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Cedar Fair CEO Matt Ouimet reveals the secret of running a successful amusement park
For Matt Ouimet , the President and CEO of Cedar Fair Entertainment Co. , a typical day at the office really is a walk in the park. Matt Ouimet at the May 2013 grand opening of GateKeeper at Cedar Point. Copyright 2014 CFEC. All rights reserved "To be honest, I don't think I'd like this...
28 Jul 2014
Ready to let go of "Let It Go" ? Disney isn't. Mouse has five year plan for "Frozen" franchise
You've no doubt already heard about all of the box office records that " Frozen " has broken over the past eight months (With the most recent one being the 16 weeks that this Walt Disney Animation Studios production spent as the No. 1 film in Japan. "Frozen" sold over $240 million...
21 Jul 2014
Tom Williams, Universal Parks Chairman & CEO, reflects on the Universal Orlando Resort's magical transformation
With everyone else looking forward to tomorrow's grand opening of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter - Diagon Alley , it might seem kind of strange that Tom Williams -- the Chairman and CEO of Universal Parks & Resorts -- is using this exact same moment to look backwards. "But you have...
7 Jul 2014
Seven Dwarfs Mine Train literally puts a new face on the Disney theme park experience
When it comes to the Walt Disney Parks & Resorts , it's kind of a tradition that good enough isn't really good enough. Case in point: " Pirates of the Caribbean ." When Walt Disney first envisioned bringing buccaneers into his first theme park in the late 1950s, he was thinking...
27 May 2014
Remembering when Ronald Reagan came to EPCOT Center to see the President's Inaugural Bands Parade
After having dealt with those record low temperatures that this past Winter's Polar Vortex whipped up, I have to admit that I am genuinely enjoying this year's belated (but much appreciated) Spring. But that said, I recognize that late 2013 / early 2014 wasn't the only time that things got...
26 May 2014
Remembering "Monster Planet of Godzilla," that theme park attraction which put you toe-to-toe with the Tokyo terror
You know it's going to happen, don't you? Given that " Godzilla " has been projected to earn as much as $75 million over its opening weekend , you can bet that -- come Monday morning -- some theme park fan, as they're telling their friends & family about this Legendary Pictures...
14 May 2014
Harry Potter cast members reunite to shoot new scenes for Universal Orlando's "Escape from Gringotts" thrill ride
Let's cut to the chase here: " Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts " (i.e. the feature attraction for Diagon Alley , that new Harry Potter-themed land which will be opening at Universal Studios Florida later this summer) isn't just a thrill ride. It's really " Harry...
13 May 2014
From the JHM Archives -- M - I - C in NYC : Disney at the 1964 New York World's Fair
There has long been this legend about the importance the 1964 New York World's Fair played in the history of the Walt Disney Company. How the Fair was supposed to be this vital stepping-stone in the creation of Walt Disney World. How Walt had to see if his theme park rides and attractions would meet...
27 Apr 2014
Huffington Post -- The extremely hard lessons that the themed entertainment industry learned from Hard Rock Park
For music fans, it's all about being able to say that they were there at the Newport Folk Festival when Dylan went electric . For baseball fans, it's being able to say that they were at Dodger Stadium when Sandy Koufax pitched his perfect game . But when it comes to theme park fans, what do they...
17 Apr 2014
"Despicable Me Minion Mayhem" is the latest step in Universal Studios Hollywood's reimagining of its Upper Lot
By now, you've probably already heard that Universal Studios Hollywood 's version of " Despicable Me Minion Mayhem " opened on Friday. Copyright 2014 Universal Studios. All rights reserved And as you might expect, there was the usual hoopla ... Gru is joined onstage by Miranda Cosgrove...
13 Apr 2014
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