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MASSIVE Photo Tour of Warner Brothers World in Abu Dhabi

Today’s update is brought to you by the folks over at Middle Eastern Theme Parks (or ME Theme Parks for short). They have graciously allowed Theme Park University to use their photos of Warner Brothers World Abu Dhabi from a recently held press event. The park isn’t officially open yet, but we do have photos

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Evermore Park Releases Video Highlighting Attention To Detail Prior To Opening

Admittedly, I am coming around when it comes to Evermore. Sure, we have been critical of the park and the project from the beginning, but this is really looking like it could be something special.  Opening in Pleasant Grove, Utah, Evermore will be less about rides and attractions and more about a theatrical experience set

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Epcot’s The Land Pavilion History Detailed in New Martin Smith Videos

Fire up the time machine, because it’s time to jump into another Walt Disney World history lesson! Martin Smith is the best video historian of the Walt Disney World Resort that you’ll find anywhere. Recently he added two new videos featuring Epcot’s The Land pavilion and the history behind it. In total, there are over

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Universal Orlando Acquires Even More Land for Fourth Theme Park – What’s Next?

Recently, the Orlando Sentinel reported that Universal Orlando acquired a huge chunk of land just across Sand Lake Road from where their current theme parks reside. If you’ve been keeping up, Universal has been slowly purchasing parcels of land that are somewhat disjointed and still contain several spots that they don’t quite yet own. In

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Will The Disney and Fox Deal Kill Future 20th Century Fox Theme Parks?

TPU Reader Enzo writes in to ask, “Hey any news on how the Disney buyout will affect the planned fox studios theme park in Miami?” Thanks for the question, Enzo!  To be honest, I totally forgot about the Fox Studios Theme Park that was proposed for Miami. Back in 2015, we ran a story about

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5 Announcements You Can Expect From Universal Orlando in 2018

Something tells me I’m still not going to be on Universal Orlando’s Christmas card list anytime soon. Welcome everyone to our Universal Orlando blowout prediction post!  If you’re a regular here at TPU, you’ll know that we are hot on the trail of Universal announcements, rumors and spoilers over the last few months. Not all

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Stranger Things Confirmed for Universal Halloween Horror Nights Orlando, Hollywood and Singapore

Who’s ready to visit the upside down? Universal Studios just announced that they are officially bringing the Netflix phenomenon Stranger Things to life in the form of new mazes.  Three brand new haunted houses are debuting this fall at Universal Studios Florida, Universal Studios Hollywood and Universal Studios Singapore. Here is the press release from

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A Theme Park First: Sesame Place Is Now Designated Autism Center

In a first for any theme park, Sesame Place in Pennsylvania has done something extraordinary for autism awareness. In a statement that was released just in time for autism awareness month, Sesame Place has been officially certified by the International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards (IBCCES) as a Certified Autism Center. What does this

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Dubai Parks and Resorts Lowers Attendance Expectations and Restructures Debt

Things are still rough for Dubai Parks and Resorts. In a recent financial statement, it seems that while they remain optimistic, the parent company (known as DBXE) has changed their attendance targets for 2018. For those unfamiliar, Dubai Parks and Resorts consists of Legoland Dubai, Bollywood Park and Motiongate Dubai. All of these parks opened

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Schlitterbahn Co-Owner Charged with Murder in Water Slide Death

This case could have a huge impact on the entire theme park and water park industry. On Tuesday, March 27, 2018, Jeffrey Henry was booked into the Cameron County jail in Texas. He is currently being held on three charges: aggravated battery, aggravated child endangerment, and murder.  Henry is the co-owner of Schlitterbahn, a water

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