Category Archives: Theme Parks 101

5 Ways On How To Tell if Your Favorite Attraction Will Close

There sure has been a lot of heartache in the attractions world within the last few months. Between the announcements of Terminator 2: 3D, The Great Movie Ride, Universe of Energy and more being closed there has been a lot of heartache and shock. Especially amongst the fan community, emotions run high. I’ve seen many

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Remembering Elvis Presley’s Favorite Theme Park in New Book – Libertyland

Every time a theme park closes, a slice of Americana withers away. I’m a huge fan of preserving attractions history, which is why I am such a huge fan of Arcadia books theme park history series. Their latest title Images of Modern America: Libertyland releases September 25, 2017, and I got my hands on an

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Evermore Unveils New Plans for Scaled Down Park in Utah

You remember Evermore, right? Back in 2014, we covered their opening announcement with much anticipation. A Victorian park that was to feature innovative attractions, storytelling, and even a revolutionary ride reservation system. They billed themselves as an adventure park and with good reason. As opposed to passively experiencing each attraction, they were to be actor-guided

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Think Stephen King’s “It” is Scary? Meet Laffing Sal

With the recent resurgence of interest in clowns thanks to Stephen King’s novel “It” getting a reboot in theaters, I figured I’d share a clown that scares me in theme parks. I’m talking about Laffing Sal (also spelled Laughing Sal depending on which figure you’re talking about), the creepy robotic figure used in fairs, boardwalks and

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How Does Sea World Entertainment Turn Around?

This is a question I’ve talked about a lot over the last year. Theme park fans, industry experts, and leaders, even financial analysts all have theories on what to do about the downward spiral Sea World Entertainment has seen over the last five years. To be clear, this is not what would make me personally

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Lionsgate Theme Park Featuring “Twilight” and “Hunger Games” Films in Development

We have covered many new theme park concepts here at Theme Park University over the years. While we are just as excited as anyone else about shiny new attractions, we also look at these new concepts with a critical eye. Let’s take for example a new Lionsgate-branded park opening in South Korea. Now there are

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Coping With Theme Park Losses and Change 101

If you’re feeling a sense of loss with all the recent theme park announcements that have come during the Summer of 2017, you’re not alone. Universe of Energy, The Great Movie Ride, Dragon’s Challenge and several more are on the chopping block. Even an iconic attraction, Pirates of the Caribbean is getting yet another upgrade

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Six Flags No Longer Flying Confederate Flag In Front of Parks

These are interesting times, friends. Six Flags has just decided to start flying only American flags in front of their parks. This obviously comes on the heels of tensions within the United States for requests and demands for symbols of the Confederacy be taken down from public places. Six Flags Over Texas park officials confirmed

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Sea World Entertainment “Not Satisfied” With Results in Second Quarter 2017

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Yesterday we brought you news about Sea World Entertainment’s consideration of possibly selling off assets to boost the bottom line. While we don’t have any updates on that just yet, the company did release their second quarter results for 2017. It’s not good. Here are some highlights from their press release: Attendance in the second quarter

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Merlin Entertainments Hints at Possible Busch Gardens Purchase

This has the potential to cause a pretty huge shift within the theme park industry. If reports are true, Merlin entertainment could be in talks to buy Busch Gardens from their parent company, Sea World Entertainment. Sea World parks have had a rough last few years, what is keeping them afloat (so to speak) are

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