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Back to the Future, Busch Gardens Roller Coaster and Latest Theme Park News

Destination & Tourism | Donald Wood | April 08, 2016

Back to the Future, Busch Gardens Roller Coaster and Latest Theme Park News

Last ‘Back to the Future’ Ride Closing on May 31
Amusement park fans remember “Back to the Future: The Ride” at Universal Studios Florida and Universal Studios Hollywood—both of which closed in 2007—but the last of the movie-themed attractions is set to close at Universal Studios Japan in Osaka on May 31.

Fans Name New Busch Gardens Roller Coaster ‘InvadR’
Busch Gardens Williamsburg conducted an online survey that allowed fans of the amusement park to vote for the name of the facility’s new roller coaster. After tabulating the votes, the new attraction has been officially named InvadR.

Ninjago World Opening at Legoland California on May 5
Legoland California Resort will get a brand-new attraction based on the popular LEGO characters.

Decommissioned German Nuclear Reactor Now a Theme Park
A $5.3 billion nuclear reactor built in Germany that was never fully operational has become an amusement park, dubbed Wunderland Kalkar. With 40 attractions spread over 136 acres, the nuclear facility is now one of the most unique theme parks in the world.


A dinosaur theme park in New Jersey called “Field Station: Dinosaurs” has found a new location after it was forced to move due to local construction. The new park will cover more than 805 acres in Overpeck County Park.

While the opening of the Lighting Rod roller coaster at Dollywood amusement park was originally scheduled to open in late March, officials have now announced that it will likely debut in late April at the earliest.

At Disneyland Paris, a 45-year-old technician was reportedly found dead in the theme park's Phantom Manor haunted house. Investigators believe he was electrocuted while servicing the ride.

In Atlanta, developers have revealed plans to revitalize a two-million-square-foot former Sears distribution center by building an amusement park on the building’s roof.


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