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Pandora, Guardians welcome huge crowds on their opening days

By Robert Niles: Pandora - The World of Avatar and Guardians of the Galaxy: Mission Breakout opened this morning to four-hour-plus waits at Disney's Animal Kingdom in Florida and Disney California Adventure. Disney's top new attractions...Show More Summary

Universal discovers the challenges of a park-wide virtual queue system

By Robert Niles: Universal Orlando's new virtual queuing system got its first large-scale, real-world test yesterday as Volcano Bay visitors pushed the park's new TapuTapu system to its limit on its first day of public operation. TapuTapu...Show More Summary

Disney California Adventure opens its Guardians of the Galaxy ride

By Robert Niles: ANAHEIM, Calif. ? The director and stars of Guardians of the Galaxy joined Disney Parks Chairman Bob Chapek to open officially the first Marvel-themed ride at a Disney theme park in the United States, Guardians of the Galaxy Mission Breakout. Show More Summary

Universal Orlando officially opens Volcano Bay to the public

By Robert Niles: ORLANDO ? The Universal Orlando Resort opened its new water theme park, Volcano Bay, to the public this morning with a South Seas-inspired ceremony. Built next to the Cabana Bay Beach Resort on the southern end of Universal Orlando property, Volcano Bay is the home of the seafaring Waturi people, in Universal's backstory. Show More Summary

Ride Review: Guardians of the Galaxy Mission Breakout

By Robert Niles: ANAHEIM, Calif. ? If I live a fortunate life, I never will see a superhero. Don't get me wrong ? I enjoy watching Spider-Man, Batman, or the Avengers just as much as many fans. But think about when those guys (and gals, thanks Wonder Woman!) show up someplace. Show More Summary

Walt Disney World soars to new heights with Pandora - The World of Avatar

By Robert Niles: LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. ? Pandora The World of Avatar at Disney's Animal Kingdom achieves things no one in the theme park industry has ever accomplished before... at prices that Disney's never paid before to do it. Announced...Show More Summary

Universal Orlando opens previews for its new park, Volcano Bay

By Robert Niles: ORLANDO ? What is Volcano Bay? Is the third gate at the Universal Orlando Resort a theme park, or a water park? Or, as Universal's taken to calling it recently, is it a hybrid ? a water theme park? Who cares? All I know is that it's a lot of fun. Show More Summary

Walt Disney World dedicates its new Avatar land

By Robert Niles: LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. ? Joined by the stars of Avatar and filmmaker James Cameron, Walt Disney Company CEO Bob Iger officially dedicated the Walt Disney World Resort's new Pandora - The World of Avatar land in a media ceremony this morning. Show More Summary

Disney World provides another reason to stay all day, with Happily Ever After

By Robert Niles: LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. & #8212; Before we get to the debuts of Pandora and Volcano Bay tomorrow, let's take a moment to enjoy one of the other big attractions that debuted this month. Happily Ever After has succeeded...Show More Summary

Disney to live stream official opening moment for Pandora

By Robert Niles: ORLANDO ? We are in Orlando this week for the opening of two new major theme park attractions: Pandora - The World of Avatar at Disney's Animal Kingdom, and the Volcano Bay water theme park at the Universal Orlando Resort. Show More Summary

Disneyland hits capacity as locals' seasonal ticket deal expires

By Robert Niles: Disneyland Park in Anaheim hit capacity and closed its gates to new visitors this afternoon, for the first time since January. 1 of 2: Many Guests are enjoying the Parks today. Disneyland Park is not currently admitting new Guests. Show More Summary

Universal announces The Shining for Halloween Horror Nights

By Robert Niles: The King of Horror is coming to Universal's Halloween Horror Nights. For the first time, a Stephen King property will feature at Universal's annual Halloween event, as Creative Director John Murdy has announced The Shining for this year's production. Show More Summary

Disney creates a virtual guide to Pandora, for a cause

By Robert Niles: The Walt Disney World Resort has created a virtual tour guide for its new Avatar land ? one that can help you earn money to support conservation efforts here on Earth. Using the My Disney Experience app, visitors can...Show More Summary

Universal Studios Hollywood announces Harry Potter light show

By Robert Niles: It's an announcement we've been waiting for ever since the Wizarding World of Harry Potter opened at Universal Studios Hollywood. Universal's original theme park revealed today that it will debut a nightly Hogwarts Castle light show on June 23. Show More Summary

SeaWorld expands its Sesame Street license, promising new park and land

By Robert Niles: SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment today announced an expansion of its licensing deal with Sesame Workshop, the producer of Sesame Street and other children's shows. Sesame Street characters have appeared at SeaWorld and...Show More Summary

Walt Disney World to expand new mobile food ordering system

By Robert Niles: The Walt Disney World Resort announced earlier this year that it would debut a new mobile ordering system at the Satu?li Canteen restaurant when it opens with the rest of Pandora - The World of Avatar in Disney's Animal Kingdom on May 27. Show More Summary

Cultural inspiration vs. appropriation: A challenge for theme park designers

By Robert Niles: Two major new attractions are opening next week in Orlando that have been designed to reflect influences from native cultures around the world. To me, that's a refreshing departure from the science fiction, fantasy, and generic urban superhero themes that dominate so much of modern studio entertainment. Show More Summary

Public previews begin for Disney World's Pandora - The World of Avatar

By TH Creative: LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. ? This past Friday I was able to gain entrance into a preview day for Pandora - The World of Avatar. Because the area?s new attraction had not been opened to the general public yet, I was blessed with the opportunity to explore the expansion of Disney?s Animal Kingdom among a sparse crowd. Show More Summary

Woman charged in viral Walt Disney World stroller theft

By Robert Niles: A Florida woman is facing Grand Theft charges after she was identified as the seller of a thousand-dollar stroller that was stolen from Disney's Hollywood Studios at the Walt Disney World Resort. Surveillance video of...Show More Summary

'Happily Ever After' fireworks debut at Disney World's Magic Kingdom

By Robert Niles: Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom tonight debuted its new night-time fireworks and projection show, Happily Ever After. The 18-minute nightly show features the expected fireworks blasts high above Fantasyland, complemented...Show More Summary

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