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July 6, 2013 | By Brady MacDonald, Los Angeles Times staff writer
It already seems like 2014 is shaping up as a great year for ride enthusiasts around the world, as a number of new theme parks are planned for Europe and several major attractions are in the works for Asia. PHOTOS: Best new international theme park rides for 2014 Consider this a tentative and fluid list of new attractions on tap at international parks (outside the United States). As is often the case, some projects may get delayed while new ones will get announced. Since it is still early, I'll update my top 14 over the coming months as new projects are announced.
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TRAVEL
June 16, 2013 | By Brady MacDonald, Los Angeles Times
I've visited many theme parks in the United States over the last few years as the theme park blogger for The Times' Travel website, but this summer's crop of rides already has me updating my bucket list. Here's a look at some of the biggest new roller coasters, dark rides, live shows, water slides and themed lands planned for this summer at theme parks across the country. Outlaw Run Silver Dollar City, Mo. If I could visit only one theme park this summer, I'd head to Silver Dollar City in Branson, Mo., to climb aboard the triple-inversion Outlaw Run hybrid (wood and steel)
NEWS
June 12, 2013 | By Brady MacDonald
A real-world version of the "Resident Evil" video game coming to Universal Studios Japan this summer will arm theme park visitors with a gun and a limited amount of ammunition in a fierce battle against attacking zombie hordes. Scheduled to debut on July 19, the new "Resident Evil: The Real" walk-through attraction at the Osaka movie theme park will let visitors step inside a lifelike re-creation of the survival horror video game series and film franchise, known as "Biohazard" in Japan.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 8, 2013 | By Daniel Miller
Walt Disney Co. Chairman and Chief Executive Robert Iger revealed details about the company's forthcoming Shanghai Disney Resort while appearing at the Fortune Global Forum in Chengdu, China.  Speaking on Thursday at the annual conference, Iger said the planned Shanghai development "can't be the Disneyland that Walt built in 1955 for all kinds of reasons.... It has to look, feel, resemble China's Disneyland. And that has taken a lot of thought, a lot of work. " Shanghai Disney Resort, which is under construction, is slated to include two hotels, 495,000 square feet of retail space, a dining and entertainment venue, a lake and other facilities and amenities.
NEWS
June 3, 2013 | By Brady MacDonald
Knott's Berry Farm has restored a theme park attraction considered groundbreaking in its time to a technological level its legendary creator could have only imagined when the ride was conceived more than four decades ago. Photos: Timber Mountain log ride at Knott's Berry Farm The 1969 Timber Mountain log ride , still the most popular attraction at the Buena Park theme park, reopened Friday after a multimillion-dollar renovation that...
NEWS
June 1, 2013 | By Brady MacDonald
Knott's Berry Farm is stuck with that old carrots-versus-candy conundrum this summer -- forced to administer a dose of what's needed rather than what's wanted. Knott's unveiled three family rides on Thursday that won't make many people rush out to the Buena Park theme park any time soon. It's an age-old problem: visitors want the fastest, tallest, newest first-of-a-kind record-setters but parks know the smaller off-the-shelf rides help make a trip to the park feel more complete. The makeover of the Boardwalk section at Knott's brings a cohesive look to an area of the park in desperate need of attention while adding three new rides: Coast Rider wild mouse coaster, Surfside Gliders flying scooters and Pacific Scrambler spinning ride.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 29, 2013 | By Dawn C. Chmielewski
Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Chairman Tom Staggs used the high-profile stage of the All Things Digital technology conference to show off the entertainment giant's entry into the world of wearable computing -- the Disney MagicBand. The wristband, debuting in the coming months at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Fla., will take the place of theme park tickets, hotel room keys and even credit cards for theme park visitors. The wearer can use the Disney MagicBand to enter the park through the turnstiles, nab a Fastpass for Thunder Mountain, buy a set of Mouse ears at a concession stand or enter their hotel room at night.
NEWS
May 27, 2013 | By Chris Erskine
This weekend starts the busy time for America's theme parks. Stacy DeBroff, chief executive of Mom Central , a social media consulting firm focused on moms, has put together a checklist for families as they prepare for a theme park getaway.   Park prep Dress children in bright T-shirts to make it easier to spot them in large crowds. Buy tickets online ahead of time - it's usually cheaper -- and check out park package deals. When you arrive Use your cellphone to take a photo of your parking lot section, or nearby landmarks.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 20, 2013 | By Patrick Kevin Day
Kings Island, an Ohio amusement park, doesn't get the headlines and attention of Disneyland and Disney World, but for a shining moment in 1973 it was the center of the pop culture universe. Why? Because those lovable Brady kids from "The Brady Bunch" traveled to Ohio in an episode of the show for a romp through the park, attempting to find misplaced plans for a park addition. This weekend, to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the episode, three of the Brady kids, actors Christopher Knight, Susan Olsen and Barry Williams, reunited at the park, located in Mason, Ohio.
NEWS
May 20, 2013 | By Brady MacDonald
A unique new haunted attraction opening this summer at a small United Kingdom theme park will combine a walk-through horror maze featuring live actors with a dark ride journey inside an abandoned mine shaft. The Hobs Pit maze and ride is set to open June 2 at Pleasurewood Hills theme park in Lowestoft, England, located about 100 miles northeast of London on the North Sea coast. Theme Parks: What may come to Wizarding World of Harry Potter 2.0 at Universal Orlando The 30-year-old amusement park has been promoting the new attraction with a clever viral marketing campaign that hints at the ride's paranormal back story.
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