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TPU Exclusive: Thinkwell’s Dave Cobb Discusses What it Was Like Creating Warner Brothers World Abu Dhabi

Make no mistake about it, Warner Brothers World Abu Dhabi is turning heads in the themed entertainment industry.  This brand new park takes classic Warner Brothers characters and breathes new life into them with new and innovative attractions, shows and immersive environments. The park looks spectacular and turns Abu Dhabi and the UAE into a

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Dreamworks Animation and Theme Park Decide To Go Separate Ways

As we have mentioned several times here at Theme Park University, intellectual property-based attractions are king. This is why this particular story seems so strikingly different. Recently the Movie Animation Park Studios (or MAPS) theme park in Malaysia decided to cancel their agreement with Dreamworks Animation in a last minute decision. MAPS is the first

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Meow Wolf Creating Kaleidoscape Psychedelic Dark Ride At Elitch Gardens in 2019

It’s finally happening. Immersive art installations and theme parks are finally colliding. Are you familiar with Meow Wolf? If not, you should be. It’s a massive immersive art installation in New Mexico that’s absolutely mind-blowing. We covered it at TPU just after opening and since then, the themed entertainment has taken notice.  Now they are

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Six Flags Adds Rewards Program – Earn Points By Going On Rides!

Rewards programs are nothing new. Buy 10 frozen yogurts and you get the next one free with your punch card. Now for the first time, Six Flags has their own rewards system. There are many ways to gain points including seeing shows, buying merchandise and simply riding attractions.  The Six Flags Rewards program is exclusively

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Evermore Park Opens With Private Party September 8, 2018

If you’re wondering what the themed industry has its eye on in the United States as the new up and coming potentially “big thing”? It’s Evermore Park just outside of Salt Lake City, Utah. This new park relies heavily on detail, theming and interactive theater and not on dark rides, simulators or roller coasters (there

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SeaWorld Entertainment Soars from Quarter Conference Call Then Slashes 125 Jobs

SeaWorld Entertainment continues its upward trend with higher revenue and attendance, however, that seems to come at a cost of hundreds of jobs. As you may recall, SeaWorld had a stellar performance during the first quarter of 2018 as numbers in their theme parks have turned around netting in higher sales. That continued into the

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Dollywood Announces Largest Expansion Ever for 2019 – Wildwood Grove

In what is being called the largest expansion in the 33-year history of Dollywood, the park announced it’s new land for 2019: Wildwood Grove. In total, Wildwood Grove will have eleven experiences throughout the new land. The $33 million expansion is designed to be a new space for family attractions. Black Bear Trail is an

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Cedar Point Adds Sensory Room For Families With Autistic Children

One of the trends we have noticed in 2018 is theme parks are becoming much more accommodating to people with autism. Recently, Cedar Point in Sandusky, Ohio added a new sensory room designed for people with autism who might need a place to get away from the hustle and bustle of the midway. This new

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Dubai Parks and Resorts Sees Huge Attendance Spike for Early 2018

It looks like Dubai Parks and Resorts are finally turning around. DBX, the company who owns motiongate Dubai, Legoland Dubai and is reporting staggering growth numbers for the first half of 2018. If these numbers continue, it could put Dubai on the map as a major theme park contender. According to the report in Gulf News,

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Let’s Talk About What Happened at Busch Gardens Moroccan Palace Theater

Today’s story is from our guest contributor Andrew as we dive into Busch Gardens Moroccan Palace Theater in Tampa. Andrew talks about the highs and the lows of one of the best theaters in a theme park in the state of Florida.  Enjoy! – Josh Young   The Moroccan Palace Theater was, perhaps, the first

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