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Universal Creative tweaked the magical formula it used to create Hollywood's Wizarding World of Harry Potter

Jim Hill | Posted 04.07.2016 | Entertainment
Jim Hill

Given that there are already Wizarding Worlds in Orlando & Osaka, why should Harry Potter fans now travel to Hollywood to experience the third theme p...

Universal Orlando Has the Tech It Takes to Make "Skull Island: Reign of Kong" Trackless

Jim Hill | Posted 03.15.2016 | Entertainment
Jim Hill

Right from the beginning, that was Universal's goal with its Florida theme parks. Create ground-breaking attractions which really pushed the boundaries when it came to technology. Place their guests right in the middle of their favorite movies & stories and then give these folks a visceral yet intimate experience.

Don't Wear Green and Gold to Universal Orlando's Jurassic Park Unless You Want the Raptors There to See Red

Jim Hill | Posted 09.14.2016 | Entertainment
Jim Hill

And based on the number of YouTube videos, Vines, Tweets and pictures that have been emailed and/or been popping up on Tumblr since the Raptor Encounter officially opened back on May 22, it's clear that all of Braillard's hard work and ingenuity has paid off.

Universal Orlando's Skull Island: Reign of Kong Promises Thrilling Multi-Experiential Adventure Through King Kong's Domain

Jim Hill | Posted 05.06.2016 | Entertainment
Jim Hill

Come the summer of 2016, Universal Orlando is looking to invert this formula with their brand-new Skull Island: Reign of Kong attraction. This time around, it's us humans who will be set loose in Kong's world.

Universal Orlando's Lora Wallace Is Always at Least One Holiday Ahead

Jim Hill | Posted 06.30.2015 | Entertainment
Jim Hill

You know the old saying -- "April showers bring May flowers" -- right? Well, that's not how Lora Wallace -- who works as a show director for Universal Orlando Resort -- looks at her calendar.

Universal Orlando Went by the Book When Creating Live Shows for the Wizarding World of Harry Potter: Diagon Alley

Jim Hill | Posted 03.31.2015 | Entertainment
Jim Hill

As the Boy Who Lived is exploring the Burrow, he notices that "the old radio next to the sink had just announced that coming up was 'Witching Hour, with the popular singing sorceress Celestina Warbeck.'" And with that one line of text, Universal Entertainment finally found a solution for a challenge that had been plaguing the Diagon Alley project.

Tom Williams, Universal Parks Chairman and CEO, Reflects on the Universal Orlando Resort's Magical Transformation

Jim Hill | Posted 09.06.2014 | Entertainment
Jim Hill

With everyone else looking forward to tomorrow's grand opening of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter - Diagon Alley , it might seem kind of strange t...

Harry Potter Cast Members Reunite to Shoot New Scenes for Universal Orlando's 'Escape From Gringotts' Thrill Ride

Jim Hill | Posted 07.13.2014 | Entertainment
Jim Hill

Let's cut to the chase here: Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts (i.e. the feature attraction for Diagon Alley, that new Harry Potter-themed land that will be opening at Universal Studios Florida later this summer) isn't just a thrill ride. It's really Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2.1.

Universal Orlando Will Use Lifelike Animation and Live Special Effects to Recreate Harry Potter's journey aboard the Hogwarts Express

Jim Hill | Posted 05.14.2014 | Entertainment
Jim Hill

It seems kind of counter-intuitive to use a plane to promote a train. But that's exactly what the Universal Orlando Resort did earlier this week. They jetted James & Oliver Phelps (AKA the two talented Brits who played Fred & George Weasley in the "Harry Potter" film series) all over the globe.

Exclusive: A Detailed Look at Diagon Alley, the Highly Anticipated Expansion of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Orlando Resort

Jim Hill | Posted 07.08.2013 | Entertainment
Jim Hill

Building on the success of Hogsmeade, Hogwarts Castle and the award-winning "Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey" attraction, Universal Orlando Resort and Warner Bros. Entertainment today announced an expansion of historic proportion.

America's Best Theme Parks

U.S. News Travel | Posted 06.25.2013 | Travel
U.S. News Travel

Whizzing around on a roller coaster, splashing down a rushing water slide, noshing on cotton candy and hot dogs -- the theme park might be as quintess...

Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows - Part 2 Midnight Show Attendees Get Exclusive Wizarding World Of Harry Potter Access

Jim Hill | Posted 09.14.2011 | Entertainment
Jim Hill

All over the US today, there are muddled Muggles wandering about. Devoted Harry Potter fans who just couldn't wait to see Deathly Hallows - Part 2. Wh...