Author Archives: Josh Young

The Islands of Adventure That Never Was Part 7 – Joker’s Madhouse Roller Coaster

Today we bring you never before seen concepts of an attraction that was proposed for Islands of Adventure back in 1992!  This was years prior to the park opening in 1999 when Universal was courting DC Comics instead of Marvel to be used for its own unique land. Longtime readers of Theme Park University will

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Paranormal Cirque Leaves A Lot To Be Desired

On paper, this sounds like a great idea. Take a traditional circus and give it an adults-only horror/haunted house spin. That’s the premise of Cirque Italia’s brand new show known as Paranormal Cirque which recently had its grand opening in Palmetto, Florida just outside of Tampa. Unfortunately, the production needs a lot of work and

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Can Universal Take Back Avatar From Disney’s Animal Kingdom If They Acquire 20th Century Fox?

With the recent news of Comcast (Universal’s parent company) making an all-cash offer for 20th Century Fox, things are getting mighty interesting between Disney and Universal. Chances are, shareholders will be able to vote on both offers meaning possession of the film vault and intellectual property rights of 20th Century Fox could go to Disney

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Universal Orlando Officially Announces Nighttime Spectacular – Kinda Sorta

Well, this is interesting. On Universal Orlando’s social media accounts, it seems that they have officially announced their new nighttime spectacular. But not really….? If you recall, in early June 2018, we ran a story saying that Universal Orlando accidentally released the name of their new show as well as highlights and segments guests can

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Did Fast & Furious: Supercharged at Universal Studios Change A Potentially Racially Charged Moment?

Theme Park University reader Rebecca writes in to ask: “I noticed something a bit off when I rode Fast & Furious: Supercharged at Universal the other day. During the peppers ghost scene where the party gets broken up, it seems there is something wrong with the audio. The mouth movements don’t match up with what they

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SeaWorld Parks Continue To Turn Around

You gotta love a good comeback story. As we reported recently, SeaWorld Parks has seen its first attendance increase in several years.  Today, we bring you even more good news as the stock for SeaWorld has recently climbed above the $20 mark.  This is the highest the stock has been in several years and it

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Universal Orlando Accidentally Leaks Concept Art and Name of New Nighttime Spectacular

It seems that Universal Orlando has accidentally spilled the beans about their new nighttime spectacular on the lagoon of Universal Studios Florida. What’s even more impressive? They did it on their own website. Before we start, it’s fair to say that this was not completely intentional on Universal’s part. This is one of their biggest

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Epcot Center’s Communicore History Showcased in New Martin Smith Video

Don’t you wish you could hop into a theme park time machine sometimes? That’s exactly how it feels every time Martin Smith releases a new video on Disney history. This time, he’s got some amazing footage of what is often the most forgotten Epcot Center pavilion: Communicore! As always, Smith has a ton of concept

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Universal’s Volcano Bay Most Expensive Water Park in the World

As many of you recall, during the summer of 2017, Universal’s Volcano Bay Water Theme Park was incredibly popular. Since the park opened on Memorial Day weekend 2017, crowds swelled to the point where Volcano Bay reached capacity nearly every day in June and July 2017.  How do you combat those crowds once you hit

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Universal Parks Need To Up Their Synergy Game

On June 22, 2018, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom is released in theaters in the United States. However, if you were to walk into Universal Orlando or Universal Studios Hollywood, you’d find next to zero promotion for what could possibly be the biggest film of the summer. Today we are going to talk about how Universal falls

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