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Postby CoasterEricHP » Mon Oct 08, 2007 10:16 am

Well the project name for the new ride is called "Project Strongarm".. and Universal signed a contract with Kuko.. the company that makes the Robocoaster so there's a very good chance that's what the Hogwarts ride will be. I've heard that it will be a robocoaster (on a track) with different scenes you will fly through.. probably like Soarin' combined with Spiderman, combined with a coaster..

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Postby asr » Mon Oct 08, 2007 10:21 am

Harry Potter or not, that sounds like an idea that has some potential to be pretty sweet. But as it will just be a family ride, it probably won't have enough arm movement to be very thrilling... Unless perhaps you could choose what level of intensity you want like on the current trackless Robocoasters?

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Universal Orlando's Earthquake - GONE!

Postby robbalvey » Mon Nov 05, 2007 5:05 pm

This just in from Universal Orlando -

Earthquake Closes Monday, November 5 to Make Way for Newest Blockbuster

ORLANDO, Fla. (November 5, 2007) – Universal Orlando Resort will blow the lid off a new attraction called Disaster! A Major Motion Picture Ride . . . Starring You later this year that will replace the current Earthquake attraction. For theme park enthusiasts, the heart-pounding thrills of Universal Orlando will be evident with the launch of this new Disaster experience.

Earthquake closes permanently on Monday, November 5 as work accelerates on the new experience. Initial construction has already been underway inside the attraction for several weeks. The excitement of Disaster! is expected to open in December.

Disaster! will offer guests an all-new experience that combines the best, most dramatic elements of Earthquake with new blockbuster celebrity talent, new ride elements, new digital technologies, interactive components and a new storyline. Universal Orlando’s reputation for bringing the breath-taking experiences of motion pictures to life will be in full effect with what Disaster! will feature.

“Earthquake has been a popular attraction and a strong part of our history,” said Bill Davis, President and Chief Operating Officer of Universal Orlando Resort. “But we are always looking for ways to create more compelling, more entertaining experiences for our guests. Disaster! will deliver on that goal.”

A specific opening date for the new attraction and more details about the experience will be released soon.

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Postby thefitness » Mon Nov 05, 2007 5:09 pm

Whoa, I knew the ride was down for a little but I never saw this coming!

I guess we'll find out how this turns out, but I don't know if I like the idea of revamping Earthquake. It's a Universal classic!

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Postby JimmyBo » Mon Nov 05, 2007 5:10 pm

I think I remember reading something about this over on Screamscape but I thought the rumor was to just give Earthquake a different opening sequence. I guess they are going for a whole new ride. Good for them. Outside of Twister, which truly sucks in my opinion, Earthquake was another "done it once don't need to waste my life doing it again" attraction. Hopefully this will be pretty awesome.

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Postby sfmmrules! » Mon Nov 05, 2007 5:11 pm

NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!! I LOVED Earthquake! That was one of my favorites!!! :cry:

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Postby RIP Psyclone » Mon Nov 05, 2007 5:19 pm

Basically, as a showcase of 80's era special effects, it is dated. However, since it was all done "for real" I don't know how much better it could be made today. Since the theme is staying the same, I guess it will have a worthy successor. Probably just a matter of time before USH puts it on the chopping block, along with King Kong. The Studio Tour is a shell of its former self.

Edit: Oh, and if it's reopening next month, it seems like it will be more of an overlay than a totally new attraction.

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Postby CoasterFanatic » Mon Nov 05, 2007 5:26 pm


I am glad to see them keep the attraction up to date. Shame that good ol "From my dead hands" Charlton is most likely on his way out.

// wait ... that is probably the reason they are changing it in the first place

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Postby Zen Coaster » Mon Nov 05, 2007 5:50 pm

Never had the opportunity to ride the Orlando one. When I was there in February '05, it was closed for repairs.

I actually see this as a good thing though, that they're upgrading it with new technology, story & elements. Will definitely look forward to checking it out.

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Postby RCFreak » Mon Nov 05, 2007 6:18 pm

CTU Agent wrote: Disaster! sounds interesting, but to me it just sounds like an enhanced version of the original ride.

This is exactly what it sounds like to me, more like Earthquake 2.0 less of a new ride. Even if it's little more then just changing the pre-show it already sounds like an improvment. While the first room was pretty low-tech it didn't seem nearly as outdated as the other rooms. Plus if they add more fire that's always a plus!


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