The Downlow | Friday, Sept. 30

World-famous Dole Whip. Photo courtesy of

Hey all, welcome to the last update of September! Hope you all have a great weekend and enjoy some of the stories we’ve got for you today.

The Downlow for Friday, September 30, is here!

  • A new virtual reality experience, Repository VR, opens this weekend at Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Studios Florida. The official Universal site has the story and a behind-the-scenes look at its newest attraction.
  • The LA Times reports on the closure of a different haunted attraction in California. Knott’s Berry Farms’ Fear VR attraction took place in a mental health institution and that setting – and surely some of the scenes within – created a stir amongst mental health advocates as well as family and friends of those suffering from mental illness. The outcry led Knott’s Berry Farm to make the right call to shutter the attraction. Yes, it’s a serious tone for our site, but worth taking a few minutes to read!
  • Gizmodo and io9 have a fantastic look at some of the abandoned attractions/structures that still sit today at Walt Disney World. This is the kind of off-the-wall story that we love here at the Downlow!
  • Theme Park Insider is taking a poll of the most anticipated attractions of 2017! After huge years for theme park construction in 2015 and 2016, the theme park world seems set for a breather in 2017. That said, there are still many great things to look forward to and our vote goes to Pandora: The World of Avatar at Disney’s Animal Kingdom!
  • Finally, this is one for lovers of the classic Dole Whip sweet at Magic Kingdom! Intrepid bloggers at WDW News Today made a huge discovery last week – food and drink is now allowed inside the theater for Disney’s classic attraction, The Enchanted Tiki Room! That means that on a sweating hot day in Florida, guests will now be able to bring their Dole Whip inside with them! If you don’t know what a Dole Whip is, no worries! Keep an eye on our site as we’ll have plenty more to say about them soon.

What did you think about Knott’s Berry Farm decision to close their haunted attraction? Anything you’re looking forward to at the parks in 2017? Ever had a dole whip? Let us know in the comments below!

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Ang Bertugli Spece, one half of the Dis Downlow team, is a travel consultant with Simply Enchanted Travel and would love to help you get started planning a dream vacation!

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