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Dubai Parks and Resorts Sees Huge Attendance Spike for Early 2018

It looks like Dubai Parks and Resorts are finally turning around. DBX, the company who owns motiongate Dubai, Legoland Dubai and is reporting staggering growth numbers for the first half of 2018. If these numbers continue, it could put Dubai on the map as a major theme park contender. According to the report in Gulf News,

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Let’s Talk About What Happened at Busch Gardens Moroccan Palace Theater

Today’s story is from our guest contributor Andrew as we dive into Busch Gardens Moroccan Palace Theater in Tampa. Andrew talks about the highs and the lows of one of the best theaters in a theme park in the state of Florida.  Enjoy! – Josh Young   The Moroccan Palace Theater was, perhaps, the first

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SeaWorld Parks Continue To Turn Around

You gotta love a good comeback story. As we reported recently, SeaWorld Parks has seen its first attendance increase in several years.  Today, we bring you even more good news as the stock for SeaWorld has recently climbed above the $20 mark.  This is the highest the stock has been in several years and it

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Attendance For Theme Parks Grows for 2017

The annual attendance report has been released by the Themed Entertainment Association (TEA) and as always, the numbers are fascinating. Overall, the theme park industry has seen steady growth thanks mostly to investments in Orlando and China.  According to the report, attendance for attractions at the major operators globally is almost half a billion visitors

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Is SeaWorld Making A Comeback?

SeaWorld Parks recently made some huge headlines regarding their attendance during the first quarter of 2018. Attendance at their parks was up by 15 percent, which is a huge gain for any theme park because usually, that time of year is the slowest. So does this mean SeaWorld is making a comeback? I would remain

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Sea World Orlando Teases Sesame Street Opening in 2019

While Walt Disney World and Universal Orlando have been making announcements about their new offerings, Sea World Orlando is also throwing out some great new concept art! Sesame Street has begun construction in the former Shamu’s Happy Harbor area of the park and today we get a glimpse of what the new 5-acre land will look

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20th Century Fox Dubai Park On Indefinite Hold Due to Oversaturation

The theme park bubble is slowly starting to burst in Dubai. According to an exclusive story with Arabian Business, the CEO of Al Ahli Group who wants to finance 20th Century Fox Dubai, the market is becoming oversaturated.  For those unfamiliar, this park was slated for a potential opening date of 2020 and was to

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Why Can’t Six Flags Up Their Warner Brothers Theming Budget?

Recently, Theme Park University (along with the help of ME Theme Parks) released a ton of photos showcasing the upcoming Warner Brothers World Abu Dhabi theme park.  To say that the theming is top notch for a Warner Brothers park is an understatement and we haven’t even seen the attractions yet! At any rate, TPU

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MASSIVE Photo Tour of Warner Brothers World in Abu Dhabi

Today’s update is brought to you by the folks over at Middle Eastern Theme Parks (or ME Theme Parks for short). They have graciously allowed Theme Park University to use their photos of Warner Brothers World Abu Dhabi from a recently held press event. The park isn’t officially open yet, but we do have photos

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Evermore Park Releases Video Highlighting Attention To Detail Prior To Opening

Admittedly, I am coming around when it comes to Evermore. Sure, we here at TPU have been critical of the park and the project from the beginning, but this is really looking like it could be something special.  Opening in Pleasant Grove, Utah, Evermore will be less about rides and attractions and more about a

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