Category Archives: Theme Parks 101

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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All-Terrain Dark Ride From Dynamic Attractions Best Product From IAAPA 2017

After roaming the floor of the 2017 International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA), I saw dozens of new products from animatronics to special effects. However, the most exciting announcement to come out of this year’s event is the All-Terrain Dark Ride vehicle from Dynamic Attractions.  A six-passenger self-guided jeep that can go both

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Must Listen: Disney Legend Tony Baxter Interviews on Season Pass Podcast

I’ve said it before and I will continue to scream it from the hilltops: there is no better podcast on the themed entertainment industry than the Season Pass Podcast. Sifting through the archives of the incredible interviews Doug Barnes and his team have given over the years is jaw-dropping. If you want to know if

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Theme Park Industry Veteran Robbi Lupre Needs Your Assistance

Sometimes you just need an extra boost to get through tough times. A Theme Park University reader recently gave me a heads up about a theme park industry veteran who could use some help during a very difficult period. While you may not know the name Robbi Lupre, you are more than likely familiar with

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Micro Theme Park Opening in Times Square Featuring Mad Men Cafe, Hunger Games Simulator and John Wick Ride

Guaranteed, this trend will start popping up all over the world. Lionsgate will be opening its first standalone attraction known as Lionsgate Entertainment City. This micro theme park, slated to open in New York City’s Times Square by spring 2019, will feature several unique attractions from the Lionsgate Studio catalog. According to a recent press

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How Do Theme Park Trespass Bans Work?

Want to know how to get kicked out of a park? Just follow Theme Park University. We have covered many stories about people getting the boot from unauthorized clothing, climbing roller coasters, filming in backstage areas and even thongs in a water park (my how times have changed in a few years since we wrote that

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Daredevil Climbs Roller Coaster With No Safety Equipment – Gets Banned For Life

Just when you think you’ve seen it all, you’re going to want to see this. No matter how much of a thrill seeker you are, this will make your heart stop. Recently, while perusing YouTube, I came across a video of a young man who goes by Ally Law.  A quick glance at his channel and

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Will Walt Disney World Employees Starting Wage Be $15 An Hour?

If you work for Walt Disney World or any other Orlando theme park (or plan to), this article is for you. Recently a few headlines regarding a proposed wage increase for Walt Disney World employees by the six unions representing the majority of the workforce caught my attention. They are trying to get Walt Disney

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#IReadTheEntireArticle Will Live On

I am beyond humbled. At the end of a recent article about the fate of the Hall of Presidents, readers of Theme Park University absolutely blew me away. At the end of the article, I tried an experiment where I asked readers who read the entire piece to comment “IReadTheEntireArticle” on our TPU Facebook page.

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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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