December 26, 2012 |
The theme park industry will take a deep breath in 2013 after the launch of several landmark attractions and with more groundbreaking projects on the horizon. The last few years have seen several theme park additions that have altered the industry landscape and set attendance records -- from Cars Land at Disney California Adventure to Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal's Islands of Adventure. The future promises even more theme park innovation in the form of Shanghai Disneyland in China and Avatar Land at Disney's Animal Kingdom in Florida.
April 7, 2012 |
More drama in the Magic kingdom Dwight Howard wrapped an arm around Stan Van Gundy on Thursday, a gesture intended by the Orlando superstar as a show of support for his embattled coach. It felt more like a front put up by a separating couple. The Magic coach had disclosed to reporters only a few moments earlier that franchise management had confirmed Howard's previous request for him to be fired. As Van Gundy was concluding his remarks, Howard approached and placed an arm around Van Gundy, unaware of the bombshell that had been unleashed.
March 14, 2012 |
The first phase of the multi-stage unveiling of the Fantasyland makeover has moved into "soft opening" mode in advance of an official unveiling later this month at the Magic Kingdom in Florida. Photos: Fantasyland expansion at the Magic Kingdom Three years in the making, the new Fantasyland at Orlando's Walt Disney World resort adds a Little Mermaid dark ride and a Seven Dwarfs roller coaster while updating the classic Dumbo ride and recreating the village from "Beauty and the Beast.
March 1, 2012 |
Disneyland had to close its gates for several hours during its 24-hour Leap Day celebration when after-work crowds overwhelmed the Anaheim theme park. Traffic on the Santa Ana Freeway was backed up for four miles Wednesday night as the main Disneyland parking structure swelled to near-capacity and frustrated visitors sat in gridlock on streets leading to the park. The 24-hour Leap Day event, which ran from 6 a.m. Wednesday until 6 a.m. Thursday, saw more than 3,000 Disney fans lining up 10 hours before the gates opened in hopes of getting free commemorative Mickey Mouse ears.
February 28, 2012 |
Disneyland will celebrate Leap Day on Wednesday by offering late-night shows, music, food and character meet-and-greets while keeping the Anaheim theme park open for 24 hours straight. RELATED: 7 tips for tackling Disneyland in a day As part of the One More Disney Day marketing campaign, both Disneyland and the Magic Kingdom in Florida will open at 6 a.m. local time on Wednesday and operate until 6 a.m. Thursday. Here are the highlights planned for Disneyland on Leap Day: > Free limited-edition mouse hats handed out to the first 2,000 visitors entering the park at 6 a.m. (Lineups begin at 10 p.m. Tuesday)
February 6, 2012 |
New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning snagged his second Most Valuable Player Award in Super Bowl XLVI on Sunday, but he also scored another milestone: He will be the fifth football star to twice have declared, "I'm going to Disney World !" after the Giants beat the New England Patriots 21-17 in Indianapolis. Manning will appear today at the Orlando theme park for one day only at 1:20 p.m. (Eastern) for a Super Bowl MVP Parade down Main Street in the Magic Kingdom.