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Cracking Open Universal Orlando’s Crystal Ball Part 2B: VooDoo Doughnuts Confirmed

We are two for two here at Theme Park University! For those of you keeping score, we have been correctly predicting Universal Orlando announcements starting from early January 2018. First, our premonition of the new Harry Potter projection show came true! The new show headed to Islands of Adventure will indeed be the same one

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Cracking Open Universal Orlando’s Crystal Ball Part 2 – VooDoo Doughnuts Headed to Universal Orlando CityWalk

Welcome back to our series where we crack open Universal Orlando’s crystal ball. If you’ve been following along, in part one of our series we made a prediction about the new Harry Potter projection show headed to Islands of Adventure. As it turns out, our detective skills were accurate and indeed the new show announced

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Cracking Open Universal Orlando’s Crystal Ball Part 1B – Harry Potter Projection Show

Welcome back to our series on cracking open Universal Orlando’s crystal ball. As you may recall, in early January 2018, Universal Orlando made a blog post about upcoming announcements the company would be making throughout 2018.  We here at Theme Park University have taken it upon ourselves to crack open their self-promoted crystal ball. Our first

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Cracking Open Universal Orlando’s Crystal Ball Part 1 – Hogwarts Projection Show

Recently a post on the official Universal Orlando blog about what to look forward to in 2018 caught my eye. Indeed, there are several new projects that we know about that are coming to Universal Orlando Resort this year. The opening of Fast & Furious: Supercharged at Universal Studios Florida, the new Aventura hotel opening

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How Will Disney’s Acquisition of 20th Century Fox Affect Theme Parks?

On December 14, 2017 the Walt Disney Company announced they were going to pay $52.4 billion for Fox Studios.  This acquisition includes all kinds of goodies such as “X-Men” and “The Simpsons” to name a few. More importantly, it gives Disney leverage in being able to offer more digital content on a platform to compete

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TPU Exclusive: Never Before Seen Ren and Stimpy Shows at Universal Studios Florida Revealed

If you were a ’90s kid, the highlight of any trip to Universal Studios Florida was the Nickelodeon Studios Tour. Nearly every Nickelodeon show ended with ” ______ was produced before a live studio audience at Nickelodeon Studios at Universal Studios Florida!” For nearly 15 years, park guests got to take a behind-the-scenes look at

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Why Can’t Universal Open A Nintendo Theme Park?

Theme Park University reader Tim writes in to ask, “If what you’re saying is true about having unique Nintendo lands in Universal Studios Florida, Islands of Adventure and the new theme park around the corner, why don’t they combine it all make the third theme park dedicated to Nintendo?” Thanks for the question, Tim. Regarding

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Super Mario and Donkey Kong NOT Headed to Universal Studios Florida – Supposedly

Recently, WFTV News in Orlando reported on plans to demolish Kidzone at Universal Studios Florida in order to add Nintendo additions. According to the plans filed with Orange County, Universal Orlando planned to wipe out everything from the Animal Actors Show all the way back to the Curious George Interactive Playground. While the scope of

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Could Virtual Line Work At All Major Universal Theme Park Attractions?

Something tells me I’m not getting a Christmas card from Universal Parks this year. Recently we have uncovered a lot regarding the future plans for the Universal Orlando Resort. Facial recognition technology, Nintendo attraction concept art, Bourne Identity taking over for Terminator 2: 3-D and on and on. Today we are going to discuss the

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Universal Orlando Borrows Elements from Kong and Universal Hollywood Tram Tour for Fast & Furious Supercharged

As we have hinted about for months now, details have been released for the Fast & Furious – Supercharged ride headed to Universal Studios Florida.  Yes, it’s an attraction utilizing mostly screens, but who would have taken the bet it would be anything else but?  Where it gets interesting is that this is really a

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