Category Archives: Disney

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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Epcot World of Motion Ultimate Tribute by Martin Smith Has Arrived!

Are you bummed about the announcements that came from the 2017 D23 event? Me too. The closing of Universe of Energy is yet another step in the original EPCOT Center’s original vision slowly becoming a distant memory. Yes, I know the original version was replaced in 1996 with the new film starring Ellen DeGeneres and

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Star Wars Virtual Reality Experience to open in Disneyland and Walt Disney World

You remember The VOID, don’t you? The virtual reality technology which came after the original concept of the Evermore park was scrapped in Utah? Since then they have opened up several VR experiences in various attractions such as a Ghostbusters virtual walk-through at Madame Tussauds New York complete with proton pack! Now they are breaking

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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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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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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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