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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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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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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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When Will Universal Orlando Announce Their Fourth Park?

Theme Park University reader Lachie writes in to ask, “I have heard a lot of rumors regarding the announcement of Universal’s fourth gate. Some say it will happen when Disney has their press events from Toy Story Land. You’ve said that announcement is probably a year away. What gives?” Great question!  Admittedly, I don’t pay a

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Evermore Park Releases Video Highlighting Attention To Detail Prior To Opening

Admittedly, I am coming around when it comes to Evermore. Sure, we here at TPU have been critical of the park and the project from the beginning, but this is really looking like it could be something special.  Opening in Pleasant Grove, Utah, Evermore will be less about rides and attractions and more about a

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Wacky World Studios Creates Ultimate Disney Fan Home

Remember when we showed you that jaw-dropping recreation of a Haunted Mansion stretching room last week that was installed in a private residence? That, my friends, is just the tip of the iceberg. I had the chance to chat with the creator of that stretching room recreation, Bruce Barry of Wacky World Studios, and I

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Remembering Elvis Presley’s Favorite Theme Park in New Book – Libertyland

Every time a theme park closes, a slice of Americana withers away. I’m a huge fan of preserving attractions history, which is why I am such a huge fan of Arcadia books theme park history series. Their latest title Images of Modern America: Libertyland releases September 25, 2017, and I got my hands on an

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Warner Brothers Theme Park in Abu Dhabi Unveils Concept Art – What We Know

At long last, Warner Brothers Theme Park in Abu Dhabi has finally revealed concept art for what the park will look like and it doesn’t disappoint. The park will be entirely indoors and, from the looks of the artwork, they are really mining the WB vault to offer a pretty wide variety of attractions. Let’s

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Photos of Abandoned Hard Rock Park in Myrtle Beach

The similarities between Hard Rock Park and the Titanic are downright creepy. Giant plans, lots of investments, large budgets and as nearly as soon as it starts to take off, it sank. Theme Park University readers know that I covered the evolution of the park extensively here, from unused concepts to what lead to the

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Opryland History Exquisitely Detailed in Images of Modern America Opryland USA

One of our favorite things to cover here at Theme Park University is extinct attractions. There is always something mysterious and nostalgic about long-gone relics from themed entertainment’s past. Opryland may be one of the world’s greatest and unique theme parks we will never see the likes of again. However, thanks to a book I

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