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Wipeout Run Based on Hit TV Show Coming to a City Near You!

Bummed about the ABC series Wipeout being cancelled abruptly after their 2014 season? Fear not! The show lives on a multi-city tour where YOU are the star! Developed in 2011 by VAVi Sport & Social in San Diego, CA, ROC Race took the world by storm and quickly became the fastest growing obstacle series in the nation,

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Cast of Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory to Reunite in Orlando Halloween 2015

Spooky Empire, which has been covered here at Theme Park University for several years now (click here and here) is doing something incredible this year. Normally the convention focuses on horror themed events including some amazing cosplay, including these great Haunted Mansion costumes. And this adorable Oogie Boogie outfit. Spooky Empire has even done tributes

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An Opportunity to Have Dinner with Dick Van Dyke and Support Walt Disney’s Birthplace

Legends Events is hosting an event featuring the world’s most infamous chimney sweep: Dick Van Dyke on the eve of Disneyland’s 60th Anniversary at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel. Patrons will be treated to a show by Dick Van Dyke and the Vantastix who will be performing songs from Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and, of course, Mary Poppins.

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MuppetVision 3D Cast Production Jacket and More Up For Auction

In my opinion, the best movie ever seen in a theme park is MuppetVision 3D at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.  It was the last project that Jim Henson personally directed and completed before his untimely death in 1990.  The attraction opened at the Disney/MGM Studios on the one-year anniversary of Henson’s passing on May 16, 1991. Since

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An Interview With Hunchback of Notre Dame Lyricist Stephen Schwartz

In spring 2015, the Paper Mill Playhouse in Millburn, New Jersey started a limited run of a new stage adaptation of The Hunchback of Notre Dame.  Notice, I didn’t say “Disney’s” Hunchback.  Admittedly, this isn’t as family-friendly as other Disney stage shows like Mary Poppins, Aladdin or The Lion King. Indeed, this play is inspired

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Full Bunny Contact Continues New York City Easter Tradition in 2015

In 2014, New York City held its first annual event for the Easter season known as Full Bunny Contact and it was a raging success. Returning in 2015 will be the headline event that everyone was talking about last year.  Easter eggs are scattered around a small fenced in area.  Your job is to gather

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O-Town MacDown Pits Orlando Restaurants Against Each Other For Best Mac N Cheese Recipe With Some Theme Park Magic Thrown In

O-Town MacDown took place at the Orange County Convention Center. This event was a macaroni and cheese competition to benefit Give Kids the World, an organization that provides complimentary Orlando vacations to families dealing with life-limiting illnesses. The event took place in the Orange County Convention Center’s massive West Concourse. The trek from the parking

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Serpentine Fire Draws Inspiration From Theme Park Experience

Imagine you live in a world where one day you wake up and it seems the apocalypse has arrived. Earthquakes, giant tsunamis, floods, fires and a new set of unforeseen catastrophes coming at you from every direction and you never saw any of it coming. This is the opening premise of “Serpentine Fire,” a new

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Full Bunny Contact In NYC Possibly Best Easter Event Ever

Holiday traditions are a beautiful thing. Each year, most of us repeat the same motions on holidays because if we don’t hold on to what we have done in the past, then we lose it. For me, I always used to play touch football on Thanksgiving with my cousins, open one present on Christmas Eve

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Magic Mansion Brings An Evening of Close Up Magic To Orlando

Here at Theme Park University, we celebrate any and all themed entertainment, regardless of whether it’s within the confines of a park. This Halloween, I decided to skip the traditional Orlando tourist offerings, like Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party and Halloween Horror Nights. Instead, I opted to do a first-of-its kind event at the

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