To round off the week and see the weekend in, here's Attraction Tickets Direct's Friday theme park round up!
We're going to begin with some news on Gatorland; It's not often that this theme park that makes the Floridian gator its main attraction features on ATD's Latest News, but we've heard some news that animal fans will be delighted to hear. A new $20,000 attraction comes to Gatorland called Panther Springs, featuring brother and sister panthers Neiko and Lucy. The siblings will be living in a 2,000 square foot open air habitat giving Gatorland guests the opportunity to learn about the Florida Panther. Panther Springs is due to open in April!
More news at Universal Orlando Resort. Universal's Cinematic Spectacular 100 Years of Movie Memories nighttime lagoon show has been nominated for About.com's Readers Choice Awards Best New Theme Park Show of 2012. To make sure Universal's Cinematic Spectacular wins this category you can place your vote on About.com's website. Voting closes on the 19th March!
There's even more magic arriving at the Disney parks; the turnstiles at Disney World are slowly disappearing and being replaced with touch points that feature the Mickey Mouse logo which turns green when a valid Disney ticket is touched against it. This new magical touch point eliminates the very generic and less than magical theme park turnstiles. This is part of Disney's new 'MyMagic+' project, that will be implementing all kinds of high tech features into the parks, like the 'MagicBand' that'll act as a park entry pass, a hotel room key and a wallet!
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