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At Southern California theme parks, some new twists on old rides

At Southern California theme parks, some new twists on old rides

It's sequel summer at Southern California theme parks. Park operators traditionally rip out aging rides to make way for fresh, cutting-edge offerings. But this season, local theme parks are rolling out upgrades of old stalwarts. Six Flags Magic Mountain has reworked its historic wooden roller coaster with gut-churning twists and turns. Disneyland has enhanced its fireworks show, adding lasers and high-definition video projectors. Universal Studios Hollywood is slipping a 3-D racing feature into its famous studio tour. By remaking existing rides, landlocked theme parks can avoid bulldozing popular attractions or buying more acreage to make room for a new ride. The cost and time...

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