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Who’s Moving Into The Barney Theater At Universal Studios Florida?

Regardless of what you personally thought of the Barney show at Universal Studios Florida, it definitely served its purpose. While far from the target demographic of folks looking for thrills and cutting edge attractions, Barney and friends was a place for the younger set to go while their older brothers and sisters went on the

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What Is Universal Orlando Covering Up By Removing Their Own VelociCoaster Blog Posts?

Yet again, I am scratching my head on why Universal Orlando does things. Exactly a month ago, the Universal Orlando official blog started posting behind-the-scenes articles on the new Velocicoaster at Islands of Adventure. Yet, for some reason as of February 25, 2021, they have been taken down. Keep in mind, these articles were a

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Unrealized Project Concept Art Takes On New Life

One of our favorite things to do here at Theme Park University is to look at what could have been. So many great concepts end up getting cut for various reasons. Anything from budget to licensing to just being impractical, there are more unrealized concepts floating around out there than what actually gets built in

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Now That Blue Man Group Is Moving Out Of Universal Orlando – What’s Moving In?

On February 1, 2021 Blue Man Group announced it was officially moving out of their digs at Universal Orlando. In an article we posted just a week prior, we had heard the writing had been on the wall for a while for the show. Now that it is official, what can we expect to happen

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Does J.K. Rowling Rule The Wizarding World of Harry Potter With An Iron Fist?

Sometimes theme park legends can take on a life of their own. Today’s example: Does J.K. Rowling (author of the Harry Potter book series) personally have a tight control over every aspect of Universal’s Wizarding World of Harry Potter? Recently we got the following email from TPU reader Eric: I was recently at the WWoHP

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Halloween Horror Nights Quests Patent Revealed

Often times we talk about theme park concepts that are brewing behind-the-scenes at theme parks that have not yet been announced. Some things we report on may never be announced and that’s part of the crazy world of how things work in the entertainment industry in general. Today, we can share with you an idea

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Blue Man Group Extremely Unlikely To Return To Universal Orlando

When Blue Man Group opened at Universal Orlando in 2007, it was meant to draw people away from Cirque du Soleil at Walt Disney World. While the show drew in large crowds during the beginning of the run, within the last few years interest has fizzled out. Now we are hearing Blue Man Group may

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“The Cynic’s Guide To A Reasonable Theme Park Vacation” A Must Read For Afficiandos and Newbies

The first non-childrens book I remember reading as a kid was “Birnbaum’s Official Guide To Walt Disney World.” Back before there was internet, there were very few ways to figure out to do a vacation in the most magical place on earth. Plus, there weren’t a lot of books out there on theme parks and

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Patent For Reduced Capacity Halloween Horror Nights Revealed

One of the more interesting theme park related stories to come out of 2020 was about Halloween Horror Nights intended to control capacity during a pandemic. Theme Park University reported on the idea back when the event was still a go. Before the rug got pulled out from under them, the concept was to use

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Billie Eilish Halloween Horror Nights Props Surface

Remember a few weeks ago when we told you about the Halloween Horror Nights house that was built that you’ll never get to see? That’s right, Billie Eilish had a haunted maze that was supposed to open at Halloween Horror Nights in 2020. However, due to the pandemic, not only did the event get scrapped

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