Wednesday, July 24, 2013

My Hope for Universal Studios

As much as I LOVE Disney, it is not my only fandom. Harry Potter is a huge part of my life as well; I started reading the books when they were first published when I was in elementary school, and I grew up reading them over and over again. I always went to the midnight book releases and waited in the excruciatingly long lines for the midnight movie showings.

When The Wizarding World of Harry Potter opened in July 2010, my dad took me to visit as my college graduation/pre-moving-to-Australia present. Upon entering Islands of Adventure, I sprinted on slick ground through the rain to the newest addition of the park, then bawled like a baby upon seeing my beloved Hogwarts castle in person for the first time. It was a dream that had finally come true!

This passion brings me to my one and only point for this blog post. I truly hope that Universal Studios someday notices the huge success of runDisney and starts putting on races as well. I would love for them to host a half marathon each year that is themed around Harry Potter. Also, how fun would be it be if they did a triathlon based around the Triwizard Tournament?! I honestly think it would be a great business decision because runners would go nuts; people love Harry Potter just as much as they love Disney!

Robert and I when we visited the WWOHP in 2011SAM_0055

If it catches on (ha, like it wouldn’t) they could even add more races with the different movie themes around the parks, such as Marvel superheroes, Dr. Seuss, Jurassic Park, etc. They could even do kid’s races themed around the Dreamworks movies, such as Madagascar and Shrek!

Dear Universal Studios, if you somehow see this post, please think about this. The possibilities are endless when you enter the world of runners; I honestly think it would be a great business decision and people would have SO much fun!

QOTD: Would you like to see Universal Studios start putting on running races? What theme would capture your attention the most?

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  1. I would be there in a heartbeat!!! I haven't been to Universal (yet) because my love affair with Disney has kept me from it, but I LOVE HP and I would be all over a race there! Oh I can just imagine it now! Butterbeer at the finish! Ahhhh!

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    1. Whaaaat?! Karen, you so need to go! There will be even more additions by the end of 2014 too :)

      Butterbeer at the end of a race would be SO AWESOME!

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    2. I know! I have been to WDW 5 times since 2008 but still no Universal! LOL. Once I heard about the expansion of HP, I decided I had to wait yet again b/c I want to see it ALL!

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    3. LOL! Definitely makes sense now since they are doing the expansion; it's gonna be epic!

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  2. That would be awesome! I confess I haven't followed HP as closely as some of my friends, but it would make a great race! I can't help but giggle at what costumes would be like if they did a Madagascar themed race. ;)

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    1. Oh my goodness the costumes for everything would just be incredible!!

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  3. Yes, I was just thinking how amazing some of these running costumes would be. I think you're on to something here and hope Universal listens to you. Hey, they could even offer a "Coast to Coast" medal too!

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    1. I hope so too :) A C2C would be so cool!

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