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Cirque du Soleil and WhiteWater Unveil New Water Park Concepts

Cirque du Soleil is shopping around a new concept and it may be coming to a water park near you! Recently announced in conjunction with WhiteWater (a leading waterslide company), the new venture could revolutionize the water park industry. As we have discussed a few times here at Theme Park University, water parks actually have

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3 Things To Remember When It Comes to Theme Park Patents

Over the last year, we have seen dozens of theme park patents filed within the industry. Everything from augmented reality on a ride vehicle to facial recognition to floating theaters. Every time the only response seems to be the same. “I know what intellectual property that is being used for and I can’t wait to

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Could A Transformer You Can Ride In Be Headed For A Theme Park Near You?

By now you’ve probably seen the walk-around Transformers characters at Universal Parks around the world. Guests exitedly form lines for Megatron and Bumblebee daily in those parks, but what would be the reaction if there was an actual working Transformer? One that could actually take human passengers. That is now a real possibility. This product

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A Chance to Win a VIP Trip to Dollywood and Hang Out With Dolly Parton

Have you ever wanted to visit Dollywood with Dolly Parton herself? Now’s your chance thanks to a new contest presented by Omaze. It’s truly a one of a kind experience. Here’s how it works. The winner of this contest will receive the following: Meet the one-and-only Dolly Parton and score VIP access to Dollywood’s season-opening.

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Dynamic Attractions Announces Yet Another Game-Changing Ride System: The Duel Power Coaster

We’ve been covering the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA) for quite some time now here at Theme Park University. Without question, the company garnering the biggest buzz at the convention always seems to be Dynamic Attractions. In 2017, we called the Dynamic Attractions All-Terrain Dark Ride vehicle the most exciting product we

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Legacy Entertainment Announces Two New Theme Parks at IAAPA 2018

The International Asociation of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA) had literally dozens of announcements in 2018. One of my personal favorite announcements came from Legacy Entertainment in the form of two new theme parks being designed for Indonesia. Trans Studio Bali and Trans Studio Action Zone (located just outside of Jakarta) features some of the

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New Sesame Street Dark Ride Headed to Port Aventura

Remember that strange package I got in the mail recently? The one with a file folder, a magnifying glass, and some yellow feathers? It was a package sent to me by the Sally Corporation in advance of a big announcement they were making at the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA) at the

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Will LEGOLAND Florida’s Flying Theater Be Like Soarin’ At Epcot?

Theme Park University reader Steve writes in with a question about Legoland Florida’s upcoming expansion! Steve asks, “Long time fan of TPU and was wondering what is going on with The Lego Movie section being added to Legoland Florida. It looks to be similar to Soarin’ at Epcot and I remember you wrote about a

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Daredevil Climbers Traverse Roller Coaster Tracks at Toverland in The Netherlands

For some people, riding roller coasters isn’t enough of a thrill. For a group of YouTubers, they recently got a chance to climb roller coaster tracks all over Toverland. The group of guys known as Smoare actually got permission from the park to pull off these stunts. Unlike a few YouTubers we have covered here

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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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