Category Archives: Josh Young Columns

Six Flags Gets Bullied In Joshua Martin Case

I am constantly surrounded by theme park fans who are relentlessly craving for more. Disney, Universal, Six Flags and Sea World should all be opening a new E-ticket attraction every six months, according to my fellow park junkies. The reality of the business is, theme parks come with a mountain of operating costs that the […]

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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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In Defense of Sea World Safety

Today, Sea World returns to court to appeal the OSHA ruling earlier this year stating that trainers are no longer allowed in the tank with killer whales without some sort of barrier. The decision is a result of the death of Dawn Brancheau, a trainer who was killed at the Dine With Shamu dinner show […]

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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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Spoilers From Freakling Brothers Victim Experience

Warning: Today’s article features descriptions of intense scenes that are graphic in nature. Reader discretion is advised. Theme Park University’s 2013 Halloween Season was a huge success. Thousands of people from all around the world have come to the site to read about some of the most unique haunted house experiences all over the United […]

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Magic Mansion Brings An Evening of Close Up Magic To Orlando

Here at Theme Park University, we celebrate any and all themed entertainment, regardless of whether it’s within the confines of a park. This Halloween, I decided to skip the traditional Orlando tourist offerings, like Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party and Halloween Horror Nights. Instead, I opted to do a first-of-its kind event at the […]

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America’s Best Haunt Attraction Stories

After working in the themed entertainment business nearly my entire life, I am convinced that the people who work in this business have the best crazy guest stories than any other line of work. You may have seen some crazy stuff while visiting a theme park or a haunted house, but until you have worked […]

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Spooky Empire Pays Tribute To The Haunted Mansion

Spooky Empire kicked off it’s annual convention celebrating all things horror yesterday just across the street from the Universal Orlando. Before guests even entered the DoubleTree Hotel they were treated to the Hearse & Creepy Car Show in the parking lot. In addition to unique cars like a coffin hot rod, there were about a […]

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