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Orlando Sentinel Explores Impact of New Universal Theme Park

by Mommy Frog on June 3, 2016 16

Hi there! Welcome to our weekly roundup of the most interesting theme park news around the Walt Disney World Resort, the Universal Orlando Resort, SeaWorld Orlando and other theme parks. 

Here are this week’s theme park highlights:

  • Universal Orlando ResortThe Orlando Sentinel has delved into the implications of the Universal Orlando Resort adding another theme park. A company affiliated with the resort has purchased 475 acres and begun planning discussions with the county, although planning and construction would likely take years. While Universal isn't commenting, others within the industry have weighed in on what this would mean for Orlando's other attractions, including Disney World. For Universal itself, the addition would mean a greater stake in—and dollars from—Orlando's tourism industry. In terms of market share, Disney currently draws about 70 percent of Orlando's theme park visits, according to the Sentinel.
  • In hoppy shopping news, Disney World debuted the brand-new Disney Springs bus drop-off location outside of Town Center last week. Disney buses coming from the resorts have their own dedicated lanes to ensure they get you to the entertainment, retail and restaurant destination even quicker! The old bus location will support other partner hotels.
  • The Orlando Sentinel dived into STK, a new steakhouse at Disney Springs, taking in the atmosphere and the eats. With a live DJ, the spot is more nightclub than restaurant.
  • NFL Pro BowlThe 2017 Pro Bowl will be held in Orlando at the Camping World Stadium near downtown, but many of the official activities—including practices, a flag football event and other youth events—will be held at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex.
  • China is celebrating the official opening of Shanghai Disney by issuing two stamps June 16. In one, Mickey and Minnie are seen strolling in their official Shanghai Disney Resort duds. The other one captures the magnificence of the Enchanted Storybook Castle.
  • Frozen at the Hyperion Theatre"Frozen—Live at the Hyperion" opened at Disney California Adventure, bringing to life the story of Anna and Elsa in full theatrical form. Look for tips on getting into this popular show from us next week.
  • Disneyland is adding live music almost every night of the week during summer, including swing, big band, rockabilly, reggae and oldies groups.

That’s it for the theme park news this week. Have a great weekend!

Hoppy planning!

If you’re thinking about a trip to Disney World, make sure to check out the other news, tips and information we post to the blog throughout the week. If you’re ready to plan your trip, we recommend you start with our Orlando Planning Guide.

Keep hopping, Mommy Frog!
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May 1, 2017 at 5:56 p.m. ven Says...

We are visiting Orlando during second week of May. Plan is to enjoy universal studios on May10, Disney magical kingdom and Epcot on May11 and May12 respectively. I would like to know if buying universal express pass gives any benefit to cover rides in universal studios planned on May10th ?

May 1, 2017 at 1:24 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Ven,

Check out this post which lays out the benefits of using Universal Express.

Keep Hopping!


Apr 17, 2017 at 4:26 p.m. Anthony grant Says...

Hi there.

We are visiting universal studios Orlando in the third week in October.

We are thinking about buying the unlimited express passes could you please tell me if it is worth it that time off year,

Many thanks.

Apr 17, 2017 at 11:38 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Anthony,

Looking at our Crowd Calendar, we're forecasting average crowds during that week. You should be fine without the Unlimited Express Passes.

Hoppy Planning!

Mommy Frog

Feb 22, 2017 at 7:02 p.m. Jen Says...

I purchased the 2 day base ticket. Am I able to purchase a ticket for the Hogwart's Express once we are at the park? If so, what is the cost?

Feb 22, 2017 at 2:22 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jen,

Yes, you can upgrade your ticket at the park. You would pay the difference between the gate price of your 2-day base ticket (which would be higher than what you paid at UCT) and the gate price of the 2-day park-to-park.

Hoppy Planning!

Mommy Frog

Dec 15, 2016 at 5:22 p.m. tom hansen Says...

We just upgraded our pass so we know get express after 4pm. Question, If we had 4 passes and only two people wanted to on say The Simpons, they could go on and then come back and go again using the remaining 2 peoples tickets ?

Oct 6, 2016 at 2:04 a.m. Elaine Says...

I'm planning a trip to universal Dec 7/8. should we consider an espress pass? We were also debating if we would be able to see both parks in just one day and leave the second day for city walk and other things in Orlando. Thanks.

Oct 11, 2016 at 12:55 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Elaine,

You should not need Express Passes on this day. You should be able to see quite a lot at that time in one day, but you could do more in two days in the parks, and then have time for CityWalk, since it's open later.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

Oct 11, 2016 at 12:48 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Elaine,

You should not need them at this time.

Keep hopping!


Sep 18, 2016 at 4:08 p.m. Crystal Previti Says...

Is April a good month to visit Universal? And if you stay at one of their resorts- is there shuttle service to other parks- like LegoLand?

Oct 7, 2016 at 11:40 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Crystal,

Please see our Crowd Calendar for best dates to visit.

LEGOLAND offers a very affordable shuttle option that is close to Universal on I-Drive. You can check it out here.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

Jul 17, 2016 at 11:47 a.m. Sami Says...

We are planning to visit Islands of Adventure on July 23 Saturday. Do you think we will need express pass?

Jul 18, 2016 at 12:33 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Sami,

I would consider them for this date. You can read more in our Universal Express guide: https://www.undercovertourist.com/blog/universal-express-pass/

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

Jul 7, 2016 at 11:36 p.m. Craig Says...

Going to the parks the first week of Aug 2016. As a Florida resident am I able to buy and use the Florida resident discount when purchasing tickets? Plus staying at one of the 3 on site hotels to take advantage of the unlimited express pass.

Thank you

Aug 2, 2016 at 1:02 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Craig,

Yes, you should be able to.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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