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Dubai Parks and Resorts Numbers Continue To Increase

It seems there is good news, yet again, for Dubai Parks and Resorts. Dubai’s biggest theme park destination that is home to motiongate Dubai, Bollywood Park and Legoland Dubai saw an increase of 22 percent in 2018. According to DBX (the operator of Dubai Parks and Resorts), a lot of this traffic came from an

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Former Hard Rock Park Land Sold to Mystery Developer in Myrtle Beach

Gates used to enter Hard Rock Park

It’s been a little over ten years since the infamous Hard Rock Park opened and quickly closed in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Since the closure in 2008, it was rebranded to Freestyle Music Park the following year by a group of Russian investors. However, Freestyle Music Park also suffered the same fate and operated for

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Is Kennedy Space Center Open During A Government Shutdown?

Out of all the theme parks in the United States, Kennedy Space Center gets a unique question that no other park does. “When there is a United States federal government shutdown, does Kennedy Space Center close for business?” That’s actually a pretty fair question considering that NASA is a government agency of the United States.

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Kennedy Space Center Continues To Enhance Visitor Experience for 2019

Kennedy Space Center in Port Canaveral, Florida just announced some exciting new enhancements to the visitor experience coming to the park in 2019. Here are a few things guests can expect on their upcoming visits to the iconic NASA themed park.  2019 will usher in an entirely new entrance area for guests as they drive

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Cirque du Soleil and WhiteWater Unveil New Water Park Concepts

Cirque du Soleil is shopping around a new concept and it may be coming to a water park near you! Recently announced in conjunction with WhiteWater (a leading waterslide company), the new venture could revolutionize the water park industry. As we have discussed a few times here at Theme Park University, water parks actually have

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3 Things To Remember When It Comes to Theme Park Patents

Over the last year, we have seen dozens of theme park patents filed within the industry. Everything from augmented reality on a ride vehicle to facial recognition to floating theaters. Every time the only response seems to be the same. “I know what intellectual property that is being used for and I can’t wait to

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Could A Transformer You Can Ride In Be Headed For A Theme Park Near You?

By now you’ve probably seen the walk-around Transformers characters at Universal Parks around the world. Guests exitedly form lines for Megatron and Bumblebee daily in those parks, but what would be the reaction if there was an actual working Transformer? One that could actually take human passengers. That is now a real possibility. This product

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A Chance to Win a VIP Trip to Dollywood and Hang Out With Dolly Parton

Have you ever wanted to visit Dollywood with Dolly Parton herself? Now’s your chance thanks to a new contest presented by Omaze. It’s truly a one of a kind experience. Here’s how it works. The winner of this contest will receive the following: Meet the one-and-only Dolly Parton and score VIP access to Dollywood’s season-opening.

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Dynamic Attractions Announces Yet Another Game-Changing Ride System: The Duel Power Coaster

We’ve been covering the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA) for quite some time now here at Theme Park University. Without question, the company garnering the biggest buzz at the convention always seems to be Dynamic Attractions. In 2017, we called the Dynamic Attractions All-Terrain Dark Ride vehicle the most exciting product we

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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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