Two tiers of Disneyland’s Magic Key annual passes sold out just one day after the resort resumed new sales.
The $1,099 Believe Key and $449 Imagine Key (only available to Southern California residents) were put back on sale Wednesday — the first time since May that any level of Magic Key was available for new purchases. (The $699 Enchant Key remained unavailable.) However, by Thursday afternoon, sales had been cut off for those two levels of passes, leaving the most-expensive tier, the $1,599 Inspire Key, as the only option.
The Magic Key system was introduced last year as the replacement for the pre-pandemic Disneyland annual passes, which had been canceled altogether in January 2021. The new system allowed Disneyland to more aggressively winnow its annual passholder base with higher prices, fewer benefits, and most of all, fewer sales.
Lagoon in Utah opening Primordial interactive coaster in 2023
After seven years of construction, Primordial will make its debut as the newest roller coaster at Lagoon in 2023.
The Farmington, Utah park in social media posts said it “worked with an international team of designers and manufacturers” on the attraction, which it called a “one-of-a-kind interactive coaster.”
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There have been rides that combined interactivity and coaster elements, most notably Wonder Mountain’s Guardian at Canada’s Wonderland. However, Lagoon offered very few details on the ride experience for Primordial —besides the fact that it will accommodate riders as short as 36 inches (though riders between 36 and 48 inches in height will need to be accompanied by a taller companion).
Mattel Adventure Park announces more rides for its 2023 opening
The new-for-2023 Mattel Adventure Park in Glendale, Arizona has revealed more of its attraction lineup.
Alongside two previously-announced Hot Wheels-themed roller coasters built by Chance Rides — one of which showed off its lead car at the IAAPA Expo this week — the park will also feature a fully electric train ride built by Chance and themed around the “Thomas & Friends” franchise.
Called Thomas Adventure: Treasure Hunt, the ride’s interactive design and media production was handled by Super 78, which has worked on attractions like Curse of DarKastle at Busch Gardens Williamsburg and Madagascar: A Crate Adventure at Universal Studios Singapore. The same company will also “support the park’s creative direction,” as the park said in a press release.
“We share a pioneering vision in collaborating with Mattel to develop a world class primarily indoor theme park destination,” said Mark Cornell, president of Mattel Adventure Park developer Epic Resort Destinations.
Other attractions mentioned in the press release were a Hot Wheels Unleashed 4D Ride and five family amusement rides in the Thomas & Friends World of Sodor section, all built by Zamperla, the Italian rides firm that owns Luna Park at New York City’s Coney Island.