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Theme Parks June 2012 Archive

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Kicking the Tires at Cars Land

Friday June 29, 2012
The Season Pass Podcast guys, Doug Barnes and Brent Young, invited me to join them to talk about Cars Land, Buena Vista Street, and other developments at Disney California Adventure ... Read More

Back from the Dead

Thursday June 28, 2012
It's always good news when a defunct theme park gets a new lease on life. That's why I'm happy to report that the shuttered Ghost Town in the Sky (which ... Read More

(Buena Vista) Street Cred

Tuesday June 26, 2012
My coverage of Disney California Adventure's grand reopening continues with a photo tour and musings about Buena Vista Street and Carthay Circle, the vastly improved front section of the ... Read More

Aliens to Invade Australia

Monday June 25, 2012
Most of the world's best theme park attractions can be traced to either the Disney or Universal parks. There are a handful of independent ride designers, however, that sometimes develop ... Read More

Holiday World Sings the Blues for KY Park

Friday June 22, 2012
Years of benign neglect from Six Flags and the Kentucky State Fair Board led to the sad decline of Kentucky Kingdom. Six Flags coasted away altogether before the start of ... Read More

A Road Trip through Cars Land

Tuesday June 19, 2012
My coverage continues of Disney California Adventure's grand reopening with a photo tour and running commentary of Cars Land. See the highly photogenic new land and learn more about ... Read More

Imagineers Rev Up Disney California Adventure

Monday June 18, 2012
After five years of anticipation, the centerpiece attraction of Disney California Adventure's radical makeover, Radiator Springs Racers, finally debuted last week. It was worth the wait. If you get ... Read More

Steve Jobs and Cars Land

Thursday June 14, 2012
When Steve Jobs passed away, I wrote about the ties that bound the Apple visionary to the Walt Disney Company. That connection was driven home today when I had the ... Read More

Coney Island Charity Event -- with a Twist

Tuesday June 12, 2012
A ride aboard the historic Cyclone at Brooklyn's Coney Island is sure to be a treasured memory and perhaps a once-in-a-lifetime thrill. Riding it more than once, as I did ... Read More

Sand Castles and Wave Riding -- in Pittsburgh?

Monday June 11, 2012
At first glance, Pittsburgh and beach activities might seem incongruent. But at the edge of the city, nestled along the Monongahela River, Sandcastle offers urban dwellers a refuge from the ... Read More

The Latest Park Deals

Thursday June 7, 2012
I've already written about Disney World raising its prices. And the tellers at Gringotts Wizarding Bank are working overtime tallying the receipts from the recent price hike at Universal Orlando. ... Read More

Journey to Colorado for a Wild Water Park

Tuesday June 5, 2012
You typically don't find lumbering dinosaurs or ancient mummies at a water park. (That's more the province of Disney and Universal theme parks.) But Water World Colorado, near Denver, ... Read More

It Now Costs $89 to Ride Space Mountain

Monday June 4, 2012
It doesn't seem like all that long ago that Disney World raised its one-day, one-park ticket price to the head-turning threshold of $50. (In fact, it was 2002, a ... Read More

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