Universal Attractions Beat Out Disney at Theme Park Awards

in Universal Studios Hollywood

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Universal Parks and Resorts was recently awarded three THEA awards for outstanding theme park and entertainment experiences.

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Over the past few years, and primarily starting with The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, the four Universal theme parks have really amped up their offerings for Guests with new state-of-the-art attractions, experiences, and themed entertainment. Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure, the newest addition to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter’s attraction offerings, absolutely stunned Guests as it featured incredible theming and an overall fun and exciting ride experience.

Hagrid's Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure
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This ride showed that Universal Studios is dedicated to providing quality rides and attractions to its Guests. Alongside The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, Universal has also added a ton of other new experiences to its parks across the globe. According to the official website, the Thea Awards were created by the Themed Entertainment Association (TEA) in 1994 to help realize a key mission of the association: bringing recognition to achievement, talent, and personal excellence within the themed entertainment industry. TEA’s Thea Awards have become internationally recognized as a symbol of excellence. The three attractions that earned Universal the THEA Awards were:

  • Outstanding Achievement – Attraction for The Secret Life of Pets – Off the Leash! at Universal Studios Hollywood
  • Outstanding Achievement – Technical Innovation for Mario Kart: Koopa’s Challenge at Universal Studios Japan
  • Outstanding Achievement – Theme Park Land for Super Nintendo World at Universal Studios Japan
Super Nintendo World
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Super Nintendo World in Universal Studios Japan, which is currently being worked on in Universal Studios Hollywood, is a dream come true for all Nintendo and video game lovers in general. Featuring incredible themed ride and dining experiences, it’s no wonder Universal was recognized for this addition to its parks.

Off the Leash
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The Secret Life of Pets – Off The Leash!, one of Universal Studios Hollywood’s newest rides, is also a smash hit with Guests. Even though the ride is based on a children’s movie, with it utilizing amazing theming and really cool animatronics, this ride is sure to provide fun for the whole family.

The official description of the ride is stated by Universal:

Discover the exciting world of Illumination’s The Secret Life of Pets when you meet your favorite characters on the all-new ride, The Secret Life of Pets: Off the Leash. Join Max, Duke, Gidget and Snowball on a journey through the streets of New York City as you get ready to be welcomed into your new home

Disney also took home multiple awards, but it seemed that Universal still was able to take recognition in multiple categories!

Have you been to any of the Universal theme parks recently? What is your favorite new addition?

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