Category Archives: Disney

Should Disney Close The Hall of Presidents Permanently?

Well, this one is surely going to ruffle some feathers. Let’s dip into the old mailbag and check out the latest question to the TPU inbox regarding the Hall of Presidents at the Magic Kingdom. Theme Park University reader Jon asks: Would love to see your thoughts on this issue. Is it time to discontinue

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5 Ways On How To Tell if Your Favorite Attraction Will Close

There sure has been a lot of heartache in the attractions world within the last few months. Between the announcements of Terminator 2: 3D, The Great Movie Ride, Universe of Energy and more being closed there has been a lot of heartache and shock. Especially amongst the fan community, emotions run high. I’ve seen many

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Ellen Wants Her Robot Back from Ellen’s Energy Adventure at Epcot

I think she’s serious. At least I’m pretty sure she is. On September 13, 2017 Ellen Degeneres went on her show and informed her audience that her attraction at Epcot, Ellen’s Energy Adventure (also known as the Universe of Energy) had closed over the summer while the show was on hiatus. During the segment, she

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Journey Into Imagination History Captured in New 90 Minute Martin Smith Video

Christmas has come early Epcot fans. If you’ve followed Theme Park University for long enough, you know that we are huge fans of Martin Smith videos. In 2017 alone he has chronicled World of Motion, Spaceship Earth, Horizons, World of Motion and now an epic look at Journey into Imagination. As with all Martin Smith

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Does Cinderella Castle at Magic Kingdom Get Dismantled Before A Hurricane?

It’s hard to comprehend, but there are still many people who hear this urban legend and believe it. Hurricane season in Florida lasts from June 1st to November 30th and every year the same question seems to pop up. What does Walt Disney World do in the event of a hurricane and more importantly, does

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Disney Cruise Line Adds Projection Mapping to Theater Spectaculars

Admittedly, I am a bit of a Disney Cruise addict.  After going on over 15 sailings at this point, being on a Disney Cruise ship feels like home. So there I was on the Disney Wonder, watching The Golden Mickeys for what feels like the dozenth time and my jaw drops. Within the first five

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Does Splash Mountain Need to be Rethemed to Something Less Offensive?

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you know it’s an interesting political time in the United States. Tensions are high. It seems that there is fighting on all sides of the political and humanitarian spectrum. It seems that everything that is race-related in the country is being brought into question, regardless of how long

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Coping With Theme Park Losses and Change 101

If you’re feeling a sense of loss with all the recent theme park announcements that have come during the Summer of 2017, you’re not alone. Universe of Energy, The Great Movie Ride, Dragon’s Challenge and several more are on the chopping block. Even an iconic attraction, Pirates of the Caribbean is getting yet another upgrade

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An In-Depth Look at Disney’s Traveling Theater Car

With the closure of two iconic Walt Disney World Attractions, Universe of Energy and The Great Movie Ride, I thought it would be appropriate to take an in-depth look at what ties those two attractions together: the traveling theater car. This technology is yet another way that Disney skilfully moved thousands of people an hour

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Injured Cirque Du Soleil La Nouba Performer Speaks Out

Last year, Theme Park University was one of the first to break a story about a Cirque du Soleil performer who was critically injured in an awful accident. During a rehearsal for La Nouba at Disney Springs, Karina Silva fell from the silks used to raise her 50 feet above the stage and landed on

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