• 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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  • Is SeaWorld Making A Comeback?

    SeaWorld Parks recently made some huge headlines regarding their attendance during the first quarter of 2018. Attendance at their parks was up by 15 percent, which is a huge gain for any theme park because usually, that time of year is the slowest. So does this mean SeaWorld is making a comeback? I would remain

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  • Is Jurassic Park River Adventure Closing at Islands of Adventure for a Jurassic World Refresh?

    As we predicted several months back, Universal Studios Hollywood has announced that Jurassic Park: The Ride will be closing on September 3rd, 2018.  This is to make way for the anticipated Jurassic World Ride headed to Universal Studios in 2019. However, everyone is now wondering – will Jurassic Park River Adventure be closing at Islands

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  • A Journey Through Saw Escape Room in Las Vegas

    Today, we give a taste of the Saw Escape Room in Las Vegas from one of our most loyal TPU readers. Al D’Alfonso recently took a trip to Las Vegas and got to experience this one-of-a-kind escape room just off the Vegas strip. Is it an escape room? Immersive theater? Ultra-themed experience? I’ll let Al

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  • Universal Studios Hollywood To Close Jurassic Park: The Ride on Sep 3, 2018 Most Likely for Jurassic World

    OK, looks like we are still batting a thousand here at Theme Park University.  As it turns out, Inside Universal is reporting that Jurassic Park: The Ride will be closing for extensive refurbishment on September 3, 2018.  Now, this is not a surprise to us here at TPU, who correctly predicted that theme park patrons

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  • First Look at Universal Studios Beijing

    Word on Universal’s first theme park in China has been fairly silent so far. Reports say that Universal Studios Beijing should open in 2020. Or at least the first phase.  A few things to keep in mind as we go through the concept art for Universal Studios Beijing.  First of all, everything posted in this article remains

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  • Why is Fast & Furious: Supercharged A Dumpster Fire?

    Now that Fast & Furious Supercharged has opened at Universal Studios Florida, the general consensus is in: it’s a dumpster fire. To be fair, this article is not about my personal opinion. Nor the opinion of other bloggers. If attraction designers had to design rides to appeal to bloggers who cover attractions, they’d pull their

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