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Universal Joint Episode 12: Why it​’​s time to stop bashing Universal for its screen​-​based rides

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Dustin Fuhs & Jim Hill talk about the Upper Lot at Universal Studios Hollywood is being transformed for that theme park’s Lunar New Year Celebration. Then Jim wonders why – when it comes to the rides, shows & attractions that Universal Creative creates for the parks – theme park fans tend to look past all of the dimensional sets, custom-built props & animatronics and only talk about the screens.


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

The challenge that Orlando area attractions face this time of year when it comes to keeping water parks like Disney’s Blizzard Beach & Universal’s Volcano bay open to the public during unseasonal cold snaps

How Universal Parks & Resorts is hoping its new “Wake Up Where the Action Is” television campaign will compel people headed to Florida to book vacation packages at their six on-site hotels during Universal Orlando’s “secret season”

Whether or not a “Jurassic World” sign spied backstage is actually a sign that a name change is now in the works for the “Jurassic Park” section at Universal’s Islands of Adventure theme park

How a duck puppet created by the FX wizards working at Jim Henson’s Creature Shop makes Mr. Ping’s Noodle Shop a must-see at Universal Studios Hollywood

How “Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts” puts a fun new spin on classic illusions from Disney’s Haunted Mansion and Seabase Alpha from the original version of Epcot’s “The Living Seas” pavilion


released January 23, 2019
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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