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Universal Joint Episdoe 10: Which characters & IPs are reportedly headed to Universal​’​s Fantastic Worlds theme park

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Dustin Fuhs & Jim Hill start off this week’s episode by talking about how Illumination’s new animated “Grinch” stacks up against the live-action version of this Dr. Seuss story that Universal Pictures released back in November of 2000. Dustin & Jim also review recent filings that Universal Parks & Resort has made with Orange County officials, which could reveal what’s coming next to CityWalk and/or what’s in the works for Universal Orlando’s next theme park.


Over the course of this episode, listeners will learn about:

How “Ralph Breaks the Internet” & “Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch” occupying the No. 1 & No. 2 positions on last week’s box office chart undermines one of Hollywood’s core beliefs when it comes to animation.

Why management at Universal’s Islands of Adventure is worried that a recent viral video might compel visitors to that theme park to start gifting the Grinch with onions.

Which components of Universal Studios Japan’s still-under-construction Super Nintendo World are supposedly also headed to Universal Orlando

How “Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald” ‘s under-performances at the box office could impact Universal Creative’s plans to expand the Wizarding World of Harry Potter

Why the folks in Entertainment at Universal Parks & Resorts opted not to retool Grinchmas so that this theme park show then better reflected Illumination’s new kinder, gentler take on the Mean One


released December 20, 2018
Hosts: Jim Hill and Dustin Fuhs
Editor: Aaron Z. Adams


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Jim Hill is a writer, blogger, and theme park historian, and he'll be the first to tell you all of the back-room deals and corporate gossip that happens inside the Walt Disney Company.

Len Testa co-authors the Unofficial Guide series of travel books, focusing on theme parks.
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