This week on the Universal NOW! Podcast, we have another game show, this time featuring all Islands of Adventure questions! Will Aengus bounce back from a devastating loss? Can Jaalin retain his previous victory? Listen to find out!
This week on the Universal NOW! Podcast, we discuss a topic chosen by the winners of the recent Game Show. Jaalin and Stephanie chose their topic to be all about the retired Nickelodeon Studios. We talk history, what was filmed their, and then we get into rants and discussions of our childhood watching Nickelodeon.
This week on the Universal NOW! Podcast, we talk about the best things at the best theme parks in the world, because we may have left some stuff out.
This week on the Universal NOW! Podcast, Brian hosts a game show as we test our hosts on their Universal Studios knowledge.
This week on the Universal NOW! Podcast, we talk about the latest news, the grand opening of Diagon Alley, and a rumor about the San Francisco area of Universal Studios Florida. For our main topic, we each give our least favorite attractions in Universal Orlando.
This week's episode of Universal NOW! features: HHN 23 News and a rumor discussion. The main topic: Best of the Best. We give our favorites of each Universal theme park category (restaurants, snacks, attractions, shows, etc.) and argue over which is truly the best.
This week on the Universal NOW! Podcast, we are joined by Seth Kubersky of TouringPlans and Orlando Weekly and Matt Roseboom of Attractions Magazine. They give their review of Diagon Alley from the media event Universal held a couple weeks ago. We also have the latest news from CityWalk and Halloween Horror Nights 24.
On this week's episode of Universal NOW!, we share some old news and go over another trip report from Brian. We also have a new contest where you have a chance to win our t-shirt! To enter, send your guess as to which attraction we played in this week's show to email@example.com.
This week on the Universal NOW! Podcast we have news to catch up on. Also we get a trip report from Brian after his family's visit to Walt Disney World for the first time in a long time, and a few surprising twists along the way. Our main topic this week are things we want to see come into Islands of Adventure over the course of the next 15 years.
Let me paint you a picture with some watercolors. Comcast is looking at its current line-up of attractions and infrastructure and saying, how can I expand my base of visitors and market share in Orlando?
The Orlando market is watching SeaWorld with far less resources being able to attract 1.5 million guests and Disney pulling in around 1.9 million through their Waterparks. In Universal’s pocket they have a popular water park Wet 'n Wild with an average attendance of 1.2 to 1.3 million. But the price point and income stream is lower then Disney, smaller land lot than the competition, and not tied to the Universal Orlando premium brand they are expanding.
On top of all these factors, Universal is planning to add a resort room inventory of about 15,000+ hotel rooms in ten years. How can UOR keep them in this resort for as long as possible while increasing guest spending on your products?
Well, looking at Aquatica being able to build attendance with far less resources, infrastructure and opening in a down economy, Universal sees a great opportunity to fill hotel rooms for an extra day while cross promoting the water park to hotel and UOR Parks large and expanding guest market share. As Aquatica has shown the world, word of mouth and cross promotion can strike gold for water parks.
Now you may be asking, what will this new water park be like? Well, rumor is it will not be any ordinary water park but filled with IPs to draw guests in, along with some dry, wet rides and dark ride elements. This Park will push the envelop for theme entertainment and create unique experience not seen anywhere else. The talk is the budget is being finalized, but if plans stay where they are it may cost over four times Aquactica’s investment! Although I personally have no sources, all of these rumors can be found throughout Universal message boards and twitter and getting stronger by the day.
So, what may the name of this waterpark be? Universal trademarked Wonder Sea Island but this name may not be the final name for the project.
In Part III I will go over where this Water Park may be located, more challenges and advantages this park will face for USO, and my personal thoughts on a USO Waterpark and its effect on the market itself.