Tag Archives: Gary Goddard

Islands of Adventure’s Harry Potter Land That Never Was

The history of Islands of Adventure is easily one of the most fascinating of any theme park on the planet. As is often times the case, nearly nothing that is originally pitched for a park ends up in the final product. That said, we have covered extensively here at Theme Park University how DC Comics would

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Midsummer Scream Brings Theme Park Legends to Long Beach

Are you going to be in Southern California this weekend? Then you need to get your butt over to Midsummer Scream, where you’ll be treated to panels from legends from the theme park industry, haunted house demonstrations, and more. From the press release: LONG BEACH, CA – Bringing an incredible array of haunt and horror icons

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Studio City Resort Opens in Macau

After years of planning and development, Studio City Resort and Casino opened in Macau on October 27, 2015. The Hollywood-inspired mega resort features attractions, live entertainment, 1,600 rooms and a one-of-a-kind ferris wheel. Studio City was designed by Gary Goddard and his team at the Goddard Group, who have developed attractions for Universal Orlando, Six

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Behind The Scenes at the Opening of Monster Mansion at Six Flags Over Georgia

Growing up in a small town near Atlanta, my first theme parks memories all come from Six Flags Over Georgia as a kid.  My first dark ride anywhere was Monster Plantation and it blew my 6-year-old mind apart. Six passenger boats floating along a canal past 107 animatronic characters. To this day it stands as

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Top 4 Reasons Why Walk Through Attractions Don’t Work

After running four articles on the failed Six Flags Power Plant, I’ve had several people questioning or even challenging one of Gary Goddard’s statements on why walk through attractions don’t work. I’m not going to speak for Gary, but I do agree with him that for the most part, walk through attractions do not work,

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Six Flags Power Plant 4: Concept Art

Considering it never made any money, the Six Flags Power Plant was a unique attraction with some ingenious design. In Parts 1, 2 and 3 of our series we discussed how the project came about, what ultimately opened and reasons for it’s demise. Today we look at some concept art for the attraction, a lot

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Six Flags Power Plant 3: Why It Closed

In Part One of our series on Six Flags Power Plant, we learned about how the attraction could have changed Six Flags as we know it today. In Part Two, we find out how it ultimately did change the industry. Today, we learn from our guest Gary Goddard exactly why he thinks the Power Plant

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Six Flags Power Plant 2: Not An Amusement Park

Welcome back to our series on Six Flags Power Plant! In Part One, we discussed the project and talked about how much of a game changer it could have been for Six Flags and the industry. In Part Two, we get an exclusive interview with Gary Goddard who discusses his involvement with the Six Flags

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Six Flags Power Plant Part 1: An Experiment In Baltimore

One of the things I am most proud of at Theme Park University is documenting parks and attractions that have closed. From Hard Rock Park to MGM Grand Adventures, to the Titanic Attraction at Fox Studios Australia, I’ve had the privilege of interviewing the heads of each project and finding out about the design phase,

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Mexico Will Be Home To World’s First Cirque Du Soleil Theme Park In 2018

If there was ever a time to be a theme park fan, it’s right now. With so many amazing projects happening around the globe, I can’t even begin to take it all in lately. Then today the announcement finally happened that very well could be a game changer for the entire industry. IN 2018, Mexico

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