Universal and SeaWorld rumor round-up
Written by Robert Niles
Universal Orlando will announce its new attraction plans in a webcast on May 19. I'll post the details to Theme Park Insider and to our Twitter feed as soon as that happens, and Universal's providing hints on its Facebook page between now and then.Tweet
The consensus seems to be that the announcement will be that Despicable Me will replace the Jimmy Neutron ride at Universal Studios Florida. But a few sources have whispered that Avatar could be replacing the Terminator 2:3-D show, in either or both Orlando and Hollywood in the not-too-distant future, as well.
Speaking of Universal rides we know are coming soon, a source e-mailed me some concept photos of the new Transformers ride, opening later this year at Universal Studios Singapore. (Click that link for more photos.)
Transformers is coming to Universal Studios Hollywood sometime in 2012, as well.
Finally, let's talk about a Universal Studios water park, shall we? Rumors are flying now that Universal has filed a trademark application for "WonderSea Island", described in the application as the name for a new water park.
For what it's worth, Universal's also filed a trademark for the word "Shoaster" under "amusement park services." I'm guessing that's a contraction of "show" and "disaster," or "show" and "coaster," depending upon how you pronounce it. But at first glance, I thought it looks a bit too much like "Shoah" to work as an effective attraction name. We'll see if anything comes of it.
Also on the trademark front, SeaWorld has filed for two trademark applications this month: Iceploration and Verbolten. The first is described as a show name and the second a ride. Could "Verbolten" be the name of the new launch coaster at Busch Gardens Williamsburg?
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