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In the Loop: Universal Studios adopts demand pricing before Wizarding World opens

Welcome to another edition of In the Loop, the Los Angeles Times' theme park newsletter. I'm Funland theme park blogger Brady MacDonald, and this week we take a ride on the renamed Joker coaster, brace for demand pricing at Universal Studios, fly by Star Wars Land with Han Solo and plan a visit to Shanghai Disneyland.

Shanghai Disneyland

The $5.5-billion Shanghai Disneyland set to open in June will blend a traditional Magic Kingdom-style theme park with attractions based on recent Disney and Pixar films more familiar to the Chinese audience. Find out everything you need to know about the park in our comprehensive preview.

Star Wars Land

Harrison Ford will reveal details of the Star Wars Land coming to Disneyland and Disney’s Hollywood Studios during the coming "Wonderful World of Disney" special.

Universal tickets

Universal Studios becomes the first major U.S. theme park to adopt demand pricing, charging more for admission on the busiest days.

Dali and Disney

The new “Disney and Dali: Architects of the Imagination” exhibition at the Dali Museum in St. Petersburg, Fla., tells of the relationship between the surrealist artist and theme park pioneer Walt Disney.

The Joker

New Jersey’s Six Flags Great Adventure changes the name of its forthcoming Total Mayhem fourth-dimension roller coaster to The Joker, after the DC Comics supervillain.

Orlando getaway

Delta Air Lines offers round-trip flights between Los Angeles and Florida’s theme park capital on select days through May for less than $200.

Disneyland Paris

French police apprehended a man at the Disneyland Paris resort who was found with two handguns and a copy of the Koran.

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