Author Archives: Josh Young

Is Cedar Point Setting The Standard For $20 An Hour Starting Wages?

Cedar Point sent shockwaves through the theme park industry yesterday and not for a record setting roller coaster. Across the country, employers of low wage jobs are feeling the squeeze from not being able to find enough candidates to work. Many are blaming the extended unemployment benefits, but we think the issue may run a

Read the full article…

Posted in Theme Parks 101 | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Help An Attractions Designer Save Her Two-Year-Old Son #SaveDamian

After being in and around the attractions industry for 25 years, one thing I am always amazed by is how we all come together in times of need. The pandemic has shown us that when times are tough, we can rally to help each other out and get through a difficult situation. Today I’m asking

Read the full article…

Posted in Outside The Parks | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

Is Pokemon Taking Over An Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man Attraction?

Some way, some how Pokemon will find its way into a Universal Studios Park. If what we are hearing is correct, Pikachu and the gang are going to evict Peter Parker from their NYC digs at Universal Studios Japan.  Wasn’t there supposed to be another Pokemon attraction opening at a Universal Park? Yes, many have

Read the full article…

Posted in Universal | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

More Theme Parks Drop Outdoor Mask Mandate

Slowly but surely, theme parks are dropping their mask mandates in outdoor locations. Since many parks reopened last year, the standard has been that all guests must wear a face-covering during their visit to the park. Naturally, this comes with exceptions like taking photos and eating or drinking. Clearly, certain parks enforce their own rules

Read the full article…

Posted in Theme Parks 101 | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

Imagineering’s Autonomous Walking Groot Robot Is Incredible

Unbeknownst to the public, Walt Disney Imagineering has been working on their robotics program behind closed doors. We all know Lucky the Dinosaur who roamed the streets of Disney’s Animal Kingdom years ago. More recently, they introduced a “stuntronic” which will make it’s debut at Disney California Adventure. Now, WDI has unveiled a Groot robot

Read the full article…

Posted in Disney | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

What Is Considered Offensive in Disney’s New Cast Member Tattoo Policy?

In a pretty startling move to many, Disney Parks changed their stance on what they refer to as the “Disney Look”. For those unfamiliar, Disney Cast Members have to go by a bible known as the “Disney Look Book” which dictates what they can and can’t wear. Thanks to Disney’s focus on inclusion, they decided

Read the full article…

Posted in Disney | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

Why Is Universal’s Mario Kart Ride So Slow?

Today’s question has been asked quite a bit. Here’s an email I got from John: “Good afternoon, I’m a big fan of TPU and love your content. I was wondering your opinion of the Mario Kart attraction at Universal Studios Japan. I mean maybe the ride through video doesn’t do it justice, no doubt of that. I just want to

Read the full article…

Posted in Universal | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

5 Things You Didn’t Know About The Secret Life of Pets Ride at Universal Studios Hollywood

After over a year of it being mothballed, the Secret Life of Pets: Off The Leash attraction at Universal Studios Hollywood has soft-opened to the public. This ride has some really interesting behind-the-scenes info on it. Here are 5 things I’ll bet you didn’t know about the attraction. It Wasn’t Supposed To Go Into The

Read the full article…

Posted in Universal | Leave a comment

Are Disney’s MagicBands A Flop?

Now that Disney is phasing out MagicBands, it begs the question: was it considered a flop? That’s an interesting question. Just because something gets phased out, does that mean it’s a failure? Will history look back on these as a novelty like Pal Mickey? For many, the answer is in the eye of the beholder.

Read the full article…

Posted in Disney | Tagged , | Leave a comment

FacePass Facial Recognition Debuts At Theme Park Resort

Facial recognition has been a hot topic within theme parks over the last few years. As of today, a theme park has officially rolled it out. This is not a beta test, FacePass is being used at all locations across Yas Island in Abu Dhabi. if you’re not familiar, YAS Island is home to several

Read the full article…

Posted in Theme Parks 101 | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment
  • Search Theme Park University

  • Categories

  • Subscribe to Blog via Email

    Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

    Join 14,915 other subscribers

  • Log in to comment

Powered by WordPress. Built on the Thematic Theme Framework.

The views and opinions of Theme Park University Staff are not associated with any themed entertainment company and are clearly our own. Please don't sue us.