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SeaWorld Orlando extends free admission offer for preschoolers

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By Robert Niles: All major theme parks offer free admission to children under age three. Now SeaWorld Orlando is extending that free admission to all Florida residents under age six. It's not just a "roll up in your stroller and get in" deal, though. Show More Summary

Is this the end for the Epcot monorail at Walt Disney World?

By Robert Niles: If you've visited the Walt Disney World resort any time in the past decade, you've likely faced a monorail downtime. Disney's once-futuristic transportation system now seems anachronistic in a different way ? a throwback to an unreliable system now running in a more automated age. Show More Summary

Europa Park sets attendance record as it looks toward expansion

By Robert Niles: Germany's Europa Park is reporting that it set an attendance record in 2017, with more than 5.6 million visitors coming through the gates last year. The Mack family park last summer opened Europe's largest flying theater attraction, Voletarium, which the park said helped drive higher attendance in the late summer months. Show More Summary

Universal Orlando announces premiere date for new Harry Potter show

By Robert Niles: As we predicted earlier, the new nighttime show coming to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Orlando is the Nighttime Lights at Hogwarts Castle show that debuted last summer at Universal Studios Hollywood. Show More Summary

Disney World changes its music at Disney's Hollywood Studios

By Robert Niles: Did you hear anything different when you walked into Disney's Hollywood Studios this morning? Walt Disney World this morning started playing new background music [BGM] tracks in the park. The change marks the next step in the ongoing transformation of Disney World's (currently) least-attended theme park. Show More Summary

Changes are coming to World of Disney stores in Anaheim, Orlando

By Robert Niles: Disney's flagship merchandise locations at Walt Disney World's Disney Springs and Disneyland's Downtown Disney are getting remodeled. Disney announced today that it has redesigned and soon will begin to refurbish these retail locations. Show More Summary

The economics of how Disney got from E tickets to paid Fastpasses

By Robert Niles: Walt Disney World has made yet another tweak to its Fastpass+ ride reservation system. This one affects only the highest-spending Disney World guests, however. Guests staying in club-level rooms at Deluxe-level Disney...Show More Summary

Hotel Review: Hotel Casa Blanca Mexico City

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What are the best, and worst, theme park attraction rethemes?

By Robert Niles: Will switching the Caifornia Screamin' roller coaster into an Incredibles-themed Incredicoaster be a win or a loss for Disney California Adventure, once the newly rethemed thrill ride opens later this year? No one knows, but we do have Disney's track record with other attraction rethemes to judge in the meantime. Show More Summary

Macklemore, Sean Paul, new floats highlight 2018 Universal Mardi Gras

By Robert Niles: The Universal Orlando Resort today revealed the headliner concert line-up for its annual Mardi Gras festival at Universal Studios Florida. The spring food-and-music event kicks off February 3 and runs through April 7 this year, with headliner concerts on Saturday nights and three Sundays through March 25. Show More Summary

Rainy season start closes several Southern California theme parks

By Robert Niles: The rainy season (such as it is) has started in Southern California, and the inclement weather has closed several of the area's theme parks for the day. Legoland California is closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays this time of the year, but the other local parks were scheduled for daily operation. Show More Summary

Alton Towers reveals its SW8 project - a GCI coaster named 'Wicker Man'

By Robert Niles: England's Alton Towers this spring will open the first wooden roller coaster to debut in the United Kingdom in more than 21 years ? Wicker Man. Designed by Great Coasters International, the £16 million Wicker Man is the long-discussed "SW8" project that Alton Towers started building in late 2016 with the demolition of The Flume. Show More Summary

Disneyland, Disney World are again offering local resident ticket deals

By Robert Niles: The Walt Disney World and Disneyland resorts have started selling their annual local resident ticket deals, allowing theme park fans who live in Florida or Southern California the chance to visit the parks during the first half of the year for 15%-50% off the regular price. Show More Summary

Fans crowd Disney World for 25th WDW Marathon weekend

By Robert Niles: It's marathon weekend at Walt Disney World, which brought thousands of runners to the resort for the 25th year. The highlight was today's running of the Walt Disney World Marathon, which started before dawn in unseasonably cold temperatures. Show More Summary

Construction is underway on Universal's new Harry Potter coaster

By Robert Niles: An Insider posted an update to Reddit today on the new "coaster experience" that Universal Orlando is building in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter - Hogsmeade, to replace the now-demolished Dragon Challenge Bolliger & Mabillard dueling inverted coasters. Show More Summary

Disney update: New Orlando restaurants and new Anaheim refurbs

By Robert Niles: Hello from sunny southern California, where the temperature is heading into the upper 70s today. Yes, Orlando, we are hogging your heat. (The temperature reached the upper 40s in Anchorage, Alaska this week, so it'sShow More Summary

Are airports making the right changes for the future of air travel?

By Robert Niles: What's the future of air travel? Many of us fly to get to our theme park destinations, so it's interesting to get a glimpse at what the people who design the world's airports are thinking about as they create the terminals we will be flying from, through, and into in the years ahead. Show More Summary

What are the most trip-worthy new theme park attractions in 2018?

By Robert Niles: Which destinations are worth planning a theme park vacation to this year? In my Orange County Register column this week, I offer up my picks for the top new theme park attractions in the United States this year. ButShow More Summary

Hotel Review: Hotel Alessandra in Houston, Texas

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