Last year, NBCUniversal bought DreamWorks. That means the creators of Shrek, Kung Fu Panda, and even the coveted Minions are now under the wing of the of peacock network.
In an unexpected side effect, that means DreamWorks is also under the purview of Universal Studios. So you can expect a lot more DreamWorks properties to show up there in the near future.
It’s already beginning this year, as characters from Kung Fu Panda, Madagascar, Trolls, and Shrek will start wandering the streets at the theme park for embarrassing photos. The highlight for many will be a squad of penguins from Madagascar, who will stalk the park along with King Julian. Presumably singing and dancing.
The next phase of the DreamWorks integration into Universal Studios launches in 2018 with the opening of the DreamWorks Theatre. Universal provided no pictures or fine detail, but the Theatre sounds more like a sort of modular multimedia experience than a traditional cinema.
According to Universal, the “technologically advanced attraction will take guests on a legendary journey that fuses captivating storytelling with state-of-the-art projection mapping and LED lighting effects for a highly engaging and immersive, unstoppable-awesome experience.”
Well, can’t say no to unstoppable-awesome! I’d expect something along the lines of Captain EO, with a few different shows per year.
More New Attractions
Along with the DreamWorks Theatre, Universal promises a greatly expanded CityWalk. They’re opening a Voodoo Doughnut for one (hooray!), and a Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville as well (okay?).
All this new stuff is coming to the Hollywood location first, though it wouldn’t be surprising to see it hit Orlando as well. The company generally alternates between Orlando and Hollywood for new attractions, then spreads them around if they’re successful.
The last major new addition to the park was The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. The wizards debuted in Orlando’s Islands of Adventure in 2010, then in 2014 opened in both the Hollywood and Orlando Universal Studios.
Yes, that’s right. There are two Wizarding Worlds of Harry Potter in Orlando. Why is that?