Top 10 theme park news from Attractions magazine for 2021
2021 has been another complicated year for the theme park industry. From safety protocols coming and going to new amusement rides openings now and on the horizon, visiting your favorite parks looks a little different again this year.
Here’s a look back at our Top 10 theme park news for 2021:
Editor’s Note: Many of our most popular articles this year were written in previous years, but unless otherwise noted, these stories represent the top 10 that were published in 2021.
10.What are the height requirements at Walt Disney World?
2021 was the year theme park fans really flocked to their favorite places in droves, and with it comes the need for vacation planning tips! One of our most popular articles in this genre was an overview of the different height requirements for attractions at Walt Disney World Resort.
9. Disney shows off a “real” Star Wars lightsaber in a virtual presentation of the Disney parks
As the last “micro drop” for the virtual event “A Special Look Inside Disney Parks” in 2021, hosted by Josh D’Amaro, President of Disney Parks, Experiences and Products, attendees were able to see something that almost seemed too good to be true: a real working lightsaber, straight out of a galaxy far, far away.
8. New roller coasters and more to come to Cedar Fair parks in North America in 2022
Looking ahead to 2022, Cedar Fair has shared a number of new roller coasters that will open in its parks over the coming year, including Tumbili at Kings Dominion.
7. The Crossroads shopping center near Disney World will be closed by August
After years of hard work and negotiations, the state of Florida reached a $ 198 million deal to acquire Crossroads of Lake Buena Vista, a shopping complex located just outside of Walt Disney World Resort.
6. The All-New Harry Potter: The Exhibition Comes In 2022
A brand new Wizarding World experience, titled Harry Potter: The Exhibition, has been announced for 2022. This new offering will tour the world with 10,000 to 20,000 square feet of immersion in the world. Harry potter and Fantastic beasts franchisees.
5. Updated “Disney Look” to allow cast member tattoos and gender neutral self-expression
In a landmark announcement, Disney announced that its “Disney Look” guidelines would be changed to allow for greater gender expression, as well as to allow the tattoos of the cast members to be visible in designs. daily operations.
4. Seven things you should know when planning your trip to Universal Orlando this fall
The need for vacation planning advice continues with this article, listing seven things to keep in mind when planning a trip to Universal Orlando Resort in the fall – arguably the most popular time of year. popular and busiest in the park.
3. Jungle Cruise Sam’s trader is gone – for now; Disney still has no plans to update Trader Sam’s
2021 brought major changes to the famous Jungle Cruise at Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom and Disneyland Parks. Most notably, the removal of Trader Sam, who was once an iconic part of the attraction, to further flesh out the ride’s story and gradually eliminate its less than culturally sensitive aspects.
2. McDonald’s Happy Meals offer Disney Princess and “Star Wars” toys
Of course, this might not exactly be “theme park news,” but this new Disney toy release at McDonald’s brought us all temporary joy in a year we really had it. need.
1. Nintendo themed toys are now available at Burger King
And closing our top 2021 stories is another fun fast food toy update, this time for Burger King with a series of Nintendo Switch-inspired toys. Safe to say theme park fans had Super Nintendo World in mind?
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