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Let's kick things off with some website news, then talk about Avatar at Disneyland, employee pay raises in Orlando, and more openings announcements from around the world.
Hello theme park fans and industry insiders! I’ve got some website news to kick off this week’s newsletter.
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Now on to the rest of this week’s news…
Disney's Big Earnings Call, and More
Avatar Experience Coming to Disneyland: In Disney's first quarterly earnings call since returning as CEO, Bob Iger announced that Disneyland would be getting an Avatar "experience." Disney also announced that the theme parks are making bank, even as Disney+ continues to bleed red ink.
Disney Celebrates 100 Years in Super Bowl Commercial: The Walt Disney Company continued its 100th anniversary celebration with a new Super Bowl commercial that won high marks from viewers. We look back at the history of Disney theme parks and the Big Game, with an update featuring this year's "I'm Going to Disneyland" honoree.
Higher Pay for Orlando Theme Park Workers
Universal Orlando Raises Pay in Bid to Outpace Disney World: Universal Orlando will raise its starting rate for team members at the resort to $17 an hour, up $2 from the current $15 an hour, starting June 4. That will put Universal ahead of rival Walt Disney World on starting employee pay - at least for now.
More Theme Park News
Is This the End for Silver Dollar City's 'Fire In The Hole'? Silver Dollar City has announced that 2023 will be the final season for the "original" Fire In The Hole ride. So what about second Fire In The Hole?
SeaWorld Opens Research and Rescue Center in Abu Dhabi: SeaWorld has opened a research and rescue facility in Abu Dhabi in advance of its big new indoor theme park opening on the Yas Island resort later this year.
Busch Gardens Tampa Bay Reveals Serengeti Flyer Opening Date
Magical Creatures to Take the Stage at Universal Studios Japan
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