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Steven Spielberg phones it in at the grand opening of Universal Studios Florida's "Transformers: The Ride - 3D"
I wanted to share a few photos (as well a quick, cute story) from last week's grand opening media event for " Transformers: The Ride - 3D ." Photo by Nancy Stadler The Universal Orlando Resort invited myself, Nancy and Angela to the pre-opening party. Where -- no matter what direction you...
24 Jun 2013
A Huffington Post exclusive: A detailed look at Diagon Alley, the highly anticipated expansion of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Orlando Resort
Ever since The Wizarding World of Harry Potter first opened at Universal's Islands of Adventure back in June of 2010, thousands of people have entered Hogsmeade and -- after spotting that stationary version of the Hogwarts Express (which was parked at the entrance of this theme park land as a photo...
11 May 2013
How the Thinkwell Group conjured a "Making of Harry Potter" attraction for the Warner Bros. Studio Tour London
Between that basilisk in the basement, those pesky mountain trolls who wander in through open doors, not to mention the occasional dragon which slips its chain and then starts ripping up the roof of this famed castle, Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry has obviously previously had some problems...
5 May 2013
Knott's Berry Farm freshens its flume with a multi-million dollar redo of Timber Mountain Log Ride
It's one of the hard realities of the theme park business. You may have this absolutely killer concept for a new attraction in your head. But when you factor in the size of the budget that you've been handed coupled with the amount of time that you have left to actually construct this ride, sometimes...
29 Apr 2013
"Disney U" features many informative & hilarious stories about how things really work behind-the-scenes at the Mouse House
Did you need a distraction from all of the sad news coming out of Boston tonight? I know that I do. Which is why -- rather than watch that footage of the explosion at the marathon's line yet again -- I picked up a copy of Doug Lipp 's terrific tome, " Disney U: How Disney University develops...
15 Apr 2013
Are Disney's new interactive queues actually encouraging theme park Guests to be more destructive?
Figment's Friend sent me a rather anxious e-mail last week. This JHM reader wanted to share a bit of news coming out of WDW's Magic Kingdom which had really upset him: Did you see what happened to that portrait of Tony Baxter which was hung in the new interactive queue of Big Thunder Mountain...
25 Mar 2013
Theme Park University website now offering insights about how the themed entertainment industry actually works
The Internet is really a wondrous place. Especially if you're a young person who's considering a career in animation. If you've ever considered becoming a character designer someday, you can always swing by Tom Bancroft 's Character Mentor Studio or Stephen Silver's blog and then...
3 Mar 2013
Why For did Universal Orlando sell off all of that property it bought from Lockheed Martin?
Paul G writes in to ask: Why on earth are so many Disney fan websites so negative? There are a good number of them that I don't even look at anymore because they spend so much time complaining about every last little thing. They are so negative! (thank you Jim for being one of the few who, while...
27 Dec 2012
Over 70,000 New Yorkers visited Disney Theatrical's "Inside the Lion King" exhibit during its 16 day-long run
Kristin T. sent me an e-mail earlier this week offering her thoughts about Disney Parks ' new Limited Time Magic promotion. To be specific ... ... I can't help but think that this money could be better spent in other ways. Wouldn't it have made more sense in the long run if the Imagineers...
19 Dec 2012
The Gaylord Palms' Christmassy DreamWorks Experience translates into lots of holiday face time with the "Shrek," "Madagascar" and "Kung Fu Panda" characters
Francis T. sent me this e-mail yesterday: I know that you mostly write about Disney. But my eight year old has recently discovered the Dreamworks animation movies and is now completely obsessed with Shrek . We're headed to Orlando next month. So I was wondering if you had any recommendations about...
27 Nov 2012
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