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Universal Joint Episode 14: Will Hiccup & Toothless follow Hagrid into the Universal Parks?

by The Jim Hill Media Podcast Network

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Dustin Fuhs & Jim Hill start off this week’s show by sharing everything that they’ve heard about Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure. They also talk about “Dragon Gliders,” the “How to Train Your Dragons” -based storytelling coaster that DreamWorks Animation licensed to be built at Motiongate Dubai


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

How Universal Creative designed the Jurassic Park Discovery Center to be Islands of Adventure’s Sleeping Beauty Castle (i.e., the weenie that compels Guests to go deeper in that theme park)

The one construction advantage that IOA’s new Jurassic World coaster has over the Dragon Challenge / Hagrid’s Magic Creatures Motorbike Adventure project

How Comcast’s $3.8 billion acquisition of DreamWorks Animation fundamentally changed that company’s plans for its theme park & consumer products division

The two different ways that Universal Pictures used virtual reality to help raise awareness of “How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World”

What special challenges does the Disney Cast Member who performs as Kevin (i.e., the giant prehistoric bird from Pixar’s “Up”) face whenever they walk around Disney’s Animal Kingdom in that outfit


released February 27, 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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