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Chill with Superheroes at Air-Conditioned Theme Park in Abu Dhabi

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 08/14/2018, 6:00 AM

And you thought Orlando was sweltering.  Temperatures in Abu Dhabi regularly top 100 degrees Fahrenheit (37.8 Celsius) during much of the year, making an outdoor theme park in the United Arab Emirates capital a sticky proposition, especially in summer.  But you don't have to worry about succumbing to heat exhaustion at the new Warner Bros. World Abu Dhabi—it's entirely indoors. The air-condition...

New Great Wolf Lodge Water Park Opens in Chicago Burbs

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 06/22/2018, 11:30 PM

Midwesterners in search of chlorinated fun have a new destination in the Chicago suburbs.  Great Wolf Lodge Illinois, the 17th outpost in a chain of Northwoods-themed indoor water park resorts across North America, has opened in Gurnee, the same town (located about 40 miles north of downtown Chicago) where you'll find Six Flags Great America.  The new Great Wolf occupies space once belonging to ...

What Will Be New at America's Theme Parks This Year?

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 05/01/2018, 3:30 PM

Amusement park season is around the bend—and that bend could be a loop-de-loop of a high tech ride. For our weekly Frommer's Travel Show on WABC Radio, Jason Cochran and I interviewed Susie Storey, the Director of Communications for the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions to learn what new thrills, chills, and services would be available to theme park visitors in 2018.   Pa...

Legoland Coming to New York (Assembly Required)

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 01/30/2018, 2:00 AM

A new Legoland theme park is being built, plastic brick by plastic brick, in the town of Goshen, New York, located about a two-hour drive north of New York City.  Expected to open in 2020, the resort will feature themed lands, rides, and shows inspired by the beloved interlocking toy blocks, the company's boxy, humanoid characters, and the popular series of animated Lego movies. The New York pro...

It's Here: Donald Trump Robot Unveiled at Disney's Hall of Presidents

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 12/19/2017, 1:15 AM

About six months behind its usual post-election refurbishment schedule, Walt Disney World has unveiled its Audio-Animatronic version of the current president of the United States, including a short recorded monologue by him about the American spirit. The attraction officially opens to the public on Tuesday, December 19.  The Hall of Presidents, running since 1971 when Richard M. Nixon was in the ...

Visit the World of the Hunger Games at a Dubai Theme Park

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 10/23/2017, 8:45 PM

We're guessing the world of The Hunger Games wasn't intended to be the sort of place people would like to visit. After all, Suzanne Collins's hugely popular young adult novels—and their film adaptations—take place in a dystopian future where teenagers are forced to battle to the death for the entertainment of rich jerks. Nevertheless, you can now (safely) immerse yourself in the land of Katniss E...

Disney Opens Frozen Ride at Epcot

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 06/23/2016, 10:15 PM

Do you want to build a snowman? You might want to hug one after standing in the hot Florida sun to get into Walt Disney World's new Frozen ride, which opened this week in Epcot and became an immediate hit. Based on the 2013 animated film, the ride features the sort of sophisticated animatronics, high-tech audiovisual effects, and gentle thrills familiar from Disney kiddie rides featuring belov...

Universal Releases Water Park Details

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 06/22/2016, 11:15 PM

Universal Orlando has released some details about its new water park, Volcano Bay, which the company promises will be up and running by June 1, 2017. The park will feature 18 attractions, including a wave pool with sandy beaches, a winding river with special light and water effects, a raft ride with saucer-shaped curves, and a centerpiece faux volcano featuring a slide with a 70-degree, 125-fo...

Travel Briefing: Airport Lines, An Imploded Casino, and More

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 06/15/2016, 1:15 PM

The Riviera in Las Vegas (photo by Ashwin Kumar/Flickr) Welcome to the middle of the week! And welcome to our brand-new daily roundup of travel-related news and information gathered from across the internet. Check this space daily for fresh updates. Here's what's going on in the world of travel today. * ORLANDO THEME PARKS STEPPING UP SECURITY AFTER NIGHTCLUB SHOOTING (New York Ti...

We Visited an American Theme Park that Vanquishes Disney and Universal

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 12/01/2014, 4:15 PM

Pauline and I, and our respective families, spent the Thanksgiving holidays at Colonial Williamsburg in Williamsburg, Virginia.  And because CW doesn't enjoy anywhere near the attendance of the Disney parks or Universal, I thought it should receive the extremely favorable reaction we had to it.   Hence this blog.   In a nutshell (and forgive the dogmatism), Colonial Williamsburg ...

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