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Theme park news round-up - February 5, 2013

Shanghai Disneyland concept art

The 2013 season is nearing its start in the UK, and Alton Towers will throw open its gates during the February half-term holiday. As usual, only a limited selection of rides will be operating, and the event is primarily aimed at families. Meanwhile, Shanghai Disneyland is set to exclude many of the areas seen at Disney's US parks, while the construction of the Ratatouille dark ride at Walt Disney Studios, Paris, continues apace.

Alton Towers

Alton Towers has confirmed details of its February half-term events, which will see the park open a limited selection of attractions ahead of the main 2013 season. The theme park will open from February 16-24, with a range of special Moshi Monsters-themed events being laid on for guests.

Full story: Theme Park Tourist

Disneyland

With the new Fantasy Faire area due to open on March 12, the official Disney Parks Blog offers a glimpse at some of the new food offerings that will be available from the Maurice's Treats cart.

Full story: Disney Parks Blog

Shanghai Disneyland

Disney and More explains why Shanghai Disneyland will not feature either a Frontierland or a Main Street, USA area, which are standard features of Disney's other "Magic Kingdom-style" parks.

Full story: Disney and More

Walt Disney Studios

Walt Disney Studios, Paris has been covered in snow recently, and Disney and More offers up some stunning photos. There's also a look at the ongoing construction work on the planned Ratatouille dark ride, which will open in 2014.

Full story: Disney and More

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