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Theme park news round-up - April 16, 2013

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Heavy rain can really ruin a theme park trip, especially when it forces the closure of major rides. Six Flags is currently testing out a new "weather guarantee" scheme at Six Flags New England, which could be rolled out further if it proves to be a success. Guests will receive a free return pass for the park if rain forces it to close its biggest rides for more than an hour. Meanwhile, Tokyo Disneyland has kicked off its 30th anniversary celebrations, while Universal Orlando is gearing up for its annual Christian music festival.

Six Flags New England

Six Flags New England will test out a new "weather guarantee" during the 2013 season, ahead of a potential roll-out across Six Flags' theme parks chain.

Full story: Theme Park Tourist

Cedar Point

Don't miss out in-depth preview of GateKeeper, the new Wing Rider roller coaster at Cedar Point for the 2013 season.

Full story: Theme Park Tourist

Universal Orlando

The Universal Orlando Resort has revealed the full line-up for Rock the Universe, its annual Christian music festival. The events will take place on September 6-7, and will feature acts including Switchfoot, Chris Tomlin and Casting Crowns.

Full story: Orlando Sentinel

Disney's Blizzard Beach

Walt Disney World annual passholders take take advantage of free entry to Disney's Blizzard Beach water park after 2pm on Thursday, May 9 and Thursday, May 16, 2013. They will also receive free refreshments from the Lottawatta Lodge.

Full story: Walt Disney World website

Tokyo Disneyland

Tokyo Disneyland has begun its 30th anniversary celebrations with a spectacular ceremony, ahead of a year of special events at the park.

Full story: Theme Park Tourist

Alton Towers

Alton Towers fans will want to grab a copy of legendary ride designer John Wardley's autobiography, which is now available for £9.99.

Full story: Theme Park Tourist

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