Author Archives: Josh Young

Alterface Introduces New Wander Technology to Move Guests Through A Theme Park

How guests move through a theme park has become a hot topic in the last few years. We have covered this topic extensively here at TPU with the addition of Tapu Tapu at Volcano Bay, FastPass Plus at Disney and even Universal’s push towards adding Virtual Line to their parks moving forward. Today we are

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Could The Aquaticar Be The Future of Water Parks?

Recently I got a chance to preview some new water park technology that could change the way water park patrons experience underwater exhibits. This prototype Aquaticar concept was showcased at the 2017 International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions in Orlando and was one of the biggest buzzes on the trade show floor. First, let’s talk

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All-Terrain Dark Ride From Dynamic Attractions Best Product From IAAPA 2017

After roaming the floor of the 2017 International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA), I saw dozens of new products from animatronics to special effects. However, the most exciting announcement to come out of this year’s event is the All-Terrain Dark Ride vehicle from Dynamic Attractions.  A six-passenger self-guided jeep that can go both

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Could Virtual Line Work At All Major Universal Theme Park Attractions?

Something tells me I’m not getting a Christmas card from Universal Parks this year. Recently we have uncovered a lot regarding the future plans for the Universal Orlando Resort. Facial recognition technology, Nintendo attraction concept art, Bourne Identity taking over for Terminator 2: 3-D and on and on. Today we are going to discuss the

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All Three Versions of Epcot’s Journey Into Imagination Brilliantly Chronicled by Martin Smith

Love it or hate it, the evolution of Journey Into Imagination at Epcot is one of the most fascinating in the history of themed entertainment. Luckily, we have Martin Smith’s videos which have chronicled all three versions of the attraction in painstaking and loving detail. In case you missed it, the video detailing the first

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“In & Of Itself” Extends New York City Run Through May 2018

When was the last time you walked out of a show questioning your very identity? While it’s hard to explain, “In & Of Itself” pushes audience members to do just that. You’d be hard-pressed to even identify what the show is. It’s a magic show, but it’s far from any magic show you’ve ever seen.

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Could Pixar Pier Signal The Start of Mickey’s Halloween Party Moving Exclusively to Disney’s California Adventure?

With the recent announcement of Pixar Pier coming to Disney’s California Adventure, it begs the question: is that all? We know that there is a family attraction based on “Inside Out” on the way that hasn’t been announced yet. However, it is clearly in the artwork as a small flat ride that sits where Maliboomer

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Will Disney Parks Announce Anything That Isn’t Intellectual Property Based Again?

Recently, Disney parks released concept art and details of Pixar Pier in Disney’s California Adventure.  Naturally, the reaction online is a bit mixed.  Some are excited for new life to be brought into an area of the park which most definitely needs some TLC, while others are upset that an area of the park with

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Universal Orlando Borrows Elements from Kong and Universal Hollywood Tram Tour for Fast & Furious Supercharged

As we have hinted about for months now, details have been released for the Fast & Furious – Supercharged ride headed to Universal Studios Florida.  Yes, it’s an attraction utilizing mostly screens, but who would have taken the bet it would be anything else but?  Where it gets interesting is that this is really a

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7 Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Announcements Destined to Happen in the Near Future

While the amount of news that came out of this year’s D23 Expo in Anaheim for Disney Parks and Resorts is massive, I believe it’s just the tip of the iceberg. Competition between Universal and Disney is at a fever pitch, not to mention the demand for themed entertainment globally is at an all-time high. 

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