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:
- It was a hoppin' week for Disneyland news! Officials announced plans for a fourth hotel that would be located in Downtown Disney. Additionally, it announced it would build a new, six-story, 6,500-spot parking structure on its existing Pinocchio Lot. Construction for the lot would begin in February 2018 and be completed the next year. The 700-room, contemporary Disneyland hotel would be the first one Disney has built in Anaheim in 20 years and would follow AAA's four-diamond guidelines. Disney plans to build a platform inside the new Disneyland hotel for a monorail station. According to the Orange County Register, the 17-acre hotel is planned for the area where ESPN Zone, the AMC theaters, Earl of Sandwich, Starbucks and Rainforest Cafe are currently located. The new Disneyland hotel's construction would begin in 2018, with an expected completion in 2021.
- In more Disneyland Resort news, an all-new fireworks spectacular is set to debut at Disneyland Park on April 13, 2018, for the limited-time Pixar Fest. "Together Forever – A Pixar Nighttime Spectacular" — featuring pyrotechnics, building projections and music — will celebrate the friendships former by favorite Pixar Pals and include a special flyover by Buzz Lightyear! Returning April 13 for Pixar Fest is the popular "Paint the Night" parade — only this time it will take place at Disney California Adventure. The parade will include characters from "Toy Story," "Monsters, Inc." and "Cars" — plus a new Pixar story will join the parade later in the year!
- Merlin Entertainment announced it is opening a LEGOLAND in New York! The 170-acre theme park will be located in the town of Goshen, about 60 miles away from New York City. There will also be a 250-room LEGOLAND Hotel!
- If you haven't yet visited The Shining at Halloween Horror Nights, you can experience it virtually. Today.com has a 360 video of some of the key scenes inside this spectacular house at Universal Orlando Resort.
- For those of you wondering about the Halloween Horror Nights holding areas at Universal Studios Florida, we are offering a peek inside them on our YouTube channel. The holding areas allow guests who have both park tickets and event tickets to get a jump on visiting the houses at Halloween Horror Nights. By the way, we offer discount tickets to this event.
- We're also very hoppy to announce we're selling discount tickets to Star Wars Galactic Nights at Disney's Hollywood Studios. This after-hours event Dec. 16 celebrates all things Star Wars and will offer little to no wait time for Star Tours — The Adventures Continue and other rides, special character experiences, galactic treats and a panel discussion.
- Get ready to channel your inner artist, because Epcot's International Festival of the Arts is back for 2018! The festival returns for a second year Jan. 12 to Feb. 19, 2018. The event, celebrating all things art, will offer festivities daily and Disney On Broadway performances Fridays through Mondays. Among the fun will be art classes, food studios and performing artists.
- From now through Nov. 26, guests can partake in a family-friendly fiesta at Disney Springs to celebrate Disney•Pixar's "Coco." From 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. daily on the West Side, guests can explore Coco's world with themed music, food and decor. On weekends, there will also be face painting and activities for the tadpoles. Ole'!
- We'll end with more monstrously good news from Disneyland. On Halloween, Disney California Adventure guests can experience Guardians of the Galaxy — Monsters After Dark all day. If you can't get there, you can at least watch the Monsters After Dark video!
That’s it for the theme park news this week. Have a great weekend.