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Mark Woodbury

As it turns 25, Universal exploding with growth

As it turns 25, Universal exploding with growth

Universal Studios' Orlando debut was not exactly a show stopper. Attendance fell short of projections even as the theme park gave out free tickets for months to make up for chronically malfunctioning rides.

A quarter-century later, Universal's story has taken a much different turn.

Universal celebrates its 25th anniversary Sunday as a theme-park powerhouse poised for growth as explosive as any blockbuster action movie. Investment from owner Comcast Corp. — along with Harry Potter magic, Minion mayhem and Transformers power — has generated double-digit attendance growth at its two theme parks, Universal Studios Florida and Islands of Adventure.

"It's just...