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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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Is Now A Good Time To Invest In New Attractions and Theme Parks?

Here we are months into the pandemic. Despite the fact that while we keep hearing that a vaccine is “around the corner” and testing is becoming more reliable, how do we get out of this? It feels like all of these changes, especially within the attractions and theme park industry, are permanent. While theme parks

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New Book Chronicles The Evolution of Regional Theme Parks

Believe it or not, when Disneyland opened in 1955 it was a regional park. By today’s standards, a regional park is mostly designed to capture locals within about a three or four-hour drive. Sure, Disneyland (and all Disney Parks) have turned into an international destination over time, but it wasn’t always that way. Once Disneyland

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Could Skyplex Orlando Be Getting A Lionsgate Theme Park Attached To It?

You remember Skyplex Orlando, right? The insanely tall roller coaster attached to a tower that was supposed to pop up years ago off of International Drive? While many thought the project might be dead (jury is still out), they seem to be courting Lionsgate movie studio for an IP branded indoor theme park to go

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Riding The U.S. Patent System Roller Coaster

Patents play an ever-increasing role in theme park design and construction. When contemplating a new attraction, such as a roller coaster, design teams should understand that each system and sub-system, such as the brakes, restraints, track design, car design, seat design, acceleration systems, evacuation routes, water features (e.g., splashing or water cannons), sound effects, visual

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How Could Theme Parks Go “Mask Free” In The Near Future?

The current theme park experience can be summed up in two words: it sucks. Between temperature checks, wearing a mask and limited offerings, going to a theme park in 2020 is a shell of its former self. It doesn’t just suck for guests, operators like Disney, Universal and Six Flags also have to adjust to

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IAAPA Expo 2020 In Orlando Has Been Cancelled

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The International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions has cancelled their annual convention in Orlando for 2020. A place where exhibitors can show off their latest technology, designs and innovations just doesn’t make sense until travel can return to normal. “IAAPA Expo serves as the global marketplace for the attractions industry. We recognize this year

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