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Theme park news round-up - April 10, 2013

Outlaw Run roller coaster

Wallace & Gromit are two of the most iconic characters ever to emerge from the UK animation industry, while Blackpool Pleasure Beach is the quintessential British seaside amusement park. Wallace & Gromit's Thrill-O-Matic, the new ride at the park for the 2013 season, would seem to be a perfect fit, then. But does it live up to expectations? Our detailed review answers that question. Meanwhile, Universal Orlando has complete a major overhaul of the Portofino Bay Hotel's rooms, while Disney's Animal Kingdom is ready to celebrate its 15th anniversary.

Blackpool Pleasure Beach

In case you missed it yesterday, don't forget to check out our detailed review of the new Wallace & Gromit's Thrill-O-Matic dark ride at Blackpool Pleasure Beach.

Full story: Theme Park Tourist

Universal Orlando Resort

The Universal Orlando Resort has revealed that the renovation of all 750 rooms at the on-site Portofino Bay Hotel is now complete, having cost some $14 million.

Full story: Theme Park Tourist

Meanwhile, Screamscape has posted the first image of a section of track that will form part of the Hogwarts Express, which will link the existing Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Islands of Adventure with the under-construction London-themed Harry Potter area in Univeral Studios Florida.

Full story Screamscape

Disney's Animal Kingdom

Disney's Animal Kingdom is gearing up for the 15th anniversary of its opening day on April 22, and the Disney Parks Blog has all the details of the planned festivities.

Full story: Disney Parks Blog

Disney's Magic Kingdom

Jim Hill reports on the delays that have been caused to a number of Magic Kingdom construction projects by the late implementation of the My Disney Experience programme.

Full story: Jim Hill Media

Silver Dollar City

TPT's Brian Krosnick takes an in-depth look at Outlaw Run, the groundbreaking new wooden roller coaster at Silver Dollar City.

Full story: Theme Park Tourist

SeaWorld San Diego

Westcoaster offers a photo update on construction work on the new Explorer's Reef entrance area at SeaWorld San Diego.

Full story: Westcoaster

Six Flags Over Texas

Six Flags Over Texas has begun installing the enormous tower sections for the Texas SkyScreamer, the new spinning tower ride that will debut at the park later in 2013.

Full story: Theme Park Tourist

Kings Island and Canada's Wonderland

Kings Island and Canada's Wonderland have both announced new additions to their Dinosaurs Alive! walkthrough attractions for the 2013 season.

Full story: Theme Park Tourist

Tivoli Gardens

Denmark's Tivoli Gardens will install three new rides for the 2013 season, as part of a new mini-land dedicated to Danish astronomer Tycho Brahe. This will include Aquila (a Zamperla Air Race flat ride), a Drop Tower and a children's ride dubbed Den Lille Drage (The Little Dragon).

Full story: Copenhagen Post


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