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

PostPosted: Sat Sep 02, 2017 2:48 pm
by robbalvey
KBrylczyk wrote:Wait, really? I've been on them since the retheme and I could have sworn some were still there.

Nope. Just some bare walls now.

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

PostPosted: Sun Sep 03, 2017 6:37 pm
by xVicesAndVirtues
When I was a kid and would visit Orlando and therefore IOA on vacation, I always loved The Lost Continent and always thought that the original theming created by Universal for this area totally killed the over-marketed other lands of IOA. The little tiny spot that's left honestly still looks arguably better than anywhere else in the entire resort.

Some friends and I will be among the hopefully-many people going tomorrow to pay a last tribute to these amazing coasters. Everyone that can, should.

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

PostPosted: Mon Sep 04, 2017 11:25 am
by Dombot
Just got off my final ride on Ice Dragon, and I kinda feel like crying. Really gonna miss these coasters... :(

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

PostPosted: Mon Sep 04, 2017 2:30 pm
by robbalvey
Today is final day for Dueling Dragons. Here is some vintage footage from around 1999-2002. While I personally am not sold that this is a "good decision" we will wait to see what the future holds. Went to take our final rides a couple of weeks ago and stood at the exit shooting some footage for a while and I watch the MAJORITY of guests exit the ride and *RUN* back to the entrance to ride again. I'm just not sure why a park would want to touch a ride that still seems to have such high satisfaction.

I mean attractions like Universe or Energy or Great Movie Ride usually gets reactions like "Wow, I'll never get that 27 minutes of my life back" so I understand why those rides time have come. But that's not the case for Dragons.

Oh well, all I know is that whatever they are planning to replace it with has a high bar already set for it and I feel it will be difficult to to beat Dragons, but we shall see. Enjoy the video...

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

PostPosted: Mon Sep 04, 2017 3:25 pm
by Jcoaster
I'm just not sure why a park would want to touch a ride that still seems to have such high satisfaction.


The almighty dollar that Harry Potter can provide them with. People travel far and wide to HP world, not for Dragons so I guess this new HP coaster with an actual theme from the movie can provide them with even more marketing opportunities.

Personally as a person who isn't a fan of Harry Potter it is such a bummer and a really unfortunate circumstance.

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

PostPosted: Mon Sep 04, 2017 3:44 pm
by robbalvey
Jcoaster wrote:
I'm just not sure why a park would want to touch a ride that still seems to have such high satisfaction.


The almighty dollar that Harry Potter can provide them with. People travel far and wide to HP world, not for Dragons so I guess this new HP coaster with an actual theme from the movie can provide them with even more marketing opportunities.

Oh, I get that. But there is a GIGANTIC space that currently is the remainder of the original Lost Continent with dud attractions no one talks about like Sinbad and Poseidon's Fury that could have been removed. I'd be willing to bet that Dragons would be listed higher on any guest satisfaction survey than those two attractions so part of me just doesn't understand why you'd take out a ride that still seems to be very pleasing while other attractions that have most certainly not aged well still stick around.

If you could have Dragons AND a new Potter ride...
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But as I said, I'm not going to lose too much sleep over it, I'll put some hope that whatever replaces it will actually be better than Dragons, and if not, instead of complaining about it, I'll just go hang out somewhere else...

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

PostPosted: Mon Sep 04, 2017 3:48 pm
by CaptainUnknown
Back in 2010, I got my first and only rides on Dragon Challenge. While unfortunately, I missed the Dueling Dragons queue, I was at least able to get a dueling experience. Ice in the front, fire in the back.
At least they still duel in my dreams.
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RIP

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

PostPosted: Mon Sep 04, 2017 4:07 pm
by Jcoaster
With Dragon's gone Lost Continent is going to be very, bery awkward. Its only a matter of time before that whole area is a memory.

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

PostPosted: Mon Sep 04, 2017 4:48 pm
by necoastergp
Jcoaster wrote:With Dragon's gone Lost Continent is going to be very, bery awkward. Its only a matter of time before that whole area is a memory.

Lost Continent hasn't had dragons since HP.

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

PostPosted: Mon Sep 04, 2017 4:53 pm
by Jcoaster
necoastergp wrote:
Jcoaster wrote:With Dragon's gone Lost Continent is going to be very, bery awkward. Its only a matter of time before that whole area is a memory.

Lost Continent hasn't had dragons since HP.


I meant physically