Author Archives: Josh Young

New Epcot Brazil Pavilion to Be Announced at 2019 D23 Expo?

Something that has been speculated about for years may be announced at the D23 Expo Parks presentation. A new country has been teased, announced and rumored for Epcot even before opening day. However, we believe this time it’s actually happening with the announcement of a new Brazil pavilion. Keep in mind, we aren’t pulling the

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New Moana Attraction Headed to Epcot

Just announced at the D23 Expo in Anaheim, a new Moana attraction is headed to Epcot. Little is known about the attraction at this point, but from what we can piece together, it seems to be a walk-through attraction that takes the place of the current Fountain of Nations behind Spaceship Earth. This is a

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Disney Versus Universal: Two Very Different Strategies For Revealing New Attractions

With the bi-annual D23 Expo on the horizon in Anaheim, I thought it would be a good time to take a look corporate strategy for new park announcements. No doubt, the public will get a more detailed look at projects that have already been announced and under-construction like the Star Wars Hotel or the Marvel

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5 Reasons Why We Don’t Expect Huge Crowds The Opening Month at Walt Disney World’s Galaxy’s Edge

By now, you’ve probably heard that crowds for the opening of Galaxy’s Edge have been soft. From first accounts to the Walt Disney Company quarterly earnings call, it’s been well documented that crowds haven’t exactly been turning up in mass to check out Batuu, the fictional land Imagineers created as the new home for Star

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Go Behind The Scenes at Smuggler’s Run at Galaxy’s Edge

Having recently been on Smuggler’s Run at Galaxy’s Edge, I was extremely impressed with how high tech this new attraction is. Being able to render graphics in real-time on to a huge dome screen is pretty impressive. Considering that this attraction is essentially a live-action video game meant Smugglers Run needed more computing power than

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Disney’s Hollywood Studios Galaxy’s Edge Features Easter Egg Tribute to Lights Motors Action

With every new land opening at a major theme park that replaced a former attraction, you’re bound to find it. Somehow, somewhere, an Imagineer has placed some sort of cleverly hidden Easter egg for the public to find that pays tribute to the attraction that laid before it. Disney’s Hollywood Studios has a Galaxy’s Edge

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What Universal Orlando Didn’t Tell You At This Morning’s Press Conference About Universal’s Epic Universe

Feeling a little let down from this morning’s press conference at the Orange County Convention Center? I did my best to warn you! What we learned yesterday shouldn’t be news to Theme Park University readers. This is stuff we have been covering for years here at TPU. In case you missed it, here’s the rundown

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Photo of Slimer from Ghostbusters Haunted House Leaks Ahead of Halloween Horror Nights

Have you ever walked through a haunted house and thought, “Man, that glass looks fantastic!” This Halloween, you just might! Thanks to the fine folks at Top Quality Glass and More in Davenport, Florida, they provided the world (Instagram) with this image of Slimer in the currently-being-constricted Ghostbusters Haunted House at Universal Orlando Resort. Why

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Would You Ride An Attraction That Was Supposed to Breakdown Every Time?

We’ve covered breakdowns a lot here at Theme Park University. Rides go down all the time for a multitude of reasons from weather, to sensor issues and opening hiccups. However, what if there was a ride that was supposed to “break down” every time you went on it? Pacific Rim: Shatterdome Strike could be a

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Universal’s New Orlando Theme Park To Be Named Universal’s Epic Universe

In our last article, we took a dive into what is most likely going to go down at the Orange County Convention Center on August 1, 2019. Lots of generalities, but very little substance. However, one of the things we know is going to happen? They will reveal the name of that new park and

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