Category Archives: Extinct Attractions

Hard Rock Park History Chronicled in Video Narrated by Creator Jon Binkowski

For those of you that have been following Theme Park University from the beginning, you know that we started with a series of articles on the short lived Hard Rock Park. To this day, I still meet people who read those articles and want to know more or relive their memories of visiting. The story

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EPCOT Horizons Ultimate Tribute Video by Martin Smith

If you gave me a choice to hop in a time machine and visit one extinct theme park attraction, it would be EPCOT Center’s Horizons. No questions asked. I wouldn’t even give it a second thought. True story: I took the day off of work and rode Horizons non-stop on its last day of operation on

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Opryland History Exquisitely Detailed in Images of Modern America Opryland USA

One of our favorite things to cover here at Theme Park University is extinct attractions. There is always something mysterious and nostalgic about long-gone relics from themed entertainment’s past. Opryland may be one of the world’s greatest and unique theme parks we will never see the likes of again. However, thanks to a book I

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“Illusionists: Turn of the Century” Features Nod to Disneyland Nostalgia

October 1986 was an end of an era for Disneyland. One of the longest running stage shows in theme park history, the “Golden Horseshoe Revue” gave its final bow after running over 30 years since Disneyland opened in 1955. A salute to vaudeville featuring some of the most talented performers to ever grace a stage.

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Support The Dark Ride Project

If you’re a fan of this site, most likely you’re a fan of dark rides. As a fan of theme parks, we know all too well that attractions can come and go within the blink of an eye. New construction, bankruptcy, disrepair and more can lead to a classic attraction closing. For years now, people

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Photo Tour of China’s Wanda Movie Park – Now Closed

By now you’ve most likely heard the quote from the owner of Wanda Movie Park back when Shanghai Disneyland first opened. “They shouldn’t have entered China,” said Wang Jianlin, China’s biggest movie and theme park mogul. “The frenzy of Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck and the era of blindly following them have passed.” At the time, those

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Disney’s Best Themed Restaurant That Closed Too Soon – Soap Opera Bistro

When Disney’s California Adventure opened in 2001, it was considered by many diehard Disney fans to be a bit of a dud. While you can certainly point out some huge mistakes that were made on opening day, one particular restaurant I always thought was Disney’s best themed eatery. Sadly, The ABC Soap Opera Bistro never

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Disaster Studios Employed Universal Studios Veterans

Now that Disaster at Universal Studios Florida has officially closed, I figured I would take the time to share one of my favorite tributes to theme park employees. Any Disney fan knows that the mouse loves to pay tribute to their best-of-the-best in the windows that line Main Street U.S.A., but Universal Studios does things

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Martin Smith Continues to Wow with Historical Disney Parks Videos

After attending countless seminars, reading dozens of books and even interviewing Imagineers, you’d be hard pressed to find a better source on Disney theme park history than Martin Smith. A perfect example is this fantastic tribute to Walt Disney World’s Jungle Cruise. Smith details not only construction, but show scenes that I never even knew

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Top 10 Things We Miss About Universal Studios Florida

Universal Studios Florida recently passed a milestone as it marked its 25th anniversary in Orlando. While the amount of money being spent on the Universal Orlando Resort to add new attractions like the recent Diagon Alley and 2016’s Skull Island: Reign of Kong, opening at Islands of Adventure, Universal has always been reinvesting. As a matter of fact,

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