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Theme park news round-up - March 4, 2013

Aquatica entrance
SeaWorld Orlando's Aquatica hosted a special fifth birthday party earlier this week. Image: WillMc, Wikimedia Commons (license)

The ongoing saga of the rescue of Kentucky Kingdom rumbles on, but there is increasingly hope that the park will really reopen this time around. Honest. In the latest boost to former owner Ed Hart, his Kentucky Kingdom Redevelopment Company has been promised $1.7 million in sales tax rebates. Meanwhile, Disney has announced the latest Limited Time Magic events for Walt Disney World and the Disneyland Resort, while SeaWorld Orlando's Aquatica has celebrated its fifth birthday.

Kentucky Kingdom

Former owner Ed Hart's plans to reopen the shuttered Kentucky Kingdom theme park have received a boost, with the state having approved $1.7 million in sales tax rebates.

Full story: Theme Park Tourist

Walt Disney World and Disneyland Resort

Disney has announced the latest special events for Walt Disney World and the Disneyland Resort that will form part of its "Limited Time Magic" promotion.

Full story: Theme Park Tourist


SeaWorld Orlando's Aquatica water park celebrated its fifth birthday on March 1, hosting a special party. Orlando Attractions Magazine was on-hand to snap some photos.

Full story: Orlando Attractions Magazine

Disneyland Paris takes a look at the ongoing refurbishment work at Disneyland Paris, which currently sees Pirates of the Caribbean and the Blue Lagoon restaurant out of action.

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Gulliver's Matlock Bath

A former worker at Gulliver's Matlock Bath has been jailed for 18 months after pleading guilty to stealing £50,000 from the park. Jill Marshall carried out the fraud by deliberately failing to issue admission tickets to customers, pocketing the money instead.

Full story: Matlock Mercury

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