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Unbuilt Disney: The Excavator at Disney's Animal Kingdom

Disney's Animal Kingdom now has its very own mega-budget roller coaster, Expedition Everest. But the original plans for the park included a very different coaster ride... The backstory for the Dinoland U.S.A. area of Animal Kingdom revolves around the discovery of dinosaur fossils in a former sand

UK Theme Park Round-Up - November Review and December 2013 Preview

An update on the UK parks, looking back at November and forward into December of 2013. Well, it’s November, and the 2013 season is officially over. Fireworks marking the end of another fantastic year for the UK parks, with exciting announcements already made for 2014. Beginning the first of our

Vintage Disney: Remembering Disney's River Country at Walt Disney World

Walt Disney World's first water park, Disney's River Country, closed forever back in 2001. Let's take a step back in time... Back in the mid-1970s, Walt Disney World was not the sprawling, multi-day resort destination that it is today. The only theme park on offer was the Magic Kingdom, and EPCOT

The Top 5 Rides and Attractions at Disney's Hollywood Studios

A guide to the top 5 rides and attractions at Disney's Hollywood Studios, as rated by Theme Park Tourist readers.

In Pictures: The Evolution of Mickey Mouse at Disney's Theme Parks

Mickey Mouse has evolved significantly since he joined Walt Disney for the opening day of Disneyland in 1955. Take a look back at Mickey's many forms... When Disneyland opened in 1955, it was in many ways very similar to its current incarnation. Indeed, many of the rides that opened that day are

Universal Rises: The Changing Tide in Orlando - Part Two

What's the perfect recipe for Universal's emerging success in Orlando? It all starts in the 1980s, so be sure to catch up on Part One of this feature if you haven't already. Then, flash forward to the end of the 20th century. After decades of being the underdog to the impenetrable Walt Disney World,

Insider Review: The World Famous Jungle Cruise at Disney's Magic Kingdom

Throughout Walt Disney World, heritage is a big focus for many guests and Cast Members. The Jungle Cruise is one of those rare attractions that carries both a rich history and a certain level of prestige for the lucky Cast Members who work here. Back in 1955, the Jungle Cruise was an opening day

Weekly Orlando Theme Parks Rumor and Refurbs Update (November 30, 2013)

This is the weekly rumor and refurbishment update for Orlando-area theme parks for the week of November 24, 2013. Walt Disney World: Magic Kingdom: New bus stops at the Magic Kingdom opened on November 24, 2013, bringing the total to thirty-four stops. The new bus stops are replacing the ones

The Best Theme Park Writing of the Week: November 20 - 29

Check out this week’s news, thoughts, and stories! With Youtube recently switching its comment system to rely on Google+ profiles, there’s no better time than now to take a look at the left-behind social network. And more and more, we’re finding Google+ to be a fun new way to share and collect

Australian Theme Park News Roundup (October 2013)

Welcome to the November edition of the "Australian Theme Park Roundup", provided exclusively to Theme Park Tourist readers by . For more Australian theme park news, please visit . Mega three-park resort planned for Sydney Just a few months ago, Sydney-based real

The Magical Bucket List #3 - Fly over Walt Disney World

In the previous installment of our series looking at unusual and amazing experiences at Disney theme park resorts, we suggested heading underground at Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom. Now, why not soar above the resort? It's possible to take an aerial tour over Walt Disney World, as well as many

Unbuilt Disney: The Animal Carousel at Disney's Animal Kingdom

The centerpiece of Disney's Animal Kingdom was originally due to be a unique carousel ride. Let's take a look at the plans... Disney's theme parks always have an iconic structure at their center, and at Animal Kingdom that role is fulfilled by the enormous Tree of Life. It also hosts an attraction,

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