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

Postby hphappy » Sat Mar 02, 2013 10:25 am

I was there a week after Rob and likewise I was surprised as to how busy it was. There was my first ever trip to IOA, so I simply assumed that was the norm. Thankly the single rider lanes kept my visit enjoyable. Overall I thought the park looked really nice. Althought I have to admit, I was a bit surprised at the number of tats on the princess in the Sinbad show. It seemed to take something away from the show, but maybe that's just me.

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

Postby pianojohn » Mon Mar 04, 2013 11:04 am

They opened the Transformers gift shop today and had the first meet and greet with the Transformers! I left before Bumblebee came out, but Optimus (if I have the wrong one, forgive me!) looks great.

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

Postby cfc » Mon Mar 04, 2013 11:06 am

I hate to guess what the plaid boxer shorts transform into.
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Re: Universal Orlando Resort (USO, IOA) Discussion Thread

Postby SharkTums » Mon Mar 04, 2013 12:06 pm

Awesome photos!

Does anyone else find it a *little* sleazy that the store opened so far ahead of the ride? I guess the fact that they have the walk around characters kind of makes up for it? Thanks for braving the cold for the update!

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

Postby Double0Kevin » Mon Mar 04, 2013 1:06 pm

^ Yeah, it is kind of odd to be open now, but they are really seem to be trying hype up the ride so I guess it's not too bad of an idea.

The costume characters are awesome. I have yet to take a picture with one at USH because the lines are also so insanely long, even on super slow days. I think that this ride is going to be a huge hit for the park, even with Spider-Man at the same resort for the guests to compare it too. Though 95% won't even notice they are the same ride system, nor does it matter.

I had hear a rumor there might be some Transformer themed food options coming to the park, possibly taking over the monsters food place. Anyone know more about that?
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Re: Universal Orlando Resort (USO, IOA) Discussion Thread

Postby robbalvey » Mon Mar 04, 2013 3:47 pm

Something is telling me that a similar thing also happened at another attraction here or at a different Universal park. Was there another shop that was open before the attraction somewhere? This really sounds familiar....

ps. John - did you get an extra long meet & greet with Optimus? ;)
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Re: Universal Orlando Resort (USO, IOA) Discussion Thread

Postby Philrad71 » Mon Mar 04, 2013 3:55 pm

Love the MiB photo! :lol:
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Re: Universal Orlando Resort (USO, IOA) Discussion Thread

Postby kidcoaster 2 » Mon Mar 04, 2013 4:01 pm

^^ Wasn't it Despicable Me?

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

Postby pianojohn » Mon Mar 04, 2013 4:55 pm

robbalvey wrote:ps. John - did you get an extra long meet & greet with Optimus? ;)


I WISH! But I did get a solo ride on Mummy which was pretty awesome! :br

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

Postby Double0Kevin » Mon Mar 04, 2013 5:04 pm

kidcoaster 2 wrote:^^ Wasn't it Despicable Me?


I think he meant Battlestar at Universal Singapore... or maybe Transformers at Universal Singapore... Come to think of it, Universal seems to do this a lot.
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