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5 Wits Entertainment Center Carves Out Unique Niche in Themed Entertainment

I often get asked: what’s the next big thing in the world of themed entertainment? The short answer is, more and more venues are looking for immersive environments for smaller groups. This gives a more intimate experience for the guest and allows them to get hands-on, thus giving patrons a direct impact on what happens

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An In-Depth Look at Disney’s Traveling Theater Car

With the closure of two iconic Walt Disney World Attractions, Universe of Energy and The Great Movie Ride, I thought it would be appropriate to take an in-depth look at what ties those two attractions together: the traveling theater car. This technology is yet another way that Disney skilfully moved thousands of people an hour

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Injured Cirque Du Soleil La Nouba Performer Speaks Out

Last year, Theme Park University was one of the first to break a story about a Cirque du Soleil performer who was critically injured in an awful accident. During a rehearsal for La Nouba at Disney Springs, Karina Silva fell from the silks used to raise her 50 feet above the stage and landed on

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Sea World Entertainment “Not Satisfied” With Results in Second Quarter 2017

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Yesterday we brought you news about Sea World Entertainment’s consideration of possibly selling off assets to boost the bottom line. While we don’t have any updates on that just yet, the company did release their second quarter results for 2017. It’s not good. Here are some highlights from their press release: Attendance in the second quarter

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Merlin Entertainments Hints at Possible Busch Gardens Purchase

This has the potential to cause a pretty huge shift within the theme park industry. If reports are true, Merlin entertainment could be in talks to buy Busch Gardens from their parent company, Sea World Entertainment. Sea World parks have had a rough last few years, what is keeping them afloat (so to speak) are

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Epcot World of Motion Ultimate Tribute by Martin Smith Has Arrived!

Are you bummed about the announcements that came from the 2017 D23 event? Me too. The closing of Universe of Energy is yet another step in the original EPCOT Center’s original vision slowly becoming a distant memory. Yes, I know the original version was replaced in 1996 with the new film starring Ellen DeGeneres and

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Immersive Art Installation 29 Rooms Returns to Brooklyn September 2017

Slowly but surely, a fairly new category in themed entertainment is carving a niche for itself. Immersive and interactive art installations have been popping up around the country over the last few years. For those unfamiliar, a permanent version of this medium is now open in Santa Fe, New Mexico called House of Eternal Return

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Dynamic Attractions Prepares for Amusement Industry Growth Explosion

The themed entertainment and attractions industry has been expanding at break neck speed. Disney recently announced dozens of new attractions in the works from Star Wars to Epcot and beyond. Universal also has a smorgasbord of new offerings including three new Nintendo lands all with several attractions within. Not to mention the explosion of growth

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Star Wars Virtual Reality Experience to open in Disneyland and Walt Disney World

You remember The VOID, don’t you? The virtual reality technology which came after the original concept of the Evermore park was scrapped in Utah? Since then they have opened up several VR experiences in various attractions such as a Ghostbusters virtual walk-through at Madame Tussauds New York complete with proton pack! Now they are breaking

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Who’s Responsible for Disney Parks Growth Explosion? Thanks Shanghai

For those of you who have been living under a rock, Disney recently announced a seemingly unprecedented laundry list of new attractions and projects coming to Walt Disney World, Disney Cruise Line and beyond. A new Tron coaster and theater at the Magic Kingdom, a new Mickey dark ride at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, a new

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