Author Archives: Josh Young

“Theme Park Design” is The Encyclopedia of Theme Park Knowledge

Nearly every avid theme park fan I know has a collection of some sort. Shot glasses, park maps, plushes and more. Me? I collect books. What has now become a small library started at a very young age, I’d read Disney’s Official Birnbaum guides from cover-to-cover and would pick up every copy without fail.  As

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Four Must See Shows at 2017 Orlando Fringe Festival

I’ve said it once and I’ll say it again, you don’t truly know Orlando if you only venture within the theme park bubble. If you’re looking for something truly unique to do while in O-Town, it only costs $10 for a 2017 Orlando Fringe Festival button. Each individual show is priced from free to $11. A

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Scott Swenson Debuts New Haunt Industry Podcast

I get inquiries all the time in my inbox about where to turn to gain insight into the attractions industry. There literally hundreds of resources out there and today I’m happy to share a brand new one that I think TPU readers will enjoy. Scott Swenson, in my opinion, is one of the brightest minds

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“The Spielers” Theme Park Parody Debuts at Orlando Fringe 2017

With the dozens upon dozens of choices at the 2017 Orlando Fringe Festival, I naturally gravitate towards shows featuring theme park-related storylines. Last year The Animatronicans took the festival by storm and sold out nearly every performance. This year, The Spielers sets out to parody that most coveted attractions job: the spieler. The story for The

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Unique Japanese Attractions and Culture Featured on Yukendoit’s YouTube Channel

When I find something truly unique that catches my eye, I crow about it. Admittedly, I don’t do a lot of surfing of fan sites and vlogs simply because they are extremely repetitive. Recently, I stumbled across a YouTube channel that covers attractions in Japan (and around the globe) that I have never even heard

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New Interactive Immersive Theater Gaming Experience opens in New York City

Immersive theater continues to grow and expand. I believe we are still only scratching the surface of what is truly possible in this new category of entertainment. A perfect example? Recently I was literally the very first person to experience a new immersive theater event in New York City called RED, which is an all

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2017 Orlando Fringe Fest to Present “Cody Clark: A Different Way of Thinking”

This year, Theme Park University will highlight several shows you can find at the 2017 Orlando Fringe Festival. For those not familiar or happen to be in town, the yearly event will be May 16 – 29 and feature dozens of unique variety acts from around the globe. Today we highlight a unique magic act known

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Go Behind The Scenes at The Tour at NBC Studios in New York City

Does anyone else miss the days of live production at Universal Studios Florida and the Disney/MGM Studios? Alas, those days are long gone. No matter how many times I get to see it, there is something magical about seeing how television shows are made. Luckily, there is still a place to get a behind-the-scenes look

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20,000 Leagues Under the Sea Room Built into Walt Disney World Golden Oak Residence

If you’re a Disney fan and could theme any room in your house to your favorite Disney film or ride, what would it be? One mega-fan decided to add a “20,000 Leagues Under the Sea” room to their home in Golden Oaks on Walt Disney World property. These pictures were posted on the Wacky World Studios

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Charlie and the Chocolate Factory on Broadway Brings Modern Twists to Classic Story

To this day, “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory” remains one of my favorite films of all time. It’s a timeless classic with memorable characters, enchanting scenery and unforgettable music. When I heard that Broadway was debuting a “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” musical based on the books of Roald Dahl, I snagged up a

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