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By Robert Niles: Most long-time theme park fans have a "go to" place where they buy their theme park tickets. But if you're new to theme parks such as Walt Disney World, Disneyland, or Universal ? or don't visit them very often ? you're probably wondering where to find the best deals on admission. Show More Summary

The Main Street Electrical Parade returns to Disneyland

By Robert Niles: Disneyland tonight welcomed back its Main Street Electrical Parade, which ran on its original route for the first time in 21 years. The parade hadn't been away from the resort for all that time ? it ran across the esplanade...Show More Summary

First look inside Disney's new Guardians of the Galaxy ride

By Robert Niles: Disneyland gave a few invited guests a hard hat preview inside the former Twilight Zone Tower of Terror tonight, to see how Imagineers are transforming it into Disney's first Marvel-themed ride in the United States.Show More Summary

Do theme parks need outside IP to build great rides and shows?

By Robert Niles: Why are so many major new theme park attractions based on movies? Can't Disney and other big theme park companies build rides based on original stories anymore? That's the ongoing fan debate that I write about in my Orange County Register column this week. Show More Summary

Lunar New Year is coming to Disneyland and Universal Hollywood

By Robert Niles: Southern California's theme parks are preparing for their annual Lunar New Year celebrations, with special entertainment and food. The festivities kick off this Friday at the Disneyland Resort, where Disney California Adventure will be celebrating for 17 days, through Feb. Show More Summary

News update: New Disney breakfasts, Universal return tix, and SeaWorld food fest

By Robert Niles: Following Walt Disney World's decision to reopen Main Street USA in the mornings before the Magic Kingdom opens officially, Disney is adding new breakfast options on and near Main Street to accommodate hungry guests while they wait for the rope drop. Show More Summary

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

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