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Theme park news round-up - 3rd December 2012

Grizzly Gulch

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.

Full story: Theme Park Tourist

SeaWorld Orlando

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.

Full story: Orlando United


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

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