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Theme Park Pulse: News and Notes for Dec. 23, 2015

Entertainment | Donald Wood | December 23, 2015

Theme Park Pulse: News and Notes for Dec. 23, 2015

PHOTO: Hogwarts Castle at Universal's Islands of Adventure. The park was ranked the top park in the world by TripAdvisor. (Photo by Barry Kaufman)

TripAdvisor Compiles Lists of Top Theme Parks in U.S. and World
To usher in the New Year, TripAdvisor has compiled lists that name the top 25 amusement parks in the United States and the world. If you plan your vacation during the winter, add one or more of these theme parks to your itinerary.

Amusement Park Visitors Set Mistletoe Record
To celebrate the Christmas holiday, Six Flags Over Georgia set the Guinness World Record for the most couples kissing under the mistletoe at once. With 201 couples kissing under the mistletoe, the holiday spirit is alive and well in Georgia.

Theme Parks Focusing on Virtual Reality Attractions for 2016
According to a report from the Los Angeles Times, the 2016 season in the amusement park industry could be focused more heavily on virtual reality roller coasters, dark rides, thrill rides and haunted mazes than ever before.

Check Out the Coolest Miniature Train Sets in the World
For the holidays, many people associate miniature trains with Christmas. To usher in the season, compiled a list of the top 12 model trains to check out this year, located everywhere from Germany to Los Angeles.


Singer and songwriter Kenny Rogers is reportedly interested in building a theme park similar to Dolly Parton’s Dollywood around 40 miles north of Atlanta.

At Plymouth Meeting Mall in Pennsylvania, a new attraction—LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Philadelphia—will begin being built in summer 2016.

Guests at SeaWorld Orlando faced a scary moment this week when the Sky Tower ride and its 50 passengers became stuck around 200 feet above the ground for about three hours.

To celebrate the Clemson Tiger’s unblemished college football record this year and their No. 1 ranking, head coach Dabo Swinney rented out the entire Frankie’s Fun Park for his players.


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