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Where’s the line? Theme parks aiming to eliminate them

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At Universal Orlando Resort’s new “Race Through New York Starring Jimmy Fallon” ride, waiting in line has been replaced by lounging on couches and listening to a racy barbershop quartet sing until it’s time to enter the ride. Universal is leading the theme-park charge into “virtual lines” that give visitors options for exploring a park or watching live entertainment instead of the tedium of looking at someone’s back as you inch forward step by step to the thrill ride. “It’s…

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Busch Gardens Tampa named 2016 Theme Park of the Year

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Busch Gardens Tampa was named the 2016 Theme Park of the Year at the IAAPA Attractions Expo 2016 in Orlando. The park was recognized with the Liseberg Applause Award as “a beacon of the industry” for its strong animal exhibits and attention to guest value. The award was presented during a gathering of more than 30,000 attractions industry manufacturers and buyers at the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions trade show, which is going on through Friday at the…

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Vestige of St. Louis Disney park that never was up for sale

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Imagine packing up the kids and heading for that dream vacation to a Disney theme park … in St. Louis. It almost happened a half-century ago when Disney drew up plans for an indoor theme park in downtown St. Louis before giving up in a dispute over money and turning attention to Florida. St. Louis’ loss was the Orlando area’s gain: Walt Disney World became one the world’s top tourist attractions. St. Louis can only lament what might have been.…

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