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Is Universal Rolling Out Attractions With Terrible Intellectual Properties?

Theme Park University reader Adam writes in, “Hey! Love your website. All of your attraction information on Universal is really interesting. I personally think that a show based on the Bourne franchise and Nintendo attractions are terrible ideas. Bourne isn’t that popular and Nintendo is kind of dated. It just seems like a terrible decision.

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TPU Exclusive: Universal Orlando Tentative Future Project Timeline Through 2023

We have been closely following Universal Parks and their strategy for opening new attractions in the coming years and recently published a timeline for new attractions coming to Universal Studios Hollywood in the next several years. While this is indeed still locked in and true, Universal Orlando has changed things up a bit. Let’s dive

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Is A Ghostbusters House Headed to Universal Halloween Horror Nights?

Are you sitting down? Good. Got a good grip on something nearby? Great. If you think last year’s announcement of “Stranger Things” being added to Universal’s Halloween Horror Nights set off a social media frenzy, that’s nothing. For 2019, we have reason to believe that “Ghostbusters” will be a featured house for both Halloween Horror

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BREAKING – Secret Life of Pets: Off The Leash Officially Announced for Universal Studios Hollywood in 2020

It seems that another of our predictions has come true! The official word just came from Universal Studios Hollywood that a new attraction based on “The Secret Life of Pets” franchise will indeed open at the park in 2020. While no specific time frame within that year has been set, we predict it will be

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TPU Exclusive: The Unique Master Plan of Universal Orlando’s Fourth Park: Fantastic Worlds

It’s been a while since we have discussed Universal Orlando’s tippy top secret new park being built just off of Destination Parkway in Orlando. No formal acknowledgement of plans or even construction have come from Universal Orlando as of yet. The park is still years away, but the overall master plan seems to be locked

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First Details of Jurassic World: The Ride Revealed

Today we got the first official details on Jurassic World: The Ride directly from Universal Studios Hollywood. Since the classic Jurassic Park: The Ride closed in September 2018, little official information has been released about the attraction. That is until today! Universal Studios Hollywood has given us a tease as to what we can expect

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Confirmed: Boy Almost Twisted Foot Off While Riding E.T. Adventure at Universal Studios Florida

As Theme Park University reported on back in February 2019, a boy was seriously injured while riding the E.T. Adventure at Universal Studios Florida. While initial reports stated that he “twisted his foot off,”, we had heard that was not the case. Now the Orlando Sentinel has picked up on the story because (no surprise)

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BREAKING: Today Show Cafe Officially Announced for Universal Studios Florida

As was speculated in January 2019, after the closure of the Boulangerie Cafe at Universal Studios Florida quickly closed, we have a new announcement! On February 26, 2019 NBC’s Today Show announced a new synergistic partnership with Universal Orlando: The Today Show Cafe. The cafe does indeed take the place of Boulangerie at Universal Studios

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Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure Officially Opens on June 13, 2019 at Islands of Adventure

FINALLY, we have an official date, name, and confirmation of the new coaster opening at Islands of Adventure this summer at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure was just announced as opening June 13, 2019! Now we have talked quite a bit about this ride here at Theme Park University.

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New Bill Looking to Bring Back More Filming to Florida

You remember when Florida had a ton of filming going on, right? Just as Universal Studios Florida and the Disney/MGM Studios were being built in the late ’80’s and early ’90s, there was production happening on sound stages, backlots and all over the state of Florida. Why? Most of it was due to tax breaks

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