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Theme Park Pulse: News and Notes for Week of Jan. 28, 2016

Entertainment | Donald Wood | January 28, 2016

Theme Park Pulse: News and Notes for Week of Jan. 28, 2016

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Harrison Ford to Unveil Disneyland and Disney World Star Wars Attractions
Star Wars star Harrison Ford will unveil many of the plans for the Star Wars attractions at Disneyland and Walt Disney World through a television special—“The Wonderful World of Disney” special—set to air on ABC on Feb. 21.

Cedar Point Hoping for New Virtual Reality Upgrades
Cedar Point theme park officials are hoping their facility will be chosen to debut new ride technology that features roller coaster riders wearing virtual-reality headsets that display 3-D action with accompanying storylines.

Visit Transylvania’s Underground Amusement Park
In a special report from, the website takes a look at the underground Salina Turda amusement park. The Transylvanian tourist attraction was built in a 2,000 year old salt mine, and features mini-golf, bowling, row boats and more.

Disney Theme Parks Building On Popularity of Star Wars, Frozen and Other Brands
Through the marketing possibilities in its amusement parks, successful Disney brands like Star Wars, Frozen, Toy Story and more will create more long-term success for the company as it continues to invest heavily into its own intellectual properties.


Cedar Fair amusement parks and Electronic Arts video games have partnered to usher in a new generation of theme park attractions based on popular video game titles. The attractions will include Mass Effect 4 and Plants vs. Zombies themed rides.

Local officials in Branson, Missouri, have announced plans to build a new attraction called ‘Bigfoot on the Strip’ which will cost an estimated $10 million and will be constructed along the Highway 76 corridor.

In a controversial decision, a federal judge has ruled that the Ark Encounter theme park—based on a replica of Noah’s Ark—would be allowed to screen potential hires based on religion and still retain tax incentives.

Universal Orlando Resort announced the launch of a new educational program that will teach students the basics of business. It has been dubbed the Business Learning Series.


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