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Universal Joint Episode 9: 20 million Butterbeers equals big bucks for Universal Parks & Resorts

by The Jim Hill Media Podcast Network

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Dustin Fuhs and Jim Hill starts off this episode by pointing out that Universal Orlando Resort has been following Walt Disney World's lead when it comes to repeatedly the price to park at their theme parks. After that, Dustin and Jim discuss the huge boost that the sale of Butterbeer has given Universal Parks and Resorts' bottom line. Fuhs and Hill then close out this week's podcast by looking back at the time that MCA Universal was able to swipe the rights to Rocky and Bullwinkle right out from under The Walt Disney Company.


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

* How Universal Parks & Resorts have raised the price of parking at their Florida theme parks not once but twice in 2018

* Why the Universal Orlando Resort is clearly already making preparations to open HHN29 a full week earlier than the 2018 edition of this seasonal hard ticket

* What is the name of the division at Disney that creates all of the new menu items & beverages for restaurants around property

*Why those interactive banshees puppets that are sold at Windtraders are considered the Butterbeer of "Pandora -- The World of Avatar"

*Why do many baby boomers link "The Bullwinkle Show" with "Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color"

*How these classic Jay Ward characters almost became part of the "Disney Afternoon" syndicated programming block


released October 26, 2018


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The Jim Hill Media Podcast Network

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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