Author Archives: Josh Young

Universal Orlando’s Horror Make Up Show Recreated in Miniature by Mega Fan

If you’ve never seen The Horror Make Up Show at Universal Studios Florida, have you really even been to the park? It still stands as the heartbeat of the park and is an absolute must see every time I visit. Now, a super fan has taken the show and shrunk it down to the tiniest

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Theme Park Closes Due to Employee Contracting COVID-19

Could this be a trend among theme parks this summer? We have just learned a theme park has an employee that contracted COVID-19. As a result, they have closed their gates for two days to do a deep clean and will reopen on June 8. Known as “The Park at OWA” located in Alabama, they

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BREAKING: Restaurant Workers at Epcot Laid Off

We are hearing some sad news tonight as several restaurants at Epcot have laid off their workers. It seems that employees of the Palmas Group restaurants were let go on Friday as a result of downsizing. These were third party Disney employees that staffed San Angel Inn, La Cantina De San Angel, La Cava Del

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Is Halloween Horror Nights Orlando Happening in 2020? (Plus Other Updates)

We’ve all seen the case count in Florida surge over the past week. It has set records day after day. We know that Halloween events around Orlando have already been canceled like Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party and Dark Horizon. Does that mean Halloween Horror Nights will call it quits as well? Will it be a

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Why Rebranding Splash Mountain to “Princess and the Frog” is Brilliant for Disney

Earlier, Disney officially announced that they are changing the theme of Splash Mountain from Song of the South to a Princess and The Frog makeover. As usual, all Disney fans are welcoming the changes with open arms. It’s great to see how no matter where everyone is from or where they stand on certain issues:

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BREAKING: Splash Mountain To Be Rethemed To Princess and The Frog Attraction

As it turns out, Disney was listening. The official word has come from the mouse: Splash Mountain will be rethemed a Princess and The Frog Attraction. Here is concept art provided by The Walt Disney Company earlier today. Theme Park University covered this story back in 2017, when a reader asked if the ride should

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Do Theme Parks That Take Guest Temperatures Violate HIPAA Laws?

As theme parks move into unchartered territory, many concerns are being brought up that wouldn’t have even crossed our minds six months ago. Temperature checks continue to be something that nearly all parks across the United States are starting to roll out. We’ve run across this question a few times from our readers: do theme

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Universal Orlando Releases Statement Regarding Company Layoffs

Earlier we were the first to break a story about Universal Orlando laying off hundreds of employees. As it turns out, our sources were right. The company has released the following statement: We are working to structure and strengthen our business for the future in anticipation of the tourism industry taking time to fully recover. In

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BREAKING: Hundreds of Employees at Universal Orlando Are Laid Off

Editor’s Note: Universal Orlando has released an official statement about the layoffs that happened today. Click here for that story. The ax started chopping pretty hard today at Universal Orlando. We started getting reports this morning that layoffs were happening in various departments around the resort. As the day progressed, it seems no park or

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Will 2020 Be The Year of the Drive Through Haunted House?

To say that 2020 is going to hit attractions operators hard is an understatement. Haunted houses are going to be particularly difficult to run considering the nature of their operations. Those that are able to pivot and make the best of the situation will stand out from the rest. For example, we believe drive through

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