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Is Now A Good Time To Invest In New Attractions and Theme Parks?

Here we are months into the pandemic. Despite the fact that while we keep hearing that a vaccine is “around the corner” and testing is becoming more reliable, how do we get out of this? It feels like all of these changes, especially within the attractions and theme park industry, are permanent. While theme parks

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New Book Chronicles The Evolution of Regional Theme Parks

Believe it or not, when Disneyland opened in 1955 it was a regional park. By today’s standards, a regional park is mostly designed to capture locals within about a three or four-hour drive. Sure, Disneyland (and all Disney Parks) have turned into an international destination over time, but it wasn’t always that way. Once Disneyland

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Could Skyplex Orlando Be Getting A Lionsgate Theme Park Attached To It?

You remember Skyplex Orlando, right? The insanely tall roller coaster attached to a tower that was supposed to pop up years ago off of International Drive? While many thought the project might be dead (jury is still out), they seem to be courting Lionsgate movie studio for an IP branded indoor theme park to go

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Riding The U.S. Patent System Roller Coaster

Patents play an ever-increasing role in theme park design and construction. When contemplating a new attraction, such as a roller coaster, design teams should understand that each system and sub-system, such as the brakes, restraints, track design, car design, seat design, acceleration systems, evacuation routes, water features (e.g., splashing or water cannons), sound effects, visual

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How Could Theme Parks Go “Mask Free” In The Near Future?

The current theme park experience can be summed up in two words: it sucks. Between temperature checks, wearing a mask and limited offerings, going to a theme park in 2020 is a shell of its former self. It doesn’t just suck for guests, operators like Disney, Universal and Six Flags also have to adjust to

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IAAPA Expo 2020 In Orlando Has Been Cancelled

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The International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions has cancelled their annual convention in Orlando for 2020. A place where exhibitors can show off their latest technology, designs and innovations just doesn’t make sense until travel can return to normal. “IAAPA Expo serves as the global marketplace for the attractions industry. We recognize this year

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Theme Park Seeks $100k in Crowd Funding For Payroll and Future Development

2020 has been a kick in the gut to the themed entertainment industry. While there is hope that things could slowly return to some sort of normalcy for 2021, many operators are scrambling trying to figure out how to make ends meet. Some smaller attractions have already closed their doors. Many will need some sort

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Couple Charged In Sesame Place Assault Against 17-Year-Old Employee

There has never been a worse time to be a theme park employee than in 2020. On top of your normal duties, you have to do extra cleaning, ensure guests are social distancing and wearing a face covering. At least in one case, if they don’t like the new guidelines you’re told to enforce, you’ll

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How Does A Theme Park Determine Their Numbers Prior To Opening? “Ask Buzz”

So you want to open a theme park, do ya? You’ve spent months researching and developing rides, shows and attractions. Maybe you already have started designing merchandise and coming up with unique recipes for your restaurants. Now you just need a pile of money and some shovels to start digging and you can get started,

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Theme Park Closes Due to Employee Contracting COVID-19

Could this be a trend among theme parks this summer? We have just learned a theme park has an employee that contracted COVID-19. As a result, they have closed their gates for two days to do a deep clean and will reopen on June 8. Known as “The Park at OWA” located in Alabama, they

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