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Tuesday, 4 Dec 2018 

Inside Brazil's Abandoned Santa Theme Park

Closed for more than a decade, Santa-themed Park Albanoel in Itaguaí, Brazil, is now an eerie relic of the festive destination it was meant to be.
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Tuesday, 27 Nov 2018 

Disney Shares Additional Details About New Coronado Springs Resort Tower

Daily updates and photo-reports from all of Central Florida's theme parks, water parks, minor attractions, and more!
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Thursday, 6 Dec 2018 

Which American Cities That Don't Have Theme Parks Should Get One?

A reader recently asked what probably should be considered an FAQ at this point: "Why didn't certain big cities, such as Phoenix, Seattle and Denver, ever get theme parks of their own?"
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Monday, 26 Nov 2018 

The 20 New Rides, Shows And Restaurants Coming To Walt Disney World By 2021

Disney has an unprecedented number of projects in th
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Monday, 3 Dec 2018 

Tigris Coaster Track Arrives At Busch Gardens Tampa Bay

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Friday, 7 Dec 2018 

Paramount Partners Mohegan Gaming On Korean Theme Park

By Robert Niles: As Fox appears to be exiting the theme park licensing business, rival studio Paramount has announced that it is stepping back in.Mohegan Gaming & Entertainment ? yes, the same group behind Connecticut's Mohegan Sun casino ? announced today that it has partnered with Paramount Pictures Corporation on a theme park for its Inspire Integrated Entertainment Resort development in South Korea. The Paramount-branded theme park will open as part of the second phase of the planned US$5 billion resort at Incheon International Airport.The resort has scheduled the ground-breaking for its first phase in May, with completion expected in 2022. The second phase, including the theme park and a retail village, is scheduled to open in 2025.The project site is 1,079 acres, with Mohegan developing 420 acres in the first phase. That phase will include a luxury resort hotel with more than 1,250 rooms, suites, and villas; a 15,000-seat arena; a 204,000-square-foot convention facility; a 48,000-square-foot dome with an indoor pool, water rides, dining and retail; and, as one might expect, a casino.Concept art courtesy Mohegan Gaming & Entertainment"We are pleased to have the major global force in entertainment, Paramount, on our impressive and growing list of strategic partners for Project Inspire," Mario Kontomerkos, Chief Executive Officer for Mohegan Gaming and Entertainment, said in a press release. "Aligning with highly sought after and recognized brands with mutual goals is a key component to the creation of the world's first true integrated entertainment resort."Paramount might be a recognized global brand, but the brand hasn't seemed to have recognized much use for theme park fans in recent years. Paramount's owner sold its chain of Paramount-branded theme parks to Cedar Fair in in 2006, stripping those parks of all Paramount franchise branding. Just last year, Paramount backed out of a proposed theme park development near London, after multiple delays with that project.Paramount's top franchises today are Star Trek, Mission: Impossible, and Nickelodeon. Its Transformers franchise is licensed to Universal's theme parks, and although the studio was the distributor for the Indiana Jones and several Marvel films, those franchises' future are now under control of Disney. But Star Trek, Mission: Impossible, and Nickelodeon provide plenty of IP to stack a world-class theme park... under the proper creative direction, supported by an adequate budget.In hindsight, Paramount might have left money on the table by getting out of theme parks just a few years before Universal and Warner Bros. reenergized the business with The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. That project raised the standard for IP-driven attractions, drawing Disney into a development war that has left behind non-studio chains, such as SeaWorld, that can't leverage a critical mass of world-class IP.As a licensor instead of park owner, Paramount doesn't have the pay the bills to develop the world-class attractions that can compete with Universal and Disney's new lands. That's up to development partners such as Mohegan. But that leaves Paramount dependent upon its development partners to spend that money and hit their deadlines.That didn't happen in London. Mohegan brings a lot more cash and experience to the table for this project, however. Yet Genting brought a lot of money and experience in developing a studio-branded theme park to the table in Malaysia, and now its Fox World project is stuck in legal limbo. So history elsewhere might not tell us anything about how this project will develop in South Korea.As far as fans are concerned these days, no new theme park proposal is certain until its gates open to the public, it seems.
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Friday, 7 Dec 2018 

Inspirational Purdue University Super Fan Tyler Trent Accepts 2018 Disney Spirit...

Tyler Trent, the Purdue University who inspired many this football season, took home the 2018 Disney Spirit Award on Thursday night during the College Football Awards on ESPN, a tribute to his courageous battle with bone cancer.
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Sunday, 9 Dec 2018 

Disney Parks Blog Weekly Recap - New Holiday 360 Series Launches, #DisneyParksLIVE...

This week, we hosted a first-ever #DisneyParksLIVE stream of “Candlelight Processional” at Epcot with host Neil Patrick Harris. Disney Parks Blog readers from all over the world joined us for the special live stream - but if you missed it, you can still watch the replay this weekend.
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Thursday, 6 Dec 2018 

Donate To Toys For Tots At Downtown Disney District At The Disneyland Resort,...

This Saturday, Dec. 8, share the spirit of the season at the Downtown Disney District at the Disneyland Resort by donating a new, unwrapped toy valued at $10 or more to Toys for Tots. The donation bins will be located near the Downtown Disney District LIVE! stage. U.S. Marines will be on hand to collect toy donations from 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
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Global Avengers Initiative To Assemble Earth's Mightiest Heroes At Disney...

There was an idea. To bring together a group of remarkable people, to see if they could become something more. It was called the Avengers Initiative.
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Sunday, 2 Dec 2018 

Chris Pratt Joins A Cast Of Hundreds For Disneyland's 'Candlelight&...

By Robert Niles: Disneyland last night welcomed nearly 700 musicians to Town Square on Main Street USA for the park's annual Candlelight Ceremony.This is Disney's original Candlelight processional, dating from the opening of the park in 1955. Unlike the nightly production at Walt Disney World's Epcot, the Disneyland original remains an exclusive affair, playing just four shows across two nights on the first weekend in December. And there are no seats for the public ? Disneyland's Candlelight is an invitation-only production.That doesn't mean that park guests cannot enjoy the show. Hundreds of guests crowd the perimeter of Town Square in designated standing-room viewing areas, while thousands more watch the processional of the choirs down Main Street USA in advance of the show. (Pro tip: If you want a shot at the SRO viewing in Town Square, skip the first show and aim for the second. People rope drop the park at 8am for space at the 5:30 show. Once Disney clears the area after that show ends around 6:15, hover for the SRO space when Disney opens it around 7pm for the 7:45 show.)I was fortunate to be invited by Disney to attend last night's second performance in the Town Square seating area. The show begins with a live orchestra performing an overture of holidays songs, as the choir proceeds down Main Streets. As they enter Town Square, we hear the 600 voices for the first time, as the orchestra accompanies their procession on to the stage, illuminated by their candles and the Star of Bethlehem on the Main Street train station.More than a dozen local school, church, and community choirs joined singers from the Disneyland and Walt Disney Studios cast. The program includes all the greatest hits of the holiday choral repertoire, including "Away in a Manger," "Angels We Have Heard on High," "What Child Is This?" and "Silent Night," interspersed with the telling of the Christmas story from the Bible, this year read by... Chris Pratt.The identity of Disneyland's celebrity guest narrator is often the big mystery leading up to the show, as Disneyland does nothing to promote its Candlelight in advance of the performance, given its invitation-only nature and extremely limited opportunities for public viewing. So the introduction of the star of Guardians of the Galaxy brought a roar of surprise and approval from the crowd listening on Main Street.Frankly, though, Pratt is not the star of this production. (Sorry, Star-Lord. Doesn't mean we don't all love you, anyway.) The stars are the hundreds of musicians who deliver an amazing testament to the power of live music to rouse the soul.Even the audience gets to join the production, singing along to "Silent Night."The crowd sings Silent Night pic.twitter.com/NqdPrF89wk? Theme Park Insider (@ThemePark) December 2, 2018But the highlight was the finale, when nearly 700 musicians joined to perform the Hallelujah chorus from G.F. Handel's "Messiah."That moment of silence before the final chords? Chills. I loved this work as a choir geek growing up and continue to adore the power and spectacle of it performed live. And with nearly 700 musicians performing it at Disneyland? Amazing.Pratt followed the curtain call with some clearly heartfelt words, referencing his own recent fatherhood to talk about his new-found appreciation for a father's love."The love that I feel is so pure, and unending," he said. "The more we love our children, the more we understand the capacity to which we our loved by Father in heaven. That should give us a great deal of comfort and hope. Let's embrace every one of our tomorrows with hope and love. And through this holiday spirit may we continue to spread peace and goodwill throughout the world. "Thank you, and Merry Christmas!"Reader ratings and reviews for Disneyland
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Thursday, 29 Nov 2018 

Inspirational Purdue University Super Fan Tyler Trent Earns 2018 Disney Spirit...

Tyler Trent, the former Purdue University student who has inspired the Boilermakers football team and thousands of fans with his courage in battling cancer, is this year’s winner of the Disney Spirit Award. Given annually to college football’s most inspirational figure, the Disney Spirit Award will be presented next Thursday, Dec. 6, in Atlanta at […]
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Friday, 30 Nov 2018 

Walt Disney World Celebrates Its One-millionth Mobile Food Order

By Robert Niles: Do you use Disney's mobile ordering system when you want a meal at the Walt Disney World or Disneyland resorts?You should, or at the least consider it, because mobile ordering allows you to save a potentially significant amount of time when ordering at many of the resorts' most popular counter service restaurants and snack stands. Using either the official Disneyland or Disney World apps (depending where you are, of course), you can browse the menus for participating locations, select and customize your orders, and pay before you get to the restaurant. Once there, your food is prepared and you can pick it up within moments.Apparently, people are catching on, because this week, Walt Disney World celebrated the one-millionth order placed through its mobile app. Disney debuted its mobile ordering system in Florida last year and brought it to Disneyland earlier this year. Now, other theme parks are following Disney's lead and introducing their own mobile ordering systems, such as Universal Orlando, which is now rolling out the feature at a handful of its quick-service restaurants.Of course, theme parks lag the rest of the food service industry, where countless chains have offered mobile ordering via their apps for years. But when you are paying money to be in the parks, there's simply no good reason to spend part of that valuable time waiting in line if you save it by ordering via an app. Disney's mobile ordering system even allows you to place certain allergen-sensitive orders, which was one of the big reasons for ordering the "old school" way.For help in using the system, check out our step-by-step guide to using mobile ordering for food at Disney.Reviews and planning tips for all Disney theme parks
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Friday, 30 Nov 2018 

Walt Disney World Resort Celebrates 1 Million Mobile Orders In My Disney Experience...

Did you know that you can skip the order line at select quick-service dining locations at Walt Disney World Resort? All you need is your smartphone and the My Disney Experience app, which lets you order, pay for and pick up fresh meals and snacks on demand right from your fingertips.
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Monday, 3 Dec 2018 

Four Types Of Travel Lovers On Your Holiday Gift List Who Need An Adventures...

It’s the most wonderful time of the year, and that means cold weather, hot chocolate, curling up by the fire, and hunting for the perfect gift for everyone on your list. In the spirit of holiday cheer, Adventures by Disney is making it easier than ever to give the gift of a river cruise with […]
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Tuesday, 27 Nov 2018 

You Have One More Day To #ShareYourEars And Make Wishes Come True

Over the past few weeks, we have seen so many imaginative and fun photos posted as part of this year’s #ShareYourEars campaign. Today is the final day to post a photo showing off your “Mickey Mouse ears” – or any creative “ears” – before the campaign ends today on Giving Tuesday. For every public post on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter with the hashtag #ShareYourEars, Disney will donate US $5 to Make-A-Wish®, up to US $1 million, to grant more wishes. You can help grant life-changing wishes for children with critical illnesses around the world, such as 13-year-old Liam’s one true wish to be a stormtrooper for a day.
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Thursday, 29 Nov 2018 

Disney Parks After Dark: Holiday Finale Of 'Illuminations' At Epcot

Tonight’s “After Dark” image was snapped at the Epcot International Festival of the Holidays, which culminates each evening with a performance of “Illuminations,” which at this time of year, features a special holiday finale.
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Monday, 26 Nov 2018 

Here's How To Watch Disney's Candlelight Processional This Year

By Robert Niles: Can't make it to the Candlelight Processional at Epcot this year? Or maybe you can, but can't decide whether it's worth the effort? Walt Disney World will livestream the popular Christmas pageant next week, on December 4.The Candlelight Processional fills the stage nightly at Epcot's American Gardens Theater with choirs, herald trumpets, and a full orchestra, as a guest celebrity narrates the Christmas story from the Bible. The live-streamed performance will feature Candlelight regular and noted Disney fanatic Neil Patrick Harris as the narrator.The shows run three times each night, but even with that, getting a good seat can be tough, so most fans end up booking one of Epcot's Candlelight dining packages to avoid a stand-by wait for a seat. If you are interested in catching one of the other performances, this year's remaining celebrity narrators are:Alfonso Ribeiro ? November 26 to 27Robby Benson ? November 28 to 30John Stamos ? December 1 to 2Neil Patrick Harris ? December 3 to 6,Whoopi Goldberg ? December 7 to 9Bart Millard ? December 10 to 12Blair Underwood ? December 13 to 14Gary Sinise ? December 15 to 17Pat Sajak ? December 18 to 20Auli'i Cravalho ? December 21 to 23Edward James Olmos ? December 24 to 25Jodi Benson ? December 26 to 27Cal Ripken Jr. ? December 28 to 30 The shows run at 5pm, 6:45pm and 8:15pm. The livestream will be available on Tuesday, December 4 at 8:05 pm ET on the Disney Parks website.FWIW, Disney's original Candlelight Processional, down Main Street USA and into Town Square at Disneyland, runs this weekend at the Anaheim park. Seating for that event is by invitation from the Walt Disney Company only, although standing-room viewing around the edges of Town Square for the Saturday and Sunday evening performances will be available to park guests on a first-come-and-you-get-it basis. Reader ratings and reviews for Epcot attractions
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Tuesday, 27 Nov 2018 

What Is Your Favorite Part Of The Holidays At Theme Parks?

By Robert Niles: Ever start something with the intention of doing one thing, but end up heading in a completely different direction?A lot of great theme park trips end up that way. Maybe you spent weeks working on a specific itinerary. But when you get to the park, somebody sees something you hadn't considered, you ditch the plan and end up having a far better day than you'd ever imagined. (Or, it all goes horribly wrong but you pull through in the end... just like as happens on dozens of theme park attractions.)Anyway, that's kinda what happened with my newspaper column this week, which I had intended to be a funny dismissal of the fake "snoap" that Disney, Universal, and other parks spray into the air in the evenings during their holiday celebrations. If you've not heard the term before, it's a combination of "snow" and "soap," referring to the liquid soap that many artificial snow-effect machines use to make those faux flakes. Yeah, it's silly if you think about it too much.But as I was writing, I realized... that I actually love those cheesy fake snowfalls. They always end up reminding me of the first time I ever saw snow falling from the sky, in an elementary school classroom in Indiana when I was a child. You can get the full story in my column, The snow falling at Disneyland and other theme parks might be fake, but it makes real memories.So today, I would like to ask you to pick your favorite part of theme parks' holiday celebrations. Is it that magical snowfall in way-above-freezing temperatures? Or do you come for all the special holiday food? Or maybe the parades or shows? Or do you mostly come to the parks at this time of year for the holiday decorations or seasonal ride overlays?Thanks for following Theme Park Insider as we cover the parks this holiday season. If you're out and about in the parks this time of year (and any time, really), please share your photos and video with us by tagging Theme Park Insider on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram, and we will pass along the best stuff to the rest of the Theme Park Insider community.Merry Christmas, happy holidays, and have a wonderful time in the parks!Your 2018 guide to theme park holiday events
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Monday, 26 Nov 2018 

Malaysian Developer Sues Fox, Disney Over Fox World Project

By Robert Niles: The parent company of Resorts World Genting in Malaysia is suing Fox and Disney, alleging that Disney ordered Fox to terminate its licensing deal for the upcoming Fox World theme park. Genting is seeking more than US$1 billion in damages.Earlier this month at the IAAPA Attractions Expo in Orlando, Dynamic Attractions wowed fans with plans for a "Duel Power Coaster" that it said would debt next year at a theme park in Malaysia.Sources later confirmed that the ride ? a next generation mashup of Radiator Springs Racers and Spider-Man ride tech ? would power a motorcycle ride at the planned Fox World theme park under construction at Resorts World Genting. But the future of that park was thrown into doubt today when Resorts World's parent company filed a lawsuit against Fox and its soon-to-be-new owner Disney in a California court.The filing reveals that Genting has spend more than $750 million developing the theme park, which it intended to be on par with the Universal Studios Singapore theme park at its sister Resorts World Sentosa development in neighboring Singapore. Genting is seeking damages in excess of $1 billion in an attempt to recoup its investment, as well as "consequential and punative" damages.Genting said that Fox Entertainment Group, under direction from Disney, has issued a "notice of default" in an attempt to break its licensing deal with the Malaysian development. Genting further alleges that Fox has been stringing along the project in attempt to coerce Genting to renegotiate to give Fox a percentage of gate revenue, in addition to the agreed-upon licensing fee and food and souvenir commissions. But Genting also said that Disney had pushed Fox more recently to get out of the deal entirely, since Disney does not want to be associated with the casino that is the heart of the Resorts World Genting project.Having made such a significant investment in Fox World, GENM [Genting Malaysia] has worked feverishly since 2013 to bring it to life as soon as possible and to recoup its investment. FEG, however, has fought GENM at nearly every turn, causing delay after delay. Examples include FEG?s early insistence that GENM replace one of its preferred vendors with FEG?s less qualified choice?a vendor whose inexperience and unethical business practices led to its termination from the project and months of delays; FEG?s untimely, repeated and continued unreasonable exercise of its approval rights under the parties? agreement; FEG?s failure to provide industry standard style guides and digital assets for many of its licensed properties, including its very own 20th Century Fox logo; and FEG?s failure to provide the level of on-site support that is required under the parties? Agreement and that is typically provided by the licensor of a branded theme park development of this size and scale.One example that Genting cited was the "Century City Lake Spectacular" show that the park was to feature as its nighttime entertainment. Like similar shows at Disney, Universal, and Warner Bros. theme parks, it was to feature clips from famous Fox movies. But Genting said that Fox failed to provide clearances for the clips, and that the developer incurred costs in "hundreds of thousands of dollars and... many months of delays" as it had to ask its show design vendor to redo the production using only the clips for which Genting could obtain legal clearance."Clear from the timing of these events was that Disney?regardless of whether it was legally permissible under applicable antitrust laws?was intervening in the GENM/FEG negotiations and calling the shots for FEG. Having long adopted anti-gambling policies based on its 'family-friendly' brand image, Disney has a history of eliminating any ties to gambling held by its acquired companies," the filing states. "With Fox World located just outside the casinos in the Genting Highlands integrated resort, it comes as no surprise that Disney would, on information and belief, try to kill the Fox World deal in a transparent attempt to 'protect' the Disney brand."Update: Here's the statement from Disney, courtesy a spokesperson: "The claims made against Disney in this matter are utterly without merit."That's it.
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Monday, 26 Nov 2018 

Cast Your Vote In Disney Cruise Line's Fifth Annual Gingerbread House Competition

Each year, the gingerbread houses on our ships become more and more spectacular. Our annual gingerbread house competition inspires the pastry, bakery chefs and deck teams to put their best foot forward when designing these elaborate masterpieces for our Very Merrytime Cruises.
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Wednesday, 28 Nov 2018 

A New 'Toy Story' Hotel Is Coming To Tokyo Disney

By Robert Niles: Oriental Land Co., the owner of the Tokyo Disney Resort, today announced plans to build another hotel at the resort ? this time themed to Toy Story.The new hotel ? scheduled to open between April 2021 and March 2022 ? would be the second Toy Story-themed hotel at a Disney-themed resort, following one at the Shanghai Disneyland. Tokyo's Toy Story hotel, for which a name has not yet been announced, will have approximately 600 standard-type rooms.Here's the backstory, from OLC's press release:Andy, the little boy who loves his toys ? Woody, Buzz Lightyear and the rest ? has embarked on the ultimate backyard project: a building to house all his toys. When Andy is called away by his mom, his toys and their helpers take over the ?toy? tower and open it as a hotel for all the ?honorary? toys of the world.The 11-story Toy Story hotel will be the sixth announced hotel at the resort. Tokyo Disney currently has four hotels, with a fifth announced for the Tokyo DisneySea expansion opening in 2022. That property is planned for 475 rooms, at deluxe and luxury levels.Reviews and planning tips for all Disney theme parks
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Tuesday, 27 Nov 2018 

Celebrating The Joy Of SpongeBob SquarePants And His World

By Robert Niles: The creator of SpongeBob SquarePants, Stephen Hillenburg, has passed away. He was 57 and had been diagnosed with ALS last year. With SpongeBob's home of Bikini Bottom, Hillenburg created one of the most captivating settings for an enduring franchise in recent entertainment history. SpongeBob SquarePants debuted in 1999 on Nickelodeon and remains on the air to this day, making it one of television's most enduring franchises. Part of the reason for SpongeBob's success was the captivating setting that Hillenburg created for the show ? the underwater world of Bikini Bottom. Inspired by his experience as a marine biology teacher and longtime advocate for Southern California's coastal health, Bikini Bottom found that elusive balance between authenticity and imaginative absurdity that makes for a great theme park land... which makes the themed entertainment industry's failure to develop a fully realized Bikini Bottom land one of its more frustrating misses of the century to date.While SpongeBob enjoyed great success on Nickelodeon, as a potential theme park franchise, it got lost in parent company Viacom's decision to get out of the theme park business. SpongeBob featured in several kiddie attractions at the former Paramount Parks, before Viacom sold those parks to Cedar Fair and they lost their Nick licenses.Universal now has the domestic theme park rights to the character, but has limited its use to a retail store, parade appearances, and meet and greets. With its own DreamWorks Animations and Illumination Entertainment franchises to develop, Universal probably isn't going to build Bikini Bottom... unless that fourth gate at Universal Orlando turns out to be way bigger (or more sharply focused on animation) than we've thought.SpongeBob SquarePants is defined by his unbridled joy, enthusiasm, and optimism. His uncynical view of the world challenges us to set aside ours for a moment and just enjoy the pure bliss of imagination at work. Can there be any better result for a theme park attraction than that? SpongeBob and theme park fans don't just want to spend time in Bikini Bottom. We need to.Hillenburg and his amazing world deserved better than what the industry has given them. And SpongeBob's fans do, too.
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Monday, 26 Nov 2018 

How To Create An Original Story For A Top Theme Park Attraction

By Robert Niles: When we talk about building the world's best theme parks, that usually means working with some wildly popular IP. But you can build great attractions from original ideas, too. Working with an established franchise does give developers a head start in that audiences already will know and love its characters and settings. But starting from scratch gives designers the freedom to establish that emotional relationship - to create a space that will endure as the heart and focus of fans' enthusiasm, instead of just being an extension of that.So who's making major attractions based on original concepts these days? Actually, Universal Studios just did it. With Volcano Bay, Universal created an entire park without using a single one of its many owned or licensed franchises. And it's been a hit, with attendance in its first, partial year of operation on pace to make Volcano Bay the most popular water park in America this year.How did Universal do it? I sat down with Dale Mason, Vice President and Executive Art Director at Universal Creative, to find out. Dale talked about how he and his team developed the story, characters and concepts that helped define Volcano Bay and convince Universal management to build this park. He also addressed the challenge of staying on the right side of the divide between cultural inspiration and appropriation when designing attractions.And Dale and I talked about the importance of crafting a backstory to ensure the authenticity of any theme park or attraction. So let's get to it, and welcome Dale to the latest episode of our "Building the World's Best Theme Parks" podcast.Want more about Volcano Bay? Enjoy our walking tour of the park, from its opening week.Getting back to the topic at hand, though, what are some of our favorite original stories in well-themed parks and attractions? And what kind of original stories would you like to see a major park develop someday?We would love your support for the Theme Park Insider podcast! You can pledge to support the production of future episodes of "Building the World's Best Theme Parks" on our podcast page.
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Thursday, 29 Nov 2018 

Disney Parks After Dark: Holiday Finale Of 'Illuminations' At Epcot

Tonight’s “After Dark” image was snapped at the Epcot International Festival of the Holidays, which culminates each evening with a performance of “Illuminations,” which at this time of year, features a special holiday finale.