Author Archives: Josh Young

Announcing The Winners of American Escape Rooms and A 33% Discount for TPU Readers

It’s time to announce the winners of our February #IReadTheEntireArticle contest with free games from American Escape Rooms!  If you’re a winner, I’ll be contacting you via direct message on social media with a code to redeem your free game for up to eight people. And the winners are: Ally Marie – Mad Professor’s Asylum

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Could Universal Studios Hollywood Change Jurassic Park: The Ride to Jurassic World: The Ride? (Probably)

With the upcoming release of “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom” in summer 2018, we’ve got the scoop on what’s going to happen with Jurassic Park: The Ride at Universal Studios Hollywood. A couple of things to keep in mind before we dive in. First, everything in this post must be considered rumor or speculation until it’s

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Your Chance To Win A Free Escape Room For Up To Eight Guests from American Escape Rooms

Over the years, I’ve had many Theme Park University readers send me inquiries about escape rooms. As a fan, I can tell you that once you’ve started to play a few games, you’re hooked. Today is your chance to play a game with you and up to seven friends for free!  Recently I got a

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Kicking The Confederacy Out of Theme Parks and Attractions

If you’ve noticed, there have been some interesting developments with attractions associated with the Southern Confederacy of the United States. No matter where you stand, this marks an interesting time in the themed entertainment industry. And if you’re not familiar with these changes, let me get you up to speed. Over at King’s Dominion in

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Unpopular Opinion: Magic Kingdom Monorail Can’t Keep Up With Demand

This article will understandably ruffle some feathers but hear me out.  The recent viral video of a monorail door remaining open on virtually the entire ride through the Epcot loop has sparked some serious debate online. Nearly everywhere you looked on every article, the responses were pretty similar: “the monorails are outdated!”. Which may be

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Enter To Design Your Own Flying Theater Attraction and Win $10,000!

Have you ever been on a flying theater attraction like Soarin’, FlyOver Canada or Wings Over Washington and thought you could design a film like that? Now is your chance! Plus you can win $10,000 cash and a trip to Canada! Applications will soon be taken for a contest sponsored by Siggraph which is taking

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World’s First Looping Go Kart Track Revealed

Have you ever had dreams about “what if a ride could do this…?” and just thought it was totally impossible to pull off. Well, today is your lucky day. MackManiac is an actual go-kart track that contains a real loop. And it’s pretty amazing. Yes, this actually allows go-kart riders to power their own vehicle up

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“Somnai” Combines Immersive Theater with Augmented and Virtual Reality

It’s been a while since we have covered immersive theater here at Theme Park University. The reality is, it has become a category all by itself with new productions popping up weekly around the globe.  While they are still mostly confined to major cities, there is some amazing work being done. For example, “Somnai” is

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Is Adding a Fifth Walt Disney World Theme Park As Simple As Baking More Pie?

Sometimes you have to scratch your head. In an article posted to The Disney Blog website, a writer asks the question: “If you run a pie shop where you have 8 slices of pie and a line outside the door with 10 people in it. What do you do?”  What the author was referring to

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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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