Time for Happy Returns?
A former leader returns to Walt Disney Imagineering, while Six Flags continues to struggle and Universal debuts a new parade.
It’s another busy week in the theme park industry, as we get ready for another big media event at the Walt Disney World Resort next week, followed by an opening at Disneyland. Meanwhile, we’ve got plenty of news from other parks, too.
Red Flags at Six Flags
Attendance, Revenue Continue to Drop at Six Flags: Six Flags' attendance and revenue slide continued in the fourth quarter of 2022, as the company posted a 26% percent drop in attendance last year over 2021.
What's New at Disney
Disney Drops New Haunted Mansion Movie Trailer: How many references to the Haunted Mansion ride can you find in Disney's new 'Haunted Mansion' movie trailer?
Disney Makes Another Leadership Change at Imagineering: Bruce Vaughn is returning to Walt Disney Imagineering, this time as its new Chief Creative Officer.
Here's the Menu for Disneyland's New Toontown: Let's talk about that new restaurant opening at Disneyland this month. Cafe Daisy will open along with the refurbished Mickey's Toontown on March 19.
Food and Wine Festival Returns to Disney California Adventure: Plant-based food is taking center stage this year as the Disney California Adventure Food & Wine Festival returns to the Disneyland Resort.
News from Universal
It's Snoopy, Elmo, and Mario, Oh My! Are you ready for a parade that includes Nintendo, Minions, Sesame Street, and Snoopy? Then pack your bags for Osaka, because the new No Limit! Parade opened last week at Universal Studios Japan.
Universal Studios Hollywood formally reveals their themed lands: Universal Studios Hollywood now is officially dividing the park into themed lands, beyond just the Upper Lot and Lower Lot. But some of what is, and is not, on Universal's list is... questionable.
Universal Offers New, Dairy-Free Version of Butterbeer: Don't do dairy? The wizards and witches at Universal Orlando and Universal Studios Hollywood have conjured up a new version of Butterbeer, just for you.
New Family Theme Park Set for Texas: Just a month after Universal’s announcement, it looks like the Dallas-Fort Worth area is getting another theme park aimed at families with young children.
Efteling's New Haunted Forest Takes Shape: The creepy Huyverwoud Forest is emerging behind construction walls at Efteling, as the Dutch theme park continues work on its new attraction for 2024.
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