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Theme park news round-up - 5th December 2012

Despicable Me: Minion Mayhem logo

Disney has been teasing fans recently with cryptic preview videos for the flying dragon that will soon be soaring over New Fantasyland at the Magic Kingdom, and its most recent effort is the most blatant yet. Expect to the see the micro-light dragon in action very soon. Meanwhile, rumors that Despicable Me: Minion Mayhem will soon be on its way to Universal Studios Hollywood have been further strengthened, while Cedar Point is planning to invest millions in a major upgrade of its on-site hotels.

Disney's Magic Kingdom

Disney has all but confirmed that a flying dragon will soon be soaring through the skies above New Fantasyland at the Magic Kingdom with its latest teaser video. The dragon, which is actually a micro-light aircraft, has also been spotted by eagle-eyed fans undergoing night-time testing in recent days. It is expected to appear at the park on or shortly after the official debut of the expanded land on December 6.

Full story: Disney Parks Blog

Meanwhile, a new group of entertainers know as the Storybook Circus Giggle Gang is now appearing in the Storybook Circus sub-area of New Fantasyland.

Storybook Circus Giggle Gang

Image © Disney

The clowns perform a variety of musical numbers, as well as traditional circus tricks.

Full story: Disney Parks Blog

Disney California Adventure

The new Buena Vista Street entrance area at Disney California Adventure is celebrating its first Christmas, and Disney has released a new video showing off the 1920s-style decorations.

Full story: Disney Parks Blog

Universal Studios Hollywood

In an interview with Flickering Myth, Gary Goddard, who worked on the installation of Terminator 2 3-D: Battle Across Time at Universal Studios Hollywood, has corroborated long-standing rumors that the soon-to-close attraction will be replaced by a clone of Universal Studios Florida's Despicable Me: Minion Mayhem.

Full story: Flickering Myth

Cedar Point

Cedar Point has installed the highest piece of track for its new GateKeeper roller coaster, which will become the world's longest winged coaster when it debuts in May 2013.

Full story: Theme Park Tourist

Meanwhile, the park plans to spend $60 million over the next three years to upgrade its existing on-site hotels, as it aims to encourage multi-day visits.

Full story: SeattlePi

SeaWorld San Diego

SeaWorld has released its first video preview of Aquatica San Diego, the new water park that will be installed on the site of Knott's Soak City in Chula Vista in 2013.

Full story: Theme Park Tourist

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