Hi there! Welcome to our weekly roundup of the most interesting theme park news around the Walt Disney World Resort, the Universal Orlando Resort, SeaWorld Orlando and other theme parks.
Here are this week’s theme park highlights
- That bloodcurdling scream you heard this week was the collective glee of haunt fans everywhere upon learning that American Horror Story will be returning to Halloween Horror Nights 27 at Universal Studios Florida. This was one of our favorite houses last year, and we can't wait to see what's in store this year. With more Halloween Horror Nights 27 announcements on the horizon, we'll update everything in our Halloween Horror Nights Survival Guide. We're selling Halloween Horror Nights Flex Sunday-Friday Tickets right now!
- Curious to know what's in store when Guardians of the Galaxy: Mission - BREAKOUT opens at Disney California Adventure on May 27? The Los Angeles Times has a nice breakdown of what we already know about this attraction and an idea of what we can expect. I hope they make good use of the 70's soundtrack from the film. O-0h chiiiild things are gonna get easier.
- Wondering how you'll be able to learn Na'vi—the native language of the Na'vi on your journey to Pandora—The World of Avatar? Simply pick up a Na'vi Translator. The device will come with 15 translation cards, with additional card packs available for purchase. Pick up your Na'vi Translator when Pandora—The World of Avatar opens at Disney's Animal Kingdom on May 27.
- The Disneyland Autopia received new show scenes featuring Honda’s ASIMO (Advanced Step in Innovative Mobility) humanoid robot and its new robotic friend, Bird.
- Liiiiiz Lemooooooon (better known as Tina Fey) visited Walt Disney World. In a short video, Fey talked about one of her her favorite attractions, Expedition Everest as well as the magic of visiting the resort.
- Busch Gardens Tampa will be celebrating Earth Day, April 22, with fun events. Meet animal keepers and learn about the animals while enjoying Earth Day-themed treats.
- SeaWorld San Diego knows me too well. Its Seven Seas Craft Beer and Food Festival will feature amazing pretzel flavors. Check out its video, which features some of these great dishes. There is no shame in licking the screen. No. Shame.
- AMAZING news for parents with autistic children as well as anyone on the autism spectrum. LEGOLAND Florida has introduced initiatives and features to make the park a better place for guests with autism spectrum disorders. Designated Quiet Rooms, with noise-cancelling headphones, weighted blankets and squishy toys have been introduced, as well as a "Blue Hero Pass, allowing guests to bypass lines at select attractions. Bravo, LEGOLAND Florida!
- More food. More wine. More festival goodness. The Swan and Dolphin Food and Wine Classic will return on Oct. 27 and 28. You have no idea how many additional strength training classes I need to book in order to smash all the calories from these food festivals.
- Virtual queues have appeared at a few attractions at Disney's Blizzard Beach and Typhoon Lagoon water parks. Wth the Virtual Line experience soon arriving at Universal's Volcano Bay, it looks like Disney wants to give its guests something similar.
- Speaking of waiting for attractions, the Orange County Register posted the question: Can Disney Eliminate Standing in Line? Especially relevant for the ladies restroom lines.
- When Walt Disney added fireworks to Disneyland in 1958, he envisioned the show as an emotional "kiss goodnight" for Disneyland guests. We'll end our roundup with a "kiss goodnight" about the Magic Kingdom's latest "kiss goodnight". Hop over to The Disney Blog for a behind-the-scenes video about Happy Every After, which premieres May 12.
That’s it for the theme park news this week. Have a great weekend!