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By Robert Niles: Recovered from yesterday's full slate of National Roller Coaster Day announcements? (Please take a moment to vote in our poll on who won the day, if you haven't already.) Let's keep the interns in the newsroom busy with another theme park news round-up. Show More Summary

Could you trade your way to create the ultimate theme park?

By Robert Niles: What would you put into the perfect theme park? Many fans enjoy daydreaming about the ultimate theme park vacation in between their actual visits to their favorite parks. But what if you couldn't just put together aShow More Summary

Parks celebrate National Roller Coaster Day with new ride reveals

By Robert Niles: It's National Roller Coaster Day, and theme parks from coast to coast are celebrating by announcing their new coasters for the 2018 season. Kings Dominion in Virginia kicked off the coaster reveals by announcing Twisted Timbers. Show More Summary

It's the 'Farewell Tour' for Wyld Stallyns at Universal Orlando

By Robert Niles: Universal Orlando Resort has announced that this year's Halloween Horror Nights will be the last for its popular Bill & Ted's Excellent Halloween Adventure Show. The live variety show plays in the Fear Factor theater...Show More Summary

Could Disney World trade its Dinosaur land for Indiana Jones?

By Robert Niles: Building an entire new theme park land doesn't have to cost hundreds of millions of dollars. If a park gets lucky, it can convert an existing land to a more popular IP for a relatively small fraction of the cost of building a new land from scratch. Show More Summary

Universal announces the return of 'SAW' to Halloween Horror Nights

By Robert Niles: Universal this morning revealed the latest addition to its upcoming Halloween Horror Nights events in Orlando and Hollywood ? SAW. SAW: The Games of Jigsaw will appear at the event on both coasts, and will include a preview from the upcoming, eighth SAW movie,Jigsaw, which hits theaters October 27. Show More Summary

What's left of the opening day attractions at Orlando's theme parks?

By Robert Niles: With this weekend's closing of The Great Movie Ride, Disney's Hollywood Studios will become the first theme park in Orlando no longer to have any of its opening-day attractions. In fact, Disney's Hollywood Studios no...Show More Summary

Disney World to change One Man's Dream into Disney preview center

By Robert Niles: The Walt Disney World Resort announced this morning that it will transform the One Man's Dream attraction at Disney's Hollywood Studios into a Walt Disney Presents preview center. One Man's Dream had been the resort's tribute to Walt Disney, installed upon the 100th anniversary of his birth. Show More Summary

Who wants a thrill ride? Two new projects win local approval

By Robert Niles: The California Coastal Commission has approved SeaWorld San Diego's proposal to build a new roller coaster next year. Electric Eel will be a Premier Rides Sky Rocket II coaster, featuring zero-to-60 mph launches, a heartline roll and a twisting loop. Show More Summary

What kind of experience do you want from Disney's new Star Wars hotel?

By Robert Niles: So Disney is developing a new type of immersive vacation experience with its first Star Wars-themed hotel. But what on Earth in the galaxy does that mean? Most of what Disney announced for Walt Disney World at its D23 Expo in Anaheim last month revisits familiar territory for well-traveled Disney fans. Show More Summary

Did Disney just blow up the entertainment business?

By Robert Niles: The Walt Disney Company just lit the match to blow up the entertainment business as we know it. Granted, other companies ? as well as the federal government ? for years have been piling up the dynamite to fuel this explosion, but it looks like Disney will provide the "one little spark" that could make it blow. Show More Summary

Why you should order your Disney World meals via its mobile app

By Jeffrey Siegal: No more waiting in long food lines at Walt Disney World? Now, thanks to Disney?s new mobile food and beverage ordering system, you can have food ready when you arrive at the restaurant. I have tried this out myself twice and found it to be best way to order food quickly while spending a day at the park. Show More Summary

Disneyland moves to increase parking prices at Downtown Disney

By Robert Niles: The Disneyland Resort announced today that it will tighten parking restrictions at its Downtown Disney surface lots, effective next week. Up until now, Disneyland has offered two hours of free parking to anyone in the Downtown Disney lots, which actually are the closest lots to the Disneyland theme parks. Show More Summary

A tale of two Disneys: What happens when an attraction closes?

By Robert Niles: Disney this month is closing attractions at its theme parks in Florida and California. But Walt Disney World and Disneyland seem to be taking very different approaches to handling its most loyal fans' last visits to these rides and shows. Show More Summary

The 'Titans of Terror' return to Universal Studios Hollywood for Halloween

By Robert Niles: Universal Studios Hollywood has announced that the "Titans of Terror" ? Freddy Krueger, Jason Voorhees, and Leatherface ? will return to its Halloween Horror Nights event this fall, with Chucky joining the slasher all-star crew for the after-hours party. Show More Summary

Is Disneyland's new Maxpass service worth the extra price?

By Robert Niles: Disneyland last month introduced its new "Maxpass" service, which allows visitors to Disneyland and Disney California Adventure to get and manage Fastpass ride reservations via Disneyland's mobile app, instead of having to walk to a distribution machine at (or near) the ride to get a return time. Show More Summary

What should theme parks do when the Olympics come to town?

By Robert Niles: Here's a fun trivia nugget for theme park fans who follow sports: With this week's announcement that Paris will host the Summer Olympics in 2024 with Los Angeles following in 2028, that means the next three Summer Olympics will take place in metropolitan areas that also house Disney theme parks. Show More Summary

A Star Wars VR experience is coming to Disney later this year

By Robert Niles: It looks like Disney is getting a virtual reality attraction, after all. Disney CEO Bob Iger earlier had dismissed the idea of Disney developing VR attractions for its theme parks, but a Disney partner announced today that it will bring a "hyper reality" Star Wars-themed experience to its Walt Disney World and Disneyland Resorts. Show More Summary

Tickets now on sale for Universal Hollywood's Halloween Horror Nights

By Robert Niles: Universal Studios Hollywood has opened ticket sales for this year's Halloween Horror Nights, which starts Sept. 15 this year and runs for 29 nights through Nov. 4. In addition to nightly tickets, which start at $65 and...Show More Summary

What I'll miss most about Disney's The Great Movie Ride

By Robert Niles: The Great Movie Ride at Disney's Hollywood Studios is closing in less than two weeks, on Aug. 13. Running inside the park's recreation of Hollywood's iconic Grauman's Chinese Theater, The Great Movie Ride recreates scenes from classic Hollywood movies in Audio Animatronic form. Show More Summary

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