May 11, 2011
Universal to build miniature golf attraction at CityWalk
Universal Orlando announced plans Wednesday to open a movie-themed miniature golf course at its CityWalk entertainment district by early next year.
"Hollywood Drive-In Golf" will be themed after the drive-in movie era, with elements from vintage horror... Read More »
April 07, 2011
Universal Studios wonders how and when to expand Wizarding World of Harry Potter
With the unprecedented success of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, Universal Studios executives are already wrestling with the question of how and when to expand the perpetually congested 20-acre theme-park-within-a-theme-park at Islands of Adventure... Read More »
March 28, 2011
Universal Studios: Big Time Rush set for May 14 performance
The quartet Big Time Rush, stars of a Nickelodeon series of the same name, will perform at Universal Studios theme park’s Music Plaza on Saturday, May 14. The concert will be included in regular theme-park admission.
The foursome play high-school stude... Read More »
March 16, 2011
'Hop' to it: Universal add 'Hop' characters to park
Universal Studios has added characters from the upcoming live action/animated film “Hop” to its theme park lineup. Through April 5, characters will perform on the French Quarter stage then meet-and-greet theme park guests. The Universal Pictures film, wh... Read More »
January 21, 2011
Wizarding World sends Universal Orlando's attendance through roof in 4th quarter
Universal Orlando ended 2010 with its best fourth quarter on record and its highest annual attendance since 2004, thanks to the success of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter.
Attendance at the resort's two theme parks skyrocketed 46 percent during the... Read More »
September 11, 2007
Truck catches fire at Universal's Islands of Adventure
A truck caught fire at Universal's Islands of Adventure this morning but will not affect park operations. Firefighters saw a column of fire when they arrived at the theme park just before 5 a.m., then spotted a vacuum truck next to a building that was on... Read More »
August 11, 2007
Universal matches Disney's price hike
The same day it reported a rise in corporate profits and a continued slide in theme-park attendance, Universal Orlando raised many of its ticket prices Friday, matching Walt Disney World's $71 for a one-day adult admission.... Read More »
June 11, 2007
Universal plans daytime ski show
Universal Orlando is offering its new "Hydro Action Ski Show" starting this weekend on the Islands of Adventure lagoon -- the first time that a daytime entertainment has been staged there. The show, which debuts Friday and will run several times each day... Read More »
May 31, 2007
Universal adding Harry Potter to IoA
Universal Orlando Resort is opening a Harry Potter theme park that will let fans visit many of the iconic locations in the books and movies that endeared the boy magician to millions.... Read More »
February 07, 2007
GE taps Zucker to run NBC Universal
General Electric Co. promoted Jeff Zucker to president and chief executive officer of NBC Universal Inc., charging him with reviving revenue growth at its television and movie studios and increasing sales from the Internet.
Zucker, 41, takes over immediately, GE said Tuesday. He replaces Bob Wright, who expanded the division in television, movies and theme parks over the past two decades. Wright, 63, will remain a GE vice chairman through this year and assist with the transition.
February 06, 2007
Universal makes pitch for visitors
A torch held to the Mummy flares full-screen, then becomes a match held by chef Emeril Lagasse; after he lights candles, the dining table glosses over and becomes a swimming pool at a resort hotel, where a Frankenstein character lounges.
Universal Orlando Resort kicked off its "Do the Extraordinary"-themed, 2007 advertising campaign Monday with two commercials airing nationally on 25 cable TV networks. They're aimed at convincing viewers that Universal is much more than amusement park attractions.
August 14, 2006
Universal raises price to $67
On the heels of Walt Disney World, Universal Orlando increased its basic, one-day, one-park adult ticket price to $67, starting today.
Universal on Friday announced a host of ticket price changes, keeping most of its prices in line with Disney's, which went up Sunday. Previously, Universal's one-day ticket cost $63. Universal runs two theme parks, Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure.
February 15, 2006
Universal Orlando does away with Express Passes
Universal Orlando is getting rid of its Express Pass system that allows guests to skip a line at a designated time in favor of a system letting them skip any of a group of lines at any time.
February 15, 2006
Long-dormant Islands of Adventure ride may open
Sylvester McMonkey McBean's Very Unusual Driving Machines at Islands of Adventure, which has never opened, may come to life in 2006.