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Is This Universal Parks Mario Kart Ride System?

With the recent announcement from Dynamic Attractions, many are wondering: is their new Dual Powered Coaster system going to be used in the new Mario Kart ride headed to Universal Parks around the globe? Many people look at some of the imagery used in the sizzle real recently released at the International Association of Amusement

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The Poverty Encounter (AKA the Anti-Epcot) Opens in Los Angeles

We all love Epcot’s World Showcase, right? Whether it’s strolling through and eating a particular country’s best foods, sampling wines, or experiencing unique cultural entertainment. I can honestly say, visiting some of the countries in World Showcase have inspired me to travel around the world to explore the real thing! But what if there was

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Cirque du Soleil and WhiteWater Unveil New Water Park Concepts

Cirque du Soleil is shopping around a new concept and it may be coming to a water park near you! Recently announced in conjunction with WhiteWater (a leading waterslide company), the new venture could revolutionize the water park industry. As we have discussed a few times here at Theme Park University, water parks actually have

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3 Things To Remember When It Comes to Theme Park Patents

Over the last year, we have seen literally dozens of theme park patents filed within the industry. Anything from augmented reality on a ride vehicle to facial recognition to floating theaters. Every time the only response seems to be the same. “I know what intellectual property that is being used for and I can’t wait

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Could A Transformer You Can Ride In Be Headed For A Theme Park Near You?

By now you’ve probably seen the walk-around Transformers characters at Universal Parks around the world. Guests exitedly form lines for Megatron and Bumblebee daily in those parks, but what would be the reaction if there was an actual working Transformer? One that could actually take human passengers? That is now a real possibility. This product

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A Chance to Win a VIP Trip to Dollywood and Hang Out With Dolly Parton

Have you ever wanted to visit Dollywood with Dolly Parton herself? Now’s your chance thanks to a new contest presented by Omaze. It’s truly a one of a kind experience. Here’s how it works. The winner of this contest will receive the following: Meet the one-and-only Dolly Parton and score VIP access to Dollywood’s season-opening.

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Could Winnie The Pooh Be Removed From Shanghai Disneyland?

Believe it or not, there’s a good chance that Winnie the Pooh might be removed from Shanghai Disneyland in the near future. That’s right, no more character meet-and-greets, no more merchandise and the attractions could get re-themed. For those unfamiliar, Shanghai Disneyland has two Pooh attractions: The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh,  a duplicate

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Blue Man Group Offers Autism Friendly Show at Universal Orlando December 8, 2018

If you’ve seen Blue Man Group at CityWalk in Orlando, you know that it’s a high-energy show. It’s a rock concert with original music, unique visual effects, and comedy. For one day in December, Blue Man Group in Orlando is doing an autism-friendly performance in cooperation with Autism Speaks. Autism Speaks is the world’s leading autism science

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Dynamic Attractions Announces Yet Another Game-Changing Ride System: The Duel Power Coaster

We’ve been covering the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA) for quite some time now here at Theme Park University. Without question, the company garnering the biggest buzz at the convention always seems to be Dynamic Attractions. In 2017, we called the Dynamic Attractions All-Terrain Dark Ride vehicle the most exciting product we

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New Nighttime Spectaculars Headed to Epcot and Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Two new nighttime spectaculars have been announced for Walt Disney World coming in 2019! Both Epcot and Disney’s Hollywood Studios will be receiving brand new shows! Epcot Forever will replace the long-running Illuminations: Reflections of Earth in fall 2019 until the new permanent replacement is ready for prime-time. Based on what we know, the new

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