Second "golden age" beginning for theme parks

Posted Monday, December 26, 2011 8:09 AM | Contributed by Jeff

Investment in theme parks and cutting-edge attractions along the lines of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Orlando surged during the recession, leading one developer to suggest the business is entering a new Golden Age. The first boom, which peaked in the 1970s, saw extensive construction of theme parks in the United States from the ground up. The new era is a global phenomenon propelled by technological advances and a growing middle class in Asia and third-world countries

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Tuesday, December 27, 2011 9:48 AM

I'd say it's a bit premature.

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Wednesday, December 28, 2011 3:15 AM

Shouldn 't that actually be "Third" golden age? 1920's, 1970's, 2010's?

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Wednesday, December 28, 2011 3:21 AM

If they were referring to coasters, yes.

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Wednesday, December 28, 2011 1:04 PM

Silver age is more like it. They aren't building any new theme parks ala 1970's. China on the other hand...

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Wednesday, December 28, 2011 4:31 PM

Well, the article was talking in terms of global perspective.

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Wednesday, December 28, 2011 5:13 PM

You mean there's other places out there besides Murrikuh?

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Wednesday, December 28, 2011 5:50 PM

This'll be a short golden age then since China will meet its doom in 3 years. Property values are already imploding there.

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