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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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Test Your Spy Skills At SafeHouse Milwaukee

Walking around the streets of Milwaukee, there is a hidden gem restaurant lurking around the corner in an unsuspecting location. If you’ve ever been to downtown Milwaukee and have never seen the signs for SafeHouse, there is good reason for that. You may not even notice the street signs that point to nothing else other than

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Four New and Coming Ghostbusters Attractions

Over 30 years after the release of the original “Ghostbusters” in theaters, its fans are finally getting to see it take shape in new attractions opening all over the world. Someone from Sony must be shopping this intellectual property around because there seems to be a lot of activity over this franchise. One could say

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Cirque du Soleil Theme Park Unveils Even More Artwork

We’ve covered the Cirque du Soleil theme park since it was first announced here at Theme Park University. The new groundbreaking extravaganza will be open in 2018, but slowly artwork continues to leak out. This place is jaw dropping. The water park will open with the first phase of the Cirque du Soleil theme park.

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Motiongate Dubai Prepares for December 2016 Opening

With one of the biggest years in theme park history winding down, just remember that the largest one has yet to open. Motiongate Dubai just sent us these pictures of the park and it’s really starting to come together. Even though the park has been pushed back to a December 2016 opening date, the main

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Project V Flying Attraction Headed to Europa Park in 2017

Regarded as one of the best theme parks on the planet, Europa Park in Germany is opening a new attraction in 2017, tentatively titled Project V. This new attraction will be a Soarin‘ style experience, built with a slightly different ride system. While the motion of hang gliding will be the same, the cars will

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Dollywood Prepares for Fall 2016

No matter how many parks I’ve visited around the world, none come close to the jaw dropping beauty of Dollywood in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. I recently got a chance to visit Dollywood for the first time in several years.  The park is preparing for its Harvest Celebration and it looks amazing. Scattered around the main

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An Interview with Jessica Cox – A Woman Born Without Arms Who Isn’t Allowed To Ride A Single Attraction At Universal Orlando

You’ve probably seen the headlines by now. Jessica Cox, a woman who was born without arms, was denied riding any moving attractions at Universal Orlando on a trip back in November 2015. She is not someone who takes “no” for an answer lightly, as she is a licensed scuba diver and even a licensed pilot. Theme

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