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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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Blue Man Group Offers Autism Friendly Show at Universal Orlando December 8, 2018

If you’ve seen Blue Man Group at CityWalk in Orlando, you know that it’s a high-energy show. It’s a rock concert with original music, unique visual effects, and comedy. For one day in December, Blue Man Group in Orlando is doing an autism-friendly performance in cooperation with Autism Speaks. Autism Speaks is the world’s leading autism science

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Digging Into Islands of Adventure’s New Roller Coaster Headed to Jurassic Park in 2020

This week the interwebs have been a buzzing with pretty solid rumors of a new coaster opening in the Jurassic Park section of Islands of Adventure. While we certainly have acknowledged that a coaster is coming to Jurassic Park here at Theme Park University, we haven’t gone into detail as to what’s coming… until now!

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Did Universal Orlando Make Another “Epic” Mistake With The New Harry Potter Roller Coaster Artwork?

By now, you’ve probably seen the new teaser poster floating around the internet today of the new Harry Potter Coaster. Opening in 2019, the new roller coaster is taking the place of Dragon’s Challenge at Islands of Adventure. For months, we have written several articles about this new coaster. It will be themed to Hagrid.

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Will Universal’s New Theme Park Open In 2021 To Compete With WDW’s 50th Anniversary?

Theme Park University reader Sean writes in this question: “Hey! Just thought I’d get your take on a rumor that’s being floated around. Last week I was listening to a pretty popular podcast (won’t mention the name) and it seems to insinuate that Universal’s new theme park could open by 2021. The logic these podcasters

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Why is Universal Closing The Eighth Voyage of Sindbad? Your Questions Answered

Since Theme Park University broke the news about an original attraction at Islands of Adventure was closing, we have gotten dozens of questions and comments. Indeed, as we originally reported, the Eighth Voyage of Sindbad is closing on Saturday, Sept. 15, 2018. Universal Orlando has since confirmed the show would be coming to an end.

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New Jaws Ride Book Is Must Have For Theme Park Enthusiasts

Given the choice, if I could resurrect one attraction from Universal Orlando’s past? It would be the Jaws ride without question. Aside from it being one of the best immersive attractions of all time, the history of The Jaws Ride may be some of the best stories you’ll hear about the theme park industry anywhere.

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BREAKING: Eighth Voyage of Sindbad Closing at Islands of Adventure Sep 15 2018

According to several sources within Universal Orlando, the plug has been pulled on the Eighth Voyage of Sindbad Stunt Show at Islands of Adventure. An original attraction that opened with the park in 1999, this marks one of Orlando’s longest running stunt shows and one of the longest in theme park history. According to sources,

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Helping Those in Need – Remembering Bryan Frank from Universal Creative

Even though the theme park creative community can seem quite large, you’d be surprised how we can all rally together in times of need. Recently, Bryan Frank suddenly passed away from a rare form of leukemia. I’m told that he didn’t know he had it until it snuck on him and took his life very

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