June 22, 2011
Universal Orlando introduces app for theme parks, CityWalk
Universal Orlando revealed its mobile application designed for theme-park guests to use in Universal CityWalk, Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure, home of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter.
The Universal Orlando app, available as a free downl... Read More »
June 11, 2011
Potter attraction is magical even for Muggles
Muggles are everywhere. Lined up at the wand shop. Climbing aboard the steam train. Standing in line for a taste of butterbeer.
And here and there among the crowd are the young Harry Potter look-alikes in their robes and rounded glasses, lightning-bolt... Read More »
May 23, 2011
2 Universal Orlando rides get makeovers
Universal Orlando says Spidey will soon go high-def, and lots of "minions" will be up to no good in a new attraction themed on the animated movie "Despicable Me."
The theme park announced plans Thursday to reanimate the iconic Spider-Man ride in digita... Read More »
May 20, 2011
Despicable Me ride to open at Universal Resort Orlando theme park
The colourful inhabitants of Universal Resort Orlando already include Harry Potter, Spider-Man and Shrek but from 2012, the popular Florida theme park will have a new, altogether more sinister, resident in town.
Via a high-tech global web announcemen... Read More »
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 »
May 10, 2011
Universal Orlando Unveils Luxury Lounge
Universal Orlando will open a new place to chill at its Universal Studios park on Tuesday, but the luxury lounge isn't open to everybody.
The theme park's new lounge boasts air-conditioning, free cold beverages and a concierge service.
Parkgoers mus... 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 19, 2011
'Hop' characters featured at Universal
Now through April 5, Universal Studios Florida visitors can be among the first to meet characters from Universal Pictures’ new animated film Hop.
The characters will perform live at the French Quarter stage in the New York area of the theme park.
Th... 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 »
March 14, 2011
Universal to replace Jimmy Neutron ride with new attraction
Universal Orlando will shut down a Jimmy Neutron-themed simulator ride to make way for a new attraction, the resort said Monday.
Universal said "Jimmy Neutron's Nicktoon Blast" in the Universal Studios Florida theme park will close April 1 so crews can... Read More »
March 06, 2011
Hulk coaster's panned, fading paint job gets overcoat
Universal Orlando says it has begun repainting the Incredible Hulk, the once-bright-green roller coaster that dominates the skyline in the resort's Islands of Adventure theme park.... Read More »
February 14, 2011
Universal Reports Increase in Attendance
Universal Orlando reported a huge increase in attendance after Harry Potter took up residence at the resort.
Attendance at the Orlando theme parks grew 20 percent in 2010, the company announced on Monday.
The Wizarding World of Harry Potter opened a... 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 »
January 03, 2011
Universal fire: Damage so extensive investigators unable to determine cause
Universal has said that Ripsaw Falls will remain closed several weeks while it repairs the attraction and performs other seasonal maintenance. The fire, which produced thick, black smoke that could be soon all around Islands of Adventure, forced the resor... Read More »
January 02, 2011
Orlando park ride kept shut after fire
Officials are investigating a fire that forced the evacuation of part of an Orlando, Fla., theme park.
Dudley Do-Right's Ripsaw Falls ride at Universal Orlando's Islands of Adventure will remain shut through the weekend, park spokesman Tom Schroder tol... Read More »
March 19, 2008
Universal Orlando Resort Announces Brand-New Roller Coaster
Adrenaline pumping and music thumping, you find yourself heading straight toward the sky. Suddenly, you are doing 65 mph, 17 stories over Universal Studios. Gasping with excitement, you rock out to a song you picked before strapping in. And, it’s all o... Read More »
March 04, 2008
Loews Royal Pacific Resort at Universal Orlando Debuts New Jurassic Park-themed Kid's Suites and Completes $10 Million Room Renovation Project
The world's first Jurassic Park-themed hotel suites are making their debut at Loews Royal Pacific Resort at Universal Orlando, offering guest accommodations that integrate the adventures of Universal Orlando's theme parks into the hotel experience. Featur... Read More »
February 01, 2008
The inside scoop on Mardi Gras at Universal Studios
It's time again to don your green, purple and gold for Universal Studios' 12-day Mardi Gras event. Here's a guide from Theme Park Ranger Dewayne Bevil for getting the most out of the festive, bead-happy happening.... Read More »
January 28, 2008
Disaster! A Major Motion Picture Ride.... Starring You! Opens Today at Universal Orlando Resort
Disaster! A Major Motion Picture Ride…Starring You! opens today at Universal Studios Florida. The new attraction features the first-ever use by a theme park of a high-tech virtual imagery technology called "Musion" and a special appearance by Hollywood ac... Read More »
October 16, 2007
Kwik-E-Mart at Universal: Come again!
It's still five months before the new Simpsons ride debuts at Universal Studios, but the cartoon characters' favorite convenience store -- the Kwik-E-Mart -- is already open for business at the theme park. So far, the Kwik-E-Mart wares inside are limited... Read More »
October 08, 2007
Horror Film Icons Haunt Houses At Orlando Theme Park
Prepared to be scared. Universal Orlando promises the scariest Halloween Horror Nights in history. This year's events, called the "Carnival of Carnage," will be themed as an evil circus. Universal's own Halloween icon, "Jack the Evil Clown," is the star o... Read More »
September 24, 2007
Universal's building on horror
The "Carnival of Carnage" rolls into Universal Studios this week, complete with some of the most notorious slasher-film villians and what is expected to be a creepy-circus atmosphere. This year's Halloween Horror Nights after-hours shows, with the carniva... 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 28, 2007
Universal gets scarier
The fearsome threesome of New Line Cinema slasher films -- Jason, Freddy Krueger and Leatherface -- are bringing their knives, claws and chainsaws to Universal Studios' Halloween Horror Nights this fall. Universal Orlando announced Wednesday that it has r... Read More »
May 08, 2007
Blue Man Group at Universal Orlando Resort
Blue Man Group, the wildly successful live entertainment experience, opens at Universal CityWalk on June 6.... Read More »
April 24, 2007
The Simpsons Come to Universal Theme Park
"Woo Hoo!" Universal's theme parks add animated fun and excitement to their roster as Fox's blockbuster hit series, "The Simpsons," becomes the inspiration for the world's most highly anticipated new theme park ride.... 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.
November 16, 2006
Actress hurt at Universal's 'Terminator 2' show
A 20-year-old actress in Universal Studios' "Terminator 2: 3-D Battle Across Time" show was injured this afternoon when her foot got caught in a lift mechanism during a performance.
October 04, 2006
Universal's president to retire
Bob Gault, who led Universal Orlando through tough tourism times following the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, then a couple of boom years, then another slide, is retiring as the theme park resort's president Dec. 5.
Bill Davis, a former SeaWorld of Florida general manager, will replace him, becoming the next chief operating officer of Universal's resort with two of the world's largest theme parks, Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure, the CityWalk entertainment district and three resort hotels.
September 13, 2006
Universal rolls out deal for 'early birds'
Universal Orlando is trying another ticket discount plan in the increasingly dynamic and competitive market of tourists' theme park packages,
Universal Tuesday announced a new seven-day, two-park ticket deal for $85, for people who buy at least one day in advance either over the Internet or through participating agents such as AAA. A basic one-day, one-park ticket costs $67.
September 08, 2006
Halloween Horror Nights ranked third by industry magazine - Orlando Business Journal
"Haunted House" magazine has ranked its 13 best individual haunted houses and its top five amusement park haunted events for 2006.
Third on the list of amusement park events is Universal Orlando's 16th annual Halloween Horror Nights. The event runs for 19 nights, after regular park hours, from Sept. 29-Oct. 31. This year's theme features the return of several of the characters associated with previous events.
September 07, 2006
End is near for Back to Future
The future of the Back to the Future ride is short at Universal Studios.
After months of not commenting on rumors of the attraction's demise, Universal Orlando on Wednesday confirmed that the 16-year-old simulator ride will be closing to make room for an as-yet-undisclosed new attraction.
Universal spokesman Tom Schroder would not give a date for the ride's last run, though employees at Universal said they have been told it would close Oct. 1.
September 01, 2006
Start with about 1,000 actors, then ponder their roles, and you might get a sense of what Universal Orlando's makeup and prosthetics shop has to deal with every fall.
They need wigs, fake teeth, masks and makeup jobs by the hundreds, and many of them are not reusable from one night to the next. A few need fake arms and legs. A couple of actors even get fake abdomens, so that their bodies can be cut open, exposing organs.
August 14, 2006
Theme-park fire sends worker to hospital - Orlando Sentinel
A worker at Universal Studios in Orlando was taken to a hospital Sunday night for treatment of smoke inhalation after extinguishing a small fire on a catwalk above a soundstage. Wrestling matches were occurring at the time.
The fire started about 8:15 p.m. when a burlap sandbag, used as ballast, was ignited by a hot light, Orlando Fire Department Assistant Chief Skip Kerkhof said.
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.
August 09, 2006
Universal ride's future in doubt
The Back to the Future ride at Universal Studios is closing -- perhaps as soon as next month -- to make way for a new attraction, sources tell me.
No comment from Universal, but speculation on some unofficial Web sites indicates a new storyline and ride vehicles could be based on The Simpsons cartoon or The Fast and the Furious car-racing movies.
June 29, 2006
Filmmaker Landis Lends Talents to Theme Park - Back Stage
Director John Landis has collaborated with Universal Studios theme park in Orlando to develop a special effects show featuring memorable movie moments.
The show, Universal 360 — A Cinesphere Spectacular, combines scenes from more than 100 movies and projects them onto four Kevlar spheres on the theme parks central lagoon. The show will also include lasers, pyrotechnics, and digital mapping technology (which will make the surrounding areas appear to be engulfed in flames). The 30-foot tall spheres will serve as giant projection screens, capturing 360 degrees of imagery.
June 20, 2006
4-year-old hurt at theme park - Orlando Sentinel
A 4-year-old girl was injured Monday as she was getting off a roller coaster at Universal Studios.
The girl, who was not identified, was taken to Orlando Regional Sand Lake Hospital after the 6 p.m. incident for treatment of cuts on her foot, park spokesman Tom Schroder said.
The girl and her family were getting off Woody Woodpecker's Nuthouse Coaster, in the Woody Woodpecker's KidZone section of the park, after the ride had stopped. Her foot became lodged in a 21/2- to 3-inch gap between the coaster and the platform, Schroder said.
April 27, 2006
Universal becomes highest-paying area theme park - Orlando Sentinel
Universal Orlando has upped the ante in the local battle for theme park employees, increasing the minimum hourly wage to $7.25, just as the summer hiring season begins.
That follows SeaWorld, which increased its minimum wage to $7 an hour in March in preparation for the spring break hiring season. Walt Disney World raised its minimum wage to $6.90 last fall.
February 15, 2006
Universal Studios Florida's 'Jaws' ride reopens
By Matthew Osborn: The boat tour gone deliciously wrong returns after a rehab, boosting hopes for remaining in year-'round operation.
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.
January 27, 2006
Big Easy Music and Big Price Hike at Universal Orlando
As it has for the past few years, Universal Studios Florida will host a Mardi Gras celebration modeled after New Orleans' rollicking party this spring. In the wake of Hurricane Katrina, the event will take on special significance this year....