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Why can't grown-ups go trick-or-treating, too?

By Robert Niles: How much did you love to go trick-or-treating when you were a kid? How much would you want to be able to go do that again, today? Theme park fans know there's way to keep trick-or-treating every Halloween season, no matter what your age. Show More Summary

Disney gets ready to celebrate Mickey Mouse's birthday

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By Robert Niles: The Walt Disney Company is getting ready to celebrate Mickey Mouse's 88th birthday next month by sending its icon on a world tour. And fans at the Walt Disney World and Disneyland Resorts will be invited to celebrate the Big Cheese's big day on Nov. Show More Summary

Orlando news update: Mimes return to SeaWorld; StarFlyer coming to I-Drive

By Robert Niles: Some old favorites and a new thrill ride are on their way to Orlando-area attractions. SeaWorld Orlando announced that it's bringing back its pre-show mimes for the holiday season. The park had laid off three longtime performers two years ago as part of company-wide cost-cutting. Show More Summary

Universal is bringing its Minions to Japan

By Robert Niles: Universal Studios Japan will build a new land themed to Illumination Entertainment's popular Minions franchise. The park announced today that Minion Park will open in the first half of 2017, as a plussed version of the Minion-themed mini-land at Universal Studios Hollywood. Show More Summary

Karen Irwin replaces Larry Kurzweil as head of Universal Studios Hollywood

By Robert Niles: Larry Kurzweil is out and Universal Parks & Resorts executive Karen Irwin is in as President of Universal Studios Hollywood, corporate parent NBCUniversal announced today. Irwin, who has been based in Orlando, has been the Executive Vice President, Global Merchandise and Partnership Development, for Universal Parks & Resorts. Show More Summary

A visit to Shanghai Disneyland, part 2

By Laurie Niles: In this week's episode of Theme Park Insider, Robert and I continue our discussion about my recent trip to Disney's newest theme park, Shanghai Disneyland, including getting evacuated from Pirates of the Caribbean, riding the TRON Lightcycle Power Run and the rest of my day at the park. Show More Summary

You'll 'marvel' at the lack of waiting in the world's largest indoor theme park

By Andy Farr: DUBAI ? We all want that ultimate "Fastpass," the one that gives us exclusive access to the theme park with walk-ons to all rides, no queues for restaurants, no crowds to get in our way, the cost of this Fastpass? Apparently,...Show More Summary

Disneyland Paris announces plans for its 25th anniversary

By Robert Niles: The Disneyland Paris Resort will celebrate its 25th anniversary next year. So what's happening for the party? Disney today announced several new shows and attraction overlays for the anniversary, which officially kicks off March 26, 2017. Show More Summary

What's in the Skeleton Key rooms at Cedar Point?s Haunt?

By James Koehl: Cedar Point in Sandusky, Ohio is celebrating ?20 Years of Fears? at HalloWeekends, its extremely popular Halloween event. Not everything is geared at scaring the bejesus out of visitors ? from opening until early evening,...Show More Summary

Disney's Hollywood Studios gets its new holiday show

By Robert Niles: The Walt Disney World Resort has announced its new night-time holiday show for Disney's Hollywood Studios. The Studios long had been the home for the Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights but that gargantuan display...Show More Summary

A visit to Shanghai Disneyland, part 1

By Laurie Niles: In this week's episode of Theme Park Insider, I join Robert to talk about my recent trip to Disney's newest theme park, Shanghai Disneyland. How could I go to Shanghai, without visiting Shanghai Disneyland? I might never be able to face my Theme Park Insider husband again. Show More Summary

What's really going on at Universal Orlando these days?

By Robert Niles: Last week some fans at Universal Orlando spotted Nintendo's Shigeru Miyamoto with a film crew in front of the globe, sparking a fresh round of rumors over what Universal will do with its announced partnership with the legendary Japanese video game company. Show More Summary

Interview with John Hallenbeck, General Manager of Motiongate Dubai

By Robert Niles: Something's about to happen in Dubai that's never before happened in the theme park industry. A new resort will open not just one, but three new parks in the space of just a couple months. Dubai Parks & Resorts will open the first of its three parks on Oct. Show More Summary

How to make Fastpass+ selections for Walt Disney World

By Robert Niles: Visiting Walt Disney World? Use Disney's Fastpass+ system to reserve times to go on your favorite attractions, without having to wait in long lines. You can make your selections from home, weeks before your visit. If...Show More Summary

It's time to get things started with the Muppets in Liberty Square

By Robert Niles: Ready for an American history lesson on your next Walt Disney World visit? Maybe not, but what about a history taught by the Muppets? The Muppets Present Great Moments in American History has opened in the Magic Kingdom's Liberty Square. Show More Summary

Why is Halloween such big business at theme parks?

By Robert Niles: Ask anyone who runs a theme park what his or her favorite holiday is and I'll bet you get a consistent answer ? Halloween. Ever since Knott's Berry Farm started its Halloween Haunt in 1973 ? the industry's first after-hours, hard-ticket Halloween event ? theme parks have discovered just how much fans love to celebrate the holiday. Show More Summary

What's the next big thing in theme park ride technology?

By Robert Niles: New technology gives theme parks new ways to tell their stories. From tubular steel roller coasters allowing Arrow and Disney to send riders sliding down the Matterhorn, to flight simulators allowing Disney to send people...Show More Summary

Curfew lifted as Orlando parks prepare to reopen after Hurricane Matthew

By Robert Niles: Orange County (Florida) has lifted its curfew as the worst of Hurricane Matthew has moved out of the Orlando area. The storm made a last-minute shift to the east before brushing the Florida coast, allowing much of Central Florida to escape the extreme winds that had been forecast from the storm. Show More Summary

Orlando area and theme parks under curfew as Hurricane Matthew strikes

By Robert Niles: The Orlando area is under a mandatory curfew now, until 7am on Saturday. It's going to be a long night tonight, and day on Friday, as Hurricane Matthew moves through the area. All of the local theme parks are closedShow More Summary

List of Florida theme park closures for Hurricane Matthew

By Robert Niles: Here is the current list of closure at the Central Florida theme parks due to the impending arrival of Hurricane Matthew: Thursday - Blizzard Beach, Fort Wilderness campground closed. SeaWorld closes at 2pm. Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party and Spirit of Aloha dinner show canceled. Show More Summary

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