Universal Studios/IOA Orlando: General Discussion

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  1. Matt N

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    The ride? Or the throughput? Because I think both sound sweet! I really can't wait to ride this beast some day!
     
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    Wow, got to admit that it looks like a really fun coaster! I love the sound effects and that final launch looks the highlight of the ride. You do seem to pass a couple of the show scenes pretty quickly but overall I'd say Universal have done a damn good job.
     
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    Ah right. Thanks for the clarification @DiogoJ42!

    In other news, early reviews are extremely promising, with some people saying it's the best coaster in Florida! As for my thoughts, I don't think it quite looks like the best coaster in Florida, but it easily looks to top Everest as the best family coaster in Florida, and it might even be the best ride at Universal if the POV hides certain things intensity-wise! I don't know about any of you, but I'd also arguably say it looks like an improved Thirteen with launches, and that it looks a little bit more intense than Thirteen! I must admit that it's more of a "proper coaster" so to speak than I was expecting; I was expecting it to stop for some of the show scenes and be part-dark ride in sections, but I don't think that ultimately matters as the way it works does seem to work extremely well; I'd almost say that not stopping seems to improve the pace & flow of the ride, personally. I don't think the pace of the show scenes really matters, though, as the overall ride looks stunning, in my opinion!

    The theming looks stunning, it looks like a surprisingly intense family coaster and all in all, Universal seem to have spared no expense in producing yet another wonderful attraction!

    However, some people, including Robb Alvey, seem a bit underwhelmed with the thematic execution of the ride; I'd be intrigued to know why?
     
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    Oh, there was never any question of any hit of any possibility of any remote chance of any competition between this and Thirteen.
     
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    Probably because he was not allowed to film a POV and he does not like Universal for their metal detector policies. He's just petty.

    Having said that, I am not keen on the fact they have just painted the side of the warehouse with trees and sky rather than actually attempt to theme it. Clearly it has saved a lot of money but it is rather glaring.
     
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    I actually think it blends in quite well considering the surroundings are forest-like and you only see it for about a second on the ride, personally; to me, it looks no worse than the mural behind Kong's façade, for example.
     
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    Oh GAWD! I have something in common with Blobb Algae! :fearscream:
     
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    He has never really liked any of the Harry Potter stuff or a lot of Universal do but seems Disney do no wrong in his view. Where as Lance on screamscape is actually the other way round and is very pro Universal and often tries to find fault with Disney!l (ie his latest article about the faults with Galaxy edge, yet he hasn’t even been!)

    Don’t know why people can’t just like both when they do good stuff and criticise both when they get things wrong!
     
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    Because Robb can never get things wrong :smirk:
     
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    The app is saying it’s a capacity which I’m guessing is so the staff can go home before midnight.
     
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    I believe they advertised the park as at capacity at just after noon.
     
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    This is just for the one ride. Other rides are continuing to post normal times. Think as @spinba11 says they might have closed the queue to try and run it down some time before 3am!
     
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    If the one main complaint is that they copped out on themeing the side of the shed then they've done a good job in the world of internet critique... And it's more than what some parks would do...

    You do sail through the hut scene quickly though, but given you either stop and faff or keep some good capacity on the ride, you can see the decision making process...

    Best roller coaster in Florida? No chance, that's new ride hyperbole... Perhaps the best experience coasters there though, not that the competition is fierce for that...
     
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    It’s failed to open on time today.
     
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    Looks absolutely top notch, albeit very long!
     
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    If you ask me it looks ace.... everything thirteen could have been.
     
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    Quite, only on a much larger budget! :p
     
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    (a bit off topic) but am I the only one who finds Th13teen a bit boring?
     
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    The outdoor bit, sure.
    I think the drop and backwards section is fun.
     
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