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Pokemon and Zelda Plans Cancelled at Universal Orlando?

As Universal Parks and Resorts continues to grow at an incredible pace, future plans continue to fluctuate. If you’ve followed us here at Theme Park University, we have tracked plans for the new Nintendo projects for several years now. Very little, however, has been released to the public. It seems that the plans to branch

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The Today Show Cafe Probably Headed for Universal Studios Florida

Finally taking some steps to apply more synergy to their parks, it looks like Universal Studios Florida is adding some tie-ins to their parent company NBC in 2019. If rumors are true, they will be opening a Today Show Cafe near the front entrance of the park. On January 7, 2019, the Beverly Hills Boulangerie

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Will Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge and Hagrid’s Roller Coaster Hurt Orlando Theme Parks in Early 2019?

Without question, the buzz around the 2019 opening of Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge is the biggest theme park project since the opening of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Islands of Adventure in 2010. While it is going to be a huge boost for Walt Disney World, it’s also going to be good for

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Why Is There An Animated Squirrel In The Universal Studios Florida Christmas Tree?

Every year, thousands of tourists pass by the now iconic Christmas tree at Universal Studios Florida. Yet, they don’t even notice it. It’s there every year. Always in a different location. Yes, I’m talking about a squirrel.  Located inside the New York area of Universal Studios Florida, this huge Christmas tree has become an iconic

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Is This Universal Parks Mario Kart Ride System?

With the recent announcement from Dynamic Attractions, many are wondering if their new Dual Powered Coaster system is going to be used in the new Mario Kart ride headed to Universal Parks around the globe. Many people look at some of the imagery used in the sizzle real recently released at the International Association of

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Blue Man Group Offers Autism Friendly Show at Universal Orlando December 8, 2018

If you’ve seen Blue Man Group at CityWalk in Orlando, you know that it’s a high-energy show. It’s a rock concert with original music, unique visual effects, and comedy. For one day in December, Blue Man Group in Orlando is doing an autism-friendly performance in cooperation with Autism Speaks. Autism Speaks is the world’s leading autism science

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Digging Into Islands of Adventure’s New Roller Coaster Headed to Jurassic Park in 2020

This week the interwebs have been a buzzing with pretty solid rumors of a new coaster opening in the Jurassic Park section of Islands of Adventure. While we certainly have acknowledged that a coaster is coming to Jurassic Park here at Theme Park University, we haven’t gone into detail as to what’s coming… until now!

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Universal Studios Hollywood Expansion Plans – 2019, 2020 and 2021

In case you haven’t noticed, construction around Universal Studios Hollywood has hit a fever pitch. There are currently three major additions being added to the park that are slated to open in 2019, 2020 and 2021, respectively.  As always, anything we post here that isn’t confirmed by Universal Parks officially is subject to change and

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Did Universal Orlando Make Another “Epic” Mistake With The New Harry Potter Roller Coaster Artwork?

By now, you’ve probably seen the new teaser poster floating around the internet today of the new Harry Potter Coaster. Opening in 2019, the new roller coaster is taking the place of Dragon’s Challenge at Islands of Adventure. For months, we have written several articles about this new coaster. It will be themed to Hagrid.

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Will Universal’s New Theme Park Open In 2021 To Compete With WDW’s 50th Anniversary?

Theme Park University reader Sean writes in this question: “Hey! Just thought I’d get your take on a rumor that’s being floated around. Last week I was listening to a pretty popular podcast (won’t mention the name) and it seems to insinuate that Universal’s new theme park could open by 2021. The logic these podcasters

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