Tag: Orlando theme park rumors

Gotham Island: What Batman’s gift shops, carnival games, and nightclub would’ve looked like at Islands of Adventure


Back in 1992, when Universal first began to sketch out the expansion that would turn its single-park Universal Studios Florida into the full-resort Universal Orlando, the company went to great lengths to design Gotham Island, home to Batman (and the original version of what is Marvel Super Hero Island today). Featuring a great many interesting proposals, details, and hidden gems, we’re continuing our archeological dig into the theme park land that never was, guided once again by Jeff Tucker, … [Read more...]

Rumor round-up: King Kong, Fast & Furious, Star Wars, and Men in Black

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King Kong's new opening date When the first of our sources contacted us a few weeks ago with information that Universal’s Skull Island (at Islands of Adventure) may be moving its opening date up from 2016 to ’15, we thought it might just be a reaction to the company's over-zealous pace of construction on the new theme park land. After all, look how the area has progressed in just two months: But now we've heard from more of our sources, and it turns out that there may indeed be … [Read more...]

Gotham Island: What Batman at Islands of Adventure would’ve looked like

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Back in 1992, when Universal first began to sketch out the expansion that would turn its single-park Universal Studios Florida into the full-resort Universal Orlando, the company fielded – and, even, pretty thoroughly designed – a great many concepts for what would ultimately turn out to be the original six “islands” at its second theme park, Islands of Adventure. Although there are several proposals that never came to fruition, there is one in particular that deserves a second look, … [Read more...]

Rumor SPOTLIGHT: The transitioning of Wet ‘n Wild and the evolution of Volcano Bay

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Late last month, Universal Orlando quietly held a changing of the guard across the street at Wet ‘n Wild - The Orlando Sentinel has reported the addition of two seasoned Universal employees to the management team of the water park. Jeff Polk was given the role of general manager at Wet 'n Wild. Polk spent over 18 years in both Universal’s Ride and Park Operations departments, including seven as a senior director of park operations for Universal Orlando and three as the director of park … [Read more...]

Universal Orlando’s sixth on-site hotel could be its most luxurious yet

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The why of the new resort "We've done a study that says we could have 10,000 or 15,000 hotel rooms and still have occupancy that makes those rooms profitable," Steve Burke informed investment analysts a little over two years ago. Burke, who is the chief executive officer of NBCUniversal, has proven he’s serious about the idea; since making that bold claim, Universal has taken their 2,400 hotel rooms and rapidly expanded them to 4,200, thanks to the speedy development of Cabana Bay Beach … [Read more...]

Construction round-up for November 10, 2014: Twister, Garden of Allah, King Kong, and Cabana Bay

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Ever since 2012, when Universal owner Comcast vowed to spend $500 million a year on its American theme parks, Universal Orlando has been awash in a constant barrage of construction projects, starting with Despicable Me Minion Mayhem and having something of a crescendo with Diagon Alley. But that development, of course, is far from the final one; Sapphire Falls Resort and King Kong’s Skull Island are both coming in 2016 (albeit only the former has been officially announced as of yet), with a … [Read more...]

Rumor SPOTLIGHT for October 9, 2014: Is Disney’s Flamingo Crossings hiding a fifth theme park?


The death – and new life – of Disney’s Flamingo Crossings Never heard of Flamingo Crossings? Don’t feel bad – it’s a dead-in-the-water development at Walt Disney World that has only been mentioned once here on the site (in a listing of dead Disney projects, appropriately enough). Here’s the scoop on the project: back in 2007, Disney announced with much fanfare the development of the brand-new “mixed-use tourist commercial district” that would be some 450 acres in size (that’s almost as big … [Read more...]

Rumor round-up for October 1, 2014: Censoring Halloween Horror Nights, CityWalk 3.0, and a sneak peek at 2015


The evolving – and ever-more-reactionary – nature of HHN This week, the Orlando Sentinel reports that a key element of the Bayou of Blood scare zone from Halloween Horror Nights 2014 has been ix-nayed: a mini-show performed every hour on the half-hour of an “innocent” individual being sacrificed by a voodoo queen and her zombie henchmen. On the one hand, such an alteration isn’t the biggest of deals – yes, even considering that the performance essentially forms the narrative and atmospheric … [Read more...]

Rumor SPOTLIGHT for September 17, 2014: Disney’s Frozen obsession vs. Universal’s Harry Potter love affair


The news, although not even a week old, has already exploded across the theme park world like a thermonuclear blast: Disney is closing Maelstrom at Epcot’s Norway Pavilion to make way for the first-ever Frozen attraction. The move, of course, has been extraordinarily controversial, with many enthusiasts asking why more and more of Disney’s highly selective attention is being spent on integrating the animated film into nearly every one of Walt Disney World’s four theme parks (instead of, say, … [Read more...]

Rumor SPOTLIGHT for September 10, 2014: Everything you want to know about Sapphire Falls Resort


In case you missed the surprise announcement yesterday morning of Universal’s fifth on-site hotel, Loews Sapphire Falls Resort, don’t you worry – we’re going to be analyzing it in-depth right now. And even if you’ve consumed the (brief) press release already, there are still some hidden nuggets to be unearthed and implications to be considered for all the rest of Universal Orlando. Who would’ve thought that one simple (but huge!) hotel would tip so much of Universal’s hand over the next three … [Read more...]

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