Following the usual array of April Fools jokes from theme park PR folks, there were plenty of smaller (and real) news items on Tuesday around the theme park world.

Universal Studios Hollywood’s famous Studio Tour is marking its 60th anniversary in 2024 with some new elements and returning favorites.

As Universal announced Tuesday, the celebration will include the return of the tour’s red and white Glamor Trams design. Much like the original tours, guests will get the chance to step off the tram for a few different photo opportunities, including with a restored 1964 tram, the park’s original hanging “Jaws” shark, and a visit to Courthouse Square, the backlot set used for Hill Valley from “Back to the Future” and several other films.

The 60th anniversary tour, which will run from April 26 through Aug. 11, will also feature a renovated Earthquake scene, as well as the temporary return of the 1976 Runaway Train.

ValleyScare returns this fall after three-year hiatus

Minnesota’s Valleyfair announced that it is bringing back the Halloween haunt event, ValleyScare this fall.

ValleyScare was last held in 2021 before being replaced by the family-friendly Tricks and Treats, which the Shakopee, Minnesota park hyped as being “all the fun and no fright.” The family-oriented event will still be held during the days in late September through October this year, with ValleyScare taking over at night.

While light on details for now, ValleyScare 2024 has been confirmed to feature six haunted mazes (three of them new for this year), along with three redesigned scare zones and night rides on the park’s coaster lineup. 

The event will run on select Fridays and Saturdays from Sept. 21 through Oct. 26, and will be included with Gold-level season passes. However, for non-passholders, the event will require a separate ticket, a change from previous years and in line with other Cedar Fair parks’ Halloween events . 

Dorney Park’s new coaster gets its own beer

Dorney Park is partnering with Pennsylvania’s Illumination Brewing for a beer based around the park’s new-for-2024 roller coaster, Iron Menace. 

The Iron Menace Lager will be offered starting in mid-April at the Allentown, Pennsylvania park, Illuminations’s tasting rooms, Shangy’s in Emmaus, and at select local retailers, grocery stores, and small beer distributors across Eastern Pennsylvania.

This beer is incredible, and we’re just excited to share it with everyone as we forge our own fate this summer,” Dorney spokesperson Ryan Eldredge said in a press release. 

Just like the beer, Iron Menace will begin welcoming riders on April 19 as part of a charity event. The 160-foot-tall dive coaster will be open for two preview weekends on April 27-28 and May 4-5, ahead of Dorney’s grand opening for the season on May 10. 

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