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Unforgettable thrills, at Universal Orlando® Resort. Dine at the Leaky Cauldron™, shop at Weasleys’, and get ready for an adventure on the multi-dimensional thrill ride.
At this real, working film and TV production facility you’ll find an amazing array of rides, shows, movie sets and attractions that put you right in the picture. You can battle alongside Optimus Prime and Bumblebee in TRANSFORMERS: The Ride – 3D, visit Springfield to experience the Simpson Ride™ and join Gru and his Minions on an adventure in Despicable Me Minion Mayhem. You’ll enjoy themed dining and shopping, a variety of exciting special events throughout the year, and you might even catch a real film crew at work on the backlot. From entertaining shows that take you behind the scenes of the movie-making process to state-of-the-art rides that make you part of the action, nobody brings the magic of the movies… television… and music to life like Universal Studios.
Entertainment is Universal
Universal was founded in 1912 by motion picture visionary Carl Laemmle, a German immigrant who had a dream of building a world of entertainment in Southern California. On March 15th, 1915 Mr. Laemmle’s dream was realized with the opening of Universal Studios Hollywood. On that day, Laemmle issued a press release that predicted not only the future of Universal Pictures but of the global entertainment company that would grow out of the movie studio.
“…just think what this would mean…to see the inner workings of the biggest moving picture plant in the wide, wide world. A whole city where everyone is engaged in the making of motion pictures, a fairyland where the craziest things in the world happen. A place to think about and talk about for the rest of your days!
From the very beginning, Laemmle invited the public on to the property to watch silent films being made. In 1964 the Universal Studio Tour formally opened, allowing visitors from around the world the rare opportunity to experience movie-making magic first hand. In the decades since the Studio Tour tram first drove visitors through the back lot, Universal Studios Hollywood has grown to become a world class destination.
Performers and behind the scenes personnel at Universal Studios Hollywood play a major role in bringing that magic to life for our guests; whether it’s doing a 50’ high fall on fire in Waterworld, teaching audiences the behind the scenes secrets of movie-making at Special Effects Stage or making a child’s dream of meeting their favorite animated character come true. Universal truly is the Entertainment Capital of LA!
A Brief history of Universal Orlando
With its grand opening in 1990 – Universal Studios Florida became the first real challenge to Disney’s dominance of the Orlando tourism market. But the now famous rivalry between the two mega-destinations didn’t start in Orlando – for that, we need to go back to the early 1920’s.
It is well known that Walt Disney’s inspiration for Mickey Mouse came when he lost the rights to his first creation, Oswald the Rabbit. What’s less known is who he ultimately lost those rights to – Universal Studios. Universal was the distributor for the ‘Oswald the Rabbit’ shorts, and when they failed to agree to Walt Disney’s demands for more money, Walt walked away and Universal had sole rights to Oswald. That experience was the foundation of Disney’s insistence that he would never again license any of his creative property, especially his replacement for Oswald – Mickey Mouse. So, in a way, Disney fans have Universal to thank for just about everything that happened after that.
The first incarnation of a Universal theme park happened in Hollywood, and was attached to the soundstages at the heart of Universal’s movie empire. What once began as a simple backstage tour through the Universal lot in 1962, eventually grew to become a full fledged theme park. It was the success of that venture that inspired Universal to eventually invest the princely sum of $250 million in 1990 to launch an east coast version of its theme park – this one designed to challenge Disney head on. But Disney had plans of its own. In the planning stages for the park, Universal sought out a partner to help minimize its financial risk – one of the company’s it approached was Paramount Studios, and one its most promising executives – Michael Eisner. While Eisner passed on the project, he remembered what he saw. Once Eisner took over the reins at Disney, he was determined to beat Universal to the punch. Plans for the Disney-MGM Studios were hurriedly assembled, and despite Universal’s year long head start – the Disney MGM Studios opened before Universal was able to open its gates. How you ask? Easy – it’s called the Reedy Creek Improvement District – a quasi-governmental agency that Disney controls that issues all the building and zoning permits that Disney requires when it undertakes any kind of new construction. Not having to go thru the usual channels for permits, it was able to open up its movie-inspired theme park ahead of Universal.
When Universal Studios Florida first opened in 1990, it had its fair share of problems. Several of its A-List attractions, including Jaws and Kongfrontation had technical glitches and long lines that had people leaving the park vowing to never return. It was so bad at points that managers were handing out vouchers for free tickets as angry guests stormed out of the park. It took some time, but Universal eventually overcame its inauspicious launch and became a real player in the Orlando theme park market. Jaws, Kongfrontation, and E.T. were among the parks biggest draws in those days (and still are, with the exception of Kongfrontation which was closed in 2002 to make way for “Revenge of the Mummy”).
Since then, Universal has become very good at creating top notch, A-List attractions – Simposons, Terminator 2: 3D continues to be one of the parks most popular attractions. Men in Black – Alien Attack is another perennial favorite along with Twister: Ride it Out, The Revenge of the Mummy, and Shrek 4D (one of the most entertaining 3D attractions you’ll ever experience).
By 1996, it was time for Universal to consider expansion. They had learned a lot since 1990, and they knew they had the talent to build an extraordinary theme park – but they understood that if they really wanted to challenge Disney, they needed to do more than just add a few rides; they needed to transform their singular theme park into an entire resort destination. They also understood the importance of getting it right this time, so they reached out to industry heavyweights, including Steven Spielberg (who assisted with the original Universal Studios Flordia park), as well as hiring away some of Disney’s top imagineers. The plan called for a new theme park (Islands of Adventure), an upscale resort hotel (Portofino Bay) and a dining and nighttime entertainment district (CityWalk). In 1999 – Universal Studios Escape (eventually renamed Universal Studios Orlando) was unveiled. In 2000, a second hotel, The Hard Rock Hotel was added, and in 2002 – The Royal Pacific Hotel completed the plan.
Thanks to this major new expansion, the tourism downturn that nearly decimated most of the industry in 2001 and 2002 had little impact on Universal, as people were drawn to such mega-hit attractions as The Amazing Adventures of Spiderman, The Incredible Hulk coaster and Dueling Dragons. CityWalk almost from the start replaced Pleasure Island and Church Street Station as the preferred nighttime destination for Orlando locals, offering clubs that were more ‘hip’ and in some cases, a bit more upscale. While CityWalk was derided by some Disney fans as a rip off of Pleasure Island, the fact is that the original CityWalk at Universal Hollywood pre-dates Pleasure Island by more than 5 years. It was Disney that ‘borrowed’ the concept from Universal, not the other way around.
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Universal Studios Orlando, Universal’s original Florida park, was the most ambitious project ever undertaken by the company at that time. Universal had long considered a theme park in Florida (with early designs reportedly dating back to 1982). Universal wanted a partner to assist with the staggering production costs, and among others, approached Paramount Studios. At the time, Paramount was headed by none other than Michael Eisner, who would soon become CEO of the Walt Disney Company. However, it was feared that a walking tour/tram tour experience, such as that in place at the time at Universal Hollywood, would not be able to compete head to head against Disney on Disney’s home turf. So the project was dropped.
In 1986, however, a bit of synchronicity came into play. Steven Spielberg’s former college roommate, Peter Alexander (a former Disney Imagineer), was working on the King Kong figure that was to be added to the tram tour in Hollywood. Spielberg was impressed by the lifelike Kong and asked Alexander to work on design ideas for Back to the Future. It just so happened that Spielberg’s good friend George Lucas was working with Disney on Star Tours, and had chided Spielberg that Universal could never produce such a ride. The game was on.
The rollicking success experienced by Universal Hollywood in the first year following Kong’s addition convinced management to bring the Florida idea back to life. In 1987, Michael Eisner revealed plans of his own, to open a movie-based theme park as the newest gated park in the Walt Disney World complex, which just happened to bear a strong resemblance to the original Universal Florida project design plan. Rather than admit defeat, however, Universal rose to the challenge. It was quickly decided that the only way to compete head to head with Disney was to beat them at their own game. That meant a fully fledged theme park with better rides, shows and attractions than anything Disney had to offer. The only problem was that Universal management had no idea where to begin. Nothing of this magnitude had ever been built by Universal, and the price tags were staggering. The company new they had to sell a lot of Universal Studios Tickets to make up for the huge amount of expenditures.
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