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Unauthorized Drone Flies Over Disney and Universal

As visitors at Disney’s Magic Kingdom stood in the theme park counting down to 2015, they likely had no idea a consumer drone was secretly hovering above them, capturing unauthorized aerial video of the New Year’s Eve fireworks display. Footage of that pyrotechnics show, including flaming embers zooming past the …

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Tide Turns for MarineLand, but Not for Kiska

It may take awhile. There will likely be setbacks. Probably more lawsuits. But years from now when people check when, exactly, things changed for marine mammal attractions in Ontario…the tide turned this week. Actually, no need for plural. Marine mammal attraction. There’s only one. Community Safety Minister Yasir Naqvi didn’t …

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Live Shows at Diagon Alley Find Inspiration from Books

When it came to creating authentic live entertainment for the Wizarding World of Harry Potter: Diagon Alley, the folks at Universal Orlando Entertainment really went by the book. “Which book?” you ask. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets — a single sentence from that 1998 J.K. Source: coaster-net.com

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Disney World Pulls EPCOT Starbucks Mug with Purple Monorail

Walt Disney World is pulling one of its exclusive new Starbucks coffee mugs sold at Epcot, because the mug’s design includes one of Disney’s monorails with a purple stripe. The controversy: Disney’s Monorail Purple was involved in a deadly 2009 crash in which Monorail Pink backed into the purple train, …

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Roller Coaster Fun in Costa Rica

Many of the roller coaster attractions at the Parque Nacional de Diversiones (National Amusement Park) in Costa Rica have already thrilled and entertained thousands of riders in other countries. Such is the case of Boomerang, a thrilling roller coaster designed and built by the dependable Dutch firm Vekoma. Boomerang was …

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Dark Ride or Dive Coaster in 2016 for Cedar Point?

Rumors have been flying for about 10 days that Cedar Point in Sandusky is planning to add a dive coaster to its renowned stable of roller coasters. But one well-versed observer of the park — and the theme-amusement park industry in general — is convinced otherwise. “A dark ride is …

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Dania Beach Hurricane and Boomers Close For Good

The bumper cars came to rest for the last time Sunday at Boomers, a family entertainment center in Dania Beach. A message on Boomers’ website Monday reported: “We are now closed. Thank you.” Last week, the website warned that Sunday, Jan. 25, would be its last day of operation. Source: …

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SeaWorld Offers Details on Whale Tanks

Imagine strolling alongside a sandy shoreline as mammoth killer whales no further away than 20 feet glide through shallow water, its perimeter lined with plants and rocky formations. That’s just the teaser for an interactive experience that will ultimately guide visitors to SeaWorld along a 40-foot descent into a wide-open …

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Harry Potter Fans and JK Rowling Win Battle for Fairtrade Cocoa at Universal

Harry Potter fans or fairtrade food activists? As it turns out, fans of the boy wizard are concerned about where their magical snacks come from. Fans are celebrating after winning a four-year battle to get Warner Bros. Entertainment to use only fairtrade certified chocolate in all Harry Potter-branded chocolate. Source: …

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