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Theme Park Pulse: News and Notes for Week of Jan. 13, 2016

Entertainment | Donald Wood | January 13, 2016

Theme Park Pulse: News and Notes for Week of Jan. 13, 2016

Photo courtesy of Walt Disney World Resort

Visit Orlando Reveals Top New Rides and Attractions for 2016
Fans of theme parks know that 2016 is setting up to be a memorable year for the industry, and Visit Orlando has made it easier to keep up with all of the biggest openings in the tourism Mecca by listing all of the most anticipated openings this year.

Report: Cedar Park’s Valravn Roller Coaster to Open May 6
Cedar Park amusement park recently released its calendar of activities for 2016, and May 6 is the listed date for the Season Passholder Preview Night. For roller coaster enthusiasts, this is rumored to be the opening of the record-breaking Valravn roller coaster.

Six Flags Discovery Kingdom Opening ‘Pacific Rim 5-D’ Attraction
Do you love the movie “Pacific Rim” and wish it was a ride? Six Flags Discovery Kingdom has you covered with the "Pacific Rim 5-D" attraction scheduled to open with special limited sneak previews in January, before opening to the public in the coming weeks.

Construction Tops Out for SeaWorld’s Mako Roller Coaster
In a celebratory moment for SeaWorld officials and employees, the amusement park topped out during construction of the new shark-inspired roller coaster, Mako. When completed, the ride will be the tallest roller coaster in Central Florida.


Officials have announced the full concert lineup for Universal Orlando Resort's 2016 Mardi Gras celebration, including Fall Out Boy, Adam Lambert, Diana Ross and more.

The addition of Star Wars Land to the Disneyland amusement park has resulted in changes to other attractions like Rivers of America. The new layout and plans for a new waterfront and other changes was revealed Monday. has officially released the 2015 edition of its Global Theme Park Market: Trends & Opportunities report, breaking down the market in North America, Latin America, Asia Pacific and EMEA.


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