Category Archives: Outside The Parks

New Thrill Ride Prototype Reacts to Heart Rate, Muscles and Sweat

A leading charge in the entertainment industry has been to make experiences customizable, from immersive theater that changes based on your decisions to shows that alter course based on your feedback. Now we have a prototype thrill ride that will totally blow your mind. Daniel de Bruin created a prototype one-person ride that reacts directly to

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Theme Park Parody Show “The Spielers” to Debut at Orlando Fringe in May 2017

If you’ve ever had the privilege of working at a spieling attraction, you know that you’re part of a special and unique club. Whether you were (or are) a Jungle skipper, Jaws skipper or tram operator at Kongfrontation, you know that the job is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Now there is a show to poke fun

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Immersive Spy Bar Opening in London for Limited Time

Do you like escape rooms? Immersive theater? Specialty cocktails? Then you need to get your butt to London during spring 2017. A new immersive spy bar is opening called The Bletchley and it looks incredible. Pop-up bars and restaurants are all the rage in London right now. The Bletchley is the third in a line

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New Book Allows You to See Rock City’s History

A small piece of my childhood arrived at my doorstep yesterday and I couldn’t be happier. If you grew up nearly anywhere in the Southeast United States, no doubt you’ve seen three words scattered across rooftops and billboards: See Rock City! For those not fortunate enough to know about the amazing Rock City, let me

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Apocalyptic Immersive Theater Event Headed to New York City May 2017

We’ve all had this conversation. You’re sitting around having drinks with friends and the question pops up: how would you handle being in a true apocalypse? Now, a new apocalyptic immersive theater event known as RED will open in New York City in May 2017, so you can find out just how well you’d do.

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Off The Beaten Path: 59 Rivoli is a Hidden Gem of Paris

I love offbeat attractions. Always have, always will. In every trip I take, I try to seek out a “non-tourist” attraction that you won’t find on a map. Or on a billboard. Or even advertised. Such was the case when I discovered the incredible artists haven of 59 Rivoli right in the heart of Paris.

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Seeing You Immersive Theater Event Opening for Six Week Run in New York May 2017

It’s officially springtime and that means new immersive theater offerings are popping up all over the world. In New York, a limited engagement show from the creators of Sleep No More and Queen of the Night debuts in May 2017 called Seeing You. At this point, very few details have been released on what exactly this

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Tearing Down Your Property – Real Life Follows Fictional Backstory in Orlando

A real life property battle has been going on in Orlando for months now that mirrors a backstory of a local attraction. And it’s hilarious. First, let me get you up to speed. If you don’t live in Orlando you may not have caught wind of the stand your ground story of Julieta Corredor. You see,

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See New York City’s History via Virtual Reality – On a Bus?

Long time readers of Theme Park University know there is one attraction that is a must see in New York City. No matter how many times you’ve seen The Big Apple, there is no comparison to seeing it on The Ride. Multi-million dollar buses with floor-to-ceiling glass panes give impeccable views of the city’s skyline.

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SafeHouse Chicago Opens to Secret Agents in Training

This morning, I received a top secret message from an “Agent Pottsie” regarding a new spy-themed bar and restaurant opening March 1. I’m beyond excited because SafeHouse Chicago is an upgraded version of a Milwaukee landmark that has been hiding in the shadows for over 50 years! Secretly headquartered below the city streets in the

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