Tiana’s Bayou Adventure will have new animatronics without projected faces, according to a new preview of the attraction from NOLA.com. 

The website for The Times-Picayune/New Orleans Advocate was granted exclusive access to the under-construction ride at Disney World’s Magic Kingdom ahead of its opening later this year (with Disneyland also getting a version of the attraction.) 

NOLA.com’s preview is heavy on details about the new attraction’s New Orleans influences, but details about its animatronics were the key scoop that excited theme park diehards on Wednesday. The article confirmed that the animatronics used in the ride “will be the latest and greatest, the same high-tech versions used in Hong Kong Disneyland’s recently opened World of Frozen area.”

This refutes unsourced speculation that the ride would simply reskin older Splash Mountain animatronics or use cheaper figures with projected faces, similar to what was used at Epcot’s Frozen Ever After or Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway

For the whole preview article ahead of the ride’s late 2024 opening, head to NOLA.com

SeaWorld Orlando files plans for 2 on-site hotels

SeaWorld Orlando appears to be setting itself up to be more of a multi-day destination, having submitted plans with Orange County, Florida for two separate on-site hotels.

As Spectrum News 13 reports, the first plans filed in December were for a 504-room hotel rising 15 stories along the west side of International Drive. The second hotel will be 250 rooms and be built next to the Discovery Cove park off the Central Florida Parkway. 

No opening dates or timelines have been announced for the projects, but SeaWorld CEO Marc Swanson has previously said that the chain hopes to start opening its own hotels by 2026. 

Until now, SeaWorld Orlando has not offered on-site hotel options to match its larger regional rivals such as Universal Orlando and Disney World. Universal has seen the potential in expanding on-site accommodations over the past decade; as Theme Park Tribune previously reported, Universal expanded its hotel capacity by more than 400 percent between 2013 and 2018, and that was before another 2,800 on-site rooms were added with the Endless Summer Resort.

Six Flags Great Escape shows off Bobcat roller coaster construction

Construction of Six Flags Great Escape’s new-for-2024 roller coaster, Bobcat, has gone vertical, as shown off in photos the park posted on Instagram.

Bobcat is a family wooden coaster being built by the Ohio-based Gravity Group. It will be 55 feet tall and hit a top speed of 40 mph over its 1,412 feet of track, and it’ll also be the first new coaster to open at the Queensbury, New York park since 2005.