Universal Studios Orlando, A Theme Park Steven Spielberg Built

Well, Universal Studios Orlando, along with partners built the actual physical construction of the theme park. Until recently though, more than ½ of the content at Universal Orlando was provided by Steven Spielberg! Jaws (being the 1st, Closed as of Jan 2. 2012.) See the WESH news story here: http://www.wesh.com/themeparks/29907271/detail.html)
Share your Jaws/Amity memories here (and read what others have said)!


Jurassic Park (a 1993 film) actually in Islands Of Adventure (not Universal Studio Orlando,) being the last content. DreamWorks Animation SKG, Inc.'s “Shrek” is in Universal Studios OrlandoJeffery Katzenberg is the CEO.

DreamWorks Animation SKG, Inc. (NYSE: DWA) should not be confused with DreamWorks Studios (a Private Company) in which Steven Spielberg is co-founder an partner.

DreamWorks Studios was founded in 1994 by Spielberg, animation guru Jeffrey Katzenberg, and recording industry maven David Geffen as a diversified media firm. DreamWorks Studios struggled with any business beyond filmed entertainment, and later shed its arcade business and a music label. Money-maker DreamWorks Animation SKG, Inc. was spun off to shareholders as a separate company in 2004. (That is the SKG – Spielberg Katzenberg, and Geffen).

Universal Studios Orlando Spinning Globe

Near the entrance of Universal Studios Orlando.

To see a short video about the youngest Director Universal Studios ever hired - click on the video's Play button (below).

Steven Spielberg Biography

From “Back To The Future” (no longer at Universal Studios Orlando) to “The Simpsons” → that doesn't seem Orlandowise.com, DOH!.

Enough investment chatter, back to the theme park. Really Universal Studios Orlando has very little of its own content. Woody Woodpecker, and Chilly Willy! So, they pay royalties to Spielberg, Fox, Paramount, Time Warner and now Disney (since their purchase of Marvel) hm...

Recently “Back To The Future” was replace by “The Simpsons”, same ride, different movie, NO Flux Capacitor! Watch the pre-show in line while waiting to get on the ride and there it is explained why “Back To The Future” and Doc Brown are where they are and why The Simpsons Ride is here! (I'm glad that this kind of business dealings is short lived in real life – but hey, this is a theme park!)


... The ET ride - near the Simpsons ride!

The Revenge of the Mummy ride replaced King Kong! And Hollywood's Rip Ride Rocket roller coaster are both in the New York Section. In real history, did the Dutch know what to do when Europeans invaded New Amsterdam or not? Looks like a repeat at Universal Studios Orlando to me.

Another of my favorites is Men In Black Alien Attack. The single rider line is usually short! Hint, little aliens are worth more points than big aliens! And regardless of what the signs say, of what the recorded messages say, “Push The Red Button” - you'll know when!

General Electric (NYSE: GE) and Viacom (NYSE: VIA and VIA-B) (Paramounts parent) are shedding their ownership of NBC Universal to Comcast (NMS: CMCSA).

I digress again, Back To The Theme Park. Universal Studios.

My favorite ride here is ET. I usually keep riding it until I get the middle front bicycle. If the attraction attendant knows me and wants to get rid of me, I usually get that bicycle first!

My favorite place to get away from the crowd, if there is one, is near ET. The "Central Park"! That is also a good place to have a "picnic" lunch. Very few people walk by and most that do are here by mistake and in a hurry to get to the next ride or show. Don't say it out loud, but guess who may just come by if you are quiet. Don't go over to them to meet them, let them come to you, if they want!

With King Kong gone the oldest content at Universal Orlando is Jaws, 1975. Lucy is older but that is not a show or ride.

Arrived 2012, Despicable Me

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