Author Archives: Josh Young

Solve the Puzzles – Win a Bottle of Wine at Lady Chastity’s Reserve Escape Room

I’ve played dozens of escape rooms at this point, but wanted to give Theme Park University readers an inside scoop to a game that made my top three favorites. On a recent trip to London, I hopped over to The Four Thieves Pub to try out a fantastic escape room: Lady Chastity’s Reserve. Walking into

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Why do Shanghai Disneyland Guests go Poo Poo in Public Areas?

If you had told me years ago when I first started Theme Park University that I’d be discussing pooping habits at a theme park, I would’ve said you’re crazy. Yet, here I am. We’ve covered how different the culture is at Shanghai Disneyland before the park even opened. By far the most discussed topic is

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Theme Park History Preserved in Images of America – Children’s Fairyland

It’s rare that a small amusement park can withstand the test of time. As new technology and branding drives the masses to mega parks like Disney and Universal, there are still quaint attractions dotted around the United States that seem to withstand the test of time. One of which is Children’s Fairyland in Oakland, California.

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Images of Modern America – Magic Mountain Chronicles America’s First Theme Park After Disney

Most likely if you hear Magic Mountain, you think of the Six Flags Park in California, right? Nothing wrong with that, but today we are going to take a history lesson about an entirely different Magic Mountain. This one so happens to be in Denver, Colorado and opened in 1957. Keep in mind, after Disneyland

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Neil Patrick Harris and Derren Brown bringing Magic to NYC Spring 2017

If you’re a fan of magic, you need to do what I just did and book a ticket to New York City this spring ASAP. Starting April 5, you can catch “In & Of Itself” at the Daryl Roth Theater through June 5. This show combines magic with a unique form of immersive storytelling that

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Immersive Drive-In Movie Theater Experience coming to Nashville

It was only a matter of time until someone took Disney’s Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater at Disney’s Hollywood Studios and turned it into a stand-alone concept. For those unfamiliar, the restaurant has been a favorite at DHS since the park opened in 1989. Diners relax in recreations of classic cars while watching clips from vintage sci-fi

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The Simpsons Ride: A must-do for hardcore fans of the series

With over 600 episodes, hardcore fans of “The Simpsons” can easily rattle off 100 major and minor characters that have found their way through Springfield, U.S.A. When The Simpsons Ride opened in 2008 at Universal Studios Florida and Hollywood, the area around the ride was turned into a living embodiment of the town that borders

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Photos of Abandoned Hard Rock Park in Myrtle Beach

The similarities between Hard Rock Park and the Titanic are downright creepy. Giant plans, lots of investments, large budgets and as nearly as soon as it starts to take off, it sank. Theme Park University readers know that I covered the evolution of the park extensively here, from unused concepts to what lead to the

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Disney Files Patent for Rides to Read Your Emotions

If virtual reality is taking theme parks by storm in 2017, you’ve got to wonder… what’s next? My money is actually on facial recognition and how it can impact the theme park experience. Disney recently filed a patent on a technology that will read your facial expression while you’re on a ride and adjust your

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Knotts Berry Farm to Add VR Attraction Summer 2017

Make no mistake about it, 2017 will be the year virtual reality explodes into theme parks around the world. Just this morning, Knotts Berry Farm in Southern California announced a new VR attraction that will open in summer 2017. A new extra-charge attraction is being created with the help of VRstudios, a leading company in

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