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A Theme Park First: Sesame Place Is Now Designated Autism Center

In a first for any theme park, Sesame Place in Pennsylvania has done something extraordinary for autism awareness. In a statement that was released just in time for autism awareness month, Sesame Place has been officially certified by the International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards (IBCCES) as a Certified Autism Center. What does this

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Dubai Parks and Resorts Lowers Attendance Expectations and Restructures Debt

Things are still rough for Dubai Parks and Resorts. In a recent financial statement, it seems that while they remain optimistic, the parent company (known as DBXE) has changed their attendance targets for 2018. For those unfamiliar, Dubai Parks and Resorts consists of Legoland Dubai, Bollywood Park and Motiongate Dubai. All of these parks opened

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Schlitterbahn Co-Owner Charged with Murder in Water Slide Death

This case could have a huge impact on the entire theme park and water park industry. On Tuesday, March 27, 2018, Jeffrey Henry was booked into the Cameron County jail in Texas. He is currently being held on three charges: aggravated battery, aggravated child endangerment, and murder.  Henry is the co-owner of Schlitterbahn, a water

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DreamVision Theme Park Developer Sentenced for Fraud

For those of you that remember the project, this will come as no surprise. Anyone remember a company named DreamVision that promised not one, but two theme parks opening in Alabama and Texas? Yes, the company claimed that they already had the 3 billion dollars in financing in place and they were ready to move forward

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Could This New Coaster Be Universal’s Mario Kart Ride System?

A new coaster has opened in Japan that seems to have fallen under the radar of many theme park fans. A lesser-known park in Japan called Suzuka Circuit just opened a first-of-its-kind roller coaster that very well could be a game changer. It’s a duel-racing layout that gives “drivers” some control of how the car

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Get Ready for A Record Number of Brazilian Tour Groups in Orlando for 2018

The next time you’re visiting a park in Orlando, be prepared for even more giant groups in matching t-shirts following a brightly colored flag.  According to a report released by the Orlando International Airport, a record number of Brazilian tour groups are expected to fly into Orlando and visit Central Florida attractions in 2018. According

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Kicking The Confederacy Out of Theme Parks and Attractions

If you’ve noticed, there have been some interesting developments with attractions associated with the Southern Confederacy of the United States. No matter where you stand, this marks an interesting time in the themed entertainment industry. And if you’re not familiar with these changes, let me get you up to speed. Over at King’s Dominion in

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Enter To Design Your Own Flying Theater Attraction and Win $10,000!

Have you ever been on a flying theater attraction like Soarin’, FlyOver Canada or Wings Over Washington and thought you could design a film like that? Now is your chance! Plus you can win $10,000 cash and a trip to Canada! Applications will soon be taken for a contest sponsored by Siggraph which is taking

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World’s First Looping Go Kart Track Revealed

Have you ever had dreams about “what if a ride could do this…?” and just thought it was totally impossible to pull off. Well, today is your lucky day. MackManiac is an actual go-kart track that contains a real loop. And it’s pretty amazing. Yes, this actually allows go-kart riders to power their own vehicle up

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Could the closing of “Curse of DarKastle” Signal the Beginning of A Sharp Decline for SeaWorld Parks?

Recently Busch Gardens Williamsburg announced the official closure of “The Curse of DarKastle”. For those of you who aren’t familiar with this attraction, the ride was the first outside of a “major” park to implement a style of Oceaneering’s Evolution ride system found at Universal Orlando’s Spider-Man and Transformers attractions. The reason for the closure

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