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In the Loop: Where to grab grub and grog at Universal's Wizarding World of Harry Potter

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 climb aboard SeaWorld San Diego’s Ocean Explorer submarine, take a ride on SeaWorld Orlando’s Mako hyper coaster, find a 20-acre hidden Mickey in Florida, take a peek at the Star Wars Experience and taste-test the Potter-inspired food at the Three Broomsticks.


SeaWorld Entertainment announces a leadership shakeup that includes the creation of a branch to focus on expanding the theme parks and adding new attractions.

Meanwhile, SeaWorld San Diego unveils plans for the Ocean Explorer submarine ride through an aquarium filled with jellyfish, octopuses and spider crabs.

And SeaWorld Orlando reveals the shark-themed lead car for the Mako hyper coaster set to debut this summer at the Florida marine park.

Star Wars Experience

Harrison Ford offers new details about the Star Wars Experience coming to Disneyland and Disney’s Hollywood Studios along with new concept art for the themed lands during the “Wonderful World of Disney: Disneyland 60” television special on ABC.

Wizarding World

Universal Studios Hollywood shows off the new Potter-inspired food and beverage offerings for the Three Broomsticks restaurant and Hog’s Head pub at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter.

Disney California Adventure

The “Alice in Wonderland” Mad T Party nighttime dance party at Disney California Adventure will end on March 30 to make room for the Food & Wine festival in the spring.

Crime report

Teenage pickpockets wearing Mickey Mouse ears are arrested at Disneyland Paris after allegedly stealing more than $8,000 a day in cash and property, reports the Daily Mail.

And finally

A 20-acre Florida solar farm that will supply power to Walt Disney World beginning this spring is in the shape of, you guessed it, a hidden Mickey.

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