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Theme park news round-up - April 17, 2013

Transformers: The Ride - 3D artwork

Universal ScreenPlay is the first serious move by Universal into the mobile apps market. We went hands-on with the augmented reality app at Universal Studios Florida, finding that it offers an entertaining diversion. However, the company still has some way to go to catch up with Disney's mobile offerings. Meanwhile, the highly-anticipated Gold Striker roller coaster is now testing at California's Great America, and Pleasurewood Hills is continuing its hype campaign for the new Hobs Pit horror attraction.

Universal Studios Florida

We go hands-on with Universal ScreenPlay, the new "augmented reality" mobile app that is now available to iPhone and Android smartphone owners who are visiting Universal Studios Florida.

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Meanwhile, MiceChat takes a look at progress on Transformers: The Ride - 3D and the Springfield area.

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Disneyland Resort

The Laughing Place offers up an extensive photo update from the Disneyland Resort, where a number of changes have been made to Frontierland, Fantasy Faire and Downtown Disney.

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California's Great America

California's Great America has begun testing its ambitious new wooden roller coaster, Gold Striker, and has released a point-of-view video of it in action.

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Busch Gardens Tampa

The Sandstorm attraction at Busch Gardens Tampa is set to close for the second half of 2013, sparking rumors that it could be removed from the park altogether.

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Pleasurewood Hills

Pleasurewood Hills has released a teaser trailer for Hobs Pit, the new horror-themed attraction that is due to open at the park on May 25, 2013.

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