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Theme park attendance numbers for 2015 released by TEA

Thanks to the Themed Entertainment Association (TEA) we have our 10th year of accurate theme park growth trends and analysis. The latest report covers the theme park industry in 2015 including estimated attendance figures for the top parks. Estimated since most theme parks don’t report… Read More »Theme park attendance numbers for 2015 released by TEA

Welcome to T-Rex at Downtown Disney

Tuesday night we made it over to Downtown Disney’s Marketplace to experience “T-Rex” the latest addition to the food and entertainment options. Lines were long, but moved fast as guests were entered into a virtual queue to wait for their tables. Inside the place was loud, but everything seemed surprisingly well run for the first night open to the public.

Not Everyone Likes Disney-Style ‘Guest’ Service

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Karen Stabiner asks in an opinion piece in the Los Angeles Times: What ever happened to being a plain old ‘customer’? I don’t know about your friends, but my friends never ask me to pay when they invite me over for a good time. "Guest" implies free, or at least it used to. Lately, "guest"… Read More »Not Everyone Likes Disney-Style ‘Guest’ Service

Disney Reports Death to State

Disney has reported the latest death of a 12-year old girl to the state. The state agency responsible for theme parks is not expected to investigate. Here are some other incidents from Disney’s two Water Parks that have been reported in the last few years: The most serious water-park incident reported to the state by… Read More »Disney Reports Death to State

Another child dies at Walt Disney World

This is not a post I wanted to be writing so soon. Local Orlando News is reporting the death today of a 12-year old girl at the Walt Disney World Resort’s Typhoon Lagoon Water park. The girl was found at 6PM on the edge of the large Wave pool by a lifeguard. She soon passed… Read More »Another child dies at Walt Disney World

Cove of wonders at SeaWorld

SeaWorld’s Discovery Cove is an early leader in the next generation of Theme Parks. Guests enjoy a unique experience with a really high ratio of staff to guests (sometimes it’s 5 to 1), no crowds (attendance is capped around 1000), in a highly themed environment. Well, as you might expect, that sort of experience is… Read More »Cove of wonders at SeaWorld

Update: Disneyland Coaster Accident

Latest reports indicate that 48 passengers were on the two trains. Of those 15 were taken to the hospital with injuries. I’ve assembed this report from various people who were on the scene or heard about it from people who were there. But it seems a fairly likely scenario to me: California Screamin’ was running… Read More »Update: Disneyland Coaster Accident

Images from of Coaster Collision

This image from (more images with the story) shows the two roller coaster trains together. The Purple train ran into the back of the red train that sits to the right of the image. They are in a braking zone. The railing on the right of the track is an emergency unloading zone if… Read More »Images from of Coaster Collision