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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...]

Rumor SPOTLIGHT: Diagon Alley’s journey from rumor to fact (2011 – 2013)

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On July 8, 2014, the Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley will finally, after two-and-a-half-years of construction, be opened to the general public. This is no small matter, given how much Universal has invested in the project (reportedly over $400 million) and given how nearly every single review of the area thus far has called it the best designed and most immersive theme park land in the world. Given all the fanfare and hoopla, it is no surprise that the new Wizarding World ended … [Read more...]

Rumor round-up for June 13, 2014: Harry Potter spell-casting map and the first HHN 24 houses and scare zone revealed

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Blowing out Halloween Horror Nights 24 There are times here at RRU HQ where we go back and forth quite a bit with our sources over what exactly we can and cannot say – we want to reveal as much as possible to you, our dear readers, but we also, of course, don’t want to get anyone fired. Yesterday just so happened to be one of those times, with us trying to push the envelope as much as humanly possible over just how many houses and scare zones from this year’s upcoming Halloween Horror Nights … [Read more...]

Rumor round-up for June 6, 2014: More Diagon Alley stores and their locations, casting spells in the wizarding world, and conversational goblins

The Hogwarts Express has arrived at Hogsmeade Station at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Orlando Resort. As guests enter Hogsmeade, they are greeted by the iconic, smoke-billowing steam engine, made famous in the Harry Potter books and films for transporting students to a world of magic and wonder.

At last! The most exact(ing) layout of Diagon Alley yet If you’ll recall from last week, we were on something of a tear to find out all we could about the specific shops and their various locations all along Diagon Alley’s four(!) streets. After getting our preliminary batch of intel, we’re excited about getting an even newer, more in-depth deluge of information, providing our most complete look at the new Wizarding World. Since so much of Diagon Alley has already been meticulously covered, … [Read more...]

Rumor round-up for May 30, 2014: New details about Gringotts, limiting the Hogwarts Express, and the latest intel on wands, drinks & shops

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Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts: The good Just recently, the wonderful Bob Wadd posted some pics and video of his latest helicopter fly-by of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley (done while the dragon was being installed last weekend) at his equally wonderful Pixels at the Parks site, and one detail in particular jumped immediately out to us. While we’ve known all about Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts for quite a while now, there’s still a few surprises … [Read more...]

Rumor round-up for May 2, 2014: New Harry Potter food & souvenirs, clues to Early Park Admission, but where’s the grand opening announcement?

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Eating, drinking & buying your way around Diagon Alley It’s already May, which means that (more than likely) the Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley will be open next month. So it should come as no surprise that Universal employees got a special sneak peek at future culinary and merchandise offerings this past week inside the Garden of Allah building in USF’s Hollywood backlot. And although these were only snippets – relayed from the Team Members to Seth Kubersky and Derek … [Read more...]

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