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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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Will Epcot’s Guardians Coaster Be The Next Harry Potter and The Escape from Gringott’s?

A recent Disney patent uncovered for the upcoming Guardians of the Galaxy roller coaster at Epcot can give us a lot of insight as to what kind of ride is in store. Ever since the Universe of Energy (or Ellen’s Energy Adventure) closed in August 2017, there has been quite a bit of speculation as

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Will The New Guardians of the Galaxy Coaster Be Anti-Epcot?

Theme Park University reader Tom wrote in to ask, “I have been following your page for a while now and I like your thoughts on different happenings in theme parks so I have a question. The Guardians of the Galaxy coaster in Epcot seems to go against the idea of Epcot. Granted there are several

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Walt Disney World Spends $15 Million on Blocking Casinos in Florida

When you think about the millions of dollars Disney spends in capital each year, you typically think of new attractions. Maybe a new hotel. Even raises for their cast members. While those items definitely cost the mouse millions every year, there’s one thing Mickey doesn’t openly talk about all that often when it comes to

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Can Universal Take Back Avatar From Disney’s Animal Kingdom If They Acquire 20th Century Fox?

With the recent news of Comcast, Universal’s parent company, making an all-cash offer for 20th Century Fox, things are getting mighty interesting between Disney and Universal. Chances are, shareholders will be able to vote on both offers meaning possession of the film vault and intellectual property rights of 20th Century Fox could go to Disney

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Epcot Center’s Communicore History Showcased in New Martin Smith Video

Don’t you wish you could hop into a theme park time machine sometimes? That’s exactly how it feels every time Martin Smith releases a new video on Disney history. This time, he’s got some amazing footage of what is often the most forgotten Epcot Center pavilion: Communicore! As always, Smith has a ton of concept

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Attendance For Theme Parks Grows for 2017

The annual attendance report has been released by the Themed Entertainment Association (TEA) and as always, the numbers are fascinating. Overall, the theme park industry has seen steady growth thanks mostly to investments in Orlando and China.  According to the report, attendance for attractions at the major operators globally is almost half a billion visitors

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Disney Guest’s Water Bottle Gets Exclusive Tour of Tower of Terror

Today we take a look at not only guest service is done right, but how adding a bit of extra magic can make a huge difference. On a recent visit to Disney’s Hollywood Studios, a guest dropped a water bottle while waiting in the boiler room before boarding the Tower of Terror. After alerting a

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Disney Shows Off Magic Bench Technology in New Video

We have talked several times about Augmented Reality and how it can be used in theme parks.  While you have already seen some forms of augmented reality in various attractions, many require you to use headsets or special equipment. Many companies are trying to find ways to work around that and keep the experience as

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CONFIRMED Star Wars Hotel Opening at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Pack your bags! Dreams of a Star Wars Hotel are indeed a reality. Disney confirmed the opening of the new ultra themed Star Wars hotel at the 2017 D23 Disney Parks and Resorts panel.  Opening at Walt Disney World.   “It’s unlike anything that exists today.” Bob said. “From the second you arrive, you will become

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