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Universal Studios Beijing Plans And Concept Art Revealed

We are slowly learning more about Universal Studios Beijing, thanks to various vendors who are posting concept art and plans online. Officially, Universal has been extremely tight-lipped about the plans for USB, but thanks to a ton of artwork posted to ThemeParkX and Reddit, we now have a pretty good idea of its layout, as

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Nintendo’s Zelda Slated to Replace Lost Continent at Islands of Adventure

Nintendo fans will be thrilled to learn that one of the brand’s most popular games is supposedly slated for its own land at Islands of Adventure. The new area would take over the entire Lost Continent. It would stretch from Seuss Landing all the way to Hogsmeade and The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. We’ve

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Why is Universal Closing The Eighth Voyage of Sindbad? Your Questions Answered

Since Theme Park University broke the news about an original attraction at Islands of Adventure was closing, we have gotten dozens of questions and comments. Indeed, as we originally reported, the Eighth Voyage of Sindbad is closing on Saturday, Sept. 15, 2018. Universal Orlando has since confirmed the show would be coming to an end.

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5 Reasons Why It’s OK For Disneyland To Start Serving Alcohol

When Disneyland opens Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge in 2019, guests over 21 will be able to publicly buy alcohol in the park for the first time since 1955. Previously only reserved for guests dining in the exclusive Club 33 or visiting Disney’s California Adventure, alcohol has never been available to park guests in Walt’s original

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New Jaws Ride Book Is Must Have For Theme Park Enthusiasts

Given the choice, if I could resurrect one attraction from Universal Orlando’s past? It would be the Jaws ride without question. Aside from it being one of the best immersive attractions of all time, the history of The Jaws Ride may be some of the best stories you’ll hear about the theme park industry anywhere.

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“NOIR: The 3D/4D Semi-Cinematic Satirical Thriller” Opens September 12!

Recently I learned about a new satirical theater show that not only pays tribute to theme parks but parodies it as well!  On September 12, 2018 Noir: The 3D/4D Semi-Cinematic Satirical Thriller opens at the Eagle Theater in Hammonton, New Jersey.  This completely original show will simulate a theme park 3D/4D experience in a regional

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Dreamworks Animation and Theme Park Decide To Go Separate Ways

As we have mentioned several times here at Theme Park University, intellectual property-based attractions are king. This is why this particular story seems so strikingly different. Recently the Movie Animation Park Studios (or MAPS) theme park in Malaysia decided to cancel their agreement with Dreamworks Animation in a last minute decision. MAPS is the first

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Meow Wolf Creating Kaleidoscape Psychedelic Dark Ride At Elitch Gardens in 2019

It’s finally happening. Immersive art installations and theme parks are finally colliding. Are you familiar with Meow Wolf? If not, you should be. It’s a massive immersive art installation in New Mexico that’s absolutely mind-blowing. We covered it at TPU just after opening and since then, the themed entertainment has taken notice.  Now they are

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Walt Disney World Spends $15 Million on Blocking Casinos in Florida

When you think about the millions of dollars Disney spends in capital each year, you typically think of new attractions. Maybe a new hotel. Even raises for their cast members. While those items definitely cost the mouse millions every year, there’s one thing Mickey doesn’t openly talk about all that often when it comes to

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BREAKING: Eighth Voyage of Sindbad Closing at Islands of Adventure Sep 15 2018

According to several sources within Universal Orlando, the plug has been pulled on the Eighth Voyage of Sindbad Stunt Show at Islands of Adventure. An original attraction that opened with the park in 1999, this marks one of Orlando’s longest running stunt shows and one of the longest in theme park history. According to sources,

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