Newsletter: Shanghai Disneyland draws thousands daily and it isn’t even open yet
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 examine what the DreamWorks deal means for Universal parks, welcome the first Latina princess to Disney parks, take a test drive on the new Autopia cars, chow down at Mrs. Knott’s chicken dinner restaurant and visit Shanghai Disneyland before it opens.
The Comcast-DreamWorks deal gives Universal Studios theme parks more firepower to compete with bigger rival Walt Disney Co.
Plus, here’s how the deal came together so fast and what it means for Universal Studios theme parks.
Here’s what the recent release of concept art reveals about the new Star Wars Lands planned for Disneyland and Disney’s Hollywood Studios.
Tokyo Disneyland is planning a Beauty and the Beast-based expansion that includes a trackless dark ride, a Gaston’s Tavern restaurant and a 1,500-seat theater.
Princesa Elena, Disney’s first Latina princess, will make her theme park debut this summer during meet-and-greet appearances at Disney’s California Adventure and Florida’s Magic Kingdom.
Autoweek takes a test drive on the new Honda-powered Autopia cars at Disneyland.
More than a month before it opens, Shanghai Disneyland is drawing thousands of curious people daily who want to take selfies outside the park.
Animal rights groups continue to press SeaWorld to release 29 orcas to seaside sanctuaries and end breeding programs for all other captive animals.
The first-of-its-kind Ninjago interactive dark ride at Legoland California lets riders use karate-chop hand gestures to shoot fireballs at ninja warriors.
Movie studio-based theme parks that once showed visitors the behind-the-scenes magic of movies and TV shows are now taking visitors inside the scenes so they can experience the stories for themselves, the Orange County Register reports.
Knott’s Berry Farm
MiceChat offers a photo tour of the newly remodeled Mrs. Knott’s chicken dinner restaurant at Knott’s Berry Farm.
Las Vegas Weekly examines the gambling mecca’s spotty theme park history and the prospects for the Mars World casino project, which is expected to include a space walk simulator.
Take a ride on the 240-foot-tall helter skelter-style tunnel slide set to open this summer in London.
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