Author Archive | Jeff Tucker

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The Town That Toons Built

In the 1988 landmark film Who Framed Roger Rabbit, hardboiled detective Eddie Valiant (played perfectly by Bob Hoskins) must overcome his prejudice against cartoon characters and defend lovable Roger when it looks like the rabbit is going to be executed for murder.  You see, it wasn’t that long ago that a “Toon” dropped a safe […]

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Magic on Main Street

You know that thought we all have during a magic show when we wonder what it would be like to go backstage after the show and see how the miracles are accomplished? How we’d stumble backstage into a world of rabbits and top hats, of silver cups and magic wands and find that maybe it’s […]

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It’s a Great, Big, Beautiful Tomorrowland…

  Almost everyone knows the trouble that Disneyland had when they first opened.  From the lack of drinking fountains, to high heels sinking in the still fresh asphalt, America’s most famous theme park had its share of trials and tribulations on opening day.  11,000 invites were sent out but 28,000 excited folks showed up!  The […]

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No (Bat)Man Is an Island, Part 8

Part 8 of a continuing series examining the original proposal for Universal Studios Florida’s Islands of Adventure theme park.   This journey through the never-before-seen Batman Theme Park has been incredible. We’ve shopped for trinkets in stores themed to the Riddler, dined with The Joker himself, thrilled to a live stage show and soared across […]

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No (Bat)Man Is an Island, Part 7

Part 7 of a continuing series examining the original proposal for Universal Studios Florida’s Islands of Adventure theme park. By now you probably think you’ve heard it all when it comes to Batman and his dance with the powers that be at Universal Studios Florida (but not to be confused with The Batdance by Prince […]

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No (Bat)Man Is an Island, Part 6

Part 6 of a continuing series examining the original proposal for Universal Studios Florida’s Islands of Adventure theme park. Welcome back, dear reader, to the greatest park that never was. I hope you enjoyed the ride concepts discussed here last time. You’d think that after the dizzying displays last article that we’d be drawing to […]

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No (Bat)Man Is an Island, Part 5

Part 5 of a continuing series examining the original proposal for Universal Studios Florida’s Islands of Adventure theme park. Welcome back to Gotham City, where we’re finally going to pull back the curtain on what the designers dreamed up for ol’ Batsy back when Universal was planning on going all-out for a Batman portion of […]

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No (Bat)man Is An Island, Part 4

Part 4 of a continuing series examining the original proposal for Universal Studio’s Florida’s Islands of Adventure theme park. Welcome back to our continuing tour of the never-before-seen Batman Theme Park proposal for Universal Florida’s Islands of Adventure. It’s been a long day filled with a walk of the park, dining and even a little […]

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No (Bat)Man Is an Island, Part 3

Part 3 of a continuing series examining the original proposal for Universal Studio’s Florida’s Islands of Adventure theme park. When last we met, we had just taken a mouth-watering, eye-popping and mind-blowing journey through the proposed food establishments at Universal Studios Florida’s Islands of Adventure Gotham City Island.   This time we’ll do some shopping […]

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No (Bat)Man Is an Island, Part 2

In my last column I let you in on the secret plans for Universal Studios Florida’s Islands of Adventure theme park that originally included DC Comics characters instead of the Marvel characters that ultimately took up residence on their own island. When we last left off we had taken a full tour of the proposed […]

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No (Bat)Man Is an Island, Part 1

  MAY 1999 — Grasping your ticket in hand, you strain to see through the crowd. The air is electric. It’s opening day at a theme park –a brand-new, pristine park untouched by the masses. You’re one of the lucky few to get a peek inside at a whole world of state-of-the-art attractions and you […]

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Welcoming the Future, Treasuring the Past.