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

Postby AUWent » Wed Apr 05, 2017 3:04 pm

cparkes92 wrote:
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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.

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

Postby disneyfan1313 » Thu Apr 06, 2017 10:14 pm

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!
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We are checked in and ready to go! We got an awesome swag bag filled with Jimmy Fallon merchandise including a musical Hashtag the Panda doll!
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We started off with a presentation on Volcano Bay. This artwork really shows the depth of the theming of the park.
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WOW! Look at what it will look like at night. Can't wait to see it in person in just a little over a month!
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This park is going to be PACKED full of slides.
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But also tons of places to relax when you aren't riding!
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We then got to sample some of the unique and interesting offerings for Volcano Bay.
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Of course we start off with the yummy desserts!
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TONS of specialty drinks. Umbrella drinks and sitting under the volcano. Perfect!
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They also will have their own custom brew beer! How cool is that?
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The food looks (and tastes!) phenomenal. This isn't your average water park meal.
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Chicken, shrimp, mahi and more!
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They also will be doing these "Grab and Go" meal containers at all restaurants if you just want something quick!
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Now it is time to check out #FallonRide!
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A test seat is available out front, but it was designed to accommodate most guests.
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NOTED!
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And we enter into 30 Rock (in Orlando!). Lots of history in this building.
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This famous logo will become your guide! It will turn all one color which will match...
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Your ticket! This will tell you when it is time to advance to the next virtual waiting area.
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These display cases of Tonight Show memorabilia are very unique and cross all eras of the show.
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Re: Universal Orlando Resort (USO, IOA) Discussion Thread

Postby disneyfan1313 » Thu Apr 06, 2017 10:25 pm

Check out the rest of the fun that we had!
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Even though he is the newest one, Jimmy Fallon has a full case of memorabilia.
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You then proceed up to the second floor where you will enjoy some entertainment while you wait!
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Once your color appears - you grab your "racing goggles" and get ready to ride!
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No photos are allowed inside the ride, but the pre-show video has The Roots rapping the safety instructions. It is awesome!
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The entertainment while you wait to ride is very fun - first you enjoy "The Ragtime Gals" barbershop quartet.
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And of course the beloved HASHTAG THE PANDA!
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Poor bear has to dance when he hears his music. Sometimes he dances so much he collapses.
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You can even meet Hashtag and get your photo with him!
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There are also interactive tables to play on while you wait, here you can send one of Jimmy Fallons "thank you notes".
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TONS of outlets to charge your phone all throughout the waiting area.
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And some fun quick games based on the show!
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The best part was when Hashtag showed us his skills!
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Re: Universal Orlando Resort (USO, IOA) Discussion Thread

Postby disneyfan1313 » Thu Apr 06, 2017 10:35 pm

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!


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

Postby djmadmanray » Fri Apr 07, 2017 7:35 pm

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.

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

Postby cfc » Sat Apr 08, 2017 6:39 am

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

Postby TheCoasterKid211 » Sat Apr 08, 2017 6:54 am

cfc wrote:
You can also get your "Tight Pants"


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


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

Postby cfc » Sat Apr 08, 2017 8:10 am

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

Postby Guy T. Koepp » Sat Apr 08, 2017 12:21 pm

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.


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

Postby Zero One » Sat Apr 08, 2017 8:02 pm

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.

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