58 episodes

Eric Hersey & Jim Hill have a different take on Universal Parks & Experiences. They share news of the day as well as behind-the-scenes stories in a breezy, conversational style. Better yet, listeners of this podcast are regularly invited to offer their input / join the conversation. So, get ready for some Epic fun. 

Epic Universal with Eric Hersey Jim Hill Media Podcast Network

    • Kids & Family
    • 4.4 • 59 Ratings

Eric Hersey & Jim Hill have a different take on Universal Parks & Experiences. They share news of the day as well as behind-the-scenes stories in a breezy, conversational style. Better yet, listeners of this podcast are regularly invited to offer their input / join the conversation. So, get ready for some Epic fun. 

    Epic Universal with Eric Hersey Ep 58-11 : Get ready for the Universal Mega Movie Parade

    Epic Universal with Eric Hersey Ep 58-11 : Get ready for the Universal Mega Movie Parade

    Eric Hersey & Jim Hill start this week’s show by discussing box office projections for “Despicable Me 4.”

    They then wrap up their series about the would-be “Van Helsing” film franchise

    Throughout this episode, listeners will learn about:

    Who replaced Al Pacino as the voice of El Macho in “Despicable Me 2”

    How many floats there are supposed to be in USF’s new daytime parade


    Who was supposed to star in the “Van Helsing” reboot that was proposed back in 2012



    When Passholder Appreciation Days are supposed to get underway at the Universal Orlando parks


    Which long-awaited film sequel is “Wicked: Part One” now supposed to go head-to-head with

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    • 58 min
    Epic Universal with Eri Hersey Ep 57-10 : Dark Universe celebrates Universal’s classic monsters

    Epic Universal with Eri Hersey Ep 57-10 : Dark Universe celebrates Universal’s classic monsters

    Eric Hersey & Jim Hill start off this week’s show by sharing what Universal Parks & Experiences has just revealed about Epic Universe’s next land. 
    They also continue the tale of USH’s efforts to get more monsters into that theme park
    In this episode, listeners will learn about:
    Where’s the best place to stand in Universal Studios Florida to view “CineSational: A Symphony Spectacular”

    On which coast did the “Nighttime Lights at Hogwarts Castle” show first debut

    Why did Stephen Sommers pass up the opportunity to make a third “Mummy” movie at Universal Pictures

    How is Voodoo Doughnuts getting in on the celebration of the 60th anniversary of USH’s Tram Tour

    Which Classic Universal Monster is rumored to be getting his own attraction as part of a future expansion of Darkmoor Village

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    • 58 min
    Epic Universal with Eric Hersey Ep 56-9: How soon will the Simpsons decamp for Disney World

    Epic Universal with Eric Hersey Ep 56-9: How soon will the Simpsons decamp for Disney World

    Eric Hersey & Jim Hill start this week’s show by discussing Universal Orlando’s new Premium Scream offering.
    They also continue their look back at how USH kept trying to build a successful show around the Universal Classic Monsters
    Throughout this episode, listeners will learn about:

    Where can one find that new Butterbeer Cart souvenir candy bucket at the Universal Orlando Resort

    How long after “The Simpsons Ride” opened in 2008 did Springfield Fast Food Boulevard come online

    Who designed the 20-foot-tall animatronic serpent in USH’s “Conan: A Sword & Sorcery Spectacular” show

    What is the technical name for that space which scareactors hide in before jumping out & frightening event attendees at Halloween Horror Nights

    When Disney World started holding its “Night of Joy” after-hours hard ticket events


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    • 58 min
    Epic Universal with Eric Hersey Ep 55-8 : What sorts of snacks are served in DreamWorks Land

    Epic Universal with Eric Hersey Ep 55-8 : What sorts of snacks are served in DreamWorks Land

    Eric Hersey & Jim Hill start this week’s show by discussing the media preview that was recently held for Universal Studios Florida’s reimagining Kidzone area. They then look back at the “Pink Panther” film series
    Throughout this episode, listeners will learn about:

    Where did Duffy AKA the Disney Bear initially exclusively sell on Disney World property back in 2002



    Why is the new entrance sign for USF’s “E.T. Adventure” attraction deliberately designed to look like something you associate with a forest



    How did MGM/UA decide to cash in on the “Muppet Babies” craze back in the mid-1980s



    Which classic Universal cartoon character is reportedly being given the “Hidden Mickey” treatment inside of DreamWorks Land



    What are the themes of the first three mazes announced for Universal Orlando’s 2024 edition of Halloween Horror Nights


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    • 55 min
    EU Ep 54-7: How projection shows came to the Wizarding World

    EU Ep 54-7: How projection shows came to the Wizarding World

    Eric Hersey & Jim Hill start this week’s show by discussing the latest “Despicable Me 4” trailer.
    They then review what Universal Parks & Experiences just revealed about Epic Universe’s Super Nintendo World.
    Throughout this episode, listeners will learn about:

    What new variety of Butterbeer-based treat is now available for purchase at the Universal Parks



    Why was “Yoshi’s Adventure” reportedly not built as part of Phase One of Universa Studios Hollywood’s “Super Nintendo World”



    What show is now going to be presented inside of USF’s “A Day in the Park with Barney” theater



    Which Australian-based company wound up with the rights to make “Bluey” & “Despicable Me” toys



    How far along now is the construction of Universal Horror Unleashed in Las Vegas


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    • 1 hr 4 min
    EUP Ep 53-6: Meet the horrifyingly cute Frankenstein Junior

    EUP Ep 53-6: Meet the horrifyingly cute Frankenstein Junior

    Eric Hersey & Jim Hill start off this week’s show by discussing the tram accident that happened this past weekend at Universal Studios Hollywood.
    They then take a close look at the perks annual passholders will be able to enjoy at the Universal Orlando parks starting in May.
    Over the course of this episode, listeners will learn about:

    Which Universal horror classic got transformed from a silent film to a sound picture in 1929

    Why did Universal Studios Florida push back the opening of “Twister … Ride It Out” from March of 1998 to early May of that same year

    Which store used to occupy the space in Universal CityWalk that’s now being transformed into the Epic Universe preview center

    Back in 1931, who did Universal Pictures originally announce was going to star in that Studio’s upcoming production of “Frankenstein”

    Which cartoon character is at the wheel of that popcorn bucket that Universal Hollywood is now selling to commemorate the 60th anniversary of that theme park’s tram tour


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    • 57 min

Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5
59 Ratings

59 Ratings

TheDaysGoBy ,

Fun Universal Podcast

It's nice to have a podcast in my list for Universal. Feels like there are so many Disney centric ones that it's nice to find one that focuses on Universal. Rounds out my theme park podcast listening nicely.

Renfred ,

Monster Cafe !!

Love the show! You guys are fun to listen to and keep the show moving along at a great pace. If you’re looking for ideas, I would love to hear the complete history of monster Café that used to be at Universal Studios Orlando. I am hoping that it will be resurrected from the dead and placed over in the new epic universe, monsters area. Keep up the great work and look forward to hearing more and more about the new park when it’s getting ready to open.love the show!

PJBrian10 ,

Great relaunch

Love the new relaunch and show with Eric! Good work guys

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