Tag Archives: Jon Binkowski

Characterz Movie Lifts the Head off of Theme Park Characters

On the surface, being a costumed character in a theme park may seem like one of the worst jobs on the planet. Jumping into a fur-lined costume where you literally bake in the sun all day, roasting in your own juices, is just plain miserable. All while paying customers poke and prod you like a giant

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Entertainment Designers Forum To Be Held in Orlando on March 20th

Most likely, if you’re a reader of Theme Park University, you want to know how the themed entertainment industry ticks.  Readers ask all the time for advice on how to get into the industry or are craving that insider knowledge. There are hundreds of people you can talk to, but rarely do a dozen of

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Serpentine Fire Draws Inspiration From Theme Park Experience

Imagine you live in a world where one day you wake up and it seems the apocalypse has arrived. Earthquakes, giant tsunamis, floods, fires and a new set of unforeseen catastrophes coming at you from every direction and you never saw any of it coming. This is the opening premise of “Serpentine Fire,” a new

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Hard Rock Park Employees “Kicked Ass”!

Those of you who are fans of Theme Park University know my deep rooted love for the former Hard Rock Park in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. It was revolutionary, edgy, sexy and, in some ways, ahead of its time. While I have written many articles on the origins, details and demise of the park, one

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Firing Up Maximum RPM For Potential Buyers

Hard Rock Park

Fans of this site know that Hard Rock Park holds a special place in my heart for how ground breaking it was in so many ways and for what the future could have been. Residents of Myrtle Beach have been driving by the former site for years peering over the fences, looking for any signs

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Ghosts And Legends Of The Queen Mary Tour Brings Unexpected Surprises

Ghosts And Legends of the Queen Mary

TPU goes behind the scenes in the making of this iconic Long Beach attraction that lead to an independent film called The Visitant

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Prizes, The Future and A Thank You

Theme Park University is proud to announce it’s first Pop Quiz Contest with prizes to be won! Josh Young talks about “the end” of the Hard Rock Park series as well as what’s to come in the future for TPU!

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Hard Rock Park 10: Why The Park Closed

Gates used to enter Hard Rock Park

Why did Hard Rock Park close? Learn some of the missteps that were taken as well as some of the bad luck the park encountered as Josh Young ends his in-depth series on one of the most fascinating parks in the world.

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Hard Rock Park 9: Why The Park Did Not Fail

After creating a unique product in a heavily visited tourist market, Hard Rock Park closed in September of 2008, despite the work the creative team put into the project. Find out reasons the park did NOT close before you find out why it did.

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Hard Rock Park 8: Abandoned Ideas Part 2

My last article at Theme Park University featured a handful of exciting additions that were to be added to Hard Rock Park, had it been a bigger success. Jon Binkowski and his creative team collaborated on the design of a Hard Rock Hotel, a shopping and dining complex called Paradise City, a parade route, a rapids ride

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