• Motiongate Dubai Opens To Groans

    There are very few sites that hyped up Motiongate Dubai like we have here at Theme Park University. It’s nearly impossible not to be excited about attractions featuring brands like The Smurfs, Ghostbusters, Hotel Transylvania and many more. Considering this was only one park in the Dubai Parks and Resorts entire property, which also includes

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  • Could Dubai’s Theme Park Bubble Burst?

    While the average theme park fan might see news of all these theme park projects in Dubai and think “this is incredible!”… all I can think is: how? Today we are going to look at the viability of how this many theme parks can stand to open in one region within the next five years.

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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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  • Fake Disney Characters Invade Shanghai Disneyland Resort

    No doubt you’ve seen the unofficial characters that stroll the streets of Hollywood in front of the Chinese Theater or in New York’s Time Square.   On any given day you can see Spider-Man, Batman, Mickey Mouse, Iron Man and dozens of other knock-off characters which have been bought or rented in order to make

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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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  • Could Universal Orlando Be Considering Queueless Theme Parks?

    There have been some interesting developments recently at Universal Orlando that may revolutionize the entire theme park industry. A new feature that recently popped up on the official Universal Orlando app may be an indicator of how the park may handle queues for attractions for their entire property. Before we tackle that, let’s look at

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  • Shanghai Disneyland First Quarter Report Card Part 3: The Ugly

    The first full quarter of Shanghai Disneyland has had some mixed results. From a financial standpoint, the resort is a success. Attendance seems to be high on most days, even though guest spending isn’t where it should be. Today we are going to focus on the maintenance of Shanghai Disneyland. The resort is less than

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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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  • Shanghai Disneyland First Quarter Report Card Part 2: The Bad

    Not all news coming out of Shanghai Disneyland’s first full quarter is good. Every major theme park project has some bumps in the road and naturally, Disney is no exception. Last time we mentioned how Shanghai Disneyland has already crossed the four million customer threshold. For a brand new park to gain so much traction so

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  • Shanghai Disneyland First Quarter Report Card Part 1: The Good

    We here at Theme Park University have been following the progress of Shanghai Disneyland very closely since opening day. Without question this is the biggest project in the attractions industry of 2016 and Disney’s largest in decades. Over the next few days we are going to chronicle just how things are going in Shanghai, including

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  • Shanghai Disneyland Breaks Ground on Toy Story Land

    As Theme Park University predicted during our visit prior to the official opening of Shanghai Disneyland, Toy Story Land was recently confirmed for the next phase of the park. Recently, a ground-breaking ceremony for the new land was attended by executives from the Walt Disney Company, as well as Shanghai Shendi, Disney’s operating partner for

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  • Shanghai Disneyland and Ticket Fraud

    Every theme park has its ups and downs and Shanghai Disneyland, being less than six months old, has had a few bumps already. A recent article on the usually brilliant Disney and More website brought to light some misconceptions about not only ticket fraud, but security in theme parks globally. Let’s dig in, shall we?

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