If you haven't heard, Universal Studios is set to open a new theme park in Frisco, Texas.

As luck would have it, I visited the original L.A. attraction not long ago, so I can provide some educated guesses as to what may be a part of the park.

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The big question is, will there be another "Wizarding World Of Harry Potter"? I would have to say that it's likely. While the original Harry Potter movies are getting a little long in the tooth, there's talk of reboots, plus it's amazing.  Just coming up on that area in the park is absolutely jaw-dropping. I never watched one single Harry Potter movie from beginning to end and I can tell you that those combined attractions are fun to look at and fun to ride.

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Next up is, "The Simpsons". Again, this is another property that's getting a little old, but will it ever go away? The actual "ride" is a car on hydraulics that is synched up with a cartoon that plays in front of you. I would be surprised if the ride doesn't get a Texas treatment, but I would say it's 50/50 as to whether all of the Simpson's stuff is brought to town.

The trademark attraction is the "studio tour" which takes you through various movie sets. It seems doable to bring it to Texas, but at the same time, you wouldn't be seeing the "real" house from Psycho and so on. I don't see any reason why they wouldn't do the shark attack from Jaws, but again, even though it's still a bit thrilling, it's getting a little old.

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I would put Super Mario World as 50/50, because again, it's getting older and was more of a thing for parents than kids. I'd put "Jurassic World" closer to 75% because it seems like dinosaurs are always going to be a thing. I will say the Fast And Furious attraction is absolutely awesome, but I'll bet they skip that one. I'm also going to say the Transformers are done.

You will no doubt see Minions, Shrek, Scooby-Doo, and other classic characters. In addition, Universal seems to be really, really focused on finding a way to bring back their classic monsters (Wolfman, Dracula, The Mummy, and Frankenstein's Monster). I think King Kong 3D is a lock.

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...And then again, none of this might happen. As you can see, Universal has tons of properties to use in its parks and it just may want to avoid duplication.  I can tell you 100% that this is something to get very, very excited about. Rides are great, but Universal's ability to really theme those attractions makes it excellent entertainment.

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