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2018 Theme Park Attendance Report Shows Huge Gains for SeaWorld, Disney and Universal

The Themed Entertainment Association annual attendance report for 2018 was just released! As always, it contains some fascinating insight into the theme park industry. The report breaks down attendance by country, by type of park and also gives analysis on each industry. Let’s dive in! Once again, Disney dominated the top 10 theme parks globally

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Schlitterbahn Kansas City Likely To Be Closed For Good

As we predicted in our coverage of Schlitterbahn Kansas City, it doesn’t look likely that the park will reopen in 2019. For those unfamiliar, Schlitterbahn in Kansas City was home to Verruckt, a water slide that broke world records when it opened. It also, however, turned out to be deadly. This water slide was the

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Is Universal Rolling Out Attractions With Terrible Intellectual Properties?

Theme Park University reader Adam writes in, “Hey! Love your website. All of your attraction information on Universal is really interesting. I personally think that a show based on the Bourne franchise and Nintendo attractions are terrible ideas. Bourne isn’t that popular and Nintendo is kind of dated. It just seems like a terrible decision.

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Does Disney’s Paper Straw Policy Violate The American Disabilities Act?

Disney Parks new paper straw policy has drawn a lot of attention from online fan groups. When the company announced they would be eliminating plastic straws from their parks in 2018, the reaction was mixed. Heated debates starting popping up on all sides of the argument and are still going on. One of the reasons

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Dozens of New Attractions Headed to Dubai Parks and Resorts

Good news? Today it was announced that Dubai Parks and Resorts approved adding new attractions to their existing parks: motiongate Dubai and Bollywood Park. Where are these rides coming from? If you recall, the Six Flags Dubai project was put “on hold” and a few weeks later was officially canceled. As we have mentioned before

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Is SeaWorld Preparing For A Sale?

A few interesting stories came out of SeaWorld Entertainment recently that left many people scratching their heads. An undisclosed amount of layoffs happened company-wide despite the fact that SeaWorld parks continue to be on the upswing. According to the official statement released by SeaWorld, this is basically just how they’re doing business right now. Like

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Dubai Parks and Resorts Announces Strategy To Turn Around Resort

It seems Dubai Parks and Resorts is working on turning around their resort (which is losing money each day) to try and get to the point of profitability. DXB recently announced that their Six Flags Dubai project was “on hold” until it made sense to move forward. Now even that has changed. First, DXB Entertainments

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Is Cirque du Soleil Park Mexico the Fyre Festival of Theme Parks?

Back in 2014, Theme Park University was the first to break the news about a revolutionary Cirque du Soleil Theme Park headed to Mexico. Scheduled to open in 2018, the park was originally designed by the Goddard Group and featured some concepts that had never been attempted before. However, between 2014 and 2018, not a

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Is IMG Worlds of Adventure For Sale?

It’s no secret that IMG Worlds of Adventure in Dubai is struggling. Ask anyone who’s ever set foot in one of the world’s largest indoor theme park and they’ll tell you that the place is always dead. Despite having attractions with global recognition like Marvel and Cartoon Network, it seems that the park has yet

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Murder Charges Dropped In Schlitterbahn Death Case

It seems that, for now, the top brass at Schlitterbahn are off the hook (criminally speaking) for the death of a 10-year-old boy. Back in 2016, Caleb Schwab was decapitated while riding Verruckt (German for “crazy”) at Schlitterbahn water park in Kansas City. The slide was known for being the tallest slide in the world

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