Author Archives: Josh Young

Footage From Disney’s Alien Encounter Resurfaces in new Video

Disney’s Alien Encounter has one of my favorite evolution stories of any attraction ever built. Originally intended to feature a creature from the movie “Alien” starring Sigourney Weaver, the attraction even was slated for Disneyland at one point in it’s development stages instead of Walt Disney World. One of my favorite parts of the development

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Facial Recognition Officially Coming to Universal Park

As you may recall, in 2017 we wrote an exclusive here at Theme Park University. We took a deep dive into facial recognition technology coming to Universal Orlando. Indeed, some of that project could be seen in plain sight by guests. Some can only seen by Universal Team Members. However, most of it was (and

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Stunt Actors Needed for Bourne Identity Stuntactular at Universal Studios Florida

Some pieces of the puzzle are coming together! Remember a few weeks ago when Theme Park University said that the Bourne Stuntacular was being rehearsed behind-the-scenes? Turns out, that was true and now they’re hiring! Indeed, a company known as Action Horizon Stunts is soon going to be casting for the upcoming Bourne Stuntacular show

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Watch Patrick Allen Spikes (Who Allegedly Stole Haunted Mansion Props) Get Tackled By Orange County Police

Keep in mind, he is pleading not guilty. This case keeps getting more and more interesting. As we have been closely following, Patrick Allen Spikes has been charged with stealing props and costumes from the Haunted Mansion at Walt Disney World. Now it seems that the Orange County Sheriff’s Office has released photos taken from

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Tip Yip or Chicken: A Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge Menu Story

How far can you push immersion in a modern theme park? That is the question Walt Disney World is currently trying to answer. When it opened Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Docking Bay 7 opened with all kinds of “exotic” foods like Tip Yip, Kaadu and Burra Fish. After all, if we

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Sesame Place San Diego To Open in 2021

After years of speculation, we now know where the second Sesame Place Theme Park will open: San Diego! Announced this morning, Aquatica San Diego will be closing in 2020 in order to convert the park into a Sesame Place. “We share Sesame Workshop’s goal of educating and entertaining generations of children, and the opening of

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Breaking: Plans for Universal Studios Beijing Officially Revealed

At long last, it seems that Universal Studios Beijing has finally been officially revealed! While we got the scoop on this new park ago years ago (literally), today’s announcement serves as more of a confirmation of all that info we’ve shared in the past. As usual, nothing is official until Universal says it is and

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The Bourne Stuntacular Confirmed for Universal Studios Florida Spring 2020

Well, it looks like Universal Orlando spilled the beans. A new stunt show based on the Bourne Identity franchise will be premiering at Universal Studios Florida in the spring of 2020. Yes friends, ever since Terminator 2: 3D closed in 2017, Theme Park University has predicted a Bourne Identity stunt show to take it’s place.

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Cast of Comedy Warehouse Return to New Show on International Drive in Orlando

Thanks to the express consent of the commissioner of baseball, the cast of Pleasure Island’s Comedy Warehouse is back in Orlando performing improv! Personally, out of anything that I miss at Pleasure Island, Comedy Warehouse was the top of that list. To be fair, those talented performers from the Pleasure Island days of Walt Disney

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4 Changes We Hope Disney Implements After Evacuating The Disney Skyliner

By now you’ve probably heard that the Disney Skyliner was evacuated on October 5, 2019. As I type this, crews are working on getting guests down from their gondolas one at a time. Some have been trapped up there for hours. If there is any sort of “good news” to come from this? There hasn’t

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