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  1. Disney will stoke 'Frozen' fever at Christmas theme park events


    No shocker here, given that Frozen is now the most successful animated film of all time: Disney plans to cash in on Frozen fever at its theme parks this Christmas. The frosty world of the 2013 hit film will play a big part in the park's annual holiday events, from turning Cinderella's Castle into an ice …

    An image released by Disney shows Elsa the Snow Queen, voiced by Idina Menzel, in a scene from the animated feature "Frozen." [Associated Press]
  2. Cornpone classic Hoop-Dee-Doo Revue turns 40 at Disney



    When I was 8, my father inadvertently whipped me in the eyeball with a red-and-white cloth napkin. It was a stinger for sure. The physical pain, however, was outweighed by the emotional shock of where this eye-gouging happened: Walt Disney World, specifically the Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue, an …

    Sept. 5, 2014 marks the official 40th birthday of one of the longest-running dinner shows in American history Ð Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue at DisneyÕs Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground. Known for its corny jokes, endless buckets of chicken and ribs, and upbeat energy, Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue presents three shows nightly, seven days a week, at 4 p.m., 6:15 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. For reservations, call 407-WDW-DINE or book online. DisneyÕs Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground is located at Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Disney Photo Imaging)
  3. Blood bank: Elaborate Halloween haunts pay off for Florida theme parks


    Elaborate haunted houses have become a bloody bank of profits for Florida theme parks, with crowds for Halloween-themed special events now dwarfing the spring break hordes.

    Universal's Halloween Horror Nights.
  4. Busch Gardens Howl-O-Scream: The living unleash a zombie apocalypse


    TAMPA — There have been myriad zombie renaissances, the latest one reanimating into full flesh-eating swing in 2010 with the advent of AMC's hit show The Walking Dead. This has been a bleaker, darker Zombie Age, with less humor and more dread, gloom, guts.

    One of Busch Gardens’ new Howl-O-Scream houses is the “interactive” Zombie Containment Unit 15, in which guests can ward off the hungry undead by shooting sensors with laser-tag-like guns.