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Theme park news round-up - 16th November 2012

Gringotts Bank Coaster train
Work on installing the Harry Potter-themed Gringotts Bank Coaster is underway at Universal Orlando. Image: ThemeParkInsider.com

Technically, it's not a theme park, but the London Dungeon does feature a number of rides and is popular with UK theme park fans. We reported earlier this year that it was due to move to a new site close to the London Eye, and owner Merlin has now confirmed that it will reopen in March 2013. Meanwhile, Alton Towers is replacing one of its oldest rides, while Universal Studios Florida is pushing ahead with construction of its new Harry Potter land.

London Dungeon

The London Dungeon has confirmed that it will close on January 31, 2013, before reopening at a new site close to the London Eye on March 1. Owner Merlin Entertainments Group is spending £20 million on the move, which will enable it to create a cluster of attractions on the former County Hall site.

Full story: Theme Park Tourist

Alton Towers

Alton Towers is reportedly set to replace the ageing Enterprise ride with an updated model, as it prepares to revamp the X-Sector area for the 2013 season.

Full story: Theme Park Tourist

Universal Studios Florida

Universal has begun installing track pieces for the highly-anticipated Gringotts Bank roller coaster, which will anchor a new London-themed Harry Potter land at Universal Studios Florida. This will sit between the existing, seldom-used Fear Factor Live theater and the Disaster! attraction, replacing the former Amity area. Much of this space will be taken up by the coaster, will would feature an elaborate queue and twin cars capable of holding up to 12 people in three rows of four.

Full story: Orlando United forums

Universal Orlando Resort

Universal Orlando has confirmed that its CityWalk nighttime entertainment district will host a special concert by REO Speedwagon on New Year's Eve.

Full story: Universal Orlando Twitter account

Europa Park

Germany's Europa Park is set to debut a new indoor area in 2014, with a theme based around Luc Besson's upcoming animated film Arthur and the Invisibles. Construction on the new land has already begun, with a family roller coaster, a carousel and other smaller rides set to feature.

Full story: Badische Zeitung

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