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From Horror Nights to Zootopia
And with a Disney Treasure thrown in for good measure, we've got all of a busy week's theme park news for you.
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Now, on to the news, starting with the return of the Halloween season's biggest theme park event.
Halloween Horror Nights
Dueling Dragons rule thy fate at Halloween Horror Nights: Dr. Oddfellow might be the icon for Universal Orlando's 32nd Halloween Horror Nights this year. But it's an old attraction from Islands of Adventure that stole the show. We've got reviews and video highlights from all 10 haunted houses at this year's event.
'Chucky' might be Universal's most ambitious haunted house yet: Meanwhile, back in California, we took a behind-the-scenes look with creative director John Murdy at this year’s Chucky: Ultimate Kill Count and Universal Monsters: Unmasked houses for Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Studios Hollywood.
Universal adds new shows to Hollywood's Horror Nights: Universal Studios Hollywood is adding two new shows to its Halloween Horror Nights this year. And one will play in the iconic WaterWorld theater.
Stay tuned Friday morning for coverage of Hollywood's Halloween Horror Nights!
Disney's plans for 2024, and beyond
Disney reveals details on its first-ever Zootopia land: Disney today revealed a ton of new details about its first Zootopia-themed land, including the names of its new ride, restaurant and shop, but it still hasn't yet given us an official opening date.
Here's what cruise fans will find aboard the new Disney Treasure: The Disney Cruise Line's next ship, Disney Treasure, will sail its maiden voyage December 21, 2024 from Port Canaveral, Disney announced this week. We got a preview with Imagineers and DCL managers, and here is what guests can look forward to when the Treasure debuts.
This weekend, we also will have full coverage of Disney Parks Chairman Josh D'Amaro's presentation at the Destination D23 event in Florida.
What's new - now - at Disneyland
San Fransokyo Square opens at Disney California Adventure: Replacing Pacific Wharf, the newly rethemed San Fransokyo Square brings the world of 'Big Hero 6' to the Disneyland Resort.
Halloween Time returns at Disneyland: Disneyland has brought back its usual line-up of Halloween-themed attraction overlays, decorations, and entertainment for the next two months.
Here's where you can see 'Rogers: The Musical' after it closed: Disneyland's Marvel musical might have ended its limited run, but we've still got the full show video for you to watch on our YouTube channel.
We will have more Halloween Time coverage from the Disneyland Resort later this week, too.
More theme park news
Time for Fall deals on Halloween and attraction tickets: Disneyland has brought back its usual line-up of Halloween-themed attraction overlays, decorations, and entertainment for the next two months.
Who's ready for this year's Halloween haunts? We've got start dates for other haunt events at major parks around the country, too.
Six Flags plans new pendulum rides, coasters for 2024: Two new coasters, two pendulum rides, and a rebuild of an historic flume ride lead Six Flags' 2024 attraction debuts.
Universal rips most rock from Rockit coaster: Universal Orlando has reduced the number of musical choices that riders have on the Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit roller coaster at Universal Studios Florida.
Long-awaited airport terminal to open near theme park resort: Abu Dhabi's new Terminal A is located just over three miles from the Ferrari World, SeaWorld and Warner Bros. World Abu Dhabi theme parks on Yas Island, making it perhaps the closest and most convenient major airport to theme parks in the world.