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Theme park news round-up - February 21, 2013

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Universal Studios Hollywood has long been rumored to be planning a clone of Universal Studios Florida's Despicable Me: Minion Mayhem, and the park is now reported to have confirmed the new addition. Meanwhile, Disney has patented an impressive new "floating Omnimover" ride system, and we take a look at where it could be employed first. Elsewhere, Dreamworks Animation is planning no less than 3 new theme parks in Russia, which will rival the planned Universal Studios Moscow.

Universal Studios Hollywood

Universal Studios Hollywood has reportedly confirmed that it plans to open a clone of Universal Studios Florida's Despicable Me: Minion Mayhem attraction.

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The US Patents and Trademarks Office has granted Disney a patent on a new ride system which resembles a floating version of the company's classic Omnimover rides. But does the company have active plans to use the invention, and where could it crop up first?

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California's Great America

California's Great America has revealed that its new Gold Striker roller coaster will feature the "world's longest covered initial descent tunnel on a wooden coaster".

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DreamWorks Animation has signed a deal to open no less than three new theme parks in Russia, all of which are due to debut in 2015. Located near Moscow, St. Petersburg and Yekaterinburg, each site will boast a theme park, a 400-room hotel, a movie theater and a concert hall. If the plans come to fruition, the Moscow park will compete with the proposed indoor Universal Studios Moscow, which is not expected to open until 2018.

Full story: Moscow Times

Six Flags

Following in the footsteps of rival Cedar Fair, Six Flags has announced a boost in profits for 2012. The chain reported record financial results, with adjusted earnings of $383 million.

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