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SUPER-CHARGING LOTTE WORLD: An in-depth look at the creation of the park’s all new Let’s Dream! Nighttime Spectacular with the Goddard Group’s Director of Design, Taylor Jeffs

Lotte World has long been one of the world’s famous (and infamous) theme parks. Located in Seoul, South Korea, the highly-attended hybrid of indoor and outdoor facilities has always performed well, establishing its place as one of the world’s most-attended non-Disney theme parks. What makes the park infamous, however, is its line-up of big budget

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The Islands of Adventure That Never Was Part 4: Superman

When Islands of Adventure opened in the Summer of 1999, by far the stand-out attraction was The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man. Not only was the technology impressive, but the story was ingenious. For attractions, it’s particularly difficult to tell a truly linear story. Most dark rides rely on immersive scenery to place the rider in a

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The Islands of Adventure That Never Was Part 3: Popeye

Shortly after Universal Studios Florida became a success, Jay Stein – former President of Universal’s theme parks, started to come up with ideas for a second theme park. Since the Universal Orlando was an expansion of their movie studio/theme park in Hollywood, it was a challenge to come up with a concept that didn’t revolve

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The Islands of Adventure That Never Was Part 2: Ripsaw Falls

In October of 1989, a pivotal moment in the history of Islands of Adventure happened before Universal Studios Florida even opened, when Jay Ward passed away due to cancer. Ward was the creator of the original Rocky and Bullwinkle television series in addition to characters like Dudley Do-Right. After Ward’s passing, his family inherited the

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The Islands of Adventure That Never Was Part 1: The Bat Wing

After Universal Studios Florida opened in 1990 and became a worthy contender to compete in the theme park capital of the world, a small task force was put together to expand the property. The plan was to build a second gate along with hotels and a central shopping and dining complex. As early as 1991,

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