Author Archives: Josh Young

Off The Beaten Path: 59 Rivoli is a Hidden Gem of Paris

I love offbeat attractions. Always have, always will. In every trip I take, I try to seek out a “non-tourist” attraction that you won’t find on a map. Or on a billboard. Or even advertised. Such was the case when I discovered the incredible artists haven of 59 Rivoli right in the heart of Paris.

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Shanghai Disneyland Offering Paid FastPass Option

It was only a matter of time. As of late March 2017, Shanghai Disneyland is offering a paid version of their FastPass service known as Disney Premier Access. Keep in mind, the free version of Disney’s FastPass is not going away. For now. More on that later. First, lets take a look at what this

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Seeing You Immersive Theater Event Opening for Six Week Run in New York May 2017

It’s officially springtime and that means new immersive theater offerings are popping up all over the world. In New York, a limited engagement show from the creators of Sleep No More and Queen of the Night debuts in May 2017 called Seeing You. At this point, very few details have been released on what exactly this

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Universal Parks Files Patent for Interactive Puzzle Theater

Moving forward, entertainment of all forms will push to be more and more interactive. Gone are the days where you’ll be able to sit and passively watch a theme park show, as audiences now want to be an active participant. Take for example what was filed by Universal Studios on March 7, 2017. Their creative

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Tearing Down Your Property – Real Life Follows Fictional Backstory in Orlando

A real life property battle has been going on in Orlando for months now that mirrors a backstory of a local attraction. And it’s hilarious. First, let me get you up to speed. If you don’t live in Orlando you may not have caught wind of the stand your ground story of Julieta Corredor. You see,

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See New York City’s History via Virtual Reality – On a Bus?

Long time readers of Theme Park University know there is one attraction that is a must see in New York City. No matter how many times you’ve seen The Big Apple, there is no comparison to seeing it on The Ride. Multi-million dollar buses with floor-to-ceiling glass panes give impeccable views of the city’s skyline.

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Lost Amusement Parks of the North Jersey Shore Book Stirs Up Nostalgia

Sadly, it’s hard to imagine the Jersey Shore now without associating it with a reality show from MTV. The boardwalks we know today in New Jersey have changed wildly since their inception and it’s hard to imagine them any other way. Thanks to the new book, Lost Amusement Parks of the North Jersey Shore, you

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Knott’s Berry Farm Announces “VR Showdown in Ghost Town”

Once again, virtual reality is the hot new trend in theme parks for 2017. Knott’s Berry Farm recently announced their newest offering, VR Showdown in Ghost Town, which opens in April. This will be the first permanent installation of a free-roaming virtual reality experience in a U.S. theme park. From the press release: The immersive and

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Universal Orlando Unveils Backstory for Volcano Bay Waterpark

Easily the most exciting park opening in 2017 is Volcano Bay. From queueless attractions to a unique tropical setting, this may be the new standard in water parks… until next year. Months before the official opening of Volcano Bay, Universal Orlando has released the backstory for this incredible new park. According to the Universal Orlando Parks Blog,

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What Happened to Jimmy Fallon’s Flying Theater at Universal Studios Florida

You guys are gonna laugh so hard. Oh man. This is a knee slapper for sure. First, lets travel back to November 2016 when Universal Orlando announced on their blog a few details on the upcoming Race Through New York attraction. First, they announced that the pre-show area would be set up as a tribute

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