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Postby Erik Johnson » Thu Apr 30, 2009 8:05 pm

It has been many months since I have been down to Universal Orlando in order to do an update for this thread. Thank goodness there have been a lot of you Orlando people that have been doing a great job in keeping us updated. Anyways here is an update!
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Just in case you guys wanted to see what the toll booth looked like.
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This is why digital cameras were invented.
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I finally can add RRR track photos to this thread.
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WOW! Prices have gone WAY up!
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I am sure the park was packed later that evening.
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At least he is still around.
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I guess Mythos has gone green. Just like what they did with the water tunnel.
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The current menu.
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Ok, here is a ton of new Potter construction photos.
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I should add this to the beer thread.
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Postby Erik Johnson » Thu Apr 30, 2009 8:14 pm

Part 2.
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Who watches TV previews after spending a lot of money to visit a theme park?
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The Bryan and Adam Show. In Hulk Green
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I think you can find the other picture in the RRR thread.
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While these are a few days late, I wanted to go ahead and post them.
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The side entrance is still open!
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I finally got to touch it.
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Postby ScoastinGS » Thu Apr 30, 2009 8:35 pm

Awesome pictures at an awesome park!

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Postby themeparkman25 » Thu Apr 30, 2009 11:14 pm

Does HRRR change spine diameter/shape for the same reasons that Intamin track goes from a 3 rail design to a 4?

Thanks for the update!

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Postby KrazyT » Thu Apr 30, 2009 11:28 pm

^ I believe its so it can handle the stress of the trains better.
Since they are in the areas with the most positive G's.

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Re: Universal Orlando / Islands of Adventure Updates

Postby Erik Johnson » Tue Feb 23, 2010 9:20 pm

It has been a long while since I have updated this thread. So.......

2/21/2010 Update!
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2/21/2010 Update for Universal Orlando
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Parking prices really have gone up over these past two years.
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I am glad that digital cameras help to remember where you parked your car.
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The moving walkways are almost an attraction itself.
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The Color Purple? Really?
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I see castle!
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Fast Food....At Citywalk.
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Random Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit banner.
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Just a few more months to go.
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There are new ticket prices/options now.
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Almost Disneylike options.
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More information about AP passes.
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So the Lotto drawing is considered an attraction now?
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Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit with Banner 2.0
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Drat....Not open yet.
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Yay! I see coaster train!
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Testing coasters usually means that it will open soon.
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Coaster Signage.
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The non-inverting loop is rather strange looking.
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However, it is a really fun part of the ride.
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Instructions on how to pick your song.
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This large screen samples many of the songs you can choose from.
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The moving platform is now operational! It really makes a big difference on dispatches.

[ Play Quicktime file ]

Here it is in motion.

Movingwalkway.MOV [ 31.85 MiB | Viewed 11544 times ]

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Another shot of the lift hill. Trains were being dispatched on an average of 40 seconds.
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Airtime can be pretty good here.
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I really like this section of the ride.
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You really do pull quite a few G-forces here.
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I am glad to see the coaster run as well as it did today.
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The new stage.
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Yes, it is real astroturf.
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Mummy is still my favorite attraction in the park.
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Themed stroller parking.
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Themed Disappointment #1
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I wonder if Fear Factor is gone for good now. All the signs have been removed.
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Since we are here.....
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I honestly think the best thing about the Simpsons ride is the attraction waiting room.
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Hee hee hee.
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I am glad they found a use for these things.
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Here is another one.
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Ok, here is some more random Rockit photos.
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Random!
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This is taken from outside the park.
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This would be an underneath shot of a coaster car.
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Blue Man Group Theatre....now with Rockit.
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One last shot.
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I am glad that it is now running. Islands of Adventure update coming soon!

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Re: Universal Orlando / Islands of Adventure Updates

Postby Erik Johnson » Tue Feb 23, 2010 10:13 pm

Islands of Adventure Update 2/21/2010.
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Jurassic Park is under an extensive referb.
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The castle is shaping up pretty well.
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Since we are here....
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Warning! Random Hulks Photos.
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This loop is not photographed as much as the other one.
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Hulk again.
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TPR first! Markers under Hulk. Maybe they will finally add that dueling Captain America Hyper coaster.
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Through the fence!
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Now with Castle.....Well almost.
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Q is much cooler than J.
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Side shot!
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I hate green friendly Universal.
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It looks like Mythos finally got beat.
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Here is the current menu.
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I guess I can add a few Harry Potter photos, even though there already has been many updates already.
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For you train buffs.
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Quite a bit has been added since my last update.
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A little further back.
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Any idea what the sign will say?
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I wonder what they are going to do with this bridge once the new area is open.
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OK, here are a bunch of new photos.
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Dark Ride Building.
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The rumor is that Dueling Dragons closes next weekend for the finishing touches of its Potter transformation.
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Since the main queue is closed, they pulse crowds over to the coaster loading area. It actually works pretty well....considering.
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The pulsing is similiar to when a two-way road is under construction.
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Here we go!
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Stay on Target!
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There it is!
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It looks like the flag holders are in place for "Dragons Challenge".
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This is the current entrance/exit for the ride.
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Maybe Universal should have a design contest for this logo. Future Photoshop contest?
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This is inside the Dragons loading area.
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How often do you wait in line to exit an attraction?
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I miss F.U.
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Yeah, more Potter.
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When does it open, late May?
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Welcome to Juras........awwwwww.
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The Potter warehouse still needs some work.
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It looks like they are putting brickwork on the side of the show building.
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This would be Cedar Fair's version of Jurassic Park.
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Isn't he a TPR member?
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Themed Disappointment #2
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Yep.....Certainly not open today.
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I did not notice anything else new or different so we now finish with a photo of the IOA sign.

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Re: Universal Orlando / Islands of Adventure Updates

Postby Hattuchili » Wed Feb 24, 2010 5:28 am

Thanks for the awesome update, Erik. I really miss that place and can´t wait to finally be back later in the year. I hope you are going to reserve a table at Mythos, again.

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Re: Universal Orlando / Islands of Adventure Updates

Postby Chrissie » Wed Feb 24, 2010 5:55 am

Awesome update Erik!! :mickey: It made me realise how much I love Universal.

I love your WWoHP shots. They are so clear!! It looks like they are working hard at it and I am praying it will be open when I am there in May.
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Re: Universal Orlando / Islands of Adventure Updates

Postby coasterenema » Thu Feb 25, 2010 11:10 am

OMG Is that George Lucas doing the testing ???? :)
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