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How Replacing the E.T. Adventure with Netflix’s Stranger Things at Universal Studios Florida would be a smart move

Like many of you, I have become obsessed with the Netflix show Stranger Things. For those who haven’t jumped on the bandwagon yet, I’ll break it down for you. A group of pre-pubescent boys go on a mission looking for a member of their group who turns up missing. The first season of Stranger Things

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An Interview with Jessica Cox – A Woman Born Without Arms Who Isn’t Allowed To Ride A Single Attraction At Universal Orlando

You’ve probably seen the headlines by now. Jessica Cox, a woman who was born without arms, was denied riding any moving attractions at Universal Orlando on a trip back in November 2015. She is not someone who takes “no” for an answer lightly, as she is a licensed scuba diver and even a licensed pilot. Theme

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Halloween Horror Nights Orlando Adds $50 Per Person Virtual Reality Haunted House

First we saw virtual reality on roller coasters. Now it’s time for virtual haunted houses. Here’s the strange part: it’s happening at Universal Orlando as part of Halloween Horror Nights, a place where you can experience actual haunted houses. If that doesn’t sound crazy enough, this new experience called The Repository will cost you $50

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Concept Details from the Wizarding World of Harry Potter

Last time we explored how the Wizarding World of Harry Potter would have looked dramatically different at Islands of Adventure. This time around, we will examine some of my favorite concept art that ended up in the Wizarding World. We start with my absolute favorite. Located to the left of the Three Broomsticks in Hogsmeade

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Islands of Adventure’s Harry Potter Land That Never Was

The history of Islands of Adventure is easily one of the most fascinating of any theme park on the planet. As is often times the case, nearly nothing that is originally pitched for a park ends up in the final product. That said, we have covered extensively here at Theme Park University how DC Comics would

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Former Jaws Skipper Needs Help

Sometimes you just can’t prepare yourself for what life throws at you. Recently I had a Theme Park University reader bring a situation to my attention. Jacob Gowing, a former Jaws Skipper at Universal Studios Florida, is about to undergo two brain surgeries. It turns out a web of cysts in his brain started giving

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4 Misconceptions About The NBC/Universal Acquisition of DreamWorks Animation

April was a fascinating month for the entertainment industry. Universal Studios took a page from Disney’s playbook and bought out DreamWorks Animation for around $3.7 billion. As fans who follow this industry know, this has been happening at Disney for years now with the acquisitions of Pixar, ABC Television, Marvel, LucasFilm and more. What I

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Will Universal Orlando’s Third Theme Park be Dreamworks Animation?

I wrote a story about how Comcast (which owns Universal Studios) is in talks to acquire DreamWorks Animation for reportedly $3 billion. Now, in that article I talked about how great it would be for Universal Parks to have intellectual properties like “Shrek,” “Madagascar,” “How to Train Your Dragon” and “Kung Fu Panda” at their

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Comcast in Talks to Acquire DreamWorks Animation for $3 Billion

Well, this is interesting. According to Variety, Comcast is currently in talks to acquire all of DreamWorks Animation to the tune of $3 billion smackers. Keep in mind, Comcast owns Universal Studios, which includes the theme parks and movie studio. Now if you’re a theme park fan (why else would you come here?), this is BIG

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Universal Studios Dubailand – What Could Have Been

A Theme Park University reader sent me an Arabic brochure for the once proposed Universal Studios Dubailand, which actually started construction in 2008, but was later left abandoned. By the summer 2009, the project hit a standstill thanks to the global economy issues at the time, but this was actually going to happen! With all

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