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Dubai Adventure Studios concept art
Friday, December 23, 2011 08:06

A real estate company has announced ambitious plans to open a movie-based theme park in Dubai, with work scheduled to be completed by late 2014.

Meraas, which is based in Dubai, will invest around $600 million in the Dubai Adventure Studios park, which is planned to be the first wave of a three-phase, eight million square-feet development. The company claims that it will license major Hollywood movie properties for use in the park, with construction due to begin in early 2012.

Fun Spot logo
Wednesday, December 07, 2011 08:37

The Fun Spot amusement park in Orlando, Florida has confirmed that it plans to open a new wooden rollercoaster in 2013, with GCI set to manufacturer the ride.

The addition of the coaster forms part of Fun Spot's ambitious expansion plans, which will also see the addition of a small steel family coaster and a water park. The park will rebrand itself as Fun Spot America when the work is complete.

Wudang Wushu image
Tuesday, December 06, 2011 08:24

The Los Angeles-based Ikonic Entertainment Group is set to design a new $3.1 billion martial-arts themed park for China's Hubei Province, according to reports.

The Wall Street Journal claims that the project will be funded by local partner Hubei Wudang Taichi Lake Investment Group Co, with an official announcement expected on December 6, 2011. The park will celebrate the region's historic association with martial arts, and will feature a $50 million live show.

Walt Disney Imagineering book cover
Thursday, December 01, 2011 20:25

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Disney Parks logo
Tuesday, November 29, 2011 08:16

Disney has blamed the cancellation of its ambitious National Harbor hotel project near Washington D.C. on the level of capital spending at its various theme park resorts.

Fun Spot Waterpark logo
Tuesday, November 29, 2011 08:09

The Fun Spot amusement park in Orlando, Florida, is planning to open a new water park and two new roller coasters as part of an ambitious expansion plan.

The park, located on International Drive a short distance from Walt Disney World and the Universal Orlando Resort, is hoping to complete the 10-acre expansion by March 2013. As well as an all-new water park, it hopes to expand its existing line-up of thrill rides by opening a steel roller coaster and a wooden coaster. The plans must be approved by Orlando authorities before work can commence.

Theme Park Connection logo
Tuesday, November 29, 2011 08:07

A new store selling collectible theme park merchandise is set to open in Winter Garden, Florida on December 3, 2011, and will also offer its wares via eBay.

Theme Park Connection will sell a range of items including props, costumes, trading pins and other memorabilia, which will be hosted in a 4,000 square foot warehouse. Located around 15 minutes drive from Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom, a large proportion of the store's inventory will be Disney-related.

Theme Park Tourist logo
Monday, November 28, 2011 08:36

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Disney Parks logo
Wednesday, November 23, 2011 08:46

An Indian real estate company has reportedly received approval in principal to build a $2 billion theme park in the state of Gujarat.

Visions of China theme park concept art
Monday, November 21, 2011 08:25

The UK government has rejected a £5.6 million funding bid from the developers of the planned Visions of China theme park, although the project is still active.

The total cost of Visions of China, which would see a former opencast coal mine near Rotherham converted into a tourist attraction, is estimated at £110 million. Its backers had hoped to secure a slice of this from the government's Regional Growth Fund, but the application has been declined.

Orlando Thrill Park logo
Monday, November 07, 2011 08:32

Reports that plans to construct Orlando Thrill Park have been revived have been called into question, with a new office development on the proposed site said to be more likely.

Harry Potter wand
Friday, November 04, 2011 08:56

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