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

Postby CoasterCard » Wed Oct 28, 2015 6:56 am

With them specifically mentioning "the skies of New York", I have a feeling this is going to be like Soarin', but through NYC with narration featuring jokes from Jimmy.

I really like Fallon and his show, and even though this isn't going to drive me to return to Orlando for this attraction, specifically, I do think it will be a fun addition to the park.

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

Postby BDG » Wed Oct 28, 2015 7:09 am

Hulk's cobra roll is now almost gone...



A close-up of the footers...


As you can see, they're simply using a cutting torch to remove the supports.

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

Postby Mrlittle » Wed Oct 28, 2015 7:11 am

This ride sounds like Soarin over NYC. Come on Universal Orlando, I had you so high on my pedestal. Enough of the 3D rides. I hope I'm wrong here and out of Kong, fast n furious or Jimmy we get one decent ride. I'm just not going to book a vacation to see more 3D screens. Besides, Universal had a great ride with Jimmy they advertised all last summer.

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

Postby Brent York » Wed Oct 28, 2015 7:18 am

I liked Twister. Tornadoes will never stop being interesting and terrifying, so I always hoped they would just update Twister with newer technology.

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

Postby shadox17 » Wed Oct 28, 2015 7:29 am

BDG wrote:Hulk's cobra roll is now almost gone...


:wtf: :cry: I really hope they're not reprofiling anything major...

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

Postby Hilltopper39 » Wed Oct 28, 2015 7:50 am

The Fallon ride is interesting, for some reason I wouldn't be surprised if this thing turns out to be more fun than people think it will be.

With no real details about the ride system all we can do at this point is speculate but wasn't there something a few years back at IAAPA that was essentially a stand up simulator? Where you stood on a platform that was on a motion base system of some sort? Looked like a cool concept at least, not sure how it would translate to this project but we'll see. Also, depending on what the actual ride is like, it seems like with the technology that exists these days that they could constantly update whatever the pre-show experience is with fresh new content from Fallon to keep it interesting.

Anyways, Twister was a cool attraction but, like Disaster, I honestly haven't been on it in years so hopefully whatever this Fallon project is will be fun replacement.

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

Postby DBJ » Wed Oct 28, 2015 7:57 am

It is pretty impressive that Universal is on quite a roll with improving the parks. Glad to see they really haven't put on the brakes when it comes to improving the parks there in FL.

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

Postby pianojohn » Wed Oct 28, 2015 9:08 am

Had to take a quick trip out to USF/IOA to document Twister before she leaves us.

Also got some shots of Skull Island and what's left of the Hulk.

And here is a video of Twister's finale room


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

Postby viking86 » Wed Oct 28, 2015 10:10 am

Great pictures! With all the focus on the Hulk refurb, I had completely forgotten about the King Kong ride.

The Twister ride I don't consider not a big loss, although doing the control room was quite fun. As for it's replacement I'll withold my judgement until we know some more details. Will be interesting to see if it will be "just another simulator" or if it will provide a more unique experience...

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

Postby JordyC » Wed Oct 28, 2015 10:13 am

pianojohn wrote:

It seems like the exterior of the station is about to be renovated as well. This coaster will look very different when it reopens.
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