Category Archives: Extinct Attractions

Photo Tour of China’s Wanda Movie Park – Now Closed

By now you’ve most likely heard the quote from the owner of Wanda Movie Park back when Shanghai Disneyland first opened. “They shouldn’t have entered China,” said Wang Jianlin, China’s biggest movie and theme park mogul. “The frenzy of Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck and the era of blindly following them have passed.” At the time, those

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Disney’s Best Themed Restaurant That Closed Too Soon – Soap Opera Bistro

When Disney’s California Adventure opened in 2001, it was considered by many diehard Disney fans to be a bit of a dud. While you can certainly point out some huge mistakes that were made on opening day, one particular restaurant I always thought was Disney’s best themed eatery. Sadly, The ABC Soap Opera Bistro never

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Disaster Studios Employed Universal Studios Veterans

Now that Disaster at Universal Studios Florida has officially closed, I figured I would take the time to share one of my favorite tributes to theme park employees. Any Disney fan knows that the mouse loves to pay tribute to their best-of-the-best in the windows that line Main Street U.S.A., but Universal Studios does things

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Martin Smith Continues to Wow with Historical Disney Parks Videos

After attending countless seminars, reading dozens of books and even interviewing Imagineers, you’d be hard pressed to find a better source on Disney theme park history than Martin Smith. A perfect example is this fantastic tribute to Walt Disney World’s Jungle Cruise. Smith details not only construction, but show scenes that I never even knew

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Top 10 Things We Miss About Universal Studios Florida

Universal Studios Florida recently passed a milestone as it marked its 25th anniversary in Orlando. While the amount of money being spent on the Universal Orlando Resort to add new attractions like the recent Diagon Alley and 2016’s Skull Island: Reign of Kong, opening at Islands of Adventure, Universal has always been reinvesting. As a matter of fact,

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Six Flags Power Plant 4: Concept Art

Considering it never made any money, the Six Flags Power Plant was a unique attraction with some ingenious design. In Parts 1, 2 and 3 of our series we discussed how the project came about, what ultimately opened and reasons for it’s demise. Today we look at some concept art for the attraction, a lot

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Six Flags Power Plant 3: Why It Closed

In Part One of our series on Six Flags Power Plant, we learned about how the attraction could have changed Six Flags as we know it today. In Part Two, we find out how it ultimately did change the industry. Today, we learn from our guest Gary Goddard exactly why he thinks the Power Plant

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Six Flags Power Plant 2: Not An Amusement Park

Welcome back to our series on Six Flags Power Plant! In Part One, we discussed the project and talked about how much of a game changer it could have been for Six Flags and the industry. In Part Two, we get an exclusive interview with Gary Goddard who discusses his involvement with the Six Flags

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Six Flags Power Plant Part 1: An Experiment In Baltimore

One of the things I am most proud of at Theme Park University is documenting parks and attractions that have closed. From Hard Rock Park to MGM Grand Adventures, to the Titanic Attraction at Fox Studios Australia, I’ve had the privilege of interviewing the heads of each project and finding out about the design phase,

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Remembering Phantom Theater At King’s Island

Welcome to Part 2 of our coverage of what is arguably Kings Island’s most missed attraction: Phantom Theater.  The story of the attraction loosely was based on “Phantom of the Opera” with original characters. As guests went through the queue, they would encounter posters of the theater stars such as… Houdelini… The Great Garbonzo… …

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