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Europa Park’s New Dark Ride to Tie-In Story of Water Park

One of the biggest projects of 2019 is Rulantica opening in November. Almost simultaneously, a new dark ride will be opening at the adjacent Europa-Park which actually gives visitors a tease of the new water park’s mascot. The new dark ride will open in the Scandinavian section of Europa-Park. Snorri Touren will feature 4- passenger

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Looking Ahead to the 2019 IAAPA Expo with North American Vice President John Hallenbeck

As we head into fall 2019, there’s a lot to look forward to in the theme parks and attractions industry. Personally? I’m already looking forward to the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions expo this year! Theme Park University has covered the convention in Orlando for years now and it’s always a great way

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2019 Theme Park Golden Ticket Award Winners Announced

Every year, Amusement Today holds the Golden Ticket Awards to honor the best of the best in the business. Recently, the winners were announced for 2019. The categories were voted on by not only fans, but journalists and industry professionals as well. Let’s take a look at some of the highlights! Best Dark Ride Pirates

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Would You Ride An Attraction That Was Supposed to Breakdown Every Time?

We’ve covered breakdowns a lot here at Theme Park University. Rides go down all the time for a multitude of reasons from weather, to sensor issues and opening hiccups. However, what if there was a ride that was supposed to “break down” every time you went on it? Pacific Rim: Shatterdome Strike could be a

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6 Reasons Why Legoland Florida Stands Out From Other Central Florida Theme Parks

It had been a few years since I had been to Legoland Florida. When my brother decided to celebrate my nephew’s fourth birthday at the park, I figured it would be a perfect time to see the park from a semi-fresh perspective. While they don’t have the mega budgets of theme parks down the road,

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LEGO Company Set To Own Legoland Parks/Merlin Entertainments

In a deal that has shocked the theme park industry, the Danish-based LEGO company has struck a deal with Merlin Entertainments to the tune of $6 billion. The deal is pretty fascinating in a lot of ways, but let’s back up a bit. Merlin Entertainments is the largest operators of theme parks and attractions in

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Dynamic Attractions Signs Exclusive Multi-Park Theme Park Deal in China

As the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA) Expo kicked off in Asia for 2019, so did a monumental deal. Dynamic Attractions inked a letter of intent to become the marquee ride supplier for a series of new theme parks set to open across China over the next few years. The agreement was

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BREAKING: Cirque du Soleil Theme Park in Mexico CANCELLED – Park Redesigned

We here at Theme Park University were the first to break the news that Cirque du Soleil was creating a theme park set to open in 2018 back in 2014. As we got closer to 2018 (and it passed) we kept looking for updates. Unfortunately, no word came from either Cirque du Soleil or Vidanta

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Wildwood Grove Brings Largest Expansion in Dollywood History

No matter how many times I visit Dollywood, I am always impressed with just how charming the place is. Real or manufactured, it never gets old. Recently I got a chance to visit Wildwood Grove, Dollywood’s largest expansion to date. As the story goes, a young girl wandered into the woods near Timber Canyon (the

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Dolly Parton’s Unheard Song To Be Released on Her 100th Birthday Sits Practically Hidden at Dollywood

Recently I got to spend some time at Dollywood in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. Even though it’s one of my top 5 favorite parks on earth, I had never visited Dollywood’s DreamMore Resort. If you’ve never been, the resort is breathtakingly gorgeous. DreamMore is just a few steps away from Dollywood Park. Naturally, there are tributes

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