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Theme park news round-up - January 16, 2013

Disney MagicBand

Several months after it was first seen undergoing testing, Walt Disney World has finally confirmed that a new interactive game based on Up's Wilderness Explorers is on its way to Disney's Animal Kingdom. This will leave Disney's Hollywood Studios as the only park at the resort not to offer a similar experience. Meanwhile, MyMagic+ turnstiles are springing up at Walt Disney World theme park entrances, and the proposed Dreamworks theme park near New York may have moved a step closer to reality.

Disney's Animal Kingdom

Walt Disney World has confirmed that a new interactive game based on the Wilderness Explorers organisation seen in Pixar's Up is on its way to Disney's Animal Kingdom.

Full story: Theme Park Tourist


The popular Le Cellier Steakhouse at Epcot has switched to an all-day menu, having previous offering different dishes for lunch and dinner.

Full story: Disney Parks Blog

Walt Disney World

The Orlando Sentinel has spotted new RFID-enabled MyMagic+ turnstiles at Walt Disney World, which enable guests to simply "bump" a ticket or wristband against them in order to gain entry. The system is currently being put through a testing phase before a broader roll-out.

Full story: Orlando Sentinel

Dreamworks New Jersey project

A new report suggests that construction work on the American Dream Meadowlands mall in East Rutherford, New Jersey is set to resume, bringing a new Dreamworks theme park closer to reality.

Full story: Theme Park Tourist

Paramount Park Spain

The project to build a Paramount-branded theme park in Murcia, Spain has received a blow, after ecologists claimed that a fifth of the proposed site should be protected from development.

Full story: Theme Park Tourist

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