Jon Corfino, 60, has been senior director and executive producer for Universal Creative since 2013 and has overseen the creation of several attractions at Universal Studios Hollywood, including the themed area known as Springfield, Despicable Me Minion Mayhem and, most recently, Jurassic World — the Ride. He started at the park while in college, working a summer job on the famous Studio Tour.Bringing a Mosasaurus to lifeThe most recent challenge for Corfino and the crew at Universal Creative was to overhaul the 23-year-old Jurassic Park ride. The 11-month revamp was completed in July and unveiled as Jurassic World — the Ride. The most engaging feature of the renewed ride is when passengers on a boat drift past what resembles a giant aquarium that holds a 60-foot-long Mosasaurus, a carnivorous creature that looks like cross between a shark and an alligator. Corfino and his team dreamed up the encounter on a white board and built it on a tight deadline. “We came up with … [Read more...] about Did Universal’s Jurassic World ride scare you? Thank this guy
Aug 09, 11:44 AM EDT Newsletter Signup BusinessTechnologyWorldNationalMedia & CultureOpinionSportsLuxury Business By Daniel B. Kline 08/09/19 AT 11:02 AM Comcast's (NASDAQ:CMCSA) Universal Studios has always been a clear secondary player in the central Florida theme park market. Walt Disney's (NYSE:DIS) Magic Kingdom had roughly double the visitors as either of the two Universal parks in 2018, and all four of Disney's parks outdrew their rivals.Universal, however, has been a serious competitor since it opened The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Islands of Adventure in 2010. That set a new standard for theme park immersion and forced Disney to invest in improving its own parks.Now Universal has put Disney on notice again by making public its plans to build another central Florida park. Few details have been released, but Universal's Epic Universe will be Comcast's largest investment ever in its theme park business, and it might be … [Read more...] about Can A Fourth Gate Help Universal Studios Florida Topple Disney?
Associated Press Published 1:58 PM EDT Apr 5, 2019 Ypsilanti – Police at Eastern Michigan University are investigating shots that were fired overnight in a parking lot. Police say someone fired many shots in the air early Friday. Many people were dancing in the parking lot after cars pulled in near the Fletcher Building. Spokesman Geoff Larcom tells The Ann Arbor News that no injuries were reported. Shell casings were recovered. Anyone with information can call police at (734) 487-1222. … [Read more...] about No injuries after shots fired overnight in Eastern Michigan University parking lot
Singapore’s biggest theme park will be expanding and introducing two new and immersive themed environments – Minion Park and Super Nintendo World. Universal Parks & Resorts If you’re a fan of theme parks seeking out new experiences – you won’t have to look any further than your own sunny island of Singapore. Resorts World Sentosa (RWS) announced on Wednesday (April 3) an expansion of about 50 per cent of new gross floor area, along with 164,000 sq m of new attractions, entertainment and lifestyle offerings. The most exciting announcement is quite possibly the one made about Universal Studios Singapore. Singapore’s biggest theme park will be expanding and introducing two new and immersive themed environments – Minion Park and Super Nintendo World. Based on two hugely popular concepts in entertainment, the major expansion is said to be delivered in phases with new experiences opening every year from 2020 to a projected completion … [Read more...] about Minion Park and Super Nintendo World: Resorts World Sentosa announces bigger and better plans for two new theme park environments
If you want to find the priciest homes in Texas, don't look for a Hill Country retreat or a deluxe condo in Houston. The Park Cities neighborhood in the Dallas area has Texas' most expensive homes up for grabs, according to a new comparison by Realtor.com.The online home marketing firm looked at the most expensive neighborhoods in every state in the nation to identify where the most costly real estate listings were located.In Texas, the top-price ZIP code was 75205, which includes Highland Park and southern University Park. Homes for sale in that area had a median price of more than $1.6 million, according to Realtor.com.Of course, that's just the asking price.Last year the median cost of homes sold in the Park Cities was about $1.2 million — up 7 percent from 2017 levels. That works out to about $380 per square foot.By comparison, all homes sold in Dallas-Fort Worth last year had a median price of $265,00 and sold for an average of $134 per square foot. You didn't need … [Read more...] about No surprise here: The Park Cities has Texas’ top-priced homes