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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

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Dollywood Kicks Off 2021 Season With New Show: Harmonies Of The Heart

Dollywood is my favorite park in the United States without question. Sure, it’s got great roller coasters and fantastic food (you haven’t lived until you’ve tried the cinnamon bread). Personally what I love about Dollywood is the authenticity. Dollywood is located in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee: smack dab in the middle of the Great Smokey Mountains.

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New IAAPA Report Shows How Hard The Pandemic Has Been On Attractions Industry

I think we all know by now that the attractions industry has been hit with a heavy blow due to the pandemic. Personally, I’m a numbers guy. Sure, we know some parks have yet to reopen and many others haven’t even come close to recovering. Just how bad are things? The International Association of Amusement

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Unrealized Project Concept Art Takes On New Life

One of our favorite things to do here at Theme Park University is to look at what could have been. So many great concepts end up getting cut for various reasons. Anything from budget to licensing to just being impractical, there are more unrealized concepts floating around out there than what actually gets built in

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“Theme Park Fan: The Musical” To Debut February 6 On YouTube

In the world of theme park fandom, there are literally thousands of Instagrammers, YouTubers and bloggers. While there is some great content to be had on the web, there isn’t a lot of diversification out there. I’m thrilled when someone takes a swing and tries something completely different. Finally, a new type of content for

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Theme Park And Attractions Reservations Should Last Far Beyond The Pandemic

For the attractions, theme parks and museums that were able to open in mid to late 2020, everyone was forced to look at their operation differently. Sometimes you need a kick in the teeth in order to rethink how you do business. A lot of what was done in 2020 was out of necessity. New

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Could Ticketmaster Have The Key To Theme Parks Operating At Full Capacity?

Why is it important to have a system that allows theme parks to operate at full capacity? Many reasons. It will allow for more entertainment like live shows, utilizing every seat on an attraction (shorter lines), and allowing for the return of fireworks and parades. Most importantly? It means some parks can reopen (because of

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Scott Swenson To Give Immersive Entertainment Talk At IAAPA 2020 Seminar

What does the future of immersive entertainment look like? Is it entire theme parks filled with rich backstories for every employee like Evermore? Or is it more intimate events that can have a larger impact on guests? Scott Swenson, who will be giving a talk about immersive entertainment at the International Association of Amusement Parks

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Looking Ahead To IAAPA Expo 2020’s Virtual Education Conference With John Hallenbeck

The International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA) always holds an annual expo in November every year. As with everything else in 2020, the pandemic has changed the way we look at everything including this year’s event. This year, IAAPA is hosting a Virtual Education Conference online. While the expo always features great speakers

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Why Is Motiongate Dubai Adding New Coasters?

Motiongate Dubai continues to be one of the most interesting theme park stories of the last ten years. It features attractions from a ton of intellectual properties: Shrek, Ghostbusters, Smurfs, The Hunger Games and well over a dozen more. What’s fascinating? Even pre-pandemic, they’ve been hemorrhaging money since they’ve open. Losing millions of dollars just

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