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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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
Given the choice, if I could resurrect one attraction from Universal Orlando’s past? It would be the Jaws ride without question. Aside from it being one of the best immersive attractions of all time, the history of The Jaws Ride may be some of the best stories you’ll hear about the theme park industry anywhere.
Fire up the time machine because it’s time to jump into another Walt Disney World history lesson! Martin Smith is the best video historian of the Walt Disney World resort that you’ll find anywhere. Recently he added two new videos featuring Epcot’s The Land pavilion and the history behind it. In total, there are over
Love it or hate it, the evolution of Journey Into Imagination at Epcot is one of the most fascinating in the history of themed entertainment. Luckily, we have Martin Smith’s videos which have chronicled all three versions of the attraction in painstaking and loving detail. In case you missed it, the video detailing the first
For those of you that have been following Theme Park University from the beginning, you know that we started with a series of articles on the short lived Hard Rock Park. To this day, I still meet people who read those articles and want to know more or relive their memories of visiting. The story
If you gave me a choice to hop in a time machine and visit one extinct theme park attraction, it would be EPCOT Center’s Horizons. No questions asked. I wouldn’t even give it a second thought. True story: I took the day off of work and rode Horizons non-stop on its last day of operation on
In a day where it seems that everyone has a theme park blog or YouTube channel these days, content can become a bit repetitive. It’s not easy to find original intelligent content that covers unique material, but also helps preserves the past. Recently, I discovered a virtual gold mine with British Theme Park Archive. I
It’s rare that a small amusement park can withstand the test of time. As new technology and branding drives the masses to mega parks like Disney and Universal, there are still quaint attractions dotted around the United States that seem to withstand the test of time. One of which is Children’s Fairyland in Oakland, California.
In October of 1989, a pivotal moment in the history of Islands of Adventure happened before Universal Studios Florida even opened, when Jay Ward passed away due to cancer. Ward was the creator of the original Rocky and Bullwinkle television series in addition to characters like Dudley Do-Right. After Ward’s passing, his family inherited the