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Theme park news round-up - April 2, 2013

Pleasurewood Hills entrance

The Gold Striker wooden roller coaster is the first major addition to California's Great America for some time, and fans will be eagerly awaiting its opening day. This is likely to fall soon after May 1, which has been pencilled in as the attraction's "First Rider Day". Meanwhile, a new restaurant is on its way to Epcot's Morocco Pavilion, and Pleasurewood Hills in the UK has opened two of its four new rides for the 2013 season.

California's Great America

California's Great America is continuing to aim to host the first riders on its new Gold Striker roller coaster on May 1, 2013, according to reports.

Full story: Theme Park Tourist


Walt Disney World has revealed that a new dining outlet, dubbed Spice Road Table, will debut at Epcot's Morocco Pavilion later in 2013.

Full story: Theme Park Tourist

Holiday World

The family feud over the ownership of Holiday World continues to rage, with the brother of the park's late President appealing against a court ruling that went against him in December.

Full story: Theme Park Tourist

Shanghai Disneyland

Disney's new resort in Shanghai will employ 5,000 people when it opens in 2015, according to park officials. It is expected that the vast majority of Cast Members will be Chinese locals.

Full story: People's Daily Online

Pleasurewood Hills

Pleasurewood Hills has opened two of the four new rides that it has planned for the 2013 season. Woody's Tea Party (a traditional tea cup ride) and the Moby Dick (a fish-themed flat ride) are now open, with the Hob's Pit horror attraction and Pleasurewood Paddlers pedalos due to open in late May.

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