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What Lands Are Coming to Universal Orlando’s New Park? “Nope” Edition

Recently I posted an article answering a few reader questions about Universal Orlando. In that article, I decided to test the waters to see what Theme Park University readers thought might appear in the Universal’s new park opening in Orlando.  Make no mistake about it, even though Universal has been extremely tight-lipped about it, the

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Could Fourth Universal Orlando Park Be Named “Universal’s Fantastic Worlds”?

There has been an awful lot of online chatter about Universal Orlando’s yet-to-be-announced new major theme park being secretly built across the street from its current location, but recently a new interesting detail has emerged. According to recent documents filed by Universal City Studios with the United States Patent and Trademark Office, “Fantastic Worlds” has

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Helping Those in Need – Remembering Bryan Frank from Universal Creative

Even though the theme park creative community can seem quite large, you’d be surprised how we can all rally together in times of need. Recently, Bryan Frank suddenly passed away from a rare form of leukemia. I’m told that he didn’t know he had it until it snuck on him and took his life very

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3 Questions Answered About Future Universal Orlando Projects

Our inbox gets questions all the time from readers about various articles we have written here at Theme Park University. Since we have been hot on the trail of Universal rumors for quite some time, I figured we’d answer a few reader questions regarding some of those future announcements. Let’s dig in! TPU reader Jason

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The Islands of Adventure That Never Was Part 8 – Joker’s Madhouse Walk-Through

Welcome back to our series on the Islands of Adventure attractions that never made the cut! As promised in part seven of our series, the DC Comics section of the park not only was going to feature a roller coaster, but a walk-through attraction as well! The following concepts were proposed for the post-show after

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The Islands of Adventure That Never Was Part 7 – Joker’s Madhouse Roller Coaster

Today we bring you never-before-seen concepts of an attraction that was proposed for Islands of Adventure back in 1992! This was years prior to the park opening in 1999 when Universal was courting DC Comics instead of Marvel to be used for its own unique land. Longtime readers of Theme Park University will remember we

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Can Universal Take Back Avatar From Disney’s Animal Kingdom If They Acquire 20th Century Fox?

With the recent news of Comcast, Universal’s parent company, making an all-cash offer for 20th Century Fox, things are getting mighty interesting between Disney and Universal. Chances are, shareholders will be able to vote on both offers meaning possession of the film vault and intellectual property rights of 20th Century Fox could go to Disney

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Universal Orlando Officially Announces Nighttime Spectacular – Kinda Sorta

Well, this is interesting. On Universal Orlando’s social media accounts, it seems that they have officially announced their new nighttime spectacular. But not really….? If you recall, in early June 2018, we ran a story saying that Universal Orlando accidentally released the name of their new show as well as highlights and segments guests can

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Did Fast & Furious: Supercharged at Universal Studios Change A Potentially Racially Charged Moment?

Theme Park University reader Rebecca writes in to ask: “I noticed something a bit off when I rode Fast & Furious: Supercharged at Universal the other day. During the peppers ghost scene where the party gets broken up, it seems there is something wrong with the audio. The mouth movements don’t match up with what they

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Universal Orlando Accidentally Leaks Concept Art and Name of New Nighttime Spectacular

It seems that Universal Orlando has accidentally spilled the beans about their new nighttime spectacular on the lagoon of Universal Studios Florida. What’s even more impressive? They did it on their own website. Before we start, it’s fair to say that this was not completely intentional on Universal’s part. This is one of their biggest

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