Category Archives: Backstage Access

Lunch With An Astronaut Not A Typical Character Meal

Kennedy Space Center, arguably more than any other theme park on the planet, is the most authentic park you’re going to find. Anyone can build a park themed around space exploration that has space-themed roller coasters, a 3D movie on asteroids and carnival games where you whack an alien to win a plush Spongebob Squarepants. […]

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Victim Experience March of Death Will Be Most Intense Haunt Ever

In the fall of 2013, a new trend in haunted houses started truly gaining momentum. For the first time, haunts all over the country were offering experiences where guests could go through in either small groups, or more often – go solo. Some required patrons to be extremely physical, while one even made thrill junkies […]

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Biodome Adds Multimedia Pre-Show to Zoo

In 1976, the Montreal Olympic Stadium was host to several summer games, including judo and track cycling. For several years after, the space was used for sporting events and concerts. In 1992, after extensive renovations, the building was repurposed as a zoo attraction now known as the Montreal Biodome. Accredited by the AZA (Association of […]

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Moment Factory Revitalizes Atlantic City

In July 2010, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie envisioned some new gaming laws and legislation that would help bring more tourists to the Jersey Shore and make it more of a destination to compete with bigger draws like New York City. Out of this initiative, the Atlantic City Alliance was formed in April 2012 and […]

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Firing Up Maximum RPM For Potential Buyers

Fans of this site know that Hard Rock Park holds a special place in my heart for how ground breaking it was in so many ways and for what the future could have been. Residents of Myrtle Beach have been driving by the former site for years peering over the fences, looking for any signs […]

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The Ride Holiday Edition: A Perfect Way To See Christmas In New York

This weekend I took a whirlwind trip up to New York City with my brother. The goal was to cram as much into 24 hours as we could and get back before Monday. We experienced 700 Sundays, a heartwarming one-man show starring Billy Crystal and the time he spent with his Dad and how precious […]

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It’s Kind of A Cute Story Blends Artwork and Anecdotes Seamlessly

Ever since I was about 10 years old, I have been collecting books about Disney and theme parks. Over the years, I have accumulated a small library consisting of hundreds of books which all cover the same topics: roller coasters, building theme parks and trivia. These reads typically come in one of two types: coffee […]

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IAAPA 2013 Coverage Part 3

Theme Park University hit the floor running again with even more coverage of IAAPA 2013. I can’t stress enough how busy this year’s show is compared to the last several years. You can’t walk past a booth without some sort of deal going on. It’s great news for the industry and fans of themed entertainment. […]

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IAAPA 2013 Coverage Part Two

Greetings from the 2013 IAAPA trade show at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando where I can honestly say, this year’s show is not only bigger than ever before, but it’s also busier. It seems that every booth I passed by over the last two days are not filled with browsers, but shoppers. There […]

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IAAPA 2013 Coverage Part One

Ah, the week before Thanksgiving. Every year, while many families are busy trying to figure out what they are going to cook before driving to Grandma’s and stuffing their faces, I make my annual pilgrimage to what can only be described as eye candy for theme park nerds. The International Association of Amusement Parks and […]

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