Category Archives: Backstage Access

FlyOver Canada Bring Soaring Attractions To A New Level

When Soarin’ Over California opened at Disney’s California Adventure in the Fall of 2001, it was a game changer in the industry. For the first time, guests could enjoy a thrill ride that was gentle and had a very low height requirement. During the first few years, Soarin’ stood out as the breakout attraction in […]

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MGM Grand Adventures 5: Grand Canyon Rapids

I have done about a half dozen interviews with various individuals who were involved with creating MGM Grand Adventures now. After asking every single one what they thought made the park stand out from others, I expected to hear attractions like Hollywood Backlot River Tour or Deep Earth Exploration. However, without hesitation, industry veterans like […]

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MGM Grand Adventures 4: Haunted Mine Ride

Today we take an exclusive behind the scenes look at the Haunted Mine at MGM Grand Adventures, a very short lived dark ride that opened with the rest of the park in 1993. Guests entered a queue that was set up like a museum dedicated to an Indian Tribe that once lived in Southern Nevada, […]

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Orlando History Center Upgrades Their Universal Orlando Exhibit For Halloween Horror Nights

As part of the Orange County Regional History Center’s exhibit, A Year in the Life: Backstage To Onstage At Universal Orlando Resort, they are rotating out some of the space seasonally to reflect all the hard work Universal’s Special Events Team constantly puts in. Easily the most anticipated update debuted on August 24th with nearly […]

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MGM Grand Adventures 3: Backlot River Tour

Traditional movie parks have most of their attractions tie in with a popular film or franchise like Transformers: The Ride at Universal Hollywood, the Ice Age Adventure at Warner Brothers Movie World Germany, or even The Great Movie Ride at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. In the case of MGM Grand Adventures, their rides and shows almost […]

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MGM Grand Adventures 2 – Deep Earth Exploration

One of the most unique dark rides ever built, Deep Earth Exploration, featured an enclosed simulator along a traditional ride track with show scenes

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MGM Grand Adventures Part 1: Lost In The Shuffle

Located in Las Vegas, Nevada, MGM Grand Adventures was a 33 acre park serving as the cornerstone of Sin City trying to turn it’s image around.

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TPU Review: Arabian Nights’ Royal VIP Package

It’s no easy thing to set a themed show in an arena. The themed show, as I’ve noted, is something that happens within the guest. It isn’t the setting, the music, the performance or the story being told… it is the guests’ experience of these things. Thus the true name of the show is not, […]

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TPU Exclusive: Remembering Fox Studio Australia’s Titanic Attraction

Theme Park University takes a look back at Titanic: The Experience, Fox Studio Australia’s Signature Attraction

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Cutting Edge Technology In Fireworks Safety

Theme Park University unveils the latest technology that theme parks will be using in the near future, revolutionizing how fireworks are controlled

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