Author Archives: Josh Young

Epcot To Modify Wonders of Life Pavillion To Look Like Something Out of 2001 Spielberg Film “Artifical Intelligence”

After being used for mostly seasonal events over the years, Wonders of Life is finally getting a major renovation to become a year-round attraction again. The yet-to-be-named attraction will be Disney’s first “play pavilion” featuring interactive attractions. From the press release: This new space will be devoted to playful fun and feature an innovative city

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Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure Officially Opens on June 13, 2019 at Islands of Adventure

FINALLY, we have an official date, name, and confirmation of the new coaster opening at Islands of Adventure this summer at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure was just announced as opening June 13, 2019! Now we have talked quite a bit about this ride here at Theme Park University.

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Dubai Parks And Resorts Announces Loss of 1 Billion

Do you want the good news or the bad news? Just kidding, there really is no good news in the report just released from Dubai Parks and Resorts. The company who owns motiongate Dubai, LEGOLAND Dubai and the Bollywood Park continues to operate at a net loss and the future still looks like an uphill

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Flying Theater To Open in Pigeon Forge Under Dynamic Entertainment Brand

With flying theaters being so popular around the globe, it was only a matter of time until one arrived in the Great Smokey Mountains of Tennessee. Announced on February 18, 2019, the new custom-built attraction will open at The Island in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee in 2020. The Island in Pigeon Forge is an entertainment destination

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Tron-Inspired IMAX Theater Opens at IMG Worlds of Adventure

You remember IMG Worlds of Adventure, right? They were one of the first indoor theme parks in Dubai with branded attractions for Marvel and Cartoon Network. Since the park opened in 2016, there haven’t been any major additions until now! They have opened an IMAX theater and the lobby looks like it came out of

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Ride Sims 2 Gives A Glimpse Of How Attractions Are Operated

Admittedly, I’m not a huge gamer. I’ll play a few old-school classic video games, but that’s about the extent of it. However, there is one game that I could spend hours playing and not even realize how much time has evaporated. Fans of the original Ride Sims online game know what I’m talking about. Now

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Trump Banner Guy Who Was Banned From Walt Disney World Now Banned From Disneyland

You remember the guy who waved “Trump 2020” banners around Walt Disney World and was eventually banned? His name is Dion Cini and he has a unique claim to fame. He’s banned from Disney parks on both coasts in America. You may recall in September 2018 when Cini unfurled this gigantic “Trump 2020” banner atop

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Trans Studio Bali Announces World’s First “Stunt Show Dark Ride”

During the Fall of 2018, Trans Studio of Bali was announced during the annual International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA) with Legacy Entertainment in charge of creative development. The concept art was some of the best we have seen for any new park project in years. While this may be a boutique park,

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New Bill Looking to Bring Back More Filming to Florida

You remember when Florida had a ton of filming going on, right? Just as Universal Studios Florida and the Disney/MGM Studios were being built in the late ’80’s and early ’90s, there was production happening on sound stages, backlots and all over the state of Florida. Why? Most of it was due to tax breaks

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BREAKING: Six Flags Dubai Officially Cancelled

Theme Park University was the first website to signal trouble in Dubai several weeks ago. We were getting reports that Six Flags Dubai was being canceled from vendors, designers and those that were on the ground. While no official statement had been made, we were confident that an announcement was forthcoming. On February 7th, 2019

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