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

Postby BeemerBoy » Wed Apr 04, 2012 9:29 am

Universal’s Cinematic Spectacular: 100 Years of Movie Memories will present some of the world’s best and most popular films in an innovative, high-tech symphony of imagery, light, sound and special effects.

Or I could grab a light bulb, garden hose, and film projector, then head down to the local pool. Sorry, Universal.....yawn.
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Re: Universal Orlando Resort (USO, IOA) Discussion Thread

Postby OrlandoPete » Wed Apr 04, 2012 10:33 am

Jay20016 wrote:
jarmor wrote:
Skycoastin Steve wrote:What Universal needs more than Q-Bots is an educational video at the front gate for people to learn how to use the single rider lines. If you have a group of 8 people, DO NOT USE THE SINGLE RIDER LINE. In fact, they should restrict the single rider line to groups of 2 or fewer. Because it's REALLY obnoxious when I get in the single rider line and come up behind a monstrous group of people all wearing matching t-shirts thinking they're getting a shorter wait because they're in the "short" line, when in reality they are causing the line to bog down and making the wait twice as long as the regular line.

This is my biggest issue at universal! I recently walked out of rockit's single riders line since it was virtually the same wait as the regular line!!!

It can be annoying if say, a Brazilian Tour Group got in front of you, but I see nothing wrong with a group of more than 2 hitting up the single line as long as they understand that they are not going to be seated together. After all, isn't that the purpose of the single line, to fill what would've been otherwise vacant seats had it not been there? Furthermore, some single rider lines are longer regardless by the nature of the seating style. You mention Rip, Ride, Rockit but even Cheetah Hunt suffers from the delays as the two across seating has always been disastrous for me when trying to go Single Rider on them....

God forbid that Single Rider line is not your free Universal express pass.

Exactly. The single rider line can work to your advantage a lot of time, but if it doesn't then you can't complain. No park guarantees that the single rider line will get you on the ride faster. Guests in groups larger than 2 have just as much a right to stand in that line as someone who is by themselves.

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

Postby jedimaster1227 » Mon Apr 09, 2012 9:19 am

Yesterday I had the chance to stop by Universal Studios Florida for a class project, but took the opportunity to grab some photos of the latest progress throughout the park.
It looks like Gru's house is getting lots of new detail...
The roof now has shingles, and it looks like there's a rocket parked in the garage.
I'm actually really looking forward to Despicable Me Minion Mayhem!
Construction walls towards the exit of the attraction have come down as several frames for studio posters have gone up on the facade.
Another look towards the entrance shows the other side of Gru's house and another studio picture frame.
Is Universal opening up a day care center?
Very cute!
As previously announced, Universal's Cinematic Spectacular will officially debut on May 8th along with the Universal Superstar Parade.
The water screen barges have gotten a few stylized additions in the last few weeks.
Good news Jaws fans! Bruce's photo op has been moved from the former Amity this new location next to Chez Alcatraz.
Looking good!
This time, is it really, really personal?
These are some heavy duty barges!
Chez Alcatraz recently debuted a small food menu...
They also updated their alcoholic beverage menu to include several themed drinks, including the well received Shark Attack that debuted during Jaws' closing night.
All that remains of Amity are some lamp posts, a few signs and the old 4th of July banner posts.
But there is truly nothing left of what was once Amity.
It's a long, empty walk through here...
One Amity sign post seems to have been spared, for now.
Sad to see this relic still standing...
The skyline has certainly changed in this corner of the park.
Large mounds of dirt mark the tallest things visible in the area.
Few references to Amity are left.
The Spongebob Squarepants retail experience is still being heavily worked on.
Some clever signs line the construction walls surrounding the store.
What have we here?
Could it be???
Yes! Doc Brown lives!
Universal has actually added a set of three "streetmosphere" actors to the former Amity area to entertain guests while they pass through.
The actors portray highly confused and out-of-place tourists roaming around aimlessly.
She kept asking us where the pool was.
This one called herself Mandy Moozle and was trying to find a train to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. Seriously, she asked us where she could catch the train.
These actors are definitely... Something.
And over in CityWalk work is underway to bring a new boardwalk-esque area with new shopping and dining options.
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Re: Universal Orlando Resort (USO, IOA) Discussion Thread

Postby dylanreich » Mon Apr 09, 2012 9:30 am

Nice trip report. Really liked the "streetmosphere" actors, that would be something I'd like to see more of.
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Re: Universal Orlando Resort (USO, IOA) Discussion Thread

Postby piers » Mon Apr 09, 2012 10:00 am

dylanreich wrote:Nice trip report. Really liked the "streetmosphere" actors, that would be something I'd like to see more of.

It would be something I would wish to see much less of.

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

Postby coasterfreak101 » Mon Apr 09, 2012 12:39 pm

That she asked you where the train was is kind of funny, considering that's part of the assumed plans for WWOHP v2. And since they're hanging around the old Amity / new HP area... Granted, the pool lady is kind of weird, but I wouldn't be surprised if she's asking for the train for a reason!
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Re: Universal Orlando Resort (USO, IOA) Discussion Thread

Postby FeelTheFORCE » Mon Apr 09, 2012 5:31 pm

^ I thought the same thing. Some possible foreshadowing perhaps?

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

Postby tycampbell » Sat Apr 14, 2012 7:25 pm

Went to the park today, I noticed jurassic parks river adventure gates are taken down. (the main gates you enter while on the ride) Is this normal?
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Re: Universal Orlando Resort (USO, IOA) Discussion Thread

Postby cfc » Sat Apr 14, 2012 8:17 pm

I'm glad that Bruce the Shark has found a permanent home. He's always been a popular photo op.

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

Postby larrygator » Sat Apr 14, 2012 8:21 pm

cfc wrote:I'm glad that Bruce the Shark has found a permanent home. He's always been a popular photo op.

If they can keep Doc Brown around, why not Bruce?
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