Author Archives: Josh Young

Fantasmic Could Be Returning To Disney’s Hollywood Studios March 2021 With Modifications

As Walt Disney World tries to slowly increase capacity, one thing has been sorely lacking: nighttime entertainment. Since the pandemic began, we have yet to see any kind of fireworks or true nighttime entertainment return. However, we are now hearing Fantasmic might make a return to Walt Disney World in March 2021 with some slight

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Rumor: Modified Version of Festival Of The Lion King To Return March 2021

We are hearing rumors that a fan favorite could be returning to Disney’s Animal Kingdom just in time for the spring break crowds. Festival of the Lion King has often been rated the number one show in Walt Disney World for years. However, it has not reopened at Walt Disney World since the pandemic began.

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When Will Disney Fans Be OK With Closing Walt Disney’s Classic Attractions?

This has always been something that makes me scratch my head. Every time someone mentions changing or closing an attraction that Walt Disney himself had a hand in, fans freak out. In a recent article I wrote about The Hall of Presidents, one of my readers left this comment: He’s not wrong, Walt had the

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“The Cynic’s Guide To A Reasonable Theme Park Vacation” A Must Read For Afficiandos and Newbies

The first non-childrens book I remember reading as a kid was “Birnbaum’s Official Guide To Walt Disney World.” Back before there was internet, there were very few ways to figure out to do a vacation in the most magical place on earth. Plus, there weren’t a lot of books out there on theme parks and

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Is It Time For Disney To Permanently Close The Hall of Presidents Yet?

Roughly four years ago we wrote an article asking the question: should Disney close the Hall of Presidents permanently? This was just after Donald Trump had won the election by a fairly thin margin. The country was divided more than ever and at the time it seemed like a topic worth exploring. Now here we

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Patent For Reduced Capacity Halloween Horror Nights Revealed

One of the more interesting theme park related stories to come out of 2020 was about Halloween Horror Nights intended to control capacity during a pandemic. Theme Park University reported on the idea back when the event was still a go. Before the rug got pulled out from under them, the concept was to use

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Theme Park And Attractions Reservations Should Last Far Beyond The Pandemic

For the attractions, theme parks and museums that were able to open in mid to late 2020, everyone was forced to look at their operation differently. Sometimes you need a kick in the teeth in order to rethink how you do business. A lot of what was done in 2020 was out of necessity. New

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Vanished Gritty Disney Documentary “Sweatbox” Appears Online

“Rob Minkoff described screening a movie to executives is like having someone chop your hands off and pull your pants down in front of a crowd. And you stand there with your stumps bleeding, incapable of pulling your pants back up.” – Thomas Schumacher, former head of Walt Disney Animation. I’ve had a copy of

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Billie Eilish Halloween Horror Nights Props Surface

Remember a few weeks ago when we told you about the Halloween Horror Nights house that was built that you’ll never get to see? That’s right, Billie Eilish had a haunted maze that was supposed to open at Halloween Horror Nights in 2020. However, due to the pandemic, not only did the event get scrapped

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Behind-The-Scenes Documentary of Rise of The Resistance Has To Be Seen To Be Believed

We’ve talked about the great work Martin Smith does here at Theme Park University for years. When it comes to Disney attractions, you can’t find more history and behind-the-scenes info than the work Martin puts into his videos. This time, the new Rise of the Resistance Ultimate Tribute is easily his best work yet. I

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