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Re: Universal Orlando Resort (USO, IOA) Discussion Thread

Postby RollerManic » Mon Apr 17, 2017 3:15 pm

robbalvey wrote:So have we heard if anything will be put in place to cover the back side of the mountain at Volcano Bay?
I'm hearing that, aside from the scaffolding on the side of the mountain and the cranes, that this is how the backside of the mountain is going to look. Has anyone heard anything more? Thoughts on this?

It will be open. Personally, I like it like this. The mess of slides in there is seriously impressive (and under construction, it looks really rustic and bada$$ with the tarps over the slide pieces, but those won't last :()

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Re: Universal Orlando Resort (USO, IOA) Discussion Thread

Postby michaellynn4 » Mon Apr 17, 2017 3:49 pm

I'm not sure that's the best choice. While I agree that it looks cool to see inside the structure like that while under construction, I feel leaving it permanently open like that diminishes it a little. To me, it creates too much of a "peaking behind the curtain" experience, much more so than I tend to expect from the large Florida parks. It's admittedly a minor complaint, but I think it'd look better completely covered.
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Re: Universal Orlando Resort (USO, IOA) Discussion Thread

Postby Nrthwnd » Mon Apr 17, 2017 3:54 pm

If they could have covered that entire back area with a kind of luminescent suncreen cover,
that could be seen through, but not clearly. Like looking into it's guts, so to speak. And if
the attraction is opened into the evening, the lighting of it's "innards" could be very cool.
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Re: Universal Orlando Resort (USO, IOA) Discussion Thread

Postby robbalvey » Mon Apr 17, 2017 3:55 pm

RollerManic wrote:It will be open.

That's disappointing. It looks REALLY "unfinished" and maybe it will look better, but with as much as they are pushing this park on its "theming" and how it will be on par with Universal and IOA, and even implying on par with the Disney parks, I personally think leaving a giant hole full of slide structures doesn't look amazing.

Maybe it's also that we were just at Yas Waterworld in Abu Dhabi where they also have a giant themed structure in the middle of their park with slides coming off of it and the theming there was seriously insane. Aside from the coaster track & supports, everything else is themed including putting rock work around the slide supports and the stair cases. In fact, if it were up to me, I'd remove the coaster so that it didn't look as out of place with the rest of the theming!

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Re: Universal Orlando Resort (USO, IOA) Discussion Thread

Postby A.J. » Mon Apr 17, 2017 6:46 pm

I don't know, I think I kind of like the "exposed arteries" look, but it definitely breaks with the immersion that they were going for. Perhaps there's an interesting light show that will happen inside at night.
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Re: Universal Orlando Resort (USO, IOA) Discussion Thread

Postby RollerManic » Mon Apr 17, 2017 7:20 pm

I would have liked to see them enclose the volcano and make it into a indoor water park if sorts. Imagine entering the volcano from the bottom and looking up to see thar mess of slides!

I think that would have been the best of both worlds; keep the guts hidden but still be able to show off the cool mess of tubes inside.
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Re: Universal Orlando Resort (USO, IOA) Discussion Thread

Postby Morgan » Tue Apr 18, 2017 5:42 am

I guess one reason for leaving it open would be to allow visitors to be able to see the slides contained within. I imagine there would be either people unsure whether to ride a slide if they couldn't see what it's like first, or some people that would get a nasty surprise from doing a slide they weren't prepared for. I just hope that the stair and platform structures that are on show receive some theming to help them blend in.

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Re: Universal Orlando Resort (USO, IOA) Discussion Thread

Postby DirkFunk » Tue Apr 18, 2017 5:48 am

I know they've been testing a lot of waterfalls on this thing, but there's also the possibility that some of the stair structures go up through there and have all sorts of themed elements. Also, keeping the mountain somewhat open means you might actually be able to replace one of the slides/easily repair them, unlike Blizzard Beach (where Summitt Plummet/Slush Gusher keep going down due to all sorts of issues they can't fully rectify).

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Re: Universal Orlando Resort (USO, IOA) Discussion Thread

Postby Henry M » Tue Apr 18, 2017 6:36 am

I have no clue what will go on that side, but a huge glass structure with a waterfall flowing down the side would be cool.
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Re: Universal Orlando Resort (USO, IOA) Discussion Thread

Postby Hilltopper39 » Tue Apr 18, 2017 7:07 am

If it does stay exposed it will be interesting what kind of vantage points you have of that area from inside the park at ground level. I still don't really have a grasp on just how big the mountain is or where all of the guest areas are located but on the backside with the lazy river up near the base and and all of the tropical foliage they're installing maybe you don't ever really get a clear view of the "exposed" inside until you taking the stair towers up to the slides.

Even that picture Robb posted looks to have been taken from above the roof line of a building outside of the park, so maybe the vantage points from the base up in the real guest areas "feel" different.

I know there are supposed to be some thematic elements built into the lazy rivers here and there but it would be kinda cool to float through the middle of the volcano and look up to see a mess of slides a hundred feet above your head.

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