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Theme Park Industry Veterans Come Together to Celebrate “Robbiween”

If you’re going to be in Central Florida the first week of February, you’re not going to want to miss this event. Theme Park industry veterans are gathering together for “Robbiween” at the Winter Garden Theater to discuss their unique stories of being in the themed entertainment business from noon to 5:30 pm. The afternoon

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Efteling Gets Ripped Off in Chinese Theme Park

They say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. If that’s the case, Efteling park in the Netherlands should be blushing over a new park in China. Shown above is a concept sketch for Quancheng Euro Park, located in the Chinese coastal province of Shandong. To give you a point of reference, check out this building

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A Very Dollywood Christmas

Recently I was lucky enough to cross off an item on my theme park bucket list. Without question, my favorite regional theme park on the planet is Dollywood.  I have had a chance to visit this gem nestled in the Great Smoky Mountains, but never during the holidays. This year I finally got the chance

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How Will Disney’s Acquisition of 20th Century Fox Affect Theme Parks?

On December 14, 2017 the Walt Disney Company announced they were going to pay $52.4 billion for Fox Studios.  This acquisition includes all kinds of goodies such as “X-Men” and “The Simpsons” to name a few. More importantly, it gives Disney leverage in being able to offer more digital content on a platform to compete

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Twilight Zone Miniature Golf Opens at Bally’s in Las Vegas

You’re moving into a land of both shadow and substance, of things and ideas… you’ve just crossed over into… the Twilight Zone Miniature Golf course. A new miniature golf course experience opened in December 2017 at Bally’s Resort and Casino along the Las Vegas strip! Theme Park University got a first look at this one-of-a-kind Twilight Zone

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Remembering The Magic Motion Theater

Growing up in the 1980’s in rural Georgia, the closest theme park was about a two-hour drive from where we lived. Luckily, we had a mall about 10 minutes away with a simulator in it that I was fascinated with. Does anyone else remember the Magic Motion Theater? Yes, for $5, I could hop inside

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Dynamic Attraction’s Flightcycle Ushers in New Age of Flying Theaters

Flying theaters are about to enter a new level.  When Disney California Adventure opened in 2001, Soarin’ Over California was the breakout hit everyone kept talking about. Simulators had been around for nearly two decades at that point, but creating a hang gliding experience where riders were thrust in the middle of a screen and

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Why Can’t Universal Open A Nintendo Theme Park?

Theme Park University reader Tim writes in to ask, “If what you’re saying is true about having unique Nintendo lands in Universal Studios Florida, Islands of Adventure and the new theme park around the corner, why don’t they combine it all make the third theme park dedicated to Nintendo?” Thanks for the question, Tim. Regarding

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Alterface Introduces New Wander Technology to Move Guests Through A Theme Park

How guests move through a theme park has become a hot topic in the last few years. We have covered this topic extensively here at TPU with the addition of Tapu Tapu at Volcano Bay, FastPass Plus at Disney and even Universal’s push towards adding Virtual Line to their parks moving forward. Today we are

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Could The Aquaticar Be The Future of Water Parks?

Recently I got a chance to preview some new water park technology that could change the way water park patrons experience underwater exhibits. This prototype Aquaticar concept was showcased at the 2017 International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions in Orlando and was one of the biggest buzzes on the trade show floor. First, let’s talk

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