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Why Aren’t Orlando Theme Parks Filling to Capacity During the 2019 Holiday Season?

The holidays in Orlando are in full swing. On any given day you can find Magic Kingdom’s Christmas fireworks, Epcot’s Candlelight Processional, Macy’s Holiday Parade and a lot more. However, if you’ve been following the press about Orlando theme parks during 2019, something is definitely missing. As of the writing of this article, no Orlando

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Full Video of World’s First Immersive Theater Dark Ride Released

One of the most innovative and unique dark rides on the planet recently opened. An attraction that turns typical theme park flow and shakes it up a bit. You know what I’m talking about. You wait in line, then an attendant lines you up in rows with automatic doors in front of you. Next you

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How Do You Become An Imagineer?

Most likely, if you’re a Theme Park University reader, you’ve had this thought. How do you become an Imagineer? Whether you’re an industry veteran, a theme park fan or someone who’s looking to break into themed entertainment, the question has no doubt crossed your mind at some point. The problem is, as opposed to most

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The London Resort Reveals Master Plan and Concept Art

A version of a Paramount theme park slated for just outside of London has been off and on again for decades now. However, this time it seems that we may finally see another major theme park complex open in 2024 called The London Resort. New concept art and a master plan was released today! The

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Cirque du Soleil Theme Park in Mexico Gets Downgraded To Dinner Show – Plus Rides?

If you bought a Vidanta timeshare in Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico, I hope you’re sitting down. It seems that the Cirque du Soleil theme park you were promised (to open in 2018) is now being downgraded to a Cirque branded dinner show. This may come as no surprise to Theme Park University readers. Earlier this year,

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Top 5 Stories from IAAPA 2019

One of the highlights of the year is visiting the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA) in Orlando. A place where designers of theme parks, attractions, food… anything that relates to attractions is on display. There are literally hundreds of booths all vying for the attention of vendors and the press. They’ve all

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Sesame Place San Diego To Open in 2021

After years of speculation, we now know where the second Sesame Place Theme Park will open: San Diego! Announced this morning, Aquatica San Diego will be closing in 2020 in order to convert the park into a Sesame Place. “We share Sesame Workshop’s goal of educating and entertaining generations of children, and the opening of

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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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