Category Archives: Outside The Parks

The Vault of Souls Returns This Halloween Season To Tampa Bay

What’s my favorite haunted attraction of all time in the Central Florida area? So glad you asked. It’s not in a theme park or even an open field. Actually, this is located in the real tunnels of an old bank smack dab in the middle of downtown Tampa. “The Vault of Souls” may be the

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Freckled Zelda’s Mythical Magical World Might Be The Most Unique Magic Show You’ve Ever Seen

You know Bill Hader’s character Stefon that appeared on Saturday Night Live’s Weekend Update from time to time? I feel like I’m channeling him when I’m talking about the newest magic show in Tennessee. In Stefan’s voice: “The hottest new show in Pigeon Forge is ‘Freckled Zelda’s Mythical Magical World’. It has everything: a girl

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Theme Park Quality Attraction “SkyFly: Soar America” Now Open in Pigeon Forge

Have you ever been to Pigeon Forge? It’s covered in roadside attractions. Dinosaur-themed mini-golf, go-carts and carnival rides go on for miles. Recently “SkyFly: Soar America” opened at The Island at Pigeon Forge. This flying theater attraction is arguably as good as anything you’ll find in a theme park, if not better. This new ride

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Could “Destination Dining” Be The Next Big Themed Entertainment Venture?

Personally, whenever I travel to a new city I seek out unique themed dining locations. I’ll take in anything from historical to cheesy to a dinner show. With rare exceptions, the dining experience hasn’t really evolved in the last twenty years. We all remember the explosion of 90’s chain themed restaurants like Planet Hollywood, Rainforest

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Want To Invest In An Immersive Theater Company? You Could Own Shares of Secret Cinema

With the pandemic winding down, life is slowly returning to normal. Theme parks are returning with limited offerings and Broadway is coming back starting in September. One thing we haven’t heard about: what’s going on with immersive theater? Some shows like “Then She Fell” unfortunately are closed for good. Others like “Sleep No More” will

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Savannah’s Best Hotel Is Inside An Old Power Plant With A Dinosaur in The Lobby

If you’ve been to Savannah, Georgia and have never been to the JW Marriott on River Street, you’re missing out on a real treat. While the hotel just opened in July of 2020, the origins of the building date back to 1912. Hotel guests of the JW Marriott are actually staying inside Savannah’s first power

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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

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New Collaboration Lets Theme Park Style Fabricators Design Your Home – Even Animatronics!

How many times have you wanted to design something in your home that has a “theme park finish” to it? Me too. Now, one of the themed entertainment industry’s top fabrication companies has teamed up with an award-winning interior design company to do just that! If you’ve ever been to virtually any theme park, you’ve

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Wynn Resort in Las Vegas Plans To Implement Rapid Testing – Could Theme Parks and Cruise Ships Be Next?

By now we are all getting used to the “new normal” of the pandemic. Temperature checks, face masks, physical distancing and more are now a part of our routine. However, “new normal” doesn’t mean permanent nor did it ever. The question operators are looking at is: how do we get out of this? The odds

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Stranger Things Drive Thru Experience Coming To Los Angeles Fall 2020

It looks like you’ll be able to drive your car through “Hawkins, Indiana” (Los Angeles, California) this fall! Netflix and Stranger Things just announced a drive through experience that is an hour long! According to the website, visitors will be able to drive through Hawkins, Indiana and relive some of the best moments of the

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