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

Postby XYZ » Sun Feb 26, 2012 8:26 pm

I could see this golf course being a success as there are tons of golf courses in the Orlando vicinity. Having the golf course on Universal property will put a much higher chance of success. Also, the low maitenance fees should give Universal a good amount of profit.
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Re: Universal Orlando Resort (USO, IOA) Discussion Thread

Postby Skycoastin Steve » Sun Feb 26, 2012 8:48 pm

For anyone that hasn't gotten to see this mini golf course, it's going to be INSANE. I can't wait to play on it!
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Re: Universal Orlando Resort (USO, IOA) Discussion Thread

Postby Chroniq » Sun Feb 26, 2012 9:53 pm

Is Hollywood Drive-In Golf a third party vendor? . Huge respect to them for using social media correctly. I love when a company communicates with their customers and answers questions or responds to concerns. I look forward to playing a couple rounds next time I'm there.

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

Postby jedimaster1227 » Sun Feb 26, 2012 9:55 pm

^Yep! The mini golf is run by Congo River Mini Golf which has tons of other locations here in Orlando
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Re: Universal Orlando Resort (USO, IOA) Discussion Thread

Postby robbalvey » Mon Feb 27, 2012 3:09 pm

Hey everyone...went down to Universal Orlando today to get an update on all the work going on at both parks. Was able to take a peak behind the walls in Amity, and I'll warn you, it's not pretty. If you were a huge fan of Jaws...you might not want to read this update! ;)
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The new Hollywood Drive-in Mini Golf, which is supposed to open this week in Citiwalk, looks pretty much "done!"
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All the courses now have been filled in, and all the theming seems to be in place.
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This honestly looks like a lot of fun and should be a great addition to Citiwalk!
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Many of the holes look quite elaborate!
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Looking forward to checking this out over the next week or two...
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Looks like fun!
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Ain't nothing creepier than a 40 year old man taking a photo with Dora the Explorer! You're welcome!
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Looks like the frame of Gru's house at Disciple Me is really taking shape!
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What do you think? Should we stick around for the taping? ;)
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It sure isn't Fourth of July in Amity anymore! Jaws fans take note...the next few photos may really bum you out!
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The buildings in the Amity area are either being demolished, or looks like they are being prepped for their demise.
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"Amity 6 to Base... Base? Come in Base? Base? Are you there???"
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There are still a few buildings standing...but the rest of the ride seems to be totally wiped out!
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Just a few weeks ago, Jaws look like this.
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Today, it looks like this.
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You can see the old maintenance building in the background.
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Another shot of the rubble that used to be Jaws.
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More piles of Jaws.
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Some of the Amity buildings getting ready to die.
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More pics of buildings and stuff....
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More random Amity demise...what do I see in the background?
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Ooooh!!!! Extreme close up!
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So yeah...Jaws is gone. I'm bummed...but hey...maybe the new ride will be even better?
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I rode Transformers a couple of weeks ago. It was pretty good! I don't think Transformers is going here, I just didn't have a better caption to write.
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Want a Nathan's hot dog? TOO BAD!!!!!!
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Here's what Amity used to look like. Guess what? It don't look like that no more!
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Jaws is gone, but Fear Factor Live is still going strong! Oh, the irony! ;)
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Rode Men in Black today. Still one of the best rides in the park! (Thank you Dave Cobb!)
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Hulk was running....yeah...ok, I only have this picture here because if I don't have at least one roller coaster photo in an update, I'll get yelled at by the coaster geeks. So there you guys go. Suck it up.
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Oh, no! Who stole Spidey?!?!
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We heard a rumor this may soft open mid-March. Anyone heard anything? Or are our sources insane? (We think they are!)
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This is where the 560 foot tall, 200 MPH Intamin rocket coaster is going.
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Did this area get touched up recently? Because it looks a lot brighter than it used to. Either that or I got dumber...which is entirely possible.
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I swear last time I was here this section was looking a bit more faded. Well, it looks good now, I guess...
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Internet access AND mobile phone recharge? This I like!
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"Mac and Cheese!" ;)
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We took a quick look into the Wizarding World.
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Forbidden Journey is still my favourite Harry Potter ride! I love it! (even though I still don't quite know what's going on!)
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Look, people will hate me for saying it, and I know it's a hat, and it means something, but this still looks like a talking poop to me!
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I'm told this building has been marked for demolition.
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They are also going to implode this tent.
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How long do you think this guy has to live?
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DO NOT IGNORE THE SUBTLE CLUES!!!! Universal is clearly telling us here that Jurassic Park is the next attraction to go! ;)

Was a great day at Universal Studios. Looking forward to all the changes and new stuff happening in 2012!

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

Postby robbalvey » Mon Feb 27, 2012 3:55 pm

heh, just noticed in the rubble you can see part of the old doors that used to be the entrance to the queue. Take a look...

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That piece used to be here....

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As the part that says "Dauntless Boatworks"

Doesn't look like they spared anything! Oh, well.....
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Re: Universal Orlando Resort (USO, IOA) Discussion Thread

Postby biker7766 » Mon Feb 27, 2012 4:01 pm

Great Pics Robb! Can't wait to see a tour of the new Mini-golf! ;)
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Re: Universal Orlando Resort (USO, IOA) Discussion Thread

Postby cfc » Mon Feb 27, 2012 4:45 pm

I'm looking forward to playing at the new mini-golf course, too--it looks great.

Poor, poor Jaws . . . but c'est la vie.
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Re: Universal Orlando Resort (USO, IOA) Discussion Thread

Postby King_K. » Mon Feb 27, 2012 4:51 pm

They are also going to implode this tent.


This had me laughing for a good couple of mins. :lmao:

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

Postby Extreme » Mon Feb 27, 2012 4:56 pm

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They are also going to implode this tent.

By implode, do you mean fold up and move across the park?
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