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Theme park guide: What's new at Epcot, Disney Hollywood Studios and Animal Kingdom

Epcot

The Kim Possible game at Epcot is being rethemed starting in June as Phineas and Ferb: Agent P's World Showcase Adventure. Like the Kim Possible game, guests take a handheld device and scour the many Epcot countries for clues. (This gives kids a diversion while parents visit their favorite countries.) They follow instructions given on the screen of a cellphone to interact with objects hidden around World Showcase. The "agents" use the device to search for clues in Mexico, France, Germany, Norway, Japan, China and the United Kingdom.

This fall the Test Track will reopen with a new theme that is very Tron influenced with a focus on computer automotive design. Guests will design their own custom concept vehicle, and then put it through its paces on the Test Track circuit. In the postshow, guests can make a TV commercial featuring their concept car or truck. It is scheduled to reopen in late fall.

Disney Hollywood Studios

This park is ground zero right now for Star Wars nerds, with its weekly visits by actors from the galaxy far, far away (through June 10). In addition, there's a Hyperspace Hoopla stage show, Jedi Training Academy, parades and a new "Carbon-Freeze Me" exhibit, where guests get their likeness cast as a 3-D, 8-inch figurine, like that rascal Han Solo, inside a "Carbon-Freezing Chamber." It takes four weeks and costs $99.95.

Animal Kingdom

No big additions are planned this year, but this is new: a male white rhino calf that was born May 4 — the fourth for Kendi, a 13-year-old white rhino who was the first rhino born at the park. The birth is significant because the species was nearly extinct, but now has 20,150 worldwide.

For ticket options and multipark deals: disneyworld.disney.go.com

Sharon Kennedy Wynne

Theme park guide: What's new at Epcot, Disney Hollywood Studios and Animal Kingdom 05/23/12 [Last modified: Wednesday, May 23, 2012 1:21pm]

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