We’ll talk about several confirmed, and rumored attraction closures! Plus tons of Universal news, and a new Pandora: The World Of AVATAR commercial debuts during the Oscars, what does it show?
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Universal Ticket Special
Universal Orlando has announced a buy two, get two free special! When guests purchase a two-day, two-park ticket, they can receive an additional two extra free day passes usable at both Universal Studios Florida and Islands of Adventure.
Skyplex Adds SkyJump
Skyplex is a new project on International Drive that recently cleared legal hurdles, and is on it’s way. It will feature the world’s tallest rollercoaster/drop tower, and be targeted toward the thrill seeking tourist. If you’ve ever been to Las Vegas, you’ve probably seen people jumping off of the Stratosphere. Skyplex announced this week that thrill seekers will be able to have that same experience in Orlando.
The new experience, called SkyJump, will be available when Skyplex opens in 2019.
Comcast Buys Universal Studios Japan
This week Comcast, the parent company of Universal Parks & Resorts announced that they would expand their theme park empire by purchasing the remaining piece, or 49%, of Universal Studios Japan. This now puts Universal in control of it’s most popular theme park properties: Universal Orlando Resort, Universal Studios Hollywood, and now Universal Studios Japan. It’s fourth park, Universal Studios Singapore remains under third party ownership under a licensing agreement.
Walt Disney World Unveils New Ad For Pandora: The World Of AVATAR!
During Sunday’s OSCAR broadcast Walt Disney World debuted a new commercial for Pandora: The World of AVATAR! The 30 second commercial stars James Cameron describing Animal Kingdom’s new land saying, it’s like dreaming while you’re awake. The imagery is truly amazing, and that video is here.
BONUS: WDWNT leaked an image showing what the banshee’s from the “Flight of Passage” attraction actually look like! HOW COOL!
Universal Orlando Announces Halloween Horror Nights Dates
Universal Orlando Resort announced the dates for Halloween Horror Nights 2017! The event will run 34 nights, starting in September. All of the dates are right here.
Bob Iger Running For President in 2020?
This is easily the juiciest rumor I have heard all week! Multiple sources, including Inside The Magic are reporting that Disney CEO Bob Iger is eyeing a potential Democratic presidential run in 2020!
The Hollywood Reporter’s post says: “Iger has told friends he is considering their nudges that he make a run for president in 2020 as a Democrat. There’s a hitch. Any political future would hinge on Iger, 66, finding a Disney successor, of course.”
Iger recently announced that he is “open” to extending his contract with Disney after it’s 2018 expiration.
For the rest of that story, click here.
Cirque Du Soleil’s ‘La Nouba’ Closing
Rumors began circulating earlier this week that Cirque Du Soleil’s La Nouba, which opened in 1998 at, what was then the Downtown Disney West Side, is closing soon. No word yet on whether or not the theatre will be renovated and used for another Cirque Du Soliel show, or for some other purpose. The timing of this rumor coincides with La Nouba’s next door neighbor DisneyQuest closing this summer to become the NBA Experience.
That story is here.
Is Disney Considering Closing Some Older and Unpopular Attractions?
Theme Park Tourist has posted a fascinating blog with some credible speculation about several Walt Disney World attractions that may be on the chopping block, let’s go through them.
Tom Sawyer Island
Stitch’s Great Escape
Ellen’s Energy Adventure
There is one that isn’t on the list…Rockin’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith. The rumor here is that the attraction may be updated with a more current band, or be overhauled as Mickey’s Rockin’ Roller Coaster…it would be the first ever Mickey Mouse attraction!
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