Universal Parks and Resorts, the theme park division of NBCUniversal, operates the Universal Studios theme parks and resorts in Orlando, Florida and Hollywood, California. Outside of the U.S., Universal has parks in Japan and Singapore (the latter of which is owned by the Genting Group under a licensing agreement with Universal), both of which feature Sesame Street shows, attractions and characters. From 1998 to 2004, Universal owned shares in PortAventura, which also currently features Sesame Street attractions.
Universal Studios Hollywood was the first of their theme parks, originally running tours of the backlots and soundstages of movie productions. Universal Studios Orlando Resort houses not only the Universal Studios theme park, but also the Islands of Adventure, which is home to many rides based on Marvel Comics, Jay Ward, Harry Potter, and Dr. Seuss characters. A chief rival of both Disneyland and Walt Disney World, Universal Studios Hollywood is one of the oldest Hollywood studios.
While the Disney parks feature classic characters such as Mickey Mouse, the Universal parks have a stable of characters ranging from cartoon characters like Woody Woodpecker to film stars like The Marx Brothers, Lucille Ball and Doc Brown from Back to the Future, and classic monsters such as Frankenstein's Monster, Dracula, Creature from the Black Lagoon and the Mummy. The stable has expanded to more modern film and television characters including The Simpsons and SpongeBob SquarePants.
Aside from the Sesame Street characters appearing in the Asian theme parks, the Muppets have either featured or referenced Universal Studios on several occasions in various productions.
- Universal Studios Hollywood added a Conan the Barbarian stage show to Universal Studios Hollywood which Miss Piggy visited, along with the King Kong ride, in Muppet Magazine issue 21.
- In the Jim Henson Hour special "Miss Piggy's Hollywood", Miss Piggy and Gonzo take the Universal Studios tour, going through many of the most popular rides of the time, including King Kong, Jaws, Earthquake, and Miami Vice.
- In The Muppets, an elderly Asian couple appear at the tour of the Muppet Studios, one of them asking if they are at Universal Studios. Additionally, some parts of the film were shot on the Universal backlot.
- On the Universal Studios Florida ride Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit roller coaster, "Rainbow Connection" and "Movin' Right Along" are hidden songs that can be accessed to play on the ride.
- ↑ Rumors are true- There are secret songs at Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit in Orlando Universal by ThemeParkGuru (3/3/12)