Category Archives: Josh Young Columns

When Will Disney World Add Marvel Attractions?

A Theme Park University reader recently wrote in to ask, “Hey Josh, when does the Marvel contract expire for Islands of Adventure so Disney World can start building its own Avengers attractions?” To answer your question quite bluntly: probably never. Very few people have access to the real contract between Marvel and Universal (formerly MCA […]

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World of Chocolate Brings Sophistication To International Drive

When describing attractions on International Drive in Orlando, rarely do adjectives like sophisticated, elegant and educational come up. However, for the new World of Chocolate Museum & Caféthat recently opened up just south of Sea World, it truly fits. Sure, this is not even close to the first chocolate attraction in the world. There are […]

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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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Comedy Warehouse Back For A Holiday Limited Engagement

When Pleasure Island at Walt Disney World closed in 2008, most Disney fans mourned the loss of the Adventurer’s Club, one of the most unique night clubs on the planet. However, for me, I was deeply saddened to lost the Comedy Warehouse. It was my first introduction to live improv comedy and from the time […]

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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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