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Theme Park History Preserved in Images of America – Children’s Fairyland

It’s rare that a small amusement park can withstand the test of time. As new technology and branding drives the masses to mega parks like Disney and Universal, there are still quaint attractions dotted around the United States that seem to withstand the test of time. One of which is Children’s Fairyland in Oakland, California.

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Images of Modern America – Magic Mountain Chronicles America’s First Theme Park After Disney

Most likely if you hear Magic Mountain, you think of the Six Flags Park in California, right? Nothing wrong with that, but today we are going to take a history lesson about an entirely different Magic Mountain. This one so happens to be in Denver, Colorado and opened in 1957. Keep in mind, after Disneyland

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Photos of Abandoned Hard Rock Park in Myrtle Beach

The similarities between Hard Rock Park and the Titanic are downright creepy. Giant plans, lots of investments, large budgets and as nearly as soon as it starts to take off, it sank. Theme Park University readers know that I covered the evolution of the park extensively here, from unused concepts to what lead to the

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Knotts Berry Farm to Add VR Attraction Summer 2017

Make no mistake about it, 2017 will be the year virtual reality explodes into theme parks around the world. Just this morning, Knotts Berry Farm in Southern California announced a new VR attraction that will open in summer 2017. A new extra-charge attraction is being created with the help of VRstudios, a leading company in

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Exclusive Sneak Peak at Polar World China Theme Park Being Designed by – A Magician?

If there’s one thing that’s certain in life, you can always expect the unexpected. Proving yet again that there is no one clear path to becoming an attraction designer, the amazing Franz Harary surprises us again. For those unfamiliar Franz Harary, he is one of the most well-known names in magic on the planet. While creating

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Motiongate Dubai Opens To Groans

There are very few sites that hyped up Motiongate Dubai like we have here at Theme Park University. It’s nearly impossible not to be excited about attractions featuring brands like The Smurfs, Ghostbusters, Hotel Transylvania and many more. Considering this was only one park in the Dubai Parks and Resorts entire property, which also includes

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Could Dubai’s Theme Park Bubble Burst?

While the average theme park fan might see news of all these theme park projects in Dubai and think “this is incredible!”… all I can think is: how? Today we are going to look at the viability of how this many theme parks can stand to open in one region within the next five years.

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Dubai Set to be New Theme Park Capital of the World?

Orlando could be playing second fiddle to the deserts of Dubai in the coming years if recent headlines come true. With new theme parks opening by the end of 2016 and a slate of a half dozen in the coming years (and counting), that could be the case. Let’s take a look at what Dubai

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Support Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge Families and Tourism

Waking up on November 29, 2016, I was overwhelmed with the news from Gatlinburg, Tenn. Wildfires had raged across eastern Tennessee and were burning down homes, businesses and much of the Smokey Mountain National Park I had grown up with as a kid. If you’ve never been to the Smokey Mountains and visited the Gatlinburg

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Dynamic Attractions Debuts New Motion Theater at IAAPA 2016

A game changing attraction concept was unveiled at the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions in 2016. Imagine a large circular theater of seats that can not only spin 360 degrees, but can also pitch and tilt as well. What makes the Motion Theater, created by Dynamic Attractions, really spectacular is the ability to

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