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Theme park news round-up - January 23, 2013

Hollywood Dream: The Ride - Backdrop

Disappointed Alton Towers fans who will have to wait until May for The Smiler to open have some consolation: the park is to release a mobile game based on the ride in February. It will offer fans the chance to guide a train around the coaster's circuit, some three months ahead of its debut. Meanwhile, Miami-Dade county officials hope to attract a new theme park to a site next to Zoo Miami, and Universal Studios Japan is the latest park to reverse the seats on one of its roller coasters.

Alton Towers

Alton Towers has revealed that it will launch a mobile game based on the park's new roller coaster, The Smiler, in February 2013. The game, which will be released for iPhone, iPod, iPad and Android devices, will include a full 3D simulation of the ride itself.

Full story: Theme Park Tourist

Zoo Miami project

Miami-Dade county's parks department has asked private developers to submit ideas for a theme park to be located next to Zoo Miami, although the project is some way from becoming reality.

Full story: Theme Park Tourist

Kentucky Kingdom

The Louisville Convention and Visitors Bureau has agreed to provide sales and marketing support for Kentucky Kingdom, in a sign that the long-running saga over the rescue of the shuttered theme park could be nearing a positive conclusion. Former owner Ed Hart's Kentucky Kingdom Redevelopment Company is believed to be close to securing a lease deal with the State Fair Board. The board is set to discuss the proposed deal on January 24.

Full story; WDRB.com

Universal Studios Japan

In what appears to be a growing trend, Universal Studios Japan will reverse the seats on one of Hollywood Dream: The Ride's trains from March 15 through July 7, 2013. The Bolliger & Mabillard steel coaster's other two trains will continue to run forwards. Yesterday, Thorpe Park announced that it would reverse the back two rows on The Swarm, while Six Flags has rotated the seats on rides such as Superman: Escape from Krypton and Mr Freeze: Reverse Blast in recent years.

Full story: Screamscape


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