Of all the major new attractions that have been announced for 2013, SeaWorld Orlando's Antarctica: Empire of the Penguin is perhaps one of the most innovative and intriguing. Construction work is progressing well, and new photos offer a great overall view of the site. Meanwhile, Cars Land is celebrating its first Christmas at Disney California Adventure, and Hong Kong Disneyland's ambitious expansion appears to be paying off.
Dollywood / Nashville
Country music superstar Dolly Parton has revealed that she is still considering building an attraction in Nashville, after plans for a water and snow park were dropped.
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Orlando United has some impressive aerial images of the construction site for Antarctica: Empire on the Penguin, which will open at SeaWorld Orlando in 2013. The attraction has been billed by the park as "the world's coldest theme park ride", and will use a trackless ride system similar to that employed by Pooh's Hunny Hunt at Tokyo Disneyland. This will enable some elements to change each time a guest rides it, with the park promising that the Antarctica ride will offer a different experience every time.
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Cast Member previews of the revamped Test Track - Presented by Chevrolet are continuing, ahead of its official debut on December 6. Orlando Attractions Magazine offers an excellent side-by-side comparison of the new ride experience versus the original.
Full story: Orlando Attractions Magazine
Disney California Adventure
Cars Land is celebrating its first Christmas, following its successful debut in the summer. The official video below offers a look at the Cars-themed decorations that are currently lighting up the area.
Full story: Disney Parks Blog
Hong Kong Disneyland
A boost in the number of visitors from mainland China has reportedly enabled the rapidly-expanding Hong Kong Disneyland to turn a profit for the first time since its debut seven years ago. The resort is yet to release its official financial results.
Full story: Wall Street Journal