Theme Parks

Dreamworld’s Wiggles World and the Big Red Car Ride feature in US web series Defunctland

May 11, 2023

By now, most theme park enthusiasts will likely have stumbled across the US YouTube series Defunctland, created and hosted by Kevin Perjurer. The series looks primarily at the lifespan of now defunct rides at theme parks around the world – with an emphasis on North America. Though it also has produced standalone specials on TV […]

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Know before you go: 7 tips that will make you a Walt Disney World pro

April 6, 2023

Before you head on your next holiday to Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida, take heed of these 7 hot tips that will help make you a pro, as you embark on your voyage to the theme park destination of the world. 1. If you’re staying at an on site hotel, you may get early […]

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Is Genie+ worth it at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida? Is TRON Included?

April 5, 2023

Last year, I reported on the value of the Genie+ system at Disneyland in California. It’s an optional add on that gives you access to “Lightning Lanes” on select rides at both the OG Disneyland park and the neighbouring California Adventure, helping you skip many queues that you may face on a day at the […]

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Ranked: The 10 Best Rides (for adults) at Walt Disney World (before Tron arrives)

April 4, 2023

Ahead of the arrival of the highly anticipated roller coaster TRON Lightcycle / Run, on April 4th (tomorrow!), we’re counting down the 10 best rides (for adults) at the four Disney theme parks in Orlando, Florida. We do have to start out with an honourable mention to Splash Mountain, which would have originally made this list, […]

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Is the Power-Up Band at Super Nintendo World worth it?

February 21, 2023

After much anticipation, Super Nintendo World finally opened its doors at Universal Studios Hollywood on Friday. With it comes a brand new, state-of-the-art Mario Kart ride, Toad’s impressively themed (and delicious) restaurant and an interactive land full of secrets, keys and coins. And to lay claim to many of those secrets (and coins), you’ve first […]

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First Ride: Mario Kart: Bowser’s Challenge is a technical marvel that will thrill fans of the game

February 18, 2023

Today, Mario Kart officially arrives in Hollywood with the opening of the highly anticipated Super Nintendo World at Universal Studios. It’s the first time Nintendo have opened an interactive park in the United States, and comes two years (almost to the day) after Universal debuted their collaborative themed land at their Osaka, Japan location. While the […]

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Super Nintendo World opens in Hollywood: 5 things you have to know before you go

February 18, 2023

On Wednesday night, Hollywood celebrities and Nintendo royalty (including the father of Mario, Shigeru Miyamoto) helped launch the long awaited Super Nintendo World at Universal Studios Hollywood, ahead of doors officially opening to the public today (Friday, February 17th). It’s a land that was described at the opening event as being “rich with interactivity, inventive […]

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How many days should you spend at Walt Disney World?

February 15, 2023

Occupying more than 25,000 acres in Orlando, the footprint of Walt Disney World – Disney’s first park outside of California, opening in 1971 – is the largest dedicated to any theme park in the world. And 50 years later (the celebrations of which conclude on 31st March), still only half of that land is being […]

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Universal Studios reveals new micro parks and Super Nintendo World Hollywood details

January 25, 2023

It’s been a busy few years for Universal Studios, as the theme park side of the company (Universal Parks & Resorts) continues to expand the size and scope of operations. Once just a backlot tour in Hollywood, Universal Parks can now be found in 5 cities around the world, with their latest Beijing location opening […]

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10 of the Most Immersive Experiences in America

December 20, 2022

From Disneyland in California to Broadway in New York, America has long catered to those looking for an immersive experience, and few do it better. Here’s just ten of my favourite places to visit in the U.S.A. when looking to escape reality; immersing yourself in art, music, scenery, cowboys (you’ll see what I mean) and […]

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Super Nintendo World confirms Universal Studios Hollywood opening date

December 16, 2022

This week, Universal Studios Hollywood confirmed the opening date of their highly-anticipated new land, Super Nintendo World. It’s the second Nintendo themed land in the world, and the first in the US since the debut Osaka location opened as part of Universal Studios Japan in early 2021. Entering in the lower section of the park […]

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Mickey’s Toontown gets a re-opening date as Disney celebrates “100 Years of Wonder” in California

November 26, 2022

When Mickey’s Toontown opened in 1993 at Disneyland in California, it was the first major expansion to the park since Bear Country (now called Critter Country with Splash Mountain as its centrepiece) in 1972. The inspired design of the land, and the rides that would make their way into the space, brought in elements from […]

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Can you visit Universal Studios Hollywood and Disneyland California in the same day?

November 8, 2022

Earlier this year, I was lucky enough to have a day off in Los Angeles. It had been more than two years since I’d last been there – pandemic and all – and I had a lot of time to make up for. So, being the theme park enthusiast I am, I tried to (for […]

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First Ride: The Secret Life of Pets: Off The Leash returns the family dark ride to Universal Studios Hollywood

October 12, 2022

Earlier this year, I had the chance to ride Universal Studio Hollywood’s latest family attraction, The Secret Life of Pets: Off The Leash. The ride was the first completely new attraction to open in the park in 2021 after being closed due to the pandemic. The Illumination film franchise tie in is a “dark ride” […]

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Follow the Yellow Brick Road to Queensland, with Warner Bros. Movie World’s upcoming Wizard of Oz precinct

July 20, 2022

Gold Coast theme park Warner Bros. Movie World will be putting the ‘Oz’ in The Wizard of Oz, with a brand new precinct themed around the classic film set to open in 2024. Taking over the space previously occupied by the Arkham Asylum coaster (some may also remember it as Lethal Weapon – The Ride), […]

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Disney’s Space 220 Restaurant: What is it, is it worth the visit, and how do you get a seat?

June 29, 2022

While Disney try to figure out what went wrong with their highly anticipated, but seemingly disappointing Star Wars Hotel, they are also celebrating a similar concept they have very much gotten right: Space 220. Located at Disney’s Epcot in Orlando, and built above the long running Mission: SPACE attraction that gives guests the experience of […]

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Universal’s groundbreaking new roller coasters VelociCoaster & Hagrid’s Magical Creatures breathe new life into Orlando’s Islands of Adventure

June 24, 2022

When Universal Studio Florida’s second gate, Islands of Adventure opened 23 years ago in 1999, it looked destined to be holy ground for roller coasters in Florida. I distinctly remember the TV ads showing The Incredible Hulk coaster weaving its way over the body of water that sits at the centre of the park. It […]

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First Ride: Epcot’s new Guardians of the Galaxy roller coaster may just be Disney’s best indoor thrill ride ever

June 15, 2022

While other theme parks have long focused on making their roller coasters bigger, better and faster, Disney has generally tried to answer the question: what can we do that no one else has tried before? Of course, not ever new addition to the park has ticked this box, but of late, that trend has picked […]

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Is Genie+ worth it at Disneyland & California Adventure? And how do the Lightning Lanes work?

June 2, 2022

Editor Update (April 2023): While the prices listed were correct at the original time of publication, the price of the Genie+ in California is now *from* $25 per person, and the price will fluctuate from there based on demand. In December 2021, after more than 20 years of the “FastPass” system (which this feature length […]

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Disneyland and California Adventure Level Up: Letting Immersion, Interactivity & Innovation Shine

May 31, 2022

I’ve been lucky enough to be a regular visitor at Disneyland, California, since I was a little kid. For me, the joy of attending it has never waivered; it is the “Happiest Place on Earth” after all, so even without the nostalgia, it’s a place that guarantees a pretty magical time. But for many years, […]

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Marvel to debut at Disney World with EPCOT’s first roller coaster: Everything you need to know

April 12, 2022

Leading into the pandemic, it had been a pretty busy few years at Disney Parks in the USA, with Pandora – The World of Avatar in 2017 and Toy Story Land in 2018 – both in Orlando – and then the gradual launch of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, and its two accompanying rides, in both […]

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Disney’s California Adventure Food & Wine Festival brings the spirit of EPCOT to the West Coast

April 7, 2022

At the end of the 1980s, Walt Disney World in Orlando was booming; overtaking the swampland they acquired for “The Florida Project” while founder Walt Disney was still alive with no less than three parks: Magic Kingdom, EPCOT and what is now known as Hollywood Studios (on its opening in 1989, it was the Disney-MGM […]

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Summer in San Diego: 7 things to do in 2021 in the Southern Californian city

June 23, 2021

With San Diego turning 250 in 2019, the city and its surrounds have been shaping up a massive year of openings, new attractions and familiar favourites that ensure the coastal Southern Californian destination remains at the top of everyone’s vacation lists, as we head into Summer 2021. Here’s a guide to what you need to […]

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Shigeru Miyamoto tours Japan’s Super Nintendo World and confirms Singapore expansion

December 19, 2020

UPDATE 19/12: Watch new on ground video hosted by “Mario’s Dad”, Shigeru Miyamoto, as we see more of the attractions in the park. Miyamoto also confirms Super Nintendo World is coming to Universal Studios Singapore, though no date has been given. That will bring the attractions a little bit closer to Australia! Original Article – 12th […]

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The World’s Best Theme Parks: Knott’s Berry Farm – Where Snoopy, Westworld and Boysenberries meet in California

December 23, 2019

In our new travel series, our resident thirty-something-going-on-five year old takes us on an adventure around the world to the best theme parks. The ones that even after we lose that childhood awe and wonder, still get the heart racing; gleefully removing us from the mundane existence that is adulthood. Along the way you’ll be […]

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11 theme parks and attractions opening in 2020 around the world to get excited about

December 20, 2019

It’s going to be a massive year in 2020 for those who enjoy theme parks, with a number of brand new, highlight anticipated parks and expansions opening up all over the world. There are also new museums, IMAX cinemas and even hotels that are worthy of getting excited about here in Australia and overseas. Here’s […]

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Disneyland’s new adventures in Batuu go far, far beyond the Star Wars Ride

July 2, 2019

If you haven’t heard about the new addition to California’s Disneyland, Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, by now, it’s likely you have been living under a space rock. The level of hype about the new attraction – which as we pointed out when it opened was just one single ride – has been the highest I’ve […]

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Why did Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge only launch with one new ride at Disneyland?

June 4, 2019

When Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge (also known simply as “Star Wars Land”) officially opened its doors to the public on Friday at California’s iconic theme park Disneyland  – strictly to those who had reserved the privilege in advance – some may have been surprised to discover that after all that hype, and all those years […]

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Theme Parks: Here’s what Dreamworld has been up to over the Summer Season while we await Sky Voyager

February 19, 2019

There’s been a surprising amount happening at Dreamworld on the Gold Coast over the Summer; with the season set to come to an end with the launch of a brand new ride, Sky Voyager (which you can see being built to the left of the Dreamworld globe in the image above). Though the official opening […]

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Star Wars rides (and music score) finally revealed for Disney Parks as a slew of new attractions revealed

November 20, 2018

In celebration of 90 years of Mickey Mouse, Disney Parks, Experiences and Consumer Products Chairman Bob Chapek has shared the many new and exciting ways to celebrate the beloved mouse, as well as sharing more about the multi-year transformation of Epcot that includes new spectaculars designed to honour the park’s original vision. Along with these, […]

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