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Disney World, Universal Studios and beyond - get all the latest news, speculation, trip reports and more from the world's biggest theme parks.

Park Rush Tom Acres and Joshua Lawrence

    • Places & Travel

Disney World, Universal Studios and beyond - get all the latest news, speculation, trip reports and more from the world's biggest theme parks.

    087: Princess Tiana‘s Splash Mountain Takeover, New Theme Park Reopening Dates, And More!

    087: Princess Tiana‘s Splash Mountain Takeover, New Theme Park Reopening Dates, And More!

    There was enough theme park news this week to fill a 6pm bulletin several times over, and we do our best to condense it into a digestible hour! More theme parks have confirmed reopening dates, including Disney's locations in France and Japan, and Josh has already got his dates booked in for a return to Alton Towers and Thorpe Park here in the UK. Walt Disney World remains on course for a July reopening despite a devastating week for coronavirus cases in Florida - but the House of Mouse is also making more traditional theme park news headlines with two major ride announcements for its US parks and Walt Disney Studios in Paris! We look forward to what to expect from a Princess and the Frog retime for the iconic Splash Mountain, and how Cars could make its presence felt at WDS. All that and more on this week's show!


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    • 1 hr 4 min
    086: Returning To Universal Orlando, SeaWorld And Busch Gardens feat. Theme Park Express's Adrian Vasquez

    086: Returning To Universal Orlando, SeaWorld And Busch Gardens feat. Theme Park Express's Adrian Vasquez

    Adrian Vasquez from Theme Park Express has been back to Universal Studios, Islands Of Adventure, Busch Gardens and SeaWorld since they reopened after the coronavirus outbreak and joins Tom to discuss how the parks are operating. We cover everything from safety measures, staff protocols and guest behaviour, to queuing for rides, wearing masks and what Disney can learn from what their rivals have done.

    You can find Adrian's vlogs from the parks at YouTube.com/themeparkexpress.


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    • 43 min
    085: Thrillville: Off The Rails: A Theme Park Video Game Review

    085: Thrillville: Off The Rails: A Theme Park Video Game Review

    Technical difficulties mean we've had to dig into the archive this week and revive our theme park video game retrospective. This time out we jump into Thrillville: Off The Rails - one of the final games to be published by Lucasarts - for the PC, PlayStation 2, Nintendo Wii, Nintendo DS, Xbox 360 and PSP.


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    • 38 min
    084: Universal Orlando Reopens, Jurassic Coaster Update, And More!

    084: Universal Orlando Reopens, Jurassic Coaster Update, And More!

    It's a bumper week of Florida theme park news as Universal Orlando reopens for the first time since closing due to coronavirus. We've also got more word on Disney's plans, including hosting the NBA, and some good old fashioned construction updates on Islands Of Adventure's unannounced Jurassic coaster and CityWalk at Universal Studios Beijing.

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    • 57 min
    083: All You Need To Know About Walt Disney World's Return

    083: All You Need To Know About Walt Disney World's Return

    Walt Disney World's unprecedented closure due to coronavirus will finally come to and end in July! We have all the details on which parks are coming back and when, the safety measures to protect guests, exactly how compromised your next trip to the resort could be, and how Disney's plans compare to Universal Orlando's.

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    • 50 min
    082: Universal Orlando's Reopening Plan, Disney Reshuffle, And More!

    082: Universal Orlando's Reopening Plan, Disney Reshuffle, And More!

    Universal Orlando is to open all three of its parks at the start of June, making it the first major US theme park resort to resume business during the coronavirus pandemic. We talk through those plans, plus the return of Disney Springs and a major reshuffle at the top of the Disney theme park food chain. Plenty of the usual random wittering, too.

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    • 51 min

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