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Jim Hill & Dustin Fuhs put together a super-sized edition of their “Universal Joint” podcast to review the past year of changes & challenges that Parks & Resorts faced. Among the topics that they’ll be discussing is Universal Orlando’s decision to revamp USF’s operational calendar (i.e., shifting Rock the Universe from September to February, cancelling the 2019 edition of A Celebration of Harry Potter outright) so that that theme park could then expand the number of days it presents USF’s wildly popular Halloween Horror Nights.
Over the course of this episode, listeners will learn about:
Out of respect to 95-year-old Audrey Geisel (i.e., Dr. Seuss’ widow, who passed away back on December 19th), Universal Joint’s previously announced “History of The Grinch” holiday special has been pushed off to a later date
How Amazons Studios may now factor into Universal Creative’s decades-long pursuit of the theme park rights for J.R.R. Tolkien’s “Lord of the Rings” stories & characters
Why Universal Studios Hollywood’s version of “Jurassic Park – The Ride” is being changed over to a “Jurassic World” -based storyline while Universal’s Islands of Adventure’s “Jurassic Park River Adventure” is sticking with its original theme
The challenges that Universal Creative faces as it tries to make its theme park rides, shows & attraction safe AND entertaining for both domestic visitors as well as international travelers
How the most ambitious / awesomely entertaining thing to debut at a Universal theme park last year may have been Universal Studios Japan’s “Spectacle Night Parade – Best of Hollywood”
released January 10, 2019
Hosts: Jim Hill and Dustin Fuhs
Editor: Aaron Z. Adams