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Theme park news round-up - May 20, 2013

Antarctica: Empire of the Penguin concept art

It has always seemed a little strange that Disney chose to clone Disney California Adventure's headliner Soarin' Over California at Epcot without updating the California-focused ride movie. A "Soarin' Over The World" update has long been rumored, and reports now suggest that it could arrive in 2016. Meanwhile, Disneyland's popular swing nights are set to return this summer, and aerial images of construction of the new Harry Potter land at Universal Studios Florida offer a view on progress.

Disney California Adventure, Epcot and Shanghai Disneyland

Rumors of a long-anticipated update to the Soarin' attractions at Disney California Adventure and Epcot have surfaced once again, this time suggesting a 2016 opening date.

Full story: Theme Park Tourist


Disneyland's legendary swing dancing nights will return to the park as part of its 25-hour Monstrous Summer All-Nighter on May 24, 2013.

Full story: Theme Park Tourist

Universal Studios Florida

Orlando Attractions Magazine offers up some aerial photos of construction work on the Wizarding World of Harry Potter - Diagon Alley, which is rapidly taking shape ahead of its debut in 2014.

Full story: Orlando Attractions Magazine

SeaWorld Orlando

With Antarctica: Empire of the Penguin due to open on May 24, the construction walls have finally come down. The Orlando Sentinel takes a peek.

Full story: Orlando Sentinel

Theme Park Studio

The Rollercoaster Tycoon-style Theme Park Studio game has hit its Kickstarter funding goal, and has posted a new video showing off what players can expect.

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