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La Nouba Announces Official Closing Date at Disney Springs

After nearly 20 years of performances, Cirque du Soleil’s La Nouba at Disney Springs is taking its final bow on December 31, 2017. In a push to extend Downtown Disney’s presence, this one-of-a-kind show debuted on December 23, 1998. La Nouba was the first “residency” show created by Cirque du Soleil after Mystere and O

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Why do Shanghai Disneyland Guests go Poo Poo in Public Areas?

If you had told me years ago when I first started Theme Park University that I’d be discussing pooping habits at a theme park, I would’ve said you’re crazy. Yet, here I am. We’ve covered how different the culture is at Shanghai Disneyland before the park even opened. By far the most discussed topic is

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Disney Files Patent for Rides to Read Your Emotions

If virtual reality is taking theme parks by storm in 2017, you’ve got to wonder… what’s next? My money is actually on facial recognition and how it can impact the theme park experience. Disney recently filed a patent on a technology that will read your facial expression while you’re on a ride and adjust your

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More Shanghai Disneyland Chinese New Year Preparations

Without question, Chinese New Year will be Shanghai Disneyand’s first major park celebration. Unlike Halloween and Christmas, Chinese New Year features dozens of unique photo opportunities, specialty shows, and even a unique ad campaign. If you missed our last article on Shanghai Disneyland Chinese New Year, click this link, as there are many more photos to

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Shanghai Disneyland Prepares for Chinese New Year

Just like newborns, theme parks have their own set of firsts. This year, Shanghai Disneyland is celebrating its first Chinese New Year. Preparations are being made all over the park, including new guidemaps, decorations, and more. A Theme Park University reader recently sent me these photos, so I figured I would share them with you.

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Shanghai Disneyland Castle Vanishes in Smog

Does anyone else remember a special that aired on NBC called “Disney’s Magic in the Magic Kingdom,” which debuted in 1988? It was hosted by George Burns and Harry Anderson and featured magicians like The Pendragons and Lance Burton. The finale featured the biggest names in magic at the time, Siegfried and Roy.  Their illusion promised

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Shanghai Court Awards in Disney’s Favor for “Cars” Knockoff Movie

China is very slowly changing their reputation for how they handle copyright infringement. Long known as a place where bootleg DVDs were more common than the real deal, the country is slowly starting to crack down on cases where there is a clear case of plagiarism… when they see fit. In July 2015, a Chinese

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Star Wars Rogue One Experience Opens With Help From Magic Legend

Are you in love with “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” like the rest of the world? Turns out, the film has been recreated in the form of a walk-through exhibit that just opened in Seoul, South Korea. The Star Wars Rogue One Experience has enough to make any Star Wars fan salivate from virtual

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“Going To Disney California Adventure” Perfect for Young Disney Fans

Imagine this scenario. You’re itching to take a trip to Disney California Adventure so you can show your kids just how incredible this place is, but they’re just not that into Disney. Gasp! Hard to believe, but there are kids out there who think they’re too cool for Disney parks. Enter a new book that

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Fake Disney Characters Invade Shanghai Disneyland Resort

No doubt you’ve seen the unofficial characters that stroll the streets of Hollywood in front of the Chinese Theater or in New York’s Time Square.   On any given day you can see Spider-Man, Batman, Mickey Mouse, Iron Man and dozens of other knock-off characters which have been bought or rented in order to make

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