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Dynamic Attractions Signs Exclusive Multi-Park Theme Park Deal in China

As the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA) Expo kicked off in Asia for 2019, so did a monumental deal. Dynamic Attractions inked a letter of intent to become the marquee ride supplier for a series of new theme parks set to open across China over the next few years. The agreement was

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BREAKING: Cirque du Soleil Theme Park in Mexico CANCELLED – Park Redesigned

We here at Theme Park University were the first to break the news that Cirque du Soleil was creating a theme park set to open in 2018 back in 2014. As we got closer to 2018 (and it passed) we kept looking for updates. Unfortunately, no word came from either Cirque du Soleil or Vidanta

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Wildwood Grove Brings Largest Expansion in Dollywood History

No matter how many times I visit Dollywood, I am always impressed with just how charming the place is. Real or manufactured, it never gets old. Recently I got a chance to visit Wildwood Grove, Dollywood’s largest expansion to date. As the story goes, a young girl wandered into the woods near Timber Canyon (the

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Dolly Parton’s Unheard Song To Be Released on Her 100th Birthday Sits Practically Hidden at Dollywood

Recently I got to spend some time at Dollywood in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. Even though it’s one of my top 5 favorite parks on earth, I had never visited Dollywood’s DreamMore Resort. If you’ve never been, the resort is breathtakingly gorgeous. DreamMore is just a few steps away from Dollywood Park. Naturally, there are tributes

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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 and 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

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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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