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

PostPosted: Tue Apr 23, 2019 12:08 pm
by dreynolds1982
RAWKIN_coaster38 wrote:I feel dumb because I'm not sure if these images are pictures of animatronics or screen images from the ride? Either way, still very cool and I'm sure it'll be a huge hit!

It looks like they are real props, though I'm not sure how much they will actually move. From the looks of it, it looks like the pixies will be still figures, just peppered throughout a few scenes of the ride. I'd imagine the centaurs will be mostly still (fixed in that position with the bow arched) but will likely move a little. The Devils Snare is rumored to be part of the drop track scene so I'd guess there will be a mix of projection effects with the physical limbs. Just due to the massive size of fluffy, I'm thinking the heads will move up and down some, maybe mouth movement, but again mostly still. I'd think the most dynamic figure would be the blast ended skrewt since it's sort of the spotlight figure of the ride.

All just guesses on my part though. Like you said it looks pretty cool either way and seems like UO has realized that they need to step away from the screens some and go back to more practical effects.

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

PostPosted: Tue Apr 23, 2019 12:23 pm
by RollerManic
Fluffy is an animatronic per the video the park released to the media:

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

PostPosted: Mon Apr 29, 2019 10:47 am
by jedimaster1227
Universal Orlando has announced that "Universal Monsters" will have a new haunted house at Halloween Horror Nights 2019!

Universal Monsters is Coming to Universal Orlando's Halloween Horror Nights.jpg

“Universal Monsters” will come to life in all-new terrifying Halloween Horror Nights mazes at Universal Studios Hollywood and Universal Orlando Resort, inspired by Universal’s original cinematic monsters and the movie studio that invented the horror films. The terrifying experiences on both coasts will wake some of the most frightening and legendary monsters in horror history and bring them face-to-face with guests at the nation's premier Halloween events.

On the heels of last year’s successful “Universal Monsters” experience, Universal Studios Hollywood will introduce an all-new horrifying maze, “Frankenstein Meets The Wolf Man,” that delves deeper into the Universal Monsters’ lore. Loosely based on Universal’s 1943 horror movie of the same name, this reimagined tale for the 21st century takes guests on a terrifying journey that bears witness to a deadly confrontation between these two horror icons and the epic battle that rages between them. Guests will follow in the footsteps of the Frankenstein Monster, lured by exotic music towards a nearby gypsy camp while desperately seeking sanctuary from a mob of angry villagers determined to destroy him. It is within the gypsy encampment that the Frankenstein Monster meets The Wolf Man and where the madness begins as guests are led along a path of destruction through the murky Moors, to a creepy cemetery and into the smoldering ruins of Castle Frankenstein and its icy cellars beneath.

Once again, GRAMMY® Award-winning musician, SLASH, long hailed as one of the best electric guitar-players of all time, will collaborate with Universal Studios Hollywood to compose an original score for the maze. Click here to witness the rise of the undead that begins this fall at Universal Studios Hollywood.

At Universal Orlando Resort, guests will be hunted by every single grisly monster from the anthology, including Dracula, The Wolf Man and Frankenstein, in the all-new experience, “Universal Monsters.” Each sinister environment will bleed from one to the next as guests press through the darkened realms of horrifying creatures. Guests will face bloody terrors in Dracula’s castle and flee from what is behind the cryptic howls of the grim forest. They’ll run from the horrifying manmade monster within Dr. Frankenstein’s laboratory, and fall prey to an ancient Egyptian curse as they are pursued by the evil Mummy. Guests will try to escape the mysterious Creature lurking in the Black Lagoon, or become victims of other horrors waiting in the shadows. Click here to witness the terror that is coming to Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Orlando Resort.

Universal Studios’ “Halloween Horror Nights” is the ultimate Halloween event. For more than 25 years, guests from around the world have visited “Halloween Horror Nights” to become victims inside their own horror film. Multiple movie-quality mazes based on iconic horror television shows, films and original stories come to life season after season. And, the streets of each park’s event are transformed into highly-themed scare zones where menacing scare-actors lunge from every darkened corner.

“Halloween Horror Nights” begins Friday, September 6 in Orlando and on Friday, September 13 in Hollywood. Additional details about the events will be revealed soon. A limited time ticket offer and vacation package for Universal Orlando’s Halloween Horror Nights are on sale now. For more information about “Halloween Horror Nights” at Universal Studios Hollywood and Universal Orlando Resort, visit

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

PostPosted: Tue Apr 30, 2019 2:48 pm
by mary.pesik
My brother went on the Hulk last night! I am so proud of him!

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

PostPosted: Tue Apr 30, 2019 7:42 pm
by thedlr
We've decided to go to HHN Orlando this year and I'm looking forward to Universal Monsters. We did Hollywood last year and I really enjoyed it there. We only got to do it once though, so I'm glad we'll kinda get to experience it again in Orlando.

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

PostPosted: Mon May 06, 2019 8:51 am
by jedimaster1227
The Universal Orlando Resort has unveiled the new Hagrid animated figure that guests will encounter when riding Hagrid's Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure when it opens next month!


As we gear up to experience Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure, the new epic adventure opening June 13 in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Hogsmeade at Universal’s Islands of Adventure, Hagrid himself will be brought to life as the most advanced and life-like animated figure we’ve ever created. Here’s your first glimpse at the half-giant:

On this immersive coaster experience, you will join Hagrid on a thrilling journey into the Forbidden Forest. Along the way, he’ll introduce you to some of the wizarding world’s rarest magical creatures. And for the first time ever in our parks, you’ll get the chance to come face-to-face with Hagrid, who is not only the Hogwarts gamekeeper and Care of Magical Creatures professor, but also one of Harry Potter’s most loving and loyal friends.


See below for some fun facts about what makes Hagrid Universal Orlando’s most advanced and realistic animated figure.

  • Universal Creative, the team responsible for creating Universal’s iconic rides and attractions, worked directly with Robbie Coltrane – who portrays Hagrid in the Harry Potter films – to study his body movements and facial expressions to develop 24 different body actions for this animated figure
  • Incredible attention to detail was taken to recreate Hagrid’s likeness from the films, including a meticulously hand-sculpted face, digital scans of Hagrid actor Robbie Coltrane’s teeth, and careful placement of individual hair strands – including eyebrows and lashes.
  • The costume Hagrid wears was designed by the same team that created his on-screen attire for the Harry Potter films
    Hagrid’s height is exactly proportional to his height in the films – 7 feet 6 inches tall
  • Robbie Coltrane recorded a custom script for Hagrid in this new adventure
  • And be on the lookout for an exact replica of Hagrid’s famous pink umbrella!


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

PostPosted: Mon May 06, 2019 5:21 pm
by larrygator
I hope it does better over time than Yeti.

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

PostPosted: Mon May 06, 2019 5:50 pm
by Nrthwnd
What movement I could see, wasn't a lot. But I assume they wouldn't show everything about their Hagrid, including the speaking bits. Waving the umbrella a bit was fine, for now. Looking forward to more movement and sound, heh. :smile:

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

PostPosted: Mon May 06, 2019 6:39 pm
by Canobie Coaster
That looks incredible. This is why Universal should use less screens (speaking as an enthusiast, I totally understand why they do).

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

PostPosted: Mon May 06, 2019 6:56 pm
by scubaski
Will be there Thursday and Friday and maybe I will be lucky enough to attend a soft opening as I did for Transformers and I will post a report. Wish me luck.