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Theme Parks July 2012 Archive


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I Love a Parade

Tuesday July 31, 2012
Who doesn't love the pageantry, music, and spectacle of a parade? While parades have been a daily staple and one of the highlights at the Magic Kingdom in Disney World, ... Read More

Universal's Shifty Night Shift Nurses

Monday July 30, 2012
We are still in the throes of summer, but parks have already begun looking ahead to the fall and Halloween. Universal Studios Florida, for example, will be scaring the ... Read More

Kim and I Have Something in Common

Thursday July 26, 2012
North Korean leader, Kim Jong Un, and I apparently share a distinctive trait. No, I do not have the adoration, state-imposed or otherwise, of an entire nation. But I do ... Read More

Mickey Munchies

Tuesday July 24, 2012
Sure, you're going to blast off on Space Mountain and take a ride with Mater in Cars Land. But chances are, when you visit Disneyland you're also going to be ... Read More

Coasting into Her Nineties

Monday July 23, 2012
This is how I want to grow old. According to the Associated Press, Thelma Gratsch celebrated her 90th birthday aboard Diamondback, a roller coaster at Kings Island -- a roller ... Read More

Glamp Up a Darien Lake Vacation

Friday July 20, 2012
I don't know that I'd exactly consider it glamorous, but Darien Lake certainly has a unique take on camping. The New York theme park/water park/summer music shed resort is offering ... Read More

Going with the Flo's

Tuesday July 17, 2012
Yesterday, we took a look at the best table-service restaurants throughout the Disneyland Resort. Today, let's see what our panel of judges has to say about the best quick-service/counter-service places ... Read More

Mickey's Marvelous Meals

Monday July 16, 2012
The Disney theme parks have come a long way with their dining options. Sure, you could still get a McMickey burger, but there are some wonderful restaurants to discover, ... Read More

NJ Mall's Dream Come True?

Thursday July 12, 2012
For years we've been hearing grand plans for the massive mall and entertainment center adjacent to the Meadowlands complex in northern New Jersey: indoor ski mountain, wacky Xanadu name, giant ... Read More

Universal Orlando to Keep Hotel Guests at Bay

Tuesday July 10, 2012
With many more visitors streaming into Islands of Adventure since the 2010 opening of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, it was probably inevitable that Universal Orlando would expand ... Read More

Water Wizz Gets Ready for Its Close Up

Monday July 9, 2012
Theme parks and water parks often serve as locations for feature films and TV shows. Kennywood stood in for Adventureland in the eponymous 2009 movie. And who could forget the ... Read More

Might a Zombie Park Come to Life in Detroit?

Friday July 6, 2012
Here's a weird one. A Detroit-based group is proposing to transform one of the city's blighted neighborhoods into a zombie "theme park." If you are thinking undead-themed roller coasters, dark ... Read More

Wet? Check. Wild? Check.

Tuesday July 3, 2012
It's a matter of some dispute, but the place that is generally acknowledged to be the world's first water park is Wet 'n Wild Orlando. (Among the sticking points, ... Read More

Well, the Ride Sure is Amazing

Monday July 2, 2012
Reviews have been mixed for the The Amazing Spider-Man reboot opening in theaters tomorrow with some critics hissing about its lack of inspiration and other venom-spewed complaints. I haven't ... Read More

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