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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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An In-Depth Look at Hagrid’s Roller Coaster Headed to Islands of Adventure in 2019

We have been following this story for months and now it’s time to dig into the new Hagrid roller coaster headed to Hogsmeade in Islands of Adventure. Today’s article is a mixture of what we know, what we can gather from the construction thus far and a smidge of whisperings from within the theme park

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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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Does Disney Own Avatar?

TPU reader Jim wrote in to ask, “We all know Avatar at Animal Kingdom is behind schedule, but why did Disney decide to make four more sequels to a movie that many people have already forgotten about? Will the sequels be represented in the park?” Here’s the thing… Disney does not own the Avatar movie,

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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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Dynamic Attractions adding new Demonstration, Design and Test Facility to Orlando in 2016

As we close out the year, one can’t help but take a step back and look at how far theme parks have come in recent years. Going back to the troubled economy of 2009, theme parks were offering free admission on your birthday, nearly all future growth came to a stop and some parks folded

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How Much of Universal Orlando is Owned by Universal Studios?

With the recent opening of Diagon Alley at Universal Studios Florida, I got to wondering, “How much of Universal Orlando is licensed properties and how much does Universal Studios actually own?” Considering “Jaws” was a Universal Studios film and it’s been replaced with a franchise owned by Warner Brothers, I decided to do some investigating

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