Tag Archives: Islands of Adventure

Cracking Open Universal Orlando’s Crystal Ball Part 1B – Harry Potter Projection Show

Welcome back to our series on cracking open Universal Orlando’s crystal ball. As you may recall, in early January 2018, Universal Orlando made a blog post about upcoming announcements the company would be making throughout 2018.  We here at Theme Park University have taken it upon ourselves to crack open their self-promoted crystal ball. Our first

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Super Mario and Donkey Kong NOT Headed to Universal Studios Florida – Supposedly

Recently, WFTV News in Orlando reported on plans to demolish Kidzone at Universal Studios Florida in order to add Nintendo additions. According to the plans filed with Orange County, Universal Orlando planned to wipe out everything from the Animal Actors Show all the way back to the Curious George Interactive Playground. While the scope of

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Islands of Adventure’s Harry Potter Land That Never Was

The history of Islands of Adventure is easily one of the most fascinating of any theme park on the planet. As is often times the case, nearly nothing that is originally pitched for a park ends up in the final product. That said, we have covered extensively here at Theme Park University how DC Comics would

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Marvel Theme Park Opening in August 2016

A theme park that has been in the works for nearly 10 years is finally opening its doors in August 2016. How have you never heard of a Marvel theme park before? Well that’s because IMG Worlds of Adventure has had some rocky starts before it got rolling in Dubai. In fairness, this park also

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Universal Orlando Creates Web Series In Anticipation Of King Kong Attraction

You just can’t beat a good viral campaign. Universal Orlando has created a web series called Myth Explorer: The Quest For Kong and just launched its first trailer. Designed to mimic television shows that search for clues if ghosts, aliens or Bigfoot are real, this new series looks like it will cleverly create an additional backstory

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Universal Creative Represented in Spider-Man Queue at Islands of Adventure

Continuing our series on locations where you can find tributes to the top brass at Universal Orlando and Universal Creative, today we journey to the Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man at Islands of Adventure. If you’ve ever been in the standby queue, you’ll notice a trophy case filled with awards from staff members of The Daily

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Looney Tunes in Islands of Adventure?

The history of Islands of Adventure is a fascinating one. Originally the park was known as Cartoon World and would feature characters from DC Comics and Warner Brothers. While I have done extensive research on the subject, I have never actually seen the concept art for this section of the proposed park until now. Thanks

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Skull Island: Reign of King Kong Officially Announced for Islands of Adventure Summer 2016

King Kong will return once again to Universal Orlando in the Summer of 2016 with a new attraction, Skull Island: Reign of King Kong. According to Mike West of Universal Creative, the new attraction will feature revolutionary ride vehicles that will take guests through Skull Island. According to West, the ride will feature “massive sets,

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Ask TPU: Will the Cirque du Soleil Theme Park Ever Be Built?

Welcome to our new weekly column where we answer reader questions from all over the world. I get questions all the time, either via e-mail, Twitter or meeting fans of TPU in person and this will be a perfect way to help readers how the industry works. I don’t proclaim to know all the answers,

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The Islands of Adventure That Never Was Part 5: Spider-Man

Islands of Adventure isn’t exactly what Jay Stein and Universal Creative set out for it to be when they were in the planning stages for this park as early as 1992. Then again, no theme park project ends up with all the items on their wish list fulfilled on opening day. After long negotiations, DC

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