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Rumor round-up for August 27, 2014: Disney’s amazing new tech and a more intense Star Wars experience

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Brought to you by Disney Drones™ Who says Disney isn’t innovating anymore? Universal might be building Skull Island and developing a brand-new water park, but Disney is looking to push the very frontier of theme park design into a whole new direction – literally. According to Disney and More, Walt Disney Imagineering has filed new patents not even a week ago to utilize quadcopter drones in their parks in unpredictable – and surprisingly delightful – ways. Light shows First up is two … [Read more...]

Rumor round-up for August 20, 2014: Universal’s hotel expansion, millions more for Avatar, Ministry of Magic whispers

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For this week's edition of the Rumor Round-Up, we're taking a page out of Harry Potter (no pun intended) and firing up the old crystal ball to try and divine what the future may hold for the biggest names in the Orlando themed world. Think of it as a tour of your near-future vacation. Let's get hopping, shall we?   2015: Royal Pacific Resort's expansion No, this isn't the rumored fifth hotel that is going next door in the empty plot of land in between Royal Pacific Resort and the … [Read more...]

Rumor round-up for August 13, 2014: Half of USF being replaced, Fast and the Furious, and more Potter

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Riding out Twister (and KidZone and San Fran)… for good Remember our recent conversation about just what might be Universal’s big new attraction for 2015? Orlando Theme Park News has a report out this week that just might help us solve the riddle – or, at the least, hone in our search for further clues. According to information purportedly leaked to the site from an Universal Team Member, it looks like Twister… Ride It Out is (finally!) on the chopping block: the employees stationed there … [Read more...]

Rumor round-up for August 5, 2014: A glimpse at Volcano Bay, Universal’s next top-secret project, and HHN heats up

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Volcano Bay coming into focus Universal’s brand-new water park may not be opening for some three or four years, but information continues to leak out at a steady trickle (not surprising, really, considering just how thoroughly the Springfield expansion and, of course, the Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley were spoiled months, if not years, before their debuts). This past weekend, EatingWDW casually dropped something of a bombshell, tweeting that a passenger on her flight had … [Read more...]

Rumor round-up for July 29, 2014: Skull Island opening date, Cabana Bay’s price hike, and Disney’s paper FastPasses return

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Figuring out Skull Island’s opening date Over the years, the San Diego Comic Con has not only grown exponentially larger, it’s also taken on the air of a mega-event like the Electronic Entertainment Expo, where big press conferences are held and major bombshells are dropped and (fanboy) lives are irrevocably changed. Also like E3, however, all this built-up hype tends to have a certain level of blowback, as many – if not most – companies either can’t or won’t play into the expectation game. … [Read more...]

Rumor round-up for July 22, 2014: Changing out CityWalk, filling out HHN, and figuring out Falcon’s Fury

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Welcome to CityWalk, phase three With Bread Box and the Hot Dog Hall of Fame now open, that leaves only one final venue – the eagerly-awaited Cowfish Sushi Burger Bar – before the biggest expansion in Universal CityWalk’s history is finally complete. What’s up next for one of Orlando's biggest entertainment hot spots? Why, another expansion, of course. Out of CityWalk’s 16 major venues, half of them – starting with Pastamore and ending with TCBY – have now been (or will shortly be) … [Read more...]

Rumor SPOTLIGHT for July 16, 2014: What if Universal buys SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment?

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In case you missed the news last week, we’ve recently been hearing that Universal owner Comcast might want to buy SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment (which includes Busch Gardens and other parks across the U.S.). It isn’t nearly as farfetched as it might seem on first blush; Comcast, as noted in last week's Rumor Round-Up, has suddenly found itself inebriated with the themed industry, more than willing to drop half a billion dollars a year on upgrades and expansions for its American … [Read more...]

Rumor round-up for July 11, 2014: Universal’s Volcano Bay water park, Disney expansions, and Comcast buying SeaWorld

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Volcano Bay, the future, and you Three years ago, HHNRumors, of all sites, came across a trademark filling for a new water park called, oddly enough, WonderSea Island. Nothing ever came of the request – until last week, that is, when Parkscope noticed a new filling for something called Volcano Bay, which has to do with water attractions at Universal Orlando. It left the site guessing that it was either the new, updated name for WonderSea or simply one of the new park’s areas. When … [Read more...]

Rumor SPOTLIGHT for July 5, 2014: Why Star Wars Land is still delayed, and why you may not see Luke Skywalker there

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Do you remember Star Wars Land, which was originally supposed to debut at Anaheim’s Disneyland in 2017 and at Orlando’s Hollywood Studios in 2018? The last we heard, some eight months ago, the entire project was indefinitely delayed, at the least, or outright scrapped, at the most. Well, just this week, Disney and More decided to take a look into the subject, and it came up with some rather interesting insights. The good news? Seeing Star Wars being installed at Disney resorts across the … [Read more...]

Rumor round-up for June 27, 2014: Universal is building three more hotels, all the HHN 24 scare zones, and a few Diagon Alley updates

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Hotels, hotels, and more hotels It has long been known that Universal has been interested in eventually developing five hotels on its property – that's been in the books ever since the mid-'90s, when the company first hatched plans to transform Universal Studios Florida into Universal Orlando Resort – and it's even been thoroughly accepted that the fifth hotel would be started immediately upon Cabana Bay Beach Resort's grand opening. Well, Cabana officially opened last week, and now we're … [Read more...]

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