Author Archives: Josh Young

Dubai Parks and Resorts Numbers Continue To Increase

It seems there is good news, yet again, for Dubai Parks and Resorts. Dubai’s biggest theme park destination that is home to motiongate Dubai, Bollywood Park and Legoland Dubai saw an increase of 22 percent in 2018. According to DBX (the operator of Dubai Parks and Resorts), a lot of this traffic came from an

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Former Hard Rock Park Land Sold to Mystery Developer in Myrtle Beach

Gates used to enter Hard Rock Park

It’s been a little over ten years since the infamous Hard Rock Park opened and quickly closed in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Since the closure in 2008, it was rebranded to Freestyle Music Park the following year by a group of Russian investors. However, Freestyle Music Park also suffered the same fate and operated for

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Pokemon and Zelda Plans Cancelled at Universal Orlando?

As Universal Parks and Resorts continues to grow at an incredible pace, future plans continue to fluctuate. If you’ve followed us here at Theme Park University, we have tracked plans for the new Nintendo projects for several years now. Very little, however, has been released to the public. It seems that the plans to branch

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The Today Show Cafe Probably Headed for Universal Studios Florida

Finally taking some steps to apply more synergy to their parks, it looks like Universal Studios Florida is adding some tie-ins to their parent company NBC in 2019. If rumors are true, they will be opening a Today Show Cafe near the front entrance of the park. On January 7, 2019, the Beverly Hills Boulangerie

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Martin Smith Pays Tribute to World Showcase Pavilions

It’s been a while since we have covered the latest Martin Smith videos here at Theme Park University. In case you missed it, Smith has been meticulously documenting the history of Epcot World Showcase pavilions for the last few months. With his latest focusing on Canada, France and China, let’s dig in! As always, I

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5 Reasons Why The Buzzy Animatronic Story Is Totally Bizarre

By now, you’ve probably heard the news about the Buzzy Animatronic at Epcot’s former Wonders of Life pavilion. If not, here’s a brief rundown.  Just before Christmas 2018, rumor was the Buzzy Animatronic at the former Cranium Command attraction had been stolen entirely. The Disney Twitter/message board community lit up with hashtags of #findbuzzy everywhere.

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Is Kennedy Space Center Open During A Government Shutdown?

Out of all the theme parks in the United States, Kennedy Space Center gets a unique question that no other park does. “When there is a United States federal government shutdown, does Kennedy Space Center close for business?” That’s actually a pretty fair question considering that NASA is a government agency of the United States.

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What Could Walt Disney World Use 1000 More Acres of Land For?

Headlines lit up this week with word that Disney has bought an additional 1000 acres of land adjacent to Walt Disney World. At a cost of $23 million, the mouse bought a parcel known as “BK Ranch” (not a new Burger King sandwich) right next to Disney property in Osceola County. The land has been

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Kennedy Space Center Continues To Enhance Visitor Experience for 2019

Kennedy Space Center in Port Canaveral, Florida just announced some exciting new enhancements to the visitor experience coming to the park in 2019. Here are a few things guests can expect on their upcoming visits to the iconic NASA themed park.  2019 will usher in an entirely new entrance area for guests as they drive

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Will Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge and Hagrid’s Roller Coaster Hurt Orlando Theme Parks in Early 2019?

Without question, the buzz around the 2019 opening of Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge is the biggest theme park project since the opening of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Islands of Adventure in 2010. While it is going to be a huge boost for Walt Disney World, it’s also going to be good for

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