Category Archives: Universal

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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Did Someone Twist Their Foot Off While Riding The E.T. Adventure At Universal Studios Florida?

Have you heard the story about how a guest twisted their foot on the E.T. Adventure at Universal Studios Florida? It sounds like one of those urban myths you often hear about theme parks and their crazy accidents. However, we are convinced this story happened and it indeed is (mostly) true! Before we begin, we

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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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