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Theme park news round-up - 27th November 2012

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The on-again, off-again saga of a new Universal Studios theme park for Dubai is back on, although as part of an all-new development. As with all such projects, though, fans should not get too excited until construction is well underway. Meanwhile, rumors continue to circulate about Disney's mysterious "flying dragon" project, and balloon fans at the Tokyo Disney Resort are currently experiencing disappointment.

Universal Studios Dubai

Plans to open a new Universal Studios theme park in Dubai have been revived, with the property set to form part of a major new development dubbed
Mohammed Bin Rashid City. If it goes ahead, the project will face competition from Dubai Adventure Studios, which is due to open by late 2014.

Full story: Theme Park Tourist


Imagineer Kim Irvine takes viewers on a tour of the revamped Main Street USA at Disneyland in the video below, showing off a number of changes that were made earlier this year.

Full story: Disney Parks Blog


Walt Disney World has expanded Phineas & Ferb: Agent P’s World Showcase Adventure at Epcot, adding several new elements to the interactive game. These are located in the United Kingdom, Mexico and Japan Pavilions. The game is designed to keep younger guests entertained during tours of the World Showcase area.

Full story: Disney Parks Blog

Magic Kingdom

Jim Hill takes a comprehensive look at the latest rumors surrounding the launch of a flying dragon above the expanded New Fantasyland, including a recap of previous uses of microlight aircraft by Walt Disney World.

Full story: Jim Hill Media


LEGOLAND Florida is gearing up for its second annual Christmas Bricktacular event, which will include a variety of special activities aimed at families with young children.

Full story: Orlando Attractions Magazine

Tokyo Disney Resort

In an unusual move, the Tokyo Disney Resort has been forced to suspend sales of character balloons at Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySea due to a worldwide shortage of helium.

Full story: Daily Yomiuri

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