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Theme park news round-up - 19th November 2012

Celebrate the Magic

Cedar Fair is clearly happy with the performance of the upcharge Dinosaurs Alive! attractions that have been installed at its North American theme parks over the last year. Worlds of Fun will become the latest park to charge guests an extra $5 to view life-size animatronic recreations of prehistoric beasts. Meanwhile, SeaWorld Orlando has offered another glimpse of its Antarctica: Empire of the Penguin ride vehicles in action, and a new show has debuted at Disney's Magic Kingdom.

Worlds of Fun

Worlds of Fun will become the latest Cedar Fair theme park to open an upcharge dinosaur attraction in summer 2013, the park has confirmed. The park in Kansas City will install a version of Dinosaurs Alive!, a walkthrough exhibit that has already found a home at sister parks Kings Island, Canada's Wonderland, Kings Dominion, Dorney Park and Cedar Point.

Full story: Theme Park Tourist

SeaWorld Orlando

SeaWorld Orlando has released another video of the unique ride vehices for Antarctica: Empire of the Penguin, which will open at the park in 2013. Embedded below, it shows how the car will glide around the interior of the attraction, with a special motion base adding to the experience.

Antarctica: Empire of the Penguin is being billed by SeaWorld Orlando as "the world's coldest theme park ride", and will use a trackless ride system similar to that employed by Pooh's Hunny Hunt at Tokyo Disneyland. This will enable some elements to change each time a guest rides it, with the park promising that the Antarctica ride will offer a different experience every time.

Magic Kingdom

Disney has debuted the new "Celebrate the Magic" show at the Magic Kingdom, and Inside the Magic's Ricky Brigante was, as always, on hand to capture it on video. The show has replaced the park's previous projection show, "The Magic, The Memories and You", and is similar in style. However, whereas its predecessor involved photographs of guests at the park being projected onto the iconic castle, "Celebrate the Magic" replaces these with a story-driven set of images and music.

Full story: Inside the Magic

Meanwhile, the menus for the new Be Our Guest restaurant have been posted on the Walt Disney World website. The Beauty and the Beast-themed eatery will officially open on December 6 as part of the expanded New Fantasyland at the Magic Kingdom.

Full story: Walt Disney World website

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