Category Archives: Universal

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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Universal Theme Parks future expansion looking to steamroll competition

There has never been a better time to be a theme park fan. If you follow the industry of themed entertainment like we do here at Theme Park University, it will come as no surprise that all eyes have been on Universal Studios for the past few years. Sure, the Mouse has their own expansions

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Universal Orlando Creates Web Series In Anticipation Of King Kong Attraction

You just can’t beat a good viral campaign. Universal Orlando has created a web series called Myth Explorer: The Quest For Kong and just launched its first trailer. Designed to mimic television shows that search for clues if ghosts, aliens or Bigfoot are real, this new series looks like it will cleverly create an additional backstory

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