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

PostPosted: Wed Apr 05, 2017 3:04 pm
by AUWent
cparkes92 wrote:
PVA62 wrote:
Dom497 wrote:

Even Blake Shelton is tired of screen based rides. :roll: (skip to 2:17)


I had a good time going to Universal for my first time last year, even without Hulk...but this really isn't something that is going to get me to come back, I don't think Fast and Furious will either. I spent 3 days there and I would have rather spent that last day somewhere else, Fun Spot, Disney, SeaWorld, anywhere really. I enjoyed my time there but Universal got old for me pretty quick with a lot of their offerings being basically the same. Until they change that, I'll plan my next Florida visit around Disney.

Hulk is enough to at least stop in for a day. IMO, it's the best coaster in Orlando.


Hulk in the back edge seats is debatable, but the middle of the first three rows is best ride in Orlando to me.

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

PostPosted: Thu Apr 06, 2017 10:14 pm
by disneyfan1313
For the past two days TPR had the opportunity to be part of the media event for the grand opening of Race Through New York staring Jimmy Fallon. We also got to sample some awesome food from Volcano Bay and experience the attraction and its new virtual queue and entertainment. What a fun filled two days - on to the pictures!

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

PostPosted: Thu Apr 06, 2017 10:25 pm
by disneyfan1313
Check out the rest of the fun that we had!

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

PostPosted: Thu Apr 06, 2017 10:35 pm
by disneyfan1313
The next day we saw the grand opening ceremony!
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Bright and early! We are ready!

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"The Beat Builders" was a percussion group masquerading as construction workers.

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"Sing It" was an acapella group and they were awesome.. almost time for the big entrance!

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Carson Daly (who remembers TRL on MTV!) is doing a live shoot for the Today Show.

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Jimmy Fallon rolls up on this awesome NY themed float! He got a ticker tape parade!

The Peeing Log Flume

Here's a log flume where characters pee on you in China! Would you ride this???Video by Martin Lewison

Posted by Theme Park Review on Saturday, September 5, 2015

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His wife and daughters are there as well to help with the ribbon cutting.

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How many of the characters from the Jimmy Fallon show can you name?

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We came back at night to ride again, and Jimmy Fallon surprised the audience. It was amazing!


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He took questions and talked to everyone waiting for about 15 minutes.

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Don't forget to check out the merchandise shop where you can buy a Hashtag the Panda costume!

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You can also get your "Tight Pants"

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And of course shirts from his character "Sarah" who says EW!

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We then got to finish out our night seeing Jason Derulo do his musical number for the Tonight Show with a HUGE crowd!

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

PostPosted: Fri Apr 07, 2017 7:35 pm
by djmadmanray
Great report, thanks! We got down there to ride it during soft openings and thought it was great! Loved everything about it, especially the waiting area with the entertainment. Looking forward to doing it again soon.

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

PostPosted: Sat Apr 08, 2017 6:39 am
by cfc
You can also get your "Tight Pants"



Hmm--definitely one souvenir I will not be buying. ;) Looks like they put on a good show for opening day.

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

PostPosted: Sat Apr 08, 2017 6:54 am
by TheCoasterKid211
cfc wrote:
You can also get your "Tight Pants"


Hmm--definitely one souvenir I will not be buying. ;)


-I would pay to see you in those, Chuck. :lmao:

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

PostPosted: Sat Apr 08, 2017 8:10 am
by cfc
TheCoasterKid211 wrote:
cfc wrote:
You can also get your "Tight Pants"


Hmm--definitely one souvenir I will not be buying. ;)


-I would pay to see you in those, Chuck. :lmao:


Oh, you would pay most dearly, indeed.

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

PostPosted: Sat Apr 08, 2017 12:21 pm
by Guy T. Koepp
cfc wrote:
TheCoasterKid211 wrote:
cfc wrote:
You can also get your "Tight Pants"


Hmm--definitely one souvenir I will not be buying. ;)


-I would pay to see you in those, Chuck. :lmao:


Oh, you would pay most dearly, indeed.


:lmao: This exchange of words brings much joy to my life!

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

PostPosted: Sat Apr 08, 2017 8:02 pm
by Zero One
Rode the Fallon ride today. I agree with most people here that it's a bit of a mess and is yet another 3d movie ride.

But what I really wanted to mention was the virtual queue experience. I got there around 4pm and used Express Pass to just walk right in but apparently they had run out of virtual queue times around 1pm today. So there was a constant huge crowd of people by the entrance who wanted to ride but couldn't and the team members were continuously yelling at the crowd that "This is for virtual queue and express pass only. There is no standby. Come back at 9pm if you want to try to ride." Some guests would wander away while others kept asking questions about why they were not allowed to wait.

It was quite the cluster.