• Jimmy Fallon Unveils Five New Figures For Madame Tussauds

    Jimmy Fallon recently helped Madame Tussauds Wax Museum unveil a first ever for the attraction when they unveiled five figures simultaneously. In the cold open of “The Tonight Show”, Jimmy sang Barbara Ann by the Beach Boys with his was figures singing back up. Funny and creepy, click on the video below to see what

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  • Sea World’s Recent Press Nightmare

    The last week of March 2015 has been a roller coaster for Sea World Parks. First, they announced their new park CEO, Joel Manby who was the former head of Herschend Entertainment. Manby comes in after the last CEO stepped down in December of 2014, most likely from pressure due to “Blackfish” and trying to

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  • Universal Orlando Tests Metal Detectors At Roller Coasters

    In what may be a world’s first, Universal Orlando started a test where guests went through metal detectors before entering the queue for Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit on March 25, 2015.  While the test only lasted a few hours in the morning, it looks like the resort wants to make this permanent on Rockit and the Hulk coaster at

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  • A New Tradition Is Created With Busch Gardens Tampa Food and Wine Festival

    2015 marked the inaugural year of the Busch Gardens Tampa Food and Wine Festival. The park previously held an annual Bands Brews and BBQ Festival, which was nearly identical to an event that was held at Sea World Orlando just up the road. I was invited to check out the Food and Wine Festival last

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  • Is Walt Disney World Building Its Fifth Park?

    For years now, I have read dozens of articles speculating where when and what a fifth theme park might be at Walt Disney World. Throughout 2014, most links I clicked on speculated that we might be seeing a Star Wars theme park, due to several comments CEO Bob Iger has made about seeing an increased

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  • Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort Bungalows Preview

    Even though they don’t officially open until April 1, 2015, a few select groups were allowed to tour the new Bora Bora Bungalows at Disney Polynesian Village Resort recently and sent the pictures to us! There are 20 bungalows total and each one is 1,093 square feet. Each bungalow has its own private front and

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  • An Interview With Hunchback of Notre Dame Lyricist Stephen Schwartz

    In spring 2015, the Paper Mill Playhouse in Millburn, New Jersey started a limited run of a new stage adaptation of The Hunchback of Notre Dame.  Notice, I didn’t say “Disney’s” Hunchback.  Admittedly, this isn’t as family-friendly as other Disney stage shows like Mary Poppins, Aladdin or The Lion King. Indeed, this play is inspired

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  • Who Moved My Dole Whip?

    An anonymous Theme Park University reader recently wrote in to ask, “I was recently at the Magic Kingdom in Orlando and noticed the dole whip stand was gone! I nearly had a heart attack until a Cast Member told me it had moved to exit of the Tiki Room. Why did Aloha Isle and Sunshine

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