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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Posted on Friday, November 4th, 2016 by Jacob Hall
The Universal Studios theme parks built their reputation on allowing guests to “ride the movies” and that continues to be its main appeal. Only now, five-minute rides through your favorite films in the Universal catalog have given way to immersive experiences that allow you to wander through lands that transport you into fantastical worlds like J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World, the long-lost Skull Island, and, uh, Jimmy Fallon’s Tonight Show.
That’s why Universal’s newest addition to its Florida resort is so fascinating. Volcano Bay is a departure from its sister parks (Universal Studios Florida and Islands of Adventure) in that it’s a water park, but it’s also a completely original concept that isn’t based on any kind of licensed property. A new teaser video dwells on the chief selling point here: a relaxing experience build on some fairly astonishing technology.
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In this edition of Theme Park Bits:
- Take a very close look at the new The Walking Dead Attraction and read an early review.
- Learn how and when you can audition for Halloween Horror Nights.
- Universal Studios doubles down on The Secret Life of Pets.
- Disney introduces more Star Wars into its parks as Star Wars Land takes shape.
- Universal is testing VR headsets for future attractions.
- A new video teases the technology of Pandora: The Land of Avatar.
- The history of Disney’s scrapped Virginia theme park.
- And more!
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The battle between Disney and Universal is at the forefront of this edition of Theme Park Bits. Below, read about the following:
- Captain America: The Winter Soldier is coming to Disneyland.
- A new hint has surfaced at the closing of Captain EO.
- Last week marked the 27th anniversary of Star Tours.
- The CEO of Comcast, which owns Universal, says they’re really pushing theme parks.
- Photos from the Diagon Alley expansion of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter as well as multiple upgrades at Universal Hollywood.
- A new hotel is opening at Universal Studios Orlando.
- Maleficent gets a new float in a Walt Disney World parade.
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One of Disney’s biggest hits in recent memory might be getting a ride sooner than later. Read about that and everything below in this edition of Theme Park Bits.
- Disney might open a Frozen attraction at Norway in Epcot Center.
- The Despicable Me attraction in Hollywood gets a release date.
- Disneyland Paris competitor Futuroscope just got a fresh investment.
- California Adventure has a Three Kings Day Celebration.
- See the difference between Jurassic Park T-Rexes in Florida and California.
- The Jungle Cruise at Disneyland Tokyo gets an upgrade.
- Listen to audio of an old-school Disney Imagineer dishing secrets.
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Super packed edition of Theme Park Bits featuring lots of closings. Below, read about the following:
- The Back to the Future themed restaurant Doc Brown’s Chicken at Universal Hollywood is closing in January.
- The Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage at Disneyland is closing for refurbishment.
- Universal Studios Japan gets $250 million investment to build a Harry Potter park.
- A Pirates of the Caribbean ride at Shanghai Disneyland might use new technology.
- Check out an image of where Harry Potter land will be in California.
- Disneyland and Walt Disney World visitors can enjoy some Mary Poppins exclusives starting this week.
- See photo and video from the new Raving Rabbids, The Time Machine ride at Futuroscope in France.
- Rumor has it there might be a Warcraft presence at Universal Orlando in the future.
- Listen to some of the original sounds and music from the Haunted Mansion.
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One of the biggest mysteries in the long running history of The Simpsons is the location of Springfield, the characters’ hometown. While the show’s creators have given hints over the years, it’s safe to say that, as of last week, at least one version of Springfield is in Orlando, Florida.
For the past few months, Universal Studios Orlando has been slowly opening a whole new section to their park. (Yes, this in addition to Islands of Adventure and World of Harry Potter.) The new area is designed to look as close to Springfield as possible, including stores, locations and characters from the iconic hometown of The Simpsons. Last week, that expansion was finally completed as its the flagship ride, Kang & Kodos’ Twirl ‘n’ Hurl, opened its gates.
Below, see some photos and videos of not only that ride, but the entire Springfield, including Moe’s Tavern, the Duff Brewery, Lard Lad Donuts and much more. Read More »
Posted on Thursday, August 8th, 2013 by Angie Han
It’s been six years since the last Harry Potter book came out, and two years since the last Harry Potter movie hit theaters. But the Harry Potter fandom remains as devoted as ever, and Warner Bros. and Universal Orlando Resort want to do their part to keep it that way.
The studio will host A Celebration of Harry Potter at the theme park next year, a three-day convention similar to the Star Wars Celebration that Star Wars enthusiasts have been enjoying for years. Hit the jump to get all the details.
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