Category Archives: Editorial

Equal Access in America’s Theme Parks

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Theme Park University examines some recent news stories about waiting in line in theme parks. What is fair and what does the law say about the issues?

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5 Wits Brings New Puzzle Solving Adventures to Themed Entertainment

Theme Park University, always looking for the cutting edge in themed entertainment, explores 5 Wits Entertainment. Custom made adventures where guests solve puzzles in completely immersive environments where there actions effect the outcome.

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Sea World’s Antarctica: Far More Than A Ride

In Theme Park University’s second look at Sea World Orlando’s largest expansion – we take a look at the new penguin habitat, the unique food and beverage offerings, smaller details and why some theme park fans need to chill out.

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First Look: Sea World Orlando’s Antarctica

Take a first look at Sea World Orlando’s biggest addition ever: Antarctica Empire of the Penguin. A game changer in not just Orlando, but the the entire themed entertainment industry featuring animal encounters, unique dining options and a first of it’s kind trackless ride.

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A Dreamfinder’s Guide to Imagineering Your Life II

Welcome back, class. Today’s topic: Practical advice on nurturing a dream. You’ve got a vision of where you’d like to wind up… at WDI in Glendale or an executive suite at Google or a tenured position at Carnegie Mellon… and you’re ready to start taking practical steps toward that destiny. For me, the practical path […]

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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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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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A Dreamfinder’s Guide to Imagineering Your Life – I

... wearing my first-ever name tag!

  Today’s lesson is for you. Yes, I mean you, sitting in the back. You probably hoped I’d never call on you and you wouldn’t be dragged into the discussion. Well, you were wrong. Today’s subject is you… so listen up. There will be one hell of a test years from now. Since you’re hanging […]

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Let the Characters Tell the Tale…

"Harumph... "

In a recent MiceAge.com article by George H. Taylor, Jeff Heimbuch shared some interesting details of Disneyland’s City Hall. It’s a collection of books – classics of fantasy and adventure that fill a shelf in the reception area. The titles would be familiar to any Disney fan – but where you would expect to see […]

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TPU Interview: The Hackmeister 2000

The Hackmeister 2000

Dear Reader – I always look forward to any new theme park show, eternally hopeful that I will be thrilled, amused or moved by what the park’s creative forces have in store. Certain shows have exceeded my expectations, but there’ve always been disappointments as well. Right now, I’d say the industry is running about 50/50 […]

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