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Theme park news round-up - 7th December 2012

Mystic Manor concept art

Walt Disney World dominates the headlines today, with the official debuts of New Fantasyland, Test Track - Presented by Chevrolet and The Legend of Jack Sparrow all having taken place on December 6. Meanwhile, Kings Dominion has begun work its sprawling new Planet Snoopy land, and the highly-anticipated Mystic Manor dark ride at Hong Kong Disneyland could open later than expected.

Walt Disney World

December 6, 2012 was a big day for Walt Disney World, with major new and updated attractions making their official debuts at three of the resort's four theme parks.

Full story: Theme Park Tourist

Disney's Animal Kingdom

Disney's Animal Kingdom was somewhat left out of the excitement at Walt Disney World on December 6, which saw major new and updated attractions open at each of the resort's other theme parks. However, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Chairman Tom Staggs was keen to stress that the planned Avatar Land project is still moving ahead, although construction is yet to begin. The land is said to still be in the design and development stage, with final decisions on the rumored attraction line-up yet to be taken.

Full story: Orlando Sentinel

Kings Dominion

KDFans offers an update on the conversion of the former KidZville area into the world's largest Peanuts-themed children's area. The existing Planet Snoopy land will grow to incorporate a number of the attractions that are currently part of KidZville. Several new rides will also form part of the line-up, including a Zamperla Rockin' Tug (likely to be named Lucy's Tugboat in line with other Cedar Fair parks), a tea cup ride (set to be named Woodstock's Whirlybirds) and a hang glider ride (likely to be named Linus Launcher). Two new live shows will also be performed in the area.

Full story: KDFans.com

Hong Kong Disneyland

The usually-reliable Disney and More reports that the highly-anticipated Mystic Manor could have its opening date pushed back from spring 2013 to summer 2013. The Haunted Mansion-style ride will dominate the new Mystic Point area, the third new land to open at the park as part of a major expansion programme.

Full story: Disney and More

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