Universal Studios/IOA Orlando: General Discussion

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  1. Rob

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    Universal have shared some more details about Hagrid's Rollercoaster:



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    For the record although I've critised the ruins that doesn't stop everything else looking fantastic. The concept of a Forbiden Forest coaster full of magical creatures is great, and so far it's almost exactly what I wanted.

    Maybe there's a good story reason for the ruins, but I'd have preferred it if they had used some natural element or the Quiditch Pitch or even the Shrieking Shack for the ride to burst through, rather than generic ruin.
     
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    "It's better than nothing."
    -Sorry, I mean,
    "It's better than anything we get out of Merlin."
     
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    I’m booking to go to Florida in November. Anyone know the best way to get a decent deal? Express passes etc?
     
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    Depends how many of you are going and where you plan to stay?

    I would recommend 1 night at the Hard Rock Hotel, that way you'll get 2 days of unlimited express passes for universal. It's also a very nice hotel and means you can enjoy city walk at night.

    Just a thought.
     
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    A sneak peek at at the Fluffy animatronic, which weighs 8,000 pounds:

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    Oh wow; that is stunning! Great job as usual, Universal!
     
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    At least it's not a screen!
     
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    Hagrids is nearly finished. Human riders also been seen on ride. Scaffolding starting to come down across the site with just the drop track building and entrance to finish.

    I'm hoping we could see an early/soft opening in the coming weeks as I'm off to florida in just over a week for two and a half weeks.

     
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    I'd love there to be a soft opening and I do think it's pretty likely if there is this much progress done.
     
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    We have two week universal tickets so if I will be refreshing twitter a lot and drop anything to get on park if I hear anything whilst I'm there from the 12th to the 23rd.

    Externally there appears to just be the scaffolding to come down around the drop track and most of the painting on that is already done as well as whatever is hidden behind the scaffolding around the entrance Plaza.

    If I do get in/on i will be sure to post up what footage I can!
     
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    Universal have posted a sneak peek containing some POV footage of the ride. Have to say the outdoor landscaping looks great (you'd be hard pressed to say it looks like it was in Florida) - but very intrigued to see the interior parts!

     
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    Have to say I'm surprised at how nippy it looks. The pacing however remains to be seen when you add in the stop/stars to the equation.
     
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    Press previews have been done so fingures crossed for a soft opening in the coming days (I'm have 2 more days in florida and can but hope)
     
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    Have an article written by Theme Park Insider documenting what they saw: https://www.themeparkinsider.com/flume/201905/6786/

    Some other interesting facts about the ride that I thought it might be worth mentioning:
    • Ride reaches a top speed of 50mph.
    • Has 7 launches, which is a world record.
    • Is the world's first "dual drop free fall coaster", but you will only experience one of the drops; the other is there for capacity reasons.
    • Drop track is 16ft tall.
    • More than 1,200 trees have been planted for this ride.
    • I can't seem to find an official source for this, but the ride length is apparently 5,053ft, which would make it top Mako at SeaWorld Orlando as the longest coaster in Florida!
    All in all, I think this coaster looks phenomenal; top job, Universal! It would seem that as per usual, no expense has been spared with the theming and landscaping, and the ride itself actually looks a lot more thrilling than I was initially expecting; some of those transitions do not look like those of a family ride!
     
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    Sorry for double posting, but it would seem that Universal's Jurassic Park launch coaster is opening in 2021 as opposed to 2020 like many thought:

    On a side note, is it only me who is more excited for this than RMC Gwazi at Busch Gardens Tampa? Both sound world class, though!
     
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    I'm pretty sure the consensus was it was opening in 2021 anyway; at least that's what most of us had a stance of.
     
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    Hagrid's Magic Motorbike thingy has had some media previews. Seem to be generally positive reviews so far with a fun and fast paced ride, however you do pass some of the show scenes too quickly to really see them.

    It is apparently going to run 12 trains. Here is a look at the station/loading procedure which features a moving walkway:

     
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    What is the most trains run on any one rollercoaster? 12 seems bonkers!

    Boarding procedure looks fun!
     
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