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Theme park news round-up - May 9, 2013

Sleeping Beauty Castle at Disneyland Paris

After months of speculation, Alton Towers has finally confirmed the opening date for its record-breaking new roller coaster, The Smiler. Guests will be able to experience its 14 inversions from May 23, 2013. Meanwhile, Walt Disney World has confirmed full details of this year's Star Wars Weekends events, while Disneyland Paris has managed to cut its losses over the last six months.

Alton Towers

Alton Towers has confirmed that its record-breaking new roller coaster, The Smiler, will officially open on Thursday, May 23, 2013.

Full story: Theme Park Tourist

Thorpe Park

Thorpe Park is to offer guests free Wi-Fi Internet access through a new partnership with Sky-owned operator The Cloud.

Full story: Theme Park Tourist

SeaWorld Orlando

SeaWorld Orlando has released another preview video for Antarctica: Empire of the Penguin, this time featuring a look at the experience that will be offered by the innovative dark ride.

Full story: Theme Park Tourist

Disney's Magic Kingdom

Tickets are now on sale for Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party 2013, which will be hosted at Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom on select dates between November 8 and December 20.

Full story: Theme Park Tourist

Disney's Hollywood Studios

Walt Disney World has released full details of the celebrities and events that will feature at this year's Star Wars Weekends, which will run from May 17 - June 9, 2013 at Disney's Hollywood Studios.

Full story: Disney Parks Blog

Cedar Fair

Cedar Fair has forecast a record year ahead, despite reporting an increased loss for the first quarter of 2013. Of course, most of the chain's theme parks were closed during the quarter. The loss totalled $109.1 million, compared with $65.4 million for the same period in 2012.

Full story: Dayton Daily News

Tokyo Disneyland

Star Tours: The Adventures Continue is now officially open at Tokyo Disneyland. The official video below compares the ride to its predecessor.

Disneyland Resort Paris

The Disneyland Resort Paris reported improved financial figures for the six months to the end of March, with net losses falling to €108.4m from €120.9m for the same period last year. Revenues increased by 3% to €568m, although attendance fell slightly to 6.7m from 6.8m last year.

Full story: Travel Industry Digest

Oakwood

Oakwood has revealed further details of the new £4 million expansion that will open at the park in May 2013, confirming that it will have a Peter Pan theme.

Full story: Theme Park Tourist

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