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  1. Has American Idol been 'Frozen' out at Disney theme park?

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    Disney World will close its American Idol Experience at Disney's Hollywood Studios theme park Aug. 30, much earlier than previously announced. The attraction based on Fox's long-time singing competition was supposed to close in January 2015; a Disney spokesman said the park isn't ready to reveal what's coming …

    (2009) The American Idol Experience  at Disney's Hollywood Studios opened in 2009 and will close next week. This "golden ticket" sign greets potential performers as they enter backstage.
  2. Busch Gardens visitors get to try new Falcon's Fury drop ride (w/video)

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    The weekend brought a surprise for some Busch Gardens visitors when the park quietly allowed riders on the new Falcon's Fury — a good sign the drop ride will officially open soon.

    The band All-American Rejects gets ready to ride Falcon’s Fury. Below, the entrance to Busch Gardens’ new drop ride.
  3. Universal's Hogwarts Express in Diagon Alley reaches 1 million-rider milestone

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    Well that didn't take very long. Universal Orlando announced this week that 1 million people have already ridden the Hogwarts Express, the iconic locomotive that connects the Wizarding World of Harry Potter sections of Universal's two theme parks. It reached the milestone a little more than a month after it opened July …

    Guests cheer Thursday at Hogsmeade Station as Universal Orlando Resort celebrated its one millionth rider on the Hogwarts Express, the iconic train that transported Harry Potter between Hogsmeade Station and King's Cross Station. Here, it transports guests between Universal parks. About 200 guests were given complimentary Butterbeer ice-cream, tickets and scarves.
  4. 'Frozen' still hot at Disney theme park, celebration extended

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    The popularity of Frozen is still so strong that Disney's Hollywood Studios just can't, well, Let it Go. The park's summerlong events celebrating the movie have been extended another month, Disney announced Thursday. The themed series was supposed to end Sept. 1, but the park will extend everything through …

    This image released by Disney shows Elsa the Snow Queen, voiced by Idina Menzel, in a scene from the animated feature "Frozen." (AP Photo/Disney) NYET528