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How do theme parks make fake seem so real?

How do theme parks make fake seem so real?

March 22, 2017, 10:58 AM · People who work at theme parks throw around the word "magic" a lot. And they should, because that's exactly what the best theme park designers create. Now, I'm not talking about the sappy popular meaning of the word "magic" — I'm talking about magic as an act of stagecraft. It's a visual con, designed to make you believe that you are seeing something that can't possibly be in our normal, natural world.

Enticing you to suspend your disbelief in that environment takes an enormous amount of work — all to create something that seems, so, well, natural, that you dismiss it as effortless "magic." Keep reading...

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Universal Orlando files plans for 4,000 hotel rooms on Wet 'n Wild site

March 21, 2017, 12:50 PM · When Universal Orlando announced that it would close its Wet 'n Wild water park, many fans were left to wonder what Universal would end up doing with the property. Insiders attached to Universal insisted that the land would end up being used for hotels, but Universal made no public move to commit its intentions for the 64-acre site.

Until now. Keep reading...

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Busch Gardens Williamsburg posts first on-ride video from its new wooden coaster

March 20, 2017, 3:48 PM · Busch Gardens Williamsburg's first wooden roller coaster opens officially April 7, but the park is letting fans get a preview with a newly released POV video from ride testing.

Located in the New France section of the park, InvadR will be the park's eighth coaster — seventh if you don't count the Grover's Alpine Express kiddie coaster. Keep reading...

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