Author Archives: Josh Young

Theme Park and Attraction Planning Starts with The Park Database

We’ve all been there in this situation. If you’ve followed theme parks and attractions long enough, you’ve seen the announcements that make you scratch your head. “How can they put (inside ride here) in this park and expect it to do well?” and to your surprise, it is extremely popular and good for the business.

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First Video of Warner Brothers Park in Abu Dhabi Emerges

Believe it or not, I predict the project the themed entertainment industry will be buzzing about the most in 2018 is Warner Brothers new theme park in Abu Dhabi. A departure from other Warner parks in Germany and Australia, this new theme park will be 100% indoors (thanks to the climate of the region) and

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Cracking Open Universal Orlando’s Crystal Ball Part 2B: VooDoo Doughnuts Confirmed

We are two for two here at Theme Park University! For those of you keeping score, we have been correctly predicting Universal Orlando announcements starting from early January 2018. First, our premonition of the new Harry Potter projection show came true! The new show headed to Islands of Adventure will indeed be the same one

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Theme Park Industry Veterans Come Together to Celebrate “Robbiween”

If you’re going to be in Central Florida the first week of February, you’re not going to want to miss this event. Theme Park industry veterans are gathering together for “Robbiween” at the Winter Garden Theater to discuss their unique stories of being in the themed entertainment business from noon to 5:30 pm. The afternoon

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Cracking Open Universal Orlando’s Crystal Ball Part 2 – VooDoo Doughnuts Headed to Universal Orlando CityWalk

Welcome back to our series where we crack open Universal Orlando’s crystal ball. If you’ve been following along, in part one of our series we made a prediction about the new Harry Potter projection show headed to Islands of Adventure. As it turns out, our detective skills were accurate and indeed the new show announced

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Cracking Open Universal Orlando’s Crystal Ball Part 1B – Harry Potter Projection Show

Welcome back to our series on cracking open Universal Orlando’s crystal ball. As you may recall, in early January 2018, Universal Orlando made a blog post about upcoming announcements the company would be making throughout 2018.  We here at Theme Park University have taken it upon ourselves to crack open their self-promoted crystal ball. Our first

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World’s First Official “Saw” Movie Escape Room to Open in Las Vegas

No matter how many times I bring up escape rooms, I keep hearing the same thing. “You know what would be really cool? If they have a “Saw” Escape Room based on the movie and you have to escape Jigsaw’s traps!” Well, friends, it looks like your prayers have been answered. Opening in late January

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Exclusive Interview: Guest Films Monorail with Door Open During Epcot Loop

“Please Stand Clear of the Doors” isn’t just a cute phrase you can put on a t-shirt anymore. It can also be life-saving. On a recent trip to Walt Disney World, one of the monorail doors opened on monorail red while making the Ticket and Transportation Center to Epcot loop. Two videos were posted to

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Ellen Has Her Own Theory on Trump Animatronic

In September 2017, Ellen Degeneres put out a notice looking for her animatronic in Ellen’s Energy Adventure. Unfortunately, no one has been able to track down her robotic likeness. However, it seems that everyone in the talk show business has a theory on Donald Trump’s new animatronic at Walt Disney World. Take a look at

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Efteling Gets Ripped Off in Chinese Theme Park

They say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. If that’s the case, Efteling park in the Netherlands should be blushing over a new park in China. Shown above is a concept sketch for Quancheng Euro Park, located in the Chinese coastal province of Shandong. To give you a point of reference, check out this building

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