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Theme park news round-up - 12th November 2012

Starbucks at Disney California Adventure

We're back after a short illness-induced absence with another news round-up, including confirmation of the opening date for The Legend of Captain Jack Sparrow at Disney's Hollywood Studios. Disney is further expanding the presence of Starbucks at its US parks, while Alton Towers is moving in the opposition direction and kicking yet another fast food chain out of the park.

Disney's Hollywood Studios

The Pirates of the Caribbean-themed The Legend of Captain Jack Sparrow attraction will open at Disney's Hollywood Studios on December 6, 2012, it has been confirmed. The new addition to Walt Disney World will be a walkthrough experience based on the smash-hit movie series, rather than the original Pirates of the Caribbean theme park ride. It will offer guests a view of key moments in the films from the perspective of Captain Jack Sparrow.

Full story: Theme Park Tourist

Epcot

Disney has released a huge batch of new concept artwork for the updated Test Track - Presented by Chevrolet at Epcot, which will reopen on December 6, 2012. You can see the latest images, along with all of the previously released artwork for the ride, in our special feature.

Full story: Theme Park Tourist

Walt Disney World

Walt Disney World has confirmed that the Starbucks locations will open at the Magic Kingdom and Epcot in 2013, following the opening of the first at Disney California Adventure this year. The Epcot location will replace Fountain View, which will close in March 2013 and reopen in midsummer. Meanwhile, more controversially, the Main Street Bakery at the Magic Kingdom will also close in January 2013, being replaced by a Starbucks-branded outlet.

Full story: Disney Parks Blog

Disneyland

Tom Hanks has been caught on camera at Disneyland, playing the role of Walt Disney in the upcoming movie Saving Mr. Banks.

Full story: Inside the Magic

Meanwhile, the park's Jingle Jangle Jamboree holiday area will open today, on the site of the Big Thunder Ranch.

Full story: Disney Parks Blog.

LEGOLAND Florida

LEGOLAND Florida has officially opened its new Star Wars Miniland attraction, which recreates iconic scenes from the popular (and now Disney-owned) sci-fi movies. The Florida park's version of the attraction is similar to the original at LEGOLAND California, and complements the existing Miniland USA area.

Full story: Orlando Attractions Magazine

Cedar Fair

Cedar Fair reported its third quarter financial results last week, with profits falling by 7.6 percent versus the same period a year ago to $140.7 million. However, the company did show some optimism by raising its dividend from $1.60 to $2.50.

Full story: 4-Traders.com

Alton Towers

Alton Towers will kick out yet another fast food franchise next year, when Burger King will leave the park. As with Kentucky Fried Chicken and Pizza Hut before it, the chain will be eplaced by a in-house equivalent. In this case, Merlin's The Burger Kitchen brand is expected to be applied to the three existing Burger King outlets.

Full story: Towers Times

Paultons Park

Paultons Park has revealed further details of its new 4D cinema attraction for the 2013 season, which will form part of a new themed area dubbed Show Street.

Full story: Theme Park Tourist


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