This article is a must read for any fan of IOA, UO, or Harry Potter.
It is difficult to overstate how dramatic Universal's turnaround has been. Last Christmas, Orlando's No. 2 theme-park resort was limping to the end of a year in which attendance tumbled by 1.3 million people to 9.3 million — its first year with fewer than 10 million visitors since Islands of Adventure opened in 1999.
This year's yuletide is far merrier. Attendance for the third quarter — which began days after Wizarding World formally opened June 18 — skyrocketed 36 percent, as Universal drew an extra 1 million people in just three months. It has continued to climb through the fall.That part of the licensing agreement I was not aware.... how interesting. HMMMMMM So UO is spending 80 million next year on capital expenditures? HMMMM What oh what are they going to spend it on? hmmmm lolAlthough they won't discuss specific plans, Universal executives say additions to Wizarding World will happen at some point. The resort's licensing contract with Warner Bros. requires it to incorporate elements from the final Potter films, the last of which will open in theaters in July.
"We intend to very gladly live up to all those commitments," Sprouls said.