Category Archives: Editorial

Connecting More Dots: Character Meet and Greets That Separate FastPass From Standby

In July 2014, Princess Fairytale Hall in Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom ran a test where if a guest didn’t have a FastPass, they needed to get a return time to come back. Once gone, no one was allowed in once they handed out all the return time cards. I wrote on Saturday, March 7 about

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Connecting The Dots: Standby Return Time Tests And Expanding Soarin and Toy Story Midway Mania

As Theme Park University recently reported, Walt Disney World announced that they will be expanding the capacity of Toy Story Midway Mania and Soarin’ by adding an extra track and a third theater, respectively. Granted, they aren’t investing in new rides, but rather ones that are almost too popular for their own good. Last year,

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Diagon Alley Versus Avatar: Who Cares?

Cowboys versus Indians. Republicans versus Democrats. Tastes great versus less filling. It seems engrained in our society to take a side and root for your “team,” no matter who’s “fighting.” We are constantly encouraged to pick amongst two competitors on which we like better.  It’s everywhere, from apps like Tinder, to shows like “American Idol,”

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Disney Raises Ticket Prices And The Internet Reacts: Volume 1

Welcome to our new yearly tradition here at Theme Park University where we take a sobering look at how the internet responds to Disney ticket price hikes. Long before I had my own website, one of my favorite hobbies was to go around and read how people would react every time Disney announced it would

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What Disney Attractions Have Closed? A Response To A Huffington Post Story

The Huffington Post recently published a story written by Jeff Kesselman, a 25-year veteran of the computer gaming industry titled, “What Are Some Disney Park Rides and Attractions That No Longer Exist?” Good news: Kesselman listed many attractions that are closed now. Bad news: Nearly every explanation Jeff gave was filled with inaccuracies, incorrect information

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Top 10 Reasons Epcot’s Horizons Was The Greatest Dark Ride of All Time

On January 9, 1999, I took the day off of work and headed to Epcot with a small bag filled with snacks. After just over 15 years in operation, Horizons was announced to be having its last day of operation. I spent the entire day continuing to go around and around, clinging to the memories

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Dark Rides Takes Readers On NC-17 Trip Through Walt Disney World

Editor’s Note: The content in today’s article deals with sex and theme parks.  While the article itself won’t contain any graphic content, the idea is enough for some to become offended. In addition, Theme Park University does not condone naughty acts in theme parks, but we’re not naive enough to believe it doesn’t happen. Enjoy!

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Are All Theme Park Injuries News These Days?

On Wednesday, January 21, the Orlando Sentinel published an article with the title “Riders Die After Small World, Toy Story.” Who wouldn’t want to know what happened on these extremely tame rides where two separate women died after riding them? Were they operating properly? Are there gruesome pictures? Maybe it was a freak accident. While

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ASK TPU: Why did the Sorcerer’s Hat At Disney’s Hollywood Studios Last So Long?

Hello and welcome back to another edition of “Ask TPU.” This week’s question comes from Jim from Miami. He asks, “Do you have any insight as to why it took so long to take down that hideous Sorcerer’s Hat from Disney’s Hollywood Studios? That thing should have been removed long ago!” Dear Jim,   Thanks for

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7 Reasons Why The Comedy Warehouse Needs To Return To Disney Permanently

The final show for the holiday season of the Comedy Warehouse Holiday Special took place on Sunday, January 4, 2015 and there is a chance the show may not return next year. With the closure of American Idol Experience and the Sounds Dangerous theater going mostly unused for years, it makes sense for the Star

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