News and updates from one of Disney’s largest competitors, Universal.

Disney Banned Activity May Soon Be Banned by Universal As Well

Universal smoking ban

In a move that seemed long overdue due to some and a terrible annoyance to others, Disney banned smoking inside its theme parks in 2019. Smoking is still allowed in designated areas outside of the park’s gates, resort hotels, and Disney Springs but lighting up inside the park is completely banned. This ban includes vaping and smokeless tobacco as well. ...

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Universal Issues Statement After IT Preview Failure

Universal Apology

On January 5, Universal Hollywood Annual Pass Members logged onto the website to book themselves a spot at the Super Nintendo World Pass Member Previews. They sat online for hours, repeatedly refreshing the page, hoping that the chance to book would pop up as Universal promised it would. That never happened, and after a while, Universal Hollywood finally updated its ...

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It Will Soon Be Easier for Guests to Visit Universal Studios Than Disney World, Thanks to a New Partnership

universal vs. disney

Universal Studios Orlando Resort just unveiled plans that will make it easier for Guests to visit Universal than it is for them to visit the Walt Disney World Resort, and it’s all thanks to a new partnership. RELATED: Universal Studios Orlando Announces the Permanent Closure of Fan-Favorite Location The rivalry between Universal and Disney is a bit of a tale ...

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Universal’s IT Department Fails; Fans Compare to Disney’s IT Struggles

Universal and Disney Tech Problems

Universal, one of Disney’s top competitors, is preparing for the grand opening of its new land, Super Nintendo World, at Universal Studios Hollywood. But when a Pass Member Preview went sour, fans were quick to call out Universal’s IT Department… and compare it to Disney’s IT struggles. Universal Studios Hollywood announced it was inviting its dedicated Pass Members to be ...

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A Happy Ending for Family Stranded En Route to Disney at Christmas

Southwest Airlines

Southwest Airlines has been a hot mess since December.  We’ve reported extensively about the internal drama at Southwest that caused thousands to be stranded over the Holiday Season. The most wonderful time of the year was ruined for many, including many would-be Disney goers. Today, though, we’ve just learned of one family that took matters into their own hands and ...

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FIRST LOOK: Inside Universal’s New Super Nintendo World!

Super Nintendo World Universal Studios Hollywood

In just under two months, Universal will open a brand-new land at Universal Studios Hollywood — Super Nintendo World. The new area will bring Guests straight into the world of Mario, Luigi, Princess Peach, Yoshi, Toad, and more! A similar area opened at Universal Studios Japan last year and has been an absolute hit with Guests. Now, with the Hollywood ...

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Major Disney World and Universal Parks Remain Closed as Florida Battles Frigid Temps

Blizzard Beach, Volcano Bay Cold Temps closed

For the past few days, the entire United States has been battling what weather experts call a “bomb cyclone” — the rapid deepening of an extratropical cyclonic low-pressure area. The massive bomb cyclone has brought record-low temperatures to traditionally warm areas, temperatures with wind chills in the negative 60s to northern areas, and massive blizzards to the northeast. The Sunshine State has ...

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Universal Ride Finally Reopens, but the Timing Couldn’t Be Worse

Universal Islands of Adventure

After months of closure, we’re thrilled to hear a popular Universal ride is finally reopening at Universal Orlando Resort’s Island of Adventure theme park. Unfortunately, the timing is anything but ideal. While Walt Disney World is planning January 2023 closures for both of its water rides, including the permanent closure of Splash Mountain at Magic Kingdom Park and the refurbishment ...

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Universal CEO Thinks They Have Disney Animation Beat. Is He Right?

Universal beating disney

Disney, once the undisputed champion of Animation, is now struggling to keep pace with the competition. Universal, in particular, has been a thorn in Disney’s side in recent years, which is sort of history coming  full circle. One of Walt Disney’s early jobs was animating for Universal, where he developed Oswald the Lucky Rabbit. An ownership dispute cause Disney to ...

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