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

Postby anonymouscactus » Mon Jan 20, 2020 7:06 am

Thanks for the info! I think the only two new rides for me at Universal Studios is Jimmy Fallon and Fast and Furious. Both of which I don't care if I were to miss them. Also that new Bourne thing may be open by then. But. *shrug*. Other than Mummy (which I can ride at night), I can't think of anything that really stands out to me. (I think rip rocket is easily skipable as well).

I don't think I can justify the price difference for the Hopper, as there just isn't enough worthwhile to do at Studios, for me, especially if I have the option to ride some during HHN. Just my opinion. Islands has a LOT that I really enjoy, plus the Potter Coaster and Kong which would be new to me.

Planning on Thursday Sept 17th at this moment, or possibly that Sunday instead, so HHN crowds shouldn't be TOO TOO bad, but who really knows with that park; I've seen crazy wait times on social media before.

Honestly we may just skip HHN and just do Islands. We will definitely be going to BGT daytime + Howl-o-Scream and that may be enough to get our fill.

It's still a long ways away to decide our master plan, but thanks for that info.

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

Postby jarmor » Mon Jan 20, 2020 7:29 am

When thinking about the price difference think of this, the stay and screamers get access to at least 2 haunts before the park opens for HHN and they are usually the most popular of the night. With the growing number of houses and with each being unique, I wouldn't want to miss any and possibly hit up a repeat. Stay and scream helps with that. But again, I think they did the scream early thing last year so they may have that option again.
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Re: Universal Orlando Resort (USO, IOA) Discussion Thread

Postby ytterbiumanalyst » Thu Jan 23, 2020 11:46 pm

https://www.wesh.com/article/super-nintendo-world-will-be-at-new-universal-park-epic-universe/30642731

ORLANDO, Fla. —
Comcast executives confirmed Thursday that Super Nintendo World will be coming to Universal Orlando's new theme park, Epic Universe.

Though it won't open until 2023, there will be lots of construction activity next year at the future Epic Universe location. It's being built just north of the Orange County Convention Center and the initial concept art depicted four immersive themed lands.

Super Nintendo World had long been rumored to be a land coming to Epic Universe. The confirmation came during a Comcast Q4 earnings call Thursday.

When answering a question during the call, a Comcast executive said Super Nintendo Land will be part of the "fourth-gate" in Florida.

Universal is slated to open the first Super Nintendo Land this year in Japan.

During the call Thursday, Comcast executives talked about its potential to draw big crowds.

"I think the next big thing on the horizon is Nintendo. Nintendo, based on our research is one of the biggest potential drivers of attendance that you could have of any kind of I. P. It's up there with Harry Potter," an executive said.

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

Postby teacherkim » Sun Jan 26, 2020 4:07 pm

anonymouscactus wrote:Thanks for the info! I think the only two new rides for me at Universal Studios is Jimmy Fallon and Fast and Furious. Both of which I don't care if I were to miss them. Also that new Bourne thing may be open by then. But. *shrug*. Other than Mummy (which I can ride at night), I can't think of anything that really stands out to me. (I think rip rocket is easily skipable as well).

I don't think I can justify the price difference for the Hopper, as there just isn't enough worthwhile to do at Studios, for me, especially if I have the option to ride some during HHN. Just my opinion. Islands has a LOT that I really enjoy, plus the Potter Coaster and Kong which would be new to me.

Planning on Thursday Sept 17th at this moment, or possibly that Sunday instead, so HHN crowds shouldn't be TOO TOO bad, but who really knows with that park; I've seen crazy wait times on social media before.

Honestly we may just skip HHN and just do Islands. We will definitely be going to BGT daytime + Howl-o-Scream and that may be enough to get our fill.

It's still a long ways away to decide our master plan, but thanks for that info.




Just to help you with planning/decision making......we attended HHN last year, first weekend in Oct. Now we did have fastpasses for the haunts because I think Halloween events are stupid in the daylight (my thing, no judgement) This allowed us to wait and go around 8 or 8:30. In 3 1/2 to 4 hours we were easily able to get in half the houses, one show, half the scare zones and ride all the available rides, each night. And we were with teens who could never go to the bathroom at the same time, stopped every other booth for a snack, looked at every t-shirt stand, etc....so we weren't exactly fast (worse than having little kids actually) I think if we started right at opening and didn't have fastpasses we could have done them all in one night, the stay and scream would have helped in that regard. I only saw one really long standby line, Stranger Things which was 75 min, most of the others were under an hour.

If you are trying to decide between Howl-o-scream and HHN, keep this in mind: HHN is more of a party atmosphere in my opinion and a little light on the "spooky" atmosphere. I thought the scare zones were a little disappointing, other than Zombieland and some of that was more the humor from the movie. Most of the houses are back on the sound stages and there in NO theming while you are waiting in line, just lots of flood light and lots of concrete. Also, the crowds are so big you have to go through the houses conga line style. Not bad, but different from most other Halloween events I have been too. Now the props and actors were absolutely top notch, best I've seen. In fact I wanted to go through the Nightingales house again not because it was so scary but to look more closely at the Ancient Rome theming. Yes, it was that good and yes I am that much of a history nerd. I have not been to BGT Halloween event but having seen it on youtube it looks more like most other parks. So, consider what kind of event your group will enjoy more plus factoring in the cost, etc.

Oh and we were there on a Sat and Sun night and I notice no difference in crowds whatsoever at the event. City walk was definitely more crowded on Sat night but inside HHN the wait times and crowds were indistinguishable between the two nights.

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

Postby jedimaster1227 » Fri Jan 31, 2020 8:28 am

The Universal Orlando Resort has sent us some great information about this year's Mardi Gras Celebration! The event will run for eight weeks (starting this weekend) with a variety of concert performers, entertainment and food!

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Starting this weekend, Universal Orlando’s 2020 Mardi Gras Celebration kicks off with new and returning Cajun-style cuisine that is sure to excite foodies everywhere. From fan-favorite classics like Gumbo and Jambalaya to delectable new dishes inspired by carnivals worldwide – there are so many unique flavors to explore. See below for all the food and beverage options coming to this year’s Mardi Gras Celebration:

New Mardi Gras Dishes at Universal Studios Florida and Universal CityWalk
From February 1 through April 2, guests can enjoy new menu items at The French Quarter Courtyard at Universal Studios Florida and several locations in Universal CityWalk, including Voodoo Doughnut, The Toothsome Chocolate Emporium & Savory Feast Kitchen and more.

NEW Carnival Around The Universe Tasting Tent: This all-new tasting tent in the French Quarter Courtyard will feature dishes inspired by carnivals worldwide with new menu items debuting bi-weekly throughout the event, including a variety of plant-based options:

Week 1 and 2 (Feb. 1 – Feb. 15) will feature cuisine from Trinidad & Tobago:
  • Grilled Pineapple Trini Chow: Topped with kimchi seasoning and micro cilantro (Plant-based)
  • Pholourie: Fried spicy split pea dough with turmeric, curry powder and a tamarind chutney (Plant-based)
  • Chickpea Double: Chickpeas served on a spicy bara flatbread with micro cilantro and mango chutney (Plant-based)
Week 3 and 4 (Feb. 16 – Feb. 29) will take guests back to where the Bayou Bash first began and explore Louisiana Creole cuisine even further:
  • Softshell Crab Slider: Crispy softshell crab topped with organic vegetable slaw and served on a soft brioche roll with bayou aioli
  • Cauliflower Dirty Rice: Riced cauliflower with Gardein crumbles, Black eyed peas and Cajun spices (Plant-based)
  • Pecan Street: A specialty cocktail with pecan vodka, caramel and apple cider
Week 5 and 6 (March 1 – March 14) will celebrate Brazilian Carnival with delicious treats:
  • Pão de Quiejo: Traditional warm cheese bread with a guava dipping sauce
  • Sugared Sweet Plantains: Covered in cinnamon and sugar and served with banana poppy seed dipping sauce (Plant-based)
  • The Girl from Ipanema: A specialty cocktail featuring gin, lime, orgeat syrup, coconut water and pineapple simple syrup
Week 7 and 8 (March 15 – April 2) will place you in the heart of Germany:
  • Sauerbraten: Slow braised beef, buttered Spaetzle, and pickled red cabbage topped with a savory red wine sauce
  • Grilled Bratwurst: Served on a potato pancake with whole grain mustard and sour cream and chives
  • And a warm pretzel!
NEW ‘Float Floats’ at Schwab’s Pharmacy: Inspired by the all-new Mardi Gras parade float theme, Treasures of the Deep, Schwab’s Pharmacy will serve over-the-top ice cream floats to celebrate Florida’s biggest party, including:
  • Mardi Gras Float: Pineapple and lime soft serve with grape soda, blueberry Boba and a waffle cone flag
  • Shipwreck Float: Pineapple and chocolate soft serve with pineapple soda, cotton candy and a waffle cone flag
  • Sunken City of Atlantis Float: Vanilla soft serve with wild berry soda, mango Boba and a gummy shark

New Specialty Cocktails and Non-Alcoholic Beverages: Also inspired by this year’s Mardi Gras theme, are new specialty cocktails served in exclusive souvenir cups including High Seas Twister with rum, blood orange liqueur, and watermelon juice, and the Bourbon Street Punch with bourbon, orgeat, coconut puree and orange juice to name a few. Plus, also new to this year’s event, are recommended food and drink pairings which can be found on the tasting tent menu boards. For the little jesters in the family, there are a variety of non-alcoholic beverages including the all-new coconut water that is served out of an actual coconut, which is available at The Carnival Around the Universe Tasting Tent during the first two weeks, and the fan-favorite Bayou Bog Water.

New Orleans Flair at Universal CityWalk: New Mardi Gras themed food items will debut at Universal CityWalk at several locations, including Voodoo Doughnut, The Toothsome Chocolate Emporium & Savory Feast Kitchen and more:
  • For the doughnut lovers out there – head over to Voodoo Doughnut and pick up a yeast doughnut filled with cinnamon sugar Bavarian cream and topped with vanilla glaze and sprinkles inspired by the iconic Mardi Gras colors
  • Ever wanted to drink an iconic Mardi Gras king cake? The Toothsome Chocolate Emporium & Savory Feast Kitchen will be serving up The French Quarter artisan milkshake that includes king cake, cream cheese crema and pastry cream topped with king cake and a beignet
  • Seasonal cocktails throughout Universal CityWalk, including The Jester found at the food and beverage carts, Voodoo Doctor at Bob Marley – A Tribute to Freedom and Masquerade Martini at The Cowfish
  • Additional Mardi Gras inspired menu items can be found at venues across Universal CityWalk

Add-on New Orleans Inspired Experiences
As part of the family-friendly version of the renowned Big Easy bash, guests can also purchase festive Mardi Gras add-on experiences for guests craving more.
  • Due to popular demand, The Mardi Gras Tasting Lanyard will return, allowing guests to sample multiple dishes and beverages for one price throughout the event. Whether guests are looking to enjoy all of this year’s food and beverage items, or sample just a few of the bold new additions, there are a variety of Mardi Gras Tasting Lanyard options to choose from starting at $30 plus tax. Among these options is an exclusive Passholder Tasting Lanyard, which includes 15 sample dishes for $60 plus tax.
  • On select nights, The Bayou Boil – An Exclusive Mardi Gras Experience, will allow guests to enjoy a Louisiana-style boil featuring crawfish, shrimp, potatoes and corn-on-the-cob, as well as an exclusive viewing area for the Mardi Gras parade with king cake, beignets, sparkling wine and assorted non-alcoholic beverages. Tickets for adults are $59.99 plus tax, and tickets for children (ages 3-9) are $39.99 plus tax. Separate theme park admission is required.
  • For guests with a sweet tooth, the Mardi Gras Feast & Floats Dessert Party is available on select nights from March 9 through April 2, giving them the best view of the Mardi Gras parade while enjoying specialty desserts, savory bites, hot chocolate, assorted non-alcoholic beverages, and sparkling wine and cider. But the party doesn’t stop there – guests will also have an exclusive viewing area for Universal Orlando’s Cinematic Celebration. Tickets for adults are $49.99 plus tax, and tickets for children (ages 3-9) are $29.99 plus tax. Separate theme park admission is required.

Returning Cajun Cuisine Favorites
Fans of the traditional and authentic New Orleans cuisine – don’t fret! Your favorite classic Cajun dishes will return to The French Quarter Courtyard at Universal Studios Florida including jambalaya, shrimp gumbo, crab etouffee, gator bites, a variety of po’boys, Cajun twisted tators, king cake, beignets and more.

Plus, as part of the Mardi Gras Celebration, guests enjoy a nightly Mardi Gras parade throughout the streets of Universal Studios Florida inspired by the all-new Treasures of the Deep parade theme, as well as performances by some of the biggest names in music, including world-renowned, chart-topping DJ and producer, Marshmello, the multi-platinum international star behind global smash-hits “Despacito” and “Échame La Culpa,” Luis Fonsi, and best-selling American girl group of all time, TLC, known for mega hits such as “Waterfalls,” “No Scrubs,” “Creep” and “Unpretty.” For the complete line-up and performance schedule, see below.

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All of the excitement of Universal Orlando’s Mardi Gras celebration is included with admission to Universal Studios Florida. To learn about all of Universal Orlando’s ticket and vacation package options and for more information on Mardi Gras, visit http://www.UniversalOrlando.com.
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Re: Universal Orlando Resort (USO, IOA) Discussion Thread

Postby PKI Jizzman » Fri Jan 31, 2020 8:34 am

Those are some pretty great musicians on that list! I'd be so taken back if I walked into Universal and saw Kool and the Gang playing :lol:
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Re: Universal Orlando Resort (USO, IOA) Discussion Thread

Postby coasterbill » Fri Jan 31, 2020 8:39 am

Aren't the Roots the Jimmy Fallon show band?

... wow :lol:
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Postby SharkTums » Fri Jan 31, 2020 9:46 am

^Yes, but to be fair they were a real band before they got that gig and they're much better than Jimmy Fallon!

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

Postby coneyislandchris » Fri Jan 31, 2020 12:06 pm

PKI Jizzman wrote:Those are some pretty great musicians on that list! I'd be so taken back if I walked into Universal and saw Kool and the Gang playing :lol:

They played Busch Gardens Williamsburg a few years back, when they were still doing the free summer concert series. Was definitely a nice bonus even though we were mainly focused on the rides!
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Re: Universal Orlando Resort (USO, IOA) Discussion Thread

Postby KBrylczyk » Fri Jan 31, 2020 7:02 pm

Let me break down this concert calendar as a showbiz professional who's worked for 7 of the acts on that list -

The Roots - Super talented and really nice, I'd recommend them. Not a surprise since they're Fallon's house act these days, but still a huge name to play a theme park.

Karol G - Pass. Pass by a country mile.

Bell Biv DeVoe - Holy crap, they're still playing shows together?! 90s hip hop. If you like the sound, you'll like the show. Recommended.

+Live+ - Honestly I had to double check this was Live and not some other band because I've never seen them listed with the plus signs. It isn't some other band, it's friggin Live, and they're incredible. Not only do they have a bunch of huge rock hits, they're all great people who love their craft. This is easily (one of) the highest recommendations for this year's Mardis Gras.

Kool & The Gang - You know the music. Highly recommended.

TLC - Well, just TC these days since Left Eye passed away years ago. They're better than Salt-N-Pepa, so there's that.

REO Speedwagon - Undoubtedly THE show to see this year. REO Speedwagon blew me through the goddamned roof a few years ago. Yeah, they're old, but DAMN these guys command the stage! Do not miss this one if you're a passholder. Also, they're legitimately great, friendly people who know they're famous because of their fans. Just wait until they begin Roll With The Changes. That song is when your brain clicks and you realize you're watching rock gods doing their thing. I mean look at this, just look at it -



Good sweet lawd baby jesus that's a show!!!

Dustin Lynch - Who's this guy? :::quick google::: Country artist? Pass.

Luis Fonsi - Imagine, if you will, Despacito on repeat for 90 minutes.

The All-American Rejects - I'm not a fan of their sound, but they put on a solid show and they're super-nice guys.

Diana Ross - She's a living legend. Go!

Chris Young - Country. Pass.

Earth, Wind, And Fire - I mean, all of the original members are long dead. This is like going to see The Temptations these days. They're really a cover band.

Marshmello - Ugh. It's just a DJ doing boring DJ crap. He's also a giant twat-waffle. He's on my blacklist here in town, meaning if I get a call to work his gig I refuse it on principle.

Why Don't We - Had to google these guys, too. Apparently they still make boy bands these days? Pass.

Gavin DeGraw - I'm a simple man. When your breakthrough hit single (I Don't Wanna Be) is a barely-concealed copy of Stone Temple Pilots' "Vasoline" and you won't admit to it, you go to the bottom of the barrel in my book. Screw this guy.
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