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Theme Park Pulse: News and Notes for Week of Feb. 29, 2016

Entertainment | Donald Wood | February 29, 2016

Theme Park Pulse: News and Notes for Week of Feb. 29, 2016

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SeaWorld Admits to Spying on Animal Rights Groups
In a stunning admission, SeaWorld officials admitted that employees of the company posed as animal rights activists to spy on critics. The amusement park operator stated that it has ended the practice after backlash from animal rights groups.

Video Game Theme Park to Open in Dubai Summer 2016
Prepare your trip to Dubai’s City Walk indoor park, video game fans, as a theme park based on the characters from developers like Capcom, Konami, Square Enix and Electronic Arts is scheduled to open up in the summer of 2016.

Disney Announces New Star Wars-Themed Shows and Fireworks
Disney has announced a new “Star Wars” stage show and procession, and a new nighttime spectacular. The stage show has been dubbed “Star Wars: A Galaxy Far, Far Away”, and the fireworks show is called, “Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular.” Each is set to debut on April 4.

Cedar Point Introduces Valravn Roller Coaster, Announces Ride Removals
In addition to Cedar Point introducing the tallest, fastest and longest dive coaster in the world, Valravn, over the last week, the theme park also announced the Shoot the Rapids, Skyscraper and Challenge Racing attractions will be removed from the park.


Disney has announced that the new attraction Luigi’s Rollickin’ Roadsters, presented by Alamo, will officially open March 7 at the Disney California Adventure park.

A man who built gnome homes at the Little Buffalo State Park in Pennsylvania has been told that his artwork would have to be removed, as officials believe it could impact the local wildlife’s habitat.

During the release of more information regarding the Cobra's Curse roller coaster, Busch Gardens Tampa officials announced that the queue line would feature a 400-cubic-foot, multi-level snake exhibit.

Ferrari World in Abu Dhabi has officially opened its Flying Aces roller coaster, which broke three world records with the world’s tallest loop and fastest and steepest starting hill inclination.


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