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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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Names Unveiled for Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge Attractions – Plus New Teaser Videos

We now know the names of the two attractions coming to Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge at Disneyland and Disney’s Hollywood Studios! While we knew the major e-ticket attraction was aboard the Millenium Falcon, we now know that the name of the attraction is called Millenium Falcon: Smugglers Run. Guests will take on one of three

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New Beauty And The Beast Sing-A-Long Show Headed to Epcot’s France Pavillion

Just announced at 2018 D23’s Destination D event, a new show is headed to the France pavilion at Epcot. Most likely jumping off of the success of the Frozen Sing-Along show at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, there will be an all new sing along for another popular Disney film going into the Impressions de France theater.

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Legacy Entertainment Announces Two New Theme Parks at IAAPA 2018

The International Asociation of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA) had literally dozens of announcements in 2018. One of my personal favorite announcements came from Legacy Entertainment in the form of two new theme parks being designed for Indonesia. Trans Studio Bali and Trans Studio Action Zone (located just outside of Jakarta) features some of the

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New Sesame Street Dark Ride Headed to Port Aventura

Remember that strange package I got in the mail recently? The one with a file folder, a magnifying glass, and some yellow feathers? It was a package sent to me by the Sally Corporation in advance of a big announcement they were making at the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA) at the

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Christmas at Dolly Parton’s Stampede Is A Well Oiled Machine

After visiting dozens of dinner shows over the years, I can definitively say nothing tops Dolly Parton’s Stampede. Located in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee just down the street from Dollywood, I recently got a chance to see their Christmas show and can’t say enough good things about it. However, it’s probably not for the reasons you

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Sally Corporation Teases New Ride Ahead of 2018 IAAPA Convention

Recently I got a mysterious package in the mail from Sally Corporation. For those unfamiliar, Sally Corporation is probably best known for designing and fabricating animatronic figures for theme parks like Universal and Six Flags. Recently, they are probably best known for Justice League: Battle for Metropolis interactive dark rides at Six Flags Parks around

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More “Trump 2020” Banners Appearing at Walt Disney World

Do you remember the guy who hung the “Trump 2020” banner on Main Street USA in September 2018? As it turns out, he’s actually been doing it several times since that incident. Despite, as he claims, that he has been trespassed at Walt Disney World. Apparently on November 7th, 2018 Dion Cini (the guy who hung

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Soaking In The Views From Anakeesta in Gatlinburg, Tennessee

This year we took another trip to Anakeesta in Gatlinburg, Tennessee. It still remains our favorite attraction to visit while in the Great Smokey Mountains and from the pictures you’ll see in this post, you can quickly figure out why! Anakeesta, the attraction, is named after the mountain upon which it sits. Guests take “chondolas”

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