Author Archives: Josh Young

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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Derren Brown’s Ghost Train Revolutionizes Theme Park Story Telling

Out of all the attractions that have debuted in recent years, the one that continues to stand-out as the biggest risk is Derren Brown’s Ghost Train at Thorpe Park. Here are a few reasons why the ride deserves more credit than it has received thus far. It Breaks The Formula You’ve been on enough simulators,

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Disney Shows Off Magic Bench Technology in New Video

We have talked several times about Augmented Reality and how it can be used in theme parks.  While you have already seen some forms of augmented reality in various attractions, many require you to use headsets or special equipment. Many companies are trying to find ways to work around that and keep the experience as

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Disney’s Haunted Mansion – Man in the Spiderweb: Real or Hoax?

For years I’ve heard this story about the Haunted Mansion staircase scene at Walt Disney World that I wanted to dig into. Like many legends regarding Disney’s mansions, you often never know fact from fiction.  In this particular yarn, the story goes that when the Walt Disney World’s Haunted Mansion first opened in 1971, there

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“Beyond All Boundaries” Goes Beyond Multimedia Stage Show

For years I have heard incredible things about a multimedia show in New Orleans called “Beyond All Boundaries” at the World War II Museum. Before I get into just how amazing that show is, a little about this museum. Founded in 2000 and made America’s Official World War II Museum in 2003, the amount of

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Hard Rock Park History Chronicled in Video Narrated by Creator Jon Binkowski

For those of you that have been following Theme Park University from the beginning, you know that we started with a series of articles on the short lived Hard Rock Park. To this day, I still meet people who read those articles and want to know more or relive their memories of visiting. The story

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Final Performance of The Lion King at Shanghai Disneyland October 8, 2017

As predicted months ago here at Theme Park University, the first Broadway version of The Lion King performed in Mandarin at Shanghai Disneyland will come to a close on October 8, 2017. Shanghai Disneyland recently made the announcement via their WeChat account (the Chinese equivalent of Facebook) to let their followers know that there are

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Halloween Version of Guardians of the Galaxy: Mission Breakout Opening Fall 2017?

By now, you’ve probably heard about Disneyland’s annual Mickey’s Halloween Party expanding to Disney’s California Adventure for the 2017 season. As announced at the D23 Expo, Cars Land will get a Halloween makeover just in time for the start of the Halloween parties. Two attractions will get their own unique seasonal make-over where Mater’s Junkyard

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Tomorrowland Speedway STAYING In the Magic Kingdom Despite Rumors

Isn’t the internet wonderful? A few days ago rumor leaked that a Tron coaster clone of Shanghai Disneyland was headed to the Magic Kingdom. And as we recently found out at the 2017 D23 Parks panel, they were right! Pitchforks were at the ready for many and I’m sure there was some sort of silly

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Universe of Energy Closing August 13th 2017

At the D23 Expo 2017, it was announced that a new Guardians of the Galaxy would be replacing the Universe of Energy at Epcot. We now have confirmation that the attraction will be closing August 13, 2017. The Universe of Energy was an original opening attraction at Epcot and even though Ellen DeGeneres was added

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