Author Archives: Josh Young

Why Is Universal’s Mario Kart Ride So Slow?

Today’s question has been asked quite a bit. Here’s an email I got from John: “Good afternoon, I’m a big fan of TPU and love your content. I was wondering your opinion of the Mario Kart attraction at Universal Studios Japan. I mean maybe the ride through video doesn’t do it justice, no doubt of that. I just want to

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5 Things You Didn’t Know About The Secret Life of Pets Ride at Universal Studios Hollywood

After over a year of it being mothballed, the Secret Life of Pets: Off The Leash attraction at Universal Studios Hollywood has soft-opened to the public. This ride has some really interesting behind-the-scenes info on it. Here are 5 things I’ll bet you didn’t know about the attraction. It Wasn’t Supposed To Go Into The

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Are Disney’s MagicBands A Flop?

Now that Disney is phasing out MagicBands, it begs the question: was it considered a flop? That’s an interesting question. Just because something gets phased out, does that mean it’s a failure? Will history look back on these as a novelty like Pal Mickey? For many, the answer is in the eye of the beholder.

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FacePass Facial Recognition Debuts At Theme Park Resort

Facial recognition has been a hot topic within theme parks over the last few years. As of today, a theme park has officially rolled it out. This is not a beta test, FacePass is being used at all locations across Yas Island in Abu Dhabi. if you’re not familiar, YAS Island is home to several

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New Collaboration Lets Theme Park Style Fabricators Design Your Home – Even Animatronics!

How many times have you wanted to design something in your home that has a “theme park finish” to it? Me too. Now, one of the themed entertainment industry’s top fabrication companies has teamed up with an award-winning interior design company to do just that! If you’ve ever been to virtually any theme park, you’ve

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What Does Disneyland REALLY Want With Their DisneylandForward Project?

Recently Disneyland announced their DisneylandForward project. Yesterday, we debunked the headlines most of you have read by now that Disneyland is building a third gate. However, if it’s not a third gate, what is it? What was the point? What can we learn from the concept art and why was it so confusing to understand?

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Did Disneyland Just Announce A Third Gate? Not Exactly

Today, in a news briefing by the Disneyland Resort announced plans to expand and maximize their current footprint. In a project known as “DisneylandForward”, Disney officials are trying to get Orange County to let them allocate certain land use for future development. These are long term plans for the park that include expanded parking, retail

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Who’s Responsible For Theme Park Leaks?

Let’s talk about leaks baby. Let’s talk about you and me. Let’s talk about all the good things – and the bad things that may be. Let’s talk about (theme park) leaks. This is a topic I’ve wanted to cover for quite awhile. Theme park leaks are something that we dabble in and discuss here

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Dollywood Kicks Off 2021 Season With New Show: Harmonies Of The Heart

Dollywood is my favorite park in the United States without question. Sure, it’s got great roller coasters and fantastic food (you haven’t lived until you’ve tried the cinnamon bread). Personally what I love about Dollywood is the authenticity. Dollywood is located in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee: smack dab in the middle of the Great Smokey Mountains.

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New IAAPA Report Shows How Hard The Pandemic Has Been On Attractions Industry

I think we all know by now that the attractions industry has been hit with a heavy blow due to the pandemic. Personally, I’m a numbers guy. Sure, we know some parks have yet to reopen and many others haven’t even come close to recovering. Just how bad are things? The International Association of Amusement

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