Universal Studios Florida is currently open, and earlier this month, they held a soft opening for The Bourne Stuntacular, which promises “a cutting-edge fusion of stagecraft and film” featuring a stunt show designed around the Bourne Identity franchise. While the park is open, there are still safety measures to consider, since the coronavirus is still around. With that in mind, Universal is hosting a Bourne Stuntacular virtual sneak peek tonight.
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Right now Disneyland and Universal Studios are facing the unprecedented situation of being completely closed for an extended period of time in order to help stop the spread of the coronavirus across the United States. As of now, there’s no estimate as to when the parks will re-open, but thanks to a new statement from Bob Iger, executive chairman of the board for the Walt Disney Company, and some surveys from Universal Studios, we have some idea of what it might be like when business resumes. Read More »
Update – April 9, 2020: Today, Universal has announced that it is extending the closure of Universal Orlando Resort and Universal Studios Hollywood, as well as CityWalk at both locations, through at least May 31. The company will continue to pay its employees at 100% through April 19, but offered this update:
Beginning April 20, nearly all our team members will be paid at 80 percent of their pay – and we will ask them to adjust their work accordingly. A small group of team members will be asked to continue working at 100 percent and will continue to be paid at that level. We have also made the difficult decision that we will furlough our part-time hourly workers beginning May 3. During this time, we will fully cover the cost of benefit plans for those team members who have them. All of these team members remain in our thoughts – and, while we don’t yet know when, we look forward to returning them to work one day.
Our original article from March 12, 2020 continues below.
When Disneyland announced earlier today that it was closing its doors for just the fourth time in an attempt to limit the spread of the coronavirus, Universal Studios Hollywood remained open. But now that park has announced its own closures due to COVID-19…though it may be trying to one-up Disney by planning to reopen a few days earlier than its biggest rival. Read More »
There’s plenty of Stranger Things action happening at Universal Studios Florida right now thanks to the themed maze that’s running during the annual Halloween Horror Nights event. But it sounds like the theme park will be getting another bonus attraction tied to Hawkins, Indiana and all the supernatural occurrences that have happened in the Midwest. However, this new Universal Studios Stranger Things attraction sounds a little peculiar, and we’re not entirely sure what to make of it. Read More »
Universal Studios Florida’s Halloween Horror Nights scare zones are going to be overrun by the undead this year, featuring the zombies from the upcoming film Zombieland: Double Tap to a Rob Zombie-themed “Hillbilly Deluxe” zone, and more. Get the details about all five scare zones below. Read More »
In this edition of Theme Park Bits:
- The Disney Skyliner has an opening date.
- A Disney relative visited Disneyland recently, and wasn’t happy with what she found.
- Learn about the rock work in Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge
- Universal Studios Orlando’s Passholder Appreciation Days have been revealed
- And more!
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Rumors about Universal’s newest Harry Potter theme park ride have been floating around for years, and now we’ve learned that they were true: Universal Orlando Resort has just unveiled its first official look at the Wizarding World’s newest attraction: Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure, which features “the most highly-themed coaster yet.” Get more details below.
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A few months ago, we wrote about a rumor which suggested that Universal Orlando Resort was considering adding a fourth park to its Florida roster. The company acquired a bunch of new land in 2015 and even more in 2017, so all signs seemed to point to that rumor being true. Now Comcast (NBCUniversal’s parent company) has all-but-confirmed the new development themselves in a recent question and answer session, and revealed that the title of the new park could be Fantastic Worlds. Read on to learn everything we know so far. Read More »
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Rumor has it that Universal Studios is developing an entire Star Trek-themed land in a new Orlando park that would directly compete with Walt Disney World’s Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge. Read on for more information about a potential Universal Studios Star Trek land. Read More »
Harry Potter doesn’t own wizards and magic wands — though The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios Orlando certainly popularized selling them in merchandise form.
The magic wand is a particularly clever piece of marketing that also is deeply connected to the world of Harry Potter — there are whole subplots about the importance of a wizard’s bond with his wand and how the “wand chooses the wizard.” Heck, the entire finale of Harry Potter hinges on the ownership of a wand! Merlin’s wand in Disney’s The Sword in the Stone? Not so pivotal.
But Disneyland Paris is piggybacking on the success of the Harry Potter wands, and creating their own brand of magic wands that can be sold at a Merlin’s Shop near you! And by near you, I mean exclusively in Disneyland Paris.
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