|Stephen B. Burke|
“There is an incredible sense of energy and forward motion around here, no doubt about it,” said Thomas L. Williams, chief executive of Universal Parks & Resorts.
“We’re really feeling the love,” said Mr. Williams, Universal’s chief.If you're a theme park fan, you have to be excited. Universal execs are excited and Comcast is dedicated. The "Year to be Here" is just the beginning. Earlier this year, the iconic "JAWS" attraction closed at Universal Studios Florida to make way for the much anticipated expansion to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. Insider information has London, Diagon Alley, and the Hogwarts Express all coming to the Orlando resort with an ambitious construction timeline.
|Plans for WWoHP2 files with SFWMD|
On top of Wizarding World expansion at Universal Orlando, the resort will be receiving an ambitious amount of construction over the next 5 years. Rumors have Universal building a moderately priced 4th onsite hotel, a possible Transformers attraction at Universal Studios Florida (different from the one at USH), and a Seuss attraction at Islands of Adventure. Currently, Universal is expanding its City Walk offerings with the forthcoming "City Walk Promenade" addition which was originally supposed to be a part of "Year to be Here." The Promenade is yet another step to becoming a more well-rounded resort where guests can spend an extended vacation solely at Universal Orlando.
|Concept art of City Walk Promenade|
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|Phelps twins helped announce WWoHP at USH and USJ|
“We’re the best, we think, at creating the world’s greatest theme park attractions."-Chick Russell, Universal Creative
Universal Creative continues to set a high bar for itself and with Comcast, they finally have the funds to really flex their muscles. It will interesting to see what's in store for Wizarding World of Harry Potter Phase 2 and the other host of attractions Universal plans on unleashing on the world in the coming years. Universal Century is here, welcome.
To be continued with Universal Century Part 3: USF Revival
"Universal Century" was inspired by an article published by "The New York Times" on May 21, 2012. http://www.nytimes.com/2012/05/21/business/universal-armed-with-cash-from-comcast-takes-aim-at-disney.html?pagewanted=1&_r=1