Big Thunder Mountain

While New Fantasyland is officially "open" at Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom, many fans are holding off on visiting until the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train debuts some time in 2014. The roller coaster's track is now complete, although significant construction work remains. Meanwhile, the planned Ratatouille dark ride at Walt Disney Studios, Paris is taking shape, and Universal Orlando is planning updates to the Jurassic Park area at Islands of Adventure.

Disney's Magic Kingdom

Construction of the track for the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train roller coaster at Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom is now complete, with the ride due to open in 2014.

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Universal Studios Florida

The Universal Orlando Resort will offer Despicable Me-themed rooms at its Loews Portifino Bay Hotel from fall 2013, with reservations available for stays starting October 1, 2013.

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Walt Disney Studios

Disney and More is back with another update on the construction of Ratatouille Kitchen Calamity at Walt Disney Studios, with building facades rapidly taking shape.

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Disneyland Paris

Meanwhile, over at Disneyland Paris, management have been considering a truly diabolical update to Big Thunder Mountain. This would see the ride's distinctive locomotives - a key part of its theming - replaced by additional passenger-carrying carts. Fortunately, the scheme is on hold for now.

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Islands of Adventure

The long-rumored overhaul of the Jurassic Park area of Islands of Adventure appears to be moving ahead, with Universal having been issued permits to build several new midway games in the area.

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Drayton Manor

Drayton Manor has confirmed that a new ride, Winston's Whistle Stop Tour, will open on July 19, 2013 to mark the fifth anniversary of the opening of its popular Thomas Land area.

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