Category Archives: Universal

Universal Orlando Uses Guests As Pawns in Hagrid’s Opening PR Stunt

It was hard to avoid the hype train when Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure opened recently. From social media to local news, you kept hearing the same thing over and over: 10 hour wait times! Were you one of the guests who waited 10 hours (or more) in the Florida heat on June 13? I’ve

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Is Universal Orlando’s Hagrid’s Magical Creature Adventure Already Needing A Redesign?

Theme Park University reader John writes in today’s question. “What information do you have about the Hagrid Coaster being delayed and perhaps needing (eventual) significant redesign? Orlando Weekly had a short article that test rides showed intolerable roughness. And, test rides causing premature track wear. They guessed that’s why soft openings have not occurred. I

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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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