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

Postby jedimaster1227 » Wed May 02, 2012 1:05 pm

So today I had the chance to roam through Universal Orlando today and happened to stumble upon a current testing of something very exciting for the resort... Lo-Q's Q-Bots are being tested at Islands of Adventure as an alternative (read: replacement) system for the Universal Express system.

Along with spotting these new Q-Bots in the while, I got a few shots of other changes within the parks, including the newly unveiled entrance of Despicable Me Minion Mayhem which looks like it is ready to open very soon!
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The Hulk has been the most publicized testing location at Islands of Adventure for the Q-Bot for quite some time, so that was where we looked first.
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Over at The Amazing Adventures of Spiderman, the Express greeter was equipped with her Q-Bot as well.
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Doctor Doom's Fearfall also had a Q-Bot reader on hand.
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Up close, the Q-Bot reader looks the same as the ones used in the other parks. A reader was also found at the entrance to the Jurassic Park River Adventure.
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Guess where this one was found...
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Poseidon's Fury is Q-Bot equipped too!
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Caro-Seuss-el had a reader as well.
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The Cat in the Hat features one too...
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And of course, One Fish, Two Fish.
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Over at Universal Studios Florida, the walls have come down around the entrance for Despicable Me Minion Mayhem.
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The former Nickelodeon Way has become Minion Way in honor of the attraction's arrival.
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The studio housing the attraction now sports some awesome banners.
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Gru's "car" is parked in the garage.
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Enjoy Larry!
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The facade looks great doesn't it?
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It seems that Gru's house will serve as the splitting point between Universal Express and the Standby queues.
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Testing of the queue's video loop seemed to be going on, with audio playing in the main queue but not above the Express queue.
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This should eventually be the Express queue.
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Notice the time codes, and property rights stamps on the video.
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Silly humans, don't you know all rides end at the gift shop?
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These are new!
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This explains the odd support outline people had seen before the banner was installed.
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Notice the minion trapped under the billboard's wrap?
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Getting very excited for Despicable Me Minion Mayhem!
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Back in Islands of Adventure, new and expensive Potter merchandise has debuted.
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Would you spend $195 for Snape's coat?
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Oh, it gets better.
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Getting warmer!
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Re: Universal Orlando Resort (USO, IOA) Discussion Thread

Postby SharkTums » Wed May 02, 2012 1:54 pm

I think my favorite part of this TR is the apathy shown in the majority of your cast member photos!!! Leaning over, resting on queues, a look of utter despair, etc. :lmao:

So happy to have Qbot in Florida!!!! Long live Qbot and the Qbot Minions!!!!!

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

Postby Pufferfish » Wed May 02, 2012 1:58 pm

Are the Qbots going to be used as a perhaps cheaper option to their current unlimited Express? If so this is even more exciting than just the fact a Florida park is getting Qbots!
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Re: Universal Orlando Resort (USO, IOA) Discussion Thread

Postby Meteornotes » Wed May 02, 2012 2:02 pm

So excited to see this. Every major park should be using this system.

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

Postby coasterfreak101 » Wed May 02, 2012 2:04 pm

Agreed. Much, much better than any other system various parks are implementing.
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Re: Universal Orlando Resort (USO, IOA) Discussion Thread

Postby slither37 » Wed May 02, 2012 2:57 pm

I have only been to one park with Q Bot, but Love it x a billion. Maybe more.
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Re: Universal Orlando Resort (USO, IOA) Discussion Thread

Postby CTU Agent » Wed May 02, 2012 3:00 pm

I just know I'm going to get drunk at the park one day and accidentally buy Dumbledore's robe.

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

Postby Stuff513 » Wed May 02, 2012 3:04 pm

Nice update, Despicable Me is really looking great.

Also agreed, I was laughing at some of those shots of the employees.

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

Postby Meteornotes » Wed May 02, 2012 3:19 pm

CTU Agent wrote:I just know I'm going to get drunk at the park one day and accidentally buy Dumbledore's robe.


This must happen.

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

Postby doublestufforeo » Wed May 02, 2012 3:20 pm

Its not always smiles and sunshine when working in a theme park, but dang, it seems everyone was depressed that day. =P

They're only testing the Q Bots for today and tomorrow, off duty employees can pick them up before they go in to play that day to test the system.

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