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

Postby andy2134 » Tue Mar 20, 2012 7:06 am

I am pretty sad to see Jaws go even though I only rode it a few times when it first came out way back when. I know this was an older ride but it still was a fantastic fun experience. I wonder with the amount of land that it took up, was it only time before they did the demo and capitalized on the amount of land that jaws took up? Or was it more of a popularity dated issue with the ride? I would think that this is premium land for Universal and Jaws had been on the chopping block waiting for something like Potter

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Postby robbalvey » Tue Mar 20, 2012 8:22 am

^ I have heard a number of stories, one of them being that Jaws was considered to be removed a couple of years ago for a project that never happened, another that it's gone now because, the original Potter expansion that was supposed to go where Poseidon/Sindbad/Mythos is now, was given the thumbs down by Miss Potter herself because the two worlds the attractions are based on are not near each other, and therefore they could not be near each other in the parks.

Universal took note - and figured it would be a great (if not evil genius) idea to have Potter in BOTH parks, which basically forces Potter fans to buy a two-park ticket to get the "whole Potter experience."

Now we just have to hope that Potter has enough staying power to keep people clicking through the turnstiles now that the books and movies are done, otherwise in 10-15 years it will all be gone again! ;)

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Postby skitt2010 » Tue Mar 20, 2012 10:17 am

Thanks for the update Robb, as you said it's very sad to see Amity in pieces. I was lucky enough to take my first trip to the park literally weeks before the destruction began, was a fantastic ride but i suppose we look forward. Maybe im asking a question that has already been answered, but have any plans been drawn for a possible replacement on that site?

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Postby ECZenith » Tue Mar 20, 2012 11:52 am

I can't believe how massive that piece of land looks. I haven't been on Jaws since I was a kid but I never remember it having a footprint like that. Wow. :omg: I'm not a Harry Potter fan at all but I welcome a new roller coaster anytime! The IOA Harry Potter section was cleary a huge success, overcrowded often, so this expansion seems very logical. I have seen some of the films but I don't recall a scene in a bank/vault.. What movie will the new coaster be themed after? I'd like to watch the scene in question to see what kind of show sets we might expect.

Robb, I agree with your comment about hoping these attractions will "last" so to speak 10 years down the road. I imagine they will still be popular two decades from now, Jaws was still quite popular as an attraction and the film came out a long time ago. I saw Jaws part 1 maybe once, in bits and pieces and it was.. ok to me, maybe I would have appreciated it more when I was a kid. The ride, however, was awesome to me just for the sheer excitement and elaborate set design. I have a feeling the high-tech 3d dark ride and the indoor roller coaster they will build will still be wildly popular down the road, even if the next generation doesn't appreciate Potter the way kids do nowadays. I hope so anyways, I wish Universal all the luck in the world with this project, but I know they don't need it. ;)

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Postby Wes » Tue Mar 20, 2012 12:36 pm

^ The last movie is the one with the big "action" setpiece in the bank vault.

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Postby Skycoastin Steve » Tue Mar 27, 2012 5:02 pm

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Postby netdvn » Wed Mar 28, 2012 7:04 am

Robb, I agree with your comment about hoping these attractions will "last" so to speak 10 years down the road. I imagine they will still be popular two decades from now


Just throwing something out there, but Potter's been around since the 90s, which is a pretty long time for a series of books/movies to keep their popularity. If Potter didn't have staying power, it wouldn't be as popular as it is now.
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Postby cfc » Wed Mar 28, 2012 7:08 am

^Yeah, I don't think Potter's "staying power" in much in question, whether you love or hate the series. (Hell, Lord of the ringy dingy ding-a-ling dings has been around a lot longer, and it wasn't even a big hit when the books were first published.)
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Re: Universal Orlando Resort (USO, IOA) Discussion Thread

Postby deathbydinn » Sun Apr 01, 2012 8:40 pm

Remember that rumor I posted back in January about Universal Orlando making some kind of big change to the Universal Express system? This was followed up by a survey from Universal in Mid-March asking about possible names for a new version of Universal Express that would feature a hand-held reservation unit of some kind? Well… check out the little yellow gadget hanging from the belt of a crew member at Islands of Adventure that was sent in over the weekend.
If you’ve never seen one before, that is a Q-Bot, a nifty little wireless ride reservation system device. You don’t need to go to the attraction to use it, you can put yourself into the virtual queue and select your ride time from anywhere within the park and just show up when its your time to ride. I’ve used them myself at Six Flags and Dollywood and they work very very well. So looks like either Q-Bot is coming to Universal… or at least Universal is testing out the system for consideration.


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

Postby Jew » Mon Apr 02, 2012 12:15 am

I wonder what would prompt the change? Why would they want to share revenue with Lo-Q if they already have their own system?
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