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Theme park news round-up - January 4, 2013

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Disneyland Paris has suffered from a number of high-profile accidents in recent years, so the minor derailment of a train on the Disneyland Railroad was bound to hit the headlines. Thankfully, there were no serious injuries as a result. Meanwhile, Universal is reportedly close to securing a deal to build attractions based on the Lords of the Rings movie franchise, while Transformers baddie Megatron is now making appearances at Universal Studios Hollywood.

Disneyland Paris

Four guests suffered minor injuries when two carriages on the Disneyland Railroad train ride at Disneyland Paris became separated in an incident on January 2, 2013.

Full story: Theme Park Tourist

Universal

MiceChat has stoked up long-standing rumors that Universal is close to acquiring the rights to develop theme park attractions based on the Lord of the Rings movie franchise. While the company is likely to remain busy with the development of further Harry Potter-themed areas for the next few years, a deal to build attractions set in Middle Earth could help its parks maintain their momentum.

Full story: MiceChat

Universal Studios Hollywood

Following the opening of Transformers: The Ride - 3D at Universal Studios Hollywood back in May, the park has debuted a new walkaround character based on Megatron. The imposing figure has been appearing in front of the attraction, and Inside the Magic has collated several pictures posted by Twitter users.

Full story: Inside the Magic

Disney's Animal Kingdom

Screamscape reports that the Festival of the Lion King show at Disney's Animal Kingdom is expected to be moved to the Africa area, after being displaced from its original location to make room for the planned Avatar Land.

Full story: Screamscape

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