Monthly Archives: April 2013

E-DA Theme Park 1: Taiwan’s EPCOT

Welcome our first contributor on Theme Park University, Sean Graham, as he explores the design, attractions and culture of E-DA World: a theme park built on a similar scale to Walt Disney’s original vision of Epcot Center.

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Hard Rock Park 9: Why The Park Did Not Fail

After creating a unique product in a heavily visited tourist market, Hard Rock Park closed in September of 2008, despite the work the creative team put into the project. Find out reasons the park did NOT close before you find out why it did.

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TPU Review: The 3 Musketeers @ Pirates Dinner Adventure – “One for All & All for What?”

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When I was making the transition from performer to writer I learned two important truths: 1) The only way to become known for writing is to write; and 2) The choice writing assignments go to the guy the producers think of first. For someone just starting out, this means ‘casting your bread upon the water’… […]

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Hard Rock Park 8: Abandoned Ideas Part 2

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My last article at Theme Park University featured a handful of exciting additions that were to be added to Hard Rock Park, had it been a bigger success. Jon Binkowski and his creative team collaborated on the design of a Hard Rock Hotel, a shopping and dining complex called Paradise City, a parade route, a rapids ride […]

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Hard Rock Park 7: Unused Concepts Part 1

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Theme Park University shares exclusive concept artwork for the Hard Rock Park that never was. Josh Young takes a look at attractions, hotels and shopping complexes that were on the drawing board for future expansion in his first of a two part story.

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Hard Rock Park 6B: Even More Attention To Detail

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Yet another look at the details that went into Hard Rock Park in the summer of 2008, little gems you will likely never see in any theme park ever again.

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Hard Rock Park 6A: The Devil Is In The Details

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In the latest on our extensive series on Hard Rock Park, Josh Young takes a look at some of the artistic and gutsy details that gave the park character.

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Hard Rock Park 5: One Of A Kind

Hard Rock Park had several original attractions, this week Josh Young examines two of the most ambitious projects: Maximum and Nights in White Satin The Trip.

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While all my friends know me to be full of opinions (among other stuff), this week I published my first-ever, self-styled ‘review’ of a theme park show for ‘Theme Park University’. Sadly, on that same day, the world lost a great writer and my personal favorite reviewer, Chicago’s Roger Ebert. I was a devoted fan […]

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TPU Review: Disneyland’s Faire Plays

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From time to time I plan to review specific live shows, applying the 5 elements of themed entertainment I wrote about in From Dreamer to Dreamfinder: 1) Deliver What You Promise, 2) Don’t Waste My Time, 3) Make Me Laugh, 4) Surprise Me, and 5) Move Me. I’m doing this, not to criticize what’s been […]

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