to work ops shifts at Disneyland to earn his paycheck. Show More Summary

Are Universal and Nintendo working on yet another deal?

By Robert Niles: Universal Studios and Nintendo already have announced a deal to bring Mario and other classic Nintendo video game characters to Universal's theme parks. Super Nintendo World is under construction at Universal Studios Japan for a 2020 opening. Show More Summary

Look into the future with IAAPA Expo show floor ride reveals

By Robert Niles: ORLANDO ? Walking the IAAPA Attractions Expo show floor is like stepping into a time machine that shows you the future of the theme park industry. Every corner reveals some new ride, snack, game, or concept that its vendor hopes will soon find its way into a major park near you. Show More Summary

Disney captures four Thea Awards for Avatar, Frozen and Guardians rides

By Robert Niles: ORLANDO ? Disney Parks and Resorts led the winners of the Themed Entertainment Association's Thea Awards, announced today at the IAAPA Attractions Expo. Disney won a total of four Thea Awards for its Avatar-themed land in Orlando and its Frozen and Guardians of the Galaxy rides. Show More Summary

Richard Sherman leads the year's inductees to the IAAPA Hall of Fame

By Robert Niles: ORLANDO ? The International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions honored Disney Legend Richard Sherman this morning by naming him to the IAAPA Hall of Fame. Sherman was one of four new inductees into the hall at this morning's kick-off ceremony for the 2017 IAAPA Attractions Expo. Show More Summary

Disneyland adds a new hard-ticket, after-hours event

By Robert Niles: The Disneyland Resort early next year will begin offering the "after hours" hard-ticket event that's been offered at Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom since last year. Called "Disneyland After Dark" in Anaheim, the event kicks off January 18. Show More Summary

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