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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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Fast & Furious Queue is Packed With Easter Eggs

Universal Orlando’s newest attraction may not be the best ride in Orlando. Or Universal Studios Florida. However, there are a fair amount of details, hints at the future and easter eggs that make walking through the queue of Fast & Furious: Supercharged potentially worth your time. Yes, the ride itself is still a dumpster fire,

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6 Things To Expect From Universal Orlando’s Epic Nighttime Spectacular

Now that Fast & Furious: Supercharged has opened at Universal Studios Florida, it’s time to look ahead to the next major addition to Universal Orlando. There are still a few new additions opening in Orlando theme parks during summer 2018 including Toy Story Land at Disney’s Hollywood Studios and Infinity Falls at SeaWorld Orlando. Since

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Attendance For Theme Parks Grows for 2017

The annual attendance report has been released by the Themed Entertainment Association (TEA) and as always, the numbers are fascinating. Overall, the theme park industry has seen steady growth thanks mostly to investments in Orlando and China.  According to the report, attendance for attractions at the major operators globally is almost half a billion visitors

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What Happened To Talking Mickey?

On May 13, 2018, the Mickey Mouse meet and greet in the Town Square Theater at the Magic Kingdom in Walt Disney World became decidedly less magical. Debuting in 2011, Mickey began making appearances on Main Street after Mickey’s Toontown Fair was demolished to make way for the New Fantasyland construction. When he appeared in

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