Universal Studios/IOA Orlando: General Discussion

Discussion in 'Rest of the World Parks and Attractions' started by Alastair, 6th Aug 2012.

  1. Alastair

    Alastair TS Forum Team Team Member

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    Advertised HP expansion will certainly attract a lot more business to the park, if that's even possible! I really love the idea of the working Hogwart's Express - even the fake facade one there currently attracts a large crowd just for people to have their pictures taken in front of it, let alone a working version :)
     
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    Hollywood replacing Terminator2 3D with DM? What kind of madness is this?

    I loved The Wizzarding World of Harry Potter at IoA, it truly is amazing. I was sad to see Jaws go and glad I got a few more rides before it went and I still think they shouldn't removed classic attractions for future investments. Terminator is a classic at UO, as was Jaws and ET. I hope they choose to keep them both for a bit longer.

    I loved Back to the Future but wasn't so impressed with The Simpsons.

    Losing Marvel Superhero Island would be devastating. I hope Disney see sense here.
     
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    Space Fantasy please!

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    While jaws etc are classic rides IMO they were out dated and needed/need replacing, while fun to ride they werent the best rides in the world. As for terminator I really enjoy it, would be a shame if it left but again it's become out dated now especially for universal core target market and had te shortest line on my visit last week.I bet this will go once HP and transformers opens so has a while left yet. the DM attraction was actually really good, I haven't seen the film and didn't have any expectations of the ride but on the whole attraction was very well done. It uses the new HD 3d like the updated Spider-Man and the animation looked stunning inc the per-show animation. It shows some of the older 3d/4d shows need updating.

    Off to universal today to visit both parks to go on the key attractions. I best get rides in on terminator and ET as they might be gone next time I get out here!
     
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    I knew I should have gone on Terminator! Damn! I hope it stays long enough for when we go back.

    But 5 minute queues for the Mummy is just too tempting. :p
     
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    As awesome as Space Fantasy looks, it's too Japanese for the Americans to get (which isn't hard to create something Americans struggle to understand)...


    And there are people who haven't seen Despicable Me? Sad face...
     
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    Screamscape's image of the Transformers layout:

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    Some interesting news about the Harry Potter expansion from news site Hypable:

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  9. Alastair

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    It's sometimes too much to take reading about theming like that when living in this country ???
     
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    Universal have finally revealed the ride on their Facebook page:

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    As much as I love universal, as an alternative to disney some of their (even recent) attention to detail with theming is, worse than that of even merlin. Queuing for Harry Potter &TFJ I could see, from a point in the main queue (not just the random line outside the entrance), I could see the soundstage behind the faćade. And that really ruined the magic for me a bit. Disney, even merlin (to an extent) would at least make it believable.
     
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    What?

    How can you compare themeing like HP to anything Merlin have done??????????????

    The castle alone would never be built in the UK. Everything in the HP area is amazingly detailed. All the buildings, the snow, everything. Theming in the UK is pretty useless.

    The rest of the park is amazing. Its one of my favourite parks and there are bits that could be better but nothing is nearly as poor as you get over here.
     
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    IDK, Its probably just a matter of personal opinion, but at least even with 13, there are no whitespots. It is a old, worn down building throughout, not in the queue you can see the warehouse behind. That was one of a few theming elements that really let me down at US/IOA.

    Im not saying the theming is better over here, by any means. Its just with HP, the white spots on the faćade were a bit, non thought out, and a bit incomplete.
     
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    Yes the puddle at the bottom of the air tunnel is great, or the cheap plastic vines on thirteen or the fact you can see behind the scene rubbish on RMT.

    It may not be as good as disney but it is still a million miles in front of Merlin parks.
     
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    Likewise I get what you are saying cotda but if Universal Studios are guilty of occasionally leaving a tin shed on show then that's a minor sin compared to building parts of their rides out of Shipping Containers and claiming it to be part of the rides theme. I know it makes the experience feel less disjointed because they are openly admitting that the ride is inside a tin shed but I wouldn't say it's any more acceptable.

    Plus in the case of Thirteen it runs alongside and over the warehouse it's built within, that's hardly what I'd call hidden from view.
     
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    Fair play, whatever I say I love universal!
     
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    Never heard of this one before. Apparently it's a Meet & Greet. Here's the ParkScope article if you're interested. :)
     
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    Wow! Had no idea we were this far down the road with this project. :eek:
     
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    Simpsons expansion, anyone?

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    Love the idea of a Kang & Kodos Gravitron! :p I wonder what the flat will turn out to be?


    Anyway, the Studios side of the resort is really pulling out all the stops to bring itself in-line with Islands of Adventure. They're building the new Harry Potter land, a Transformers ride and now making the Simpsons into a full area!

    Amazing! :D
     

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