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Great Disney/Themed Entertainment History With Larry Nikolai and Sam Carter

Learning new theme park nuggets is an obsession of mine. The thing about nuggets, they are rarely served on a silver platter. You have to dig for them. A perfect example is a new interview with Larry Nikolai I recently found on Sam Carter’s YouTube Channel. For those unfamiliar, Larry Nikolai has had a colorful

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New Theme Park Storyville Gardens Slated To Begin Construction In Nashville Mid-2022

Storyville Gardens will be the first park in the Nashville area since Opryland USA closed in 1997. The park seems to be born from two fundamental ideas. The first is Nashville has seen a huge tourist and population growth over the past few years. Storyville Gardens will be a family attraction desperately needed in an

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Dollywood Debuts New Drone Light Show

Are drones the new fireworks? We think it’s possible Today Dollywood is starting a new drone show that runs nightly through July 31. From the press release: Dollywood’s Sweet Summer Nights is a multi-sensory drone light show that creates a symphony of light in the sky above the Pigeon Forge park. Intel Drone Light Shows

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Abandoned ‘Night At The Museum’ Dark Ride Concept Art Surfaces

Every once in a while a gold nugget pops up on the internet that theme park fans have probably never even heard of. Today, Legacy Entertainment posted a never-before-seen concept for a ‘Night At The Museum’ dark ride! Now before you get excited, this concept artwork is from 2010 and the idea has been shelved.

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Is Cedar Point Setting The Standard For $20 An Hour Starting Wages?

Cedar Point sent shockwaves through the theme park industry yesterday and not for a record setting roller coaster. Across the country, employers of low wage jobs are feeling the squeeze from not being able to find enough candidates to work. Many are blaming the extended unemployment benefits, but we think the issue may run a

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More Theme Parks Drop Outdoor Mask Mandate

Slowly but surely, theme parks are dropping their mask mandates in outdoor locations. Since many parks reopened last year, the standard has been that all guests must wear a face-covering during their visit to the park. Naturally, this comes with exceptions like taking photos and eating or drinking. Clearly, certain parks enforce their own rules

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FacePass Facial Recognition Debuts At Theme Park Resort

Facial recognition has been a hot topic within theme parks over the last few years. As of today, a theme park has officially rolled it out. This is not a beta test, FacePass is being used at all locations across Yas Island in Abu Dhabi. if you’re not familiar, YAS Island is home to several

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Dollywood Kicks Off 2021 Season With New Show: Harmonies Of The Heart

Dollywood is my favorite park in the United States without question. Sure, it’s got great roller coasters and fantastic food (you haven’t lived until you’ve tried the cinnamon bread). Personally what I love about Dollywood is the authenticity. Dollywood is located in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee: smack dab in the middle of the Great Smokey Mountains.

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New IAAPA Report Shows How Hard The Pandemic Has Been On Attractions Industry

I think we all know by now that the attractions industry has been hit with a heavy blow due to the pandemic. Personally, I’m a numbers guy. Sure, we know some parks have yet to reopen and many others haven’t even come close to recovering. Just how bad are things? The International Association of Amusement

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Unrealized Project Concept Art Takes On New Life

One of our favorite things to do here at Theme Park University is to look at what could have been. So many great concepts end up getting cut for various reasons. Anything from budget to licensing to just being impractical, there are more unrealized concepts floating around out there than what actually gets built in

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