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Theme park news round-up - April 25, 2013

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Anticipation is building for the planned May opening of The Smiler roller coaster at Alton Towers, and the park has now completed the ride's circuit. Installation of electronics and theming is now underway, with testing likely to begin soon. Meanwhile, Universal Studios Hollywood will close its Adventures of Curious George attraction later this summer, while Ghost Town in the Sky expects to reopen its famous Old Western Town in time for Memorial Day.

Alton Towers

Alton Towers has installed the final piece of track in the circuit of The Smiler, the new multi-inversion roller coaster that will debut at the park in May 2013.

Full story: Theme Park Tourist

Universal Studios Hollywood

The Gibson Amphitheatre and the Adventures of Curious George attraction at Universal Studios Hollywood will be demolished to make room for the park's clone of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter.

Full story: Theme Park Tourist

Walt Disney World

To promote the upcoming Monsters University animated movie from Pixar, Walt Disney World has introduced a "Monsterail" train on its monorail system.

Full story: Theme Park Tourist

Disneyland

The popular Blue Bayou Restaurant at Disneyland, which overlooks Pirates of the Caribbean, has debuted a new menu. The Disney Parks Blog has details of the updated offerings.

Full story: Disney Parks Blog

Kentucky Kingdom

The prospective new operator of the shuttered Kentucky Kingdom has reportedly asked for a 60-day extension to a deadline for securing private funding to reopen the theme park.

Full story: Theme Park Tourist

Disneyland Paris

Disneyland Paris has released a new video offering a behind-the-scenes look at the creation of the popular Disney Dreams nighttime spectacular.

Full story: Theme Park Tourist

Freestyle Music Park

The local press reports that a non-profit group is looking to acquire the site of the shuttered Freestyle Music Park in Myrtle Beach, aiming to convert it into a centre offering art classes. The price tag is said to be $10 million, although a consultant is said to be pitching an alternative plan to revive the theme park itself.

Full story: Myrtle Beach Online

Ghost Town in the Sky

Having managed a limited reopening last year, Ghost Town in the Sky expects to return on May 25 with its famous Old Western Town back in action.

Full story: Ghost Town in the Sky website

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