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Legacy Entertainment Announces Two New Theme Parks at IAAPA 2018

The International Asociation of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA) had literally dozens of announcements in 2018. One of my personal favorite announcements came from Legacy Entertainment in the form of two new theme parks being designed for Indonesia. Trans Studio Bali and Trans Studio Action Zone (located just outside of Jakarta) features some of the

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New Sesame Street Dark Ride Headed to Port Aventura

Remember that strange package I got in the mail recently? The one with a file folder, a magnifying glass, and some yellow feathers? It was a package sent to me by the Sally Corporation in advance of a big announcement they were making at the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA) at the

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Will LEGOLAND Florida’s Flying Theater Be Like Soarin’ At Epcot?

Theme Park University reader Steve writes in with a question about Legoland Florida’s upcoming expansion! Steve asks, “Long time fan of TPU and was wondering what is going on with The Lego Movie section being added to Legoland Florida. It looks to be similar to Soarin’ at Epcot and I remember you wrote about a

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Daredevil Climbers Traverse Roller Coaster Tracks at Toverland in The Netherlands

For some people, riding roller coasters isn’t enough of a thrill. For a group of YouTubers, they recently got a chance to climb roller coaster tracks all over Toverland. The group of guys known as Smoare actually got permission from the park to pull off these stunts. Unlike a few YouTubers we have covered here

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TPU Exclusive: Thinkwell’s Dave Cobb Discusses What it Was Like Creating Warner Brothers World Abu Dhabi

Make no mistake about it, Warner Brothers World Abu Dhabi is turning heads in the themed entertainment industry.  This brand new park takes classic Warner Brothers characters and breathes new life into them with new and innovative attractions, shows and immersive environments. The park looks spectacular and turns Abu Dhabi and the UAE into a

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Dreamworks Animation and Theme Park Decide To Go Separate Ways

As we have mentioned several times here at Theme Park University, intellectual property-based attractions are king. This is why this particular story seems so strikingly different. Recently the Movie Animation Park Studios (or MAPS) theme park in Malaysia decided to cancel their agreement with Dreamworks Animation in a last minute decision. MAPS is the first

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Meow Wolf Creating Kaleidoscape Psychedelic Dark Ride At Elitch Gardens in 2019

It’s finally happening. Immersive art installations and theme parks are finally colliding. Are you familiar with Meow Wolf? If not, you should be. It’s a massive immersive art installation in New Mexico that’s absolutely mind-blowing. We covered it at TPU just after opening and since then, the themed entertainment has taken notice.  Now they are

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Six Flags Adds Rewards Program – Earn Points By Going On Rides!

Rewards programs are nothing new. Buy 10 frozen yogurts and you get the next one free with your punch card. Now for the first time, Six Flags has their own rewards system. There are many ways to gain points including seeing shows, buying merchandise and simply riding attractions.  The Six Flags Rewards program is exclusively

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Evermore Park Opens With Private Party September 8, 2018

If you’re wondering what the themed industry has its eye on in the United States as the new up and coming potentially “big thing”? It’s Evermore Park just outside of Salt Lake City, Utah. This new park relies heavily on detail, theming and interactive theater and not on dark rides, simulators or roller coasters (there

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SeaWorld Entertainment Soars from Quarter Conference Call Then Slashes 125 Jobs

SeaWorld Entertainment continues its upward trend with higher revenue and attendance, however, that seems to come at a cost of hundreds of jobs. As you may recall, SeaWorld had a stellar performance during the first quarter of 2018 as numbers in their theme parks have turned around netting in higher sales. That continued into the

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