Hi there! Welcome to our weekly roundup of the most interesting theme park news around the Walt Disney World Resort, Universal Orlando, SeaWorld Orlando and other theme parks.
This week’s theme park highlights:
- "Frozen" fun is headed to Disney's Hollywood Studios starting next week! From July 5 through Sept. 1, the park will be hosting "Frozen Summer Fun Live!" with events all day long. The sisters, along with Kristoff, will join in a royal procession down Hollywood Boulevard each day at 11 a.m. Guests can join Elsa and Anna in a singalong to some of the film's tunes in a 20-minute show throughout the day. Over at Oaken's Trading Post, guests will find an ice skating rink with demonstrations from some dazzling Arendelle ice dancers as well as giant art ice displays. Every evening a live band will be playing contemporary songs and "Frozen" tunes from 5:30-9:30 p.m. To cap it all off, each night at 9:45 p.m. the Sorcerer Mickey Hat will be lit up with snow and ice images, while Elsa creates blue and white fireworks set to the film's soundtrack.
- If there's been any question about the continued popularity of "Frozen," you need look no further than Pearl Jam. The alt-rock band of my youth was caught on camera playing "Let It Go" live in concert. No, I did not mistype!
- Cast member previews for Diagon Alley (often a precursor to a soft opening) began this week, with the exception of Escape from Gringotts, which remains in "technical rehearsals." The entire area is set for an official opening July 8.
- The making of Diagon Alley is set to be a prime-time televised event hosted by Meredith Viera on NBC on June 30. We cannot wait!
- Over on the West Coast, construction is progressing around Universal Studios Hollywood for a few highly anticipated additions to the park, most notably the Wizarding World of Harry Potter!
- Disneyland Paris previewed La Place de Rémy, a new area that will be home to its newest attraction l’Aventure Totalement Toquee de Remy (Remy's Totally Zany Adventure) that officially opens July 10.
- SeaWorld Orlando debuted its brand-new nighttime Shamu show, "Shamu: Light Up the Night" along with a new weekend daytime show "Generation Nature LIVE," focused on animal training and rescue, and of course, featuring some of the park's animals.
- Hoping to bring more awareness about renewable energy, LEGOLAND Florida debuted a 6-foot LEGO globe made from 250,000 bricks next to the Imagination Zone attraction!
- What's next after Colossus? The wooden coaster that's been a must-do inside Six Flags Magic Mountain since 1978 is closing Aug. 16 to make way for "exciting future plans."
- The full-throttle plunge Aqua Drag Racer opened at Wet 'n' Wild. At six stories tall with four racing lanes, this family-friendly drag race is is one you don't want to miss!
That’s it for the theme park news this week. Have a great weekend!
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