Universal Studios/IOA Orlando: General Discussion

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

  1. BigAl

    BigAl TowersStreet Member

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    The following images are courtesy of Bobwadd from Orlando United. I've put them into spoiler tags as there's quite a lot of images! :p


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    Just watching 4Music's Breakfast Fix, which features tidbits of gossip. It said something about a 9th Potter movie being filmed solely for Universal Theme Parks and as much as I question the legitimacy of this, I wondered if anyone knew what was going on with it?
     
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    It could be footage for queue-line videos, perhaps?

    Anyway, another construction update can be viewed here! :)




    Edit: Looks like the new mini Potter film rumours for the new attractions at Universal may have been correct! This was from Screamscape today (12/12/12):

    Exclusive: Deathly Hallows Part 2 - "Gringotts Ride" Clip (HD)
     
  4. Alastair

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    From TPT:

    http://www.themeparktourist.com/news/20121212/12316/harry-potter-stars-begin-filming-footage-universal-studios-florida-expansion

    Very exciting! :p
     
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    HELENA! <3
     
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    I would like to clarify a couple of things.

    At the moment, whilst incredible, the Wizarding World in IOA has a Hogsmeade themed street, but with shops/restaurants from both Hogsmeade and Diagon Alley.

    Presumably, with the new 2015 project, they'll be looking to make the Universal Studios side the London incl. Diagon Alley and the IOA side the Hogwarts/Hogsmeade side - correctly linked by the Hogwarts Express.

    Does this mean that Ollivanders, for one, will close at IOA - be rethemed into a Hogsmeade village outlet, and then re-opened in Diagon Alley?

    I presume this must be the case? Anyone know?

    I'd love a Shreiking Shack walk through!
     
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    If Ollivanders were to move, the shop could be transformed into Madam Puddifoot's Tea Shop, as I'm sure it would be something that people would enjoy whilst others try out the rides.

    However, there is actually an Ollivanders in Hogsmeade, so they may open up two...

    The Shrieking Shack would be a great experience, but it would have to be constructed in a separate place that is still visible from Hogsmeade.
    It would look fantastic!

    When Diagon Alley opens, multiple shop opportunities are also available.
    For example, Florean Fortescue's Ice Cream Parlour could be opened, selling a wide range of ice creams including some that you wouldn't normally find.

    The Leaking Cauldron is a must, considering it's probably the main pub that everyone remembers from Harry Potter. It could be similar to the Three Broomsticks.

    Ollivanders should be opened, more true to the books, as stated earlier.

    Finally, Weasleys' Wizard Wheezes could be opened as a joke shop, as it would be very popular and also visually stunning!

    It would be great having the brick wall at the back of the Leaky Cauldron leading into the area too!
     
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    Imagine the scale of bottleneck that would be created if it were true to the film's portrayal ;)
     
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    Looks like the Gringotts coaster is going to have a freefall drop, as well as a dual loading station too!

     
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    Zierer then?
     
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    Screamscape reports that the arcade by the Revenge of the Mummy shop has had construction walls put around it:


    Work has also started on the new Universal hotel:

     
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    Where abouts is this new hotel going?
     
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    Here's a map I found on after Googling it:

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    I'd probably ignore the section in blue as I seriously doubt that Universal will ever have the opportuinity to own that land (too many other things on it), but do they even need it when there's the purple zone to use?


    I just remembered that Danny made a topic about it here.

    :)
     
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    News from Screamscape about the Gringotts coaster:

     
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    Well the station track certainly looks unlike anything we've seen before so I can believe the cars will be as well.
     
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    I'd imagine the Robocoaster guys will be getting used again, they did a fantastic job on the Forbidden Journey ride system.

    Universal are creating some fantastic attractions at the moment.
     
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    Resort news from Screamscape:


    Also...

    Grinch on the Loose at Universal Orlando

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    That looks great! The costume is fantastic and the acting is hilarious. Love this to bits. The more I see of Universal, the more I hate Merlin. Yes, they have the IPs on their side but whatever they do is completely unrivaled by anything we have in the UK. In years to come, Disney will be quaking in their boots from these guys. The continuous investment is really knocking them to a new level.
     
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    That's what you call a slick system, far from the shoddy mess we have at AT ;)
     
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    Even just having cups as good as theirs would be great! Never mind having RFID too! :p
     

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