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Universal Creative tweaked the magical formula it used to create Hollywood's Wizarding World of Harry Potter
Given that there are already Wizarding Worlds in Orlando & Osaka, why should Harry Potter fans now travel to Hollywood to experience the third theme park incarnation of that magical realm which J.K. Rowling dreamed up? Because -- as Professor Flitwick (who teaches the Charms class at Hogwarts School...
7 Apr 2016
Everything's big about Universal Orlando's opening-in-2016 Skull Island: Reign of Kong
For nearly 30 years now -- ever since King Kong Encounter was first added to Universal Studios Hollywood 's tram tour back in June of 1986 and that 7 ton, 30 foot-tall animatronic figure began blasting tourists with his banana breath -- theme park goers have been going ape for this massive movie...
6 Nov 2015
When did the Imagineers first dream of bringing a Marvel character into a Disney theme park?
Given that the highly anticipated "Iron Man Experience" won't actually open at Hong Kong Disneyland 'til the Fall of 2016 ... Copyright Marvel / Disney Enterprises, Inc. All rights reserved ... I thought that it might be interesting to look back at how the Marvel movies and characters...
7 Jun 2015
Universal Orlando's "Skull Island: Reign of Kong" promises thrilling multi-experiential adventure through King Kong's domain
For almost 40 years now, there have been King Kong-themed attractions at the Universal theme parks. Whether it was the King Kong Encounter which was added to Universal Studios Hollywood 's tram tour back in 1986 ... Copyright Universal Studios Hollywood. All rights reserved ... or the King Kongfrontation...
6 May 2015
Disney looks to avoid the mistakes that it made with "The Little Mermaid" as it expands its "Frozen" empire
25 years ago when "The Little Mermaid" first arrived in theaters, The Walt Disney Company really wasn't ready to capitalize on how successful that hand-drawn animated feature would become. And I mean REALLY not ready. If you dropped by your local Disney Store during the 1989 holiday season...
18 Sep 2014
Cedar Fair CEO Matt Ouimet reveals the secret of running a successful amusement park
For Matt Ouimet , the President and CEO of Cedar Fair Entertainment Co. , a typical day at the office really is a walk in the park. Matt Ouimet at the May 2013 grand opening of GateKeeper at Cedar Point. Copyright 2014 CFEC. All rights reserved "To be honest, I don't think I'd like this...
28 Jul 2014
Ready to let go of "Let It Go" ? Disney isn't. Mouse has five year plan for "Frozen" franchise
You've no doubt already heard about all of the box office records that " Frozen " has broken over the past eight months (With the most recent one being the 16 weeks that this Walt Disney Animation Studios production spent as the No. 1 film in Japan. "Frozen" sold over $240 million...
21 Jul 2014
Harry Potter cast members reunite to shoot new scenes for Universal Orlando's "Escape from Gringotts" thrill ride
Let's cut to the chase here: " Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts " (i.e. the feature attraction for Diagon Alley , that new Harry Potter-themed land which will be opening at Universal Studios Florida later this summer) isn't just a thrill ride. It's really " Harry...
13 May 2014
"Despicable Me Minion Mayhem" is the latest step in Universal Studios Hollywood's reimagining of its Upper Lot
By now, you've probably already heard that Universal Studios Hollywood 's version of " Despicable Me Minion Mayhem " opened on Friday. Copyright 2014 Universal Studios. All rights reserved And as you might expect, there was the usual hoopla ... Gru is joined onstage by Miranda Cosgrove...
13 Apr 2014
Huffington Post -- Theme entertainment professionals "Go Go" to Orlando for IAAPA's Attractions Expo
So how exactly do theme park attractions get created? Well, if you're talking about the rides & shows found at the Disney Parks , those are mostly the work of Walt's fabled Imagineers. Or if you're talking about The Wizarding World of Harry Potter (which -- even as you read this -- is...
20 Nov 2013
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