Despite remaining silent publicly, behind the scenes Universal is hard at work on their still unannounced third theme park that will be located near Lockheed Martin and the Orange County Convention Center.
With an expected opening sometime in the early 2020s, the new park will be the first to open in Orlando since Islands of Adventure opened two decades ago.
Although its opening is just a few years away, we still know very little regarding this massive project. New documents filed with Orange County, though, confirm some recent rumors while also giving us our first idea of the size for the new park.
Most of us have probably dreamed about living at an amusement park, but now some Lexington residents may get the chance.
Kings Island is offering potential employees a new dormitory housing option that will allow them to live right at the park.
The 364-acre theme park north of Cincinnati is finishing up construction on its new “One Team Village” that will be able to house 400 employees who want to work at the park for $65 per week.
Kings Island is seeking associates for positions in rides, food and beverage, admissions, entertainment, etc.
PIGEON FORGE, TN
Dollywood's new Wildwood Grove was filled with activity Tuesday morning as some 100 construction workers drilled, hammered and operated machinery.
The Pigeon Forge theme park gave members of the media a tour of Wildwood Grove to showcase its progress.
While there is still much to do be done in terms of building and landscaping, several buildings and rides are coming together, including the 453-meter Dragonflier roller coaster, the Till & Harvest restaurant, an indoor play area called Hidden Hollow and others.
SAN DIEGO, CA
Police say more than a dozen people trapped on a ride at SeaWorld in San Diego have been rescued.
San Diego police tell FOX5 News that around six gondolas stopped functioning Monday night after a big gust of wind tripped a circuit breaker on "Bayside Skyride." Authorities had estimated that between 15 and 30 people were trapped, some of them in gondolas suspended above water. Sixteen were actually rescued.
The riders were lowered by harnesses and rescued by lifeguard boats. They were then evaluated by medical crews.
SeaWorld said in a statement that it will conduct a thorough inspection of the ride prior to reopening.
TAMPA BAY, FL
Disney World's 50th Anniversary in 2021 is getting plenty of attention, but there’s another Florida theme park readying for an even bigger anniversary. Busch Gardens Tampa will be celebrating its 60th anniversary next month.
The diamond anniversary will be celebrated all year long at the African-themed Tampa park.
March 1 will kick off the celebration with a special Florida Orchestra concert celebrating the women who forever changed rock-n-roll. After the concert, there will be a celebratory firework display.
A brand-new Pin Trading Program, similar to the one SeaWorld Orlando launched last year, will also debut on March 1. Merchandise locations throughout the park will have the pins for sale, and park ambassadors will have unique pins not available for sale that can be traded for.
SeaWorld's pin trading program was launched last year to mixed reviews, but the pin designs have received nearly universal praise. Expect many of the same great designs to make their way to Busch Gardens as part of the over 150 unique pins that will begin the Pin Trading program. More pins will be added in the coming months.
SAN DIEGO, CA
Legoland debuted its new exhibit Friday, a tie-in to the recent premiere of "The Lego Movie 2: The Second One."
The new Lego Movie 2 Experience allows theme park attendees to meet characters from the franchise such as Emmet and Lucy in person as well as behind-the-scenes looks at sets from the movies, such as a scale model of the town of Apocalypseburg.
"They'll get to feel like they're inside the movie and also notice all the detail work that the set designers, prop designers and everybody else put in," said Chris Miller, the movie's co-writer and co-producer.
Cedar Point is finally lifting the veil of secrecy over its new attraction set to open this summer.
Instead of a record-breaking coaster or a spinning contraption, the amusement park is dabbling in some old-fashioned fun for visitors to explore.
Forbidden Frontier on Adventure Island is taking up residence where the park's animatronic dinosaurs and former Shoot the Rapids water ride once called home near Frontier Town.
Crossing over a bridge, park spokesman Tony Clark said, visitors will discover a living, breathing town with real residents and some real problems.
"It's a live-action, as-it's-happening story," he explained. "Only instead of just sitting back and watching [which you can], you can be in the story. And it doesn't matter what time of day you visit — something is always happening, and you're always welcome to see it."
Ever since Six Flags Magic Mountain announced its next roller coaster last year, fans have been awaiting the arrival of the first pieces of West Coast Racers.
Well, they're finally here.
Six Flags is promoting the Premier Rides coaster as the world's first dual racing launch coaster, though that's sparked a bit of debate over that claim. But West Coast Racers clearly will be the first single track dual racing launch coaster, as it will feature the same Mobius-strip concept as Magic Mountain's Twisted Colossus, in which riders race both sides of the circuit in a single trip.
Rumor: ‘Jason Bourne’ Stunt Show Could Replace Universal Orlando’s Former ‘Terminator 2’ 3D Attraction
Universal Orlando’s Terminator 2 3D attraction closed back in 2017 “to make way for an all-new live action experience based on a high-energy Universal franchise.” Rumors swirled for months that it might be replaced by a Jason Bournestunt show, and now those rumors have a bit of new life thanks to Jim Hill, a prominent theme park blogger who recently revealed a bit more information about Universal’s one-time plan for the new stunt show.
We’ve known about this Bourne rumor for quite some time – we actually mentioned it briefly last August – but after hearing this pop up again, we realized we’ve never devoted the proper amount of real estate to it here on the site. Here’s what we know so far.
On a recent podcast episode, Jim Hill (an expert who often has good theme park scoops) explained how Comcast, Universal’s parent company, wants more of the studio’s own intellectual property to be incorporated into Universal resorts.