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2017 Best New Dark Ride in Efteling Outside of Amsterdam

I know most people who read theme park blogs like this follow (worship?) primarily Disney and Universal attractions. However, there are a few parks outside of the Disney/Universal bubble that have some amazing themed attractions that are right up there with Disney quality. Today I just have to share some video of a new dark

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British Theme Park Archive Expertly Preserves Extinct UK Attractions

In a day where it seems that everyone has a theme park blog or YouTube channel these days, content can become a bit repetitive. It’s not easy to find original intelligent content that covers unique material, but also helps preserves the past. Recently, I discovered a virtual gold mine with British Theme Park Archive. I

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Holovis Unveils Interactive Gaming Virtual Reality Robots

By now, you’ve seen rides on robotic arms at theme parks all across the globe. Epcot’s Sum of All Thrills, Legoland’s RoboCoaster and even Universal’s Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey all use varying forms of robotic arm technology. Recently, Holovis revealed a virtual reality gaming version of this popular robotic attraction and it has

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Did Six Flags Flat Out Lie About Jokers Jinx Ride Control Systems?

Do you smell that? Recently, Six Flags America released a statement regarding an incident with The Joker’s Jinx roller coaster that just felt… off. For those unaware of the harrowing evacuation, let me get you up to speed. On April 13, 2017 a train stopped on the track of The Jokers Jinx midway through its run.

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“Theme Park Design” is The Encyclopedia of Theme Park Knowledge

Nearly every avid theme park fan I know has a collection of some sort. Shot glasses, park maps, plushes and more. Me? I collect books. What has now become a small library started at a very young age, I’d read Disney’s Official Birnbaum guides from cover-to-cover and would pick up every copy without fail.  As

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Warner Brothers Theme Park in Abu Dhabi Unveils Concept Art – What We Know

At long last, Warner Brothers Theme Park in Abu Dhabi has finally revealed concept art for what the park will look like and it doesn’t disappoint. The park will be entirely indoors and, from the looks of the artwork, they are really mining the WB vault to offer a pretty wide variety of attractions. Let’s

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Are Dubai Theme Parks Already In Trouble?

Let’s take a moment and ask ourselves this question: how many theme parks can Dubai and Abu Dabi possibly sustain? Surely I’m not the only one who thinks that the announcements for Six Flags Dubai, IMG World of Legends and the upcoming Warner Brothers park might be saturating the market a bit too fast? Most

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Lost Amusement Parks of the North Jersey Shore Book Stirs Up Nostalgia

Sadly, it’s hard to imagine the Jersey Shore now without associating it with a reality show from MTV. The boardwalks we know today in New Jersey have changed wildly since their inception and it’s hard to imagine them any other way. Thanks to the new book, Lost Amusement Parks of the North Jersey Shore, you

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Knott’s Berry Farm Announces “VR Showdown in Ghost Town”

Once again, virtual reality is the hot new trend in theme parks for 2017. Knott’s Berry Farm recently announced their newest offering, VR Showdown in Ghost Town, which opens in April. This will be the first permanent installation of a free-roaming virtual reality experience in a U.S. theme park. From the press release: The immersive and

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New Book Chronicles Busch Gardens Tampa History

Long before there was Walt Disney World, there was Busch Gardens Tampa. This park has a fascinating history that spans nearly 60 years and finally, there is a new book to tell the tale. Images of Modern America: Busch Gardens Tampa Bay gives an excellent photographic journey on how the park has blossomed over the years.

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