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In recent years Universal have stolen the limelight in terms of blog posts, articles and forum comments over their hot Wizarding World of Harry Potter area inside the Islands of Adventure theme park.
Quick learning skills, told them to waster little time in building upon that phenomenal success story and so in 2014, the Diagon Alley area is hotly anticipated for the Universal Studios sister park.

Disney haven’t exactly lacked on their theme park investments either.  Amazingly, other than the Magic Kingdom’s New Fantasyland, they elected to invest in systems.
In the long run, MyMagic+ will be one hugely important weapon in Disney’s profit seeking armoury, but park guests will flock to Universal to experience the new Potter area, while Disney is left with quite a gap in their ‘grand opening’ schedules.

Animal Kingdom’s Avatar is scheduled for completion in 2017, but a phased opening looks more and more likely as Disney work hard to get the Pandoran earth moving as quickly as possible.  So far we can expect a hybrid flight simulator and a heavily themed boat ride to take us all on an adventure through Pandora in a few years time.
With the news this week that yellow ‘height balloons’ are floating over the Camp Minnie Mickey area, these pre-construction markers are the biggest sign yet that physical work is soon to begin.  The balloons are required for all high structures during the planning stage and most recently were seen over at SeaWorld’s Aquatica for their ‘nothing higher’ ride that is now named Ihu’s Breakaway Falls.

The Festival of the Lion King theatre will be closing soon, ready for the cast to head to their new location near the Tusker House restaurant in Africa.  Even that transition looks set to leave guests without this headline show for some months.

Disney will definitely shine through, but every expert must be wondering how the big player seemed to lose track of investing in new attractions!