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

PostPosted: Tue Nov 14, 2017 12:54 pm
by Canobie Coaster
Does anyone know the latest time Universal lets you back inside the park?

I ask because I'm interested in getting night rides on both Rockit and Hulk. To do that, I'd have to re-enter one of the parks ~ 45-60 minutes before closing.

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

PostPosted: Sun Nov 19, 2017 4:49 am
by chaos
Last night I'm pretty sure people were still coming in 45-60 minutes before closing to see the Harry Potter Christmas show.

And speaking of the show, if you go to IOA at night . . . get ready. You should be fine riding Hulk, but you are going to make a loop around the park, you can only go counter-clockwise (through Suess, Harry Potter, then Jurassic, etc.)

You will get stopped somewhere in Hogsmeade or Lost Continent if the crowds get too bad. Then they will let people through in 20 minute intervals.

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

PostPosted: Sun Nov 19, 2017 8:14 am
by coasterbill
This show looks amazing. I've never seen an intellectual property print money like this one does. :lol:

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

PostPosted: Sun Nov 19, 2017 8:27 pm
by jedimaster1227
This weekend Theme Park Review was invited to experience the holidays at the Universal Orlando Resort, featuring new offerings like Christmas at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter and returning favorites like Grinchmas! Along the way there was plenty of food, fun and holiday merriment to be had!

Universal has had a strongly established line up of holiday offerings for over a decade, but this year the resort upped the ante with the introduction of a new holiday parade, Christmas decor and entertainment in both parks' respective Wizarding World of Harry Potter lands, the return of Grinchmas & Mannheim Steamroller and the introduction of the new nighttime projection show, "The Magic of Christmas at Hogwarts Castle." There was so much to take in throughout the weekend and so much to love, to the point that we revisited all of the new shows at several times throughout our visit!


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

PostPosted: Tue Nov 21, 2017 5:50 am
by cfc
Whether you like Harry Potter or not, Hogsmeade does provide a perfect backdrop for Christmas festivities. The resort looks great.

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

PostPosted: Tue Nov 21, 2017 7:00 am
by Canobie Coaster
I wasn't able to stand and watch the Christmas show because of how insanely crowded Hogsmeade was, but I saw parts of it as I walked to Forbidden Journey. It looked great!

I really want to like the Hogsmeade and Diagon Alley areas morw. The level of theming is spectacular. But it's always so uncomfortably crowded. Maybe someday I can poke around the shops, but until then I will just be popping in and out for the rides.

chaos wrote:Last night I'm pretty sure people were still
coming in 45-60 minutes before closing to see the Harry Potter Christmas show.

And speaking of the show, if you go to IOA at night . . . get ready. You should be fine riding Hulk, but you are going to make a loop around the park, you can only go counter-clockwise (through Suess, Harry Potter, then Jurassic, etc.)

You will get stopped somewhere in Hogsmeade or Lost Continent if the crowds get too bad. Then they will let people through in 20 minute intervals.


I was able to park hop a half hour before closing. Unfortunately I didn't get my night Rockit ride since it closed early for the concert. I did get my night Hulk ride though. I was shocked they closed the single rider line off so I ended up waiting about 50 minutes for my last ride, but it was worth it. I love how forceful that coaster is and the unique layout.

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

PostPosted: Mon Nov 27, 2017 9:22 am
by jray21
cfc wrote:Whether you like Harry Potter or not, Hogsmeade does provide a perfect backdrop for Christmas festivities. The resort looks great.


I agree. And the food looks great too!

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

PostPosted: Mon Nov 27, 2017 1:54 pm
by Jew
cfc wrote:Whether you like Harry Potter or not, Hogsmeade does provide a perfect backdrop for Christmas festivities. The resort looks great.


I agree. I saw the show in Hollywood...I like it a lot more than the previous Night Time Lights show USH had. The castle makes a great projection map setting.

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

PostPosted: Mon Nov 27, 2017 3:52 pm
by Philrad71
jray21 wrote:
cfc wrote:Whether you like Harry Potter or not, Hogsmeade does provide a perfect backdrop for Christmas festivities. The resort looks great.


I agree. And the food looks great too!


I agree...and I'm almost embarrassed to say that I have never had steak chimichurri before! :(

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

PostPosted: Thu Jan 11, 2018 6:40 am
by jedimaster1227
https://blog.universalorlando.com/visiting-us/more-in-store-for-2018/

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With an amazing 2017 behind us—did someone say Universal’s Volcano Bay AND Race Through New York Starring Jimmy Fallon AND an entirely new Holidays?—there’s no slowing down in 2018. From grand openings to upcoming announcements, here’s a quick look ahead at what you can expect from Universal Orlando Resort.

Fast & Furious – Supercharged
Opening: Spring

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The latest installment of the Fast & Furious franchise isn’t in your local cinemas or streaming on your favorite device. It’s a big, bold ride—and it’s right here at Universal Studios Florida. Jump in alongside your favorite Fast characters in a crazy chase scene that feels like it’s right out of the movies. The attraction is also filled with cars and props from the movies, perfect for that selfie on your IG.

Universal’s Aventura Hotel
Opening: August

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Universal’s Aventura Hotel to Bring Affordable-Chic to Life at Universal Orlando Resort in Summer 2018.

If you’re looking for modern, sleek and perfectly-priced accommodations while you’re here, look no further. Our sixth hotel welcomes you this August. You can already book a room and start dreaming about the views out your floor-to-ceiling windows, the sparkling pool and our first rooftop bar.

Perched 17 stories up in the air, you’ll enjoy striking, panoramic views of all three theme parks. You’ll be able to look out over the iconic Hogwarts Castle, the twists and turns of Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit roller coaster, and the tropical oasis of Universal’s Volcano Bay.

Special Events

Beyond the rides and shows, your favorite events will be back this year! A Celebration of Harry Potter and Mardi Gras are just around the corner. And here are a few more of my favorites to look forward to.

Halloween Horror Nights 2018
Opening: September, with select nights through October

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The world’s premier Halloween event will return for it’s 28th straight year at Universal Orlando. When this event ends, I always ask myself, “How will we top ourselves next year? There’s no way.” But then those demented geniuses go off and do it. Can’t wait to see the terrifying houses, scarezones and shows they scare up for us.

Holidays
Opening: Mid-November

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The Magic of Christmas at Hogwarts Castle - Holidays at Universal Orlando Resort

This year brought all-new décor, live shows and an incredible music and lighting spectacle on Hogwarts castle with Christmas in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. It also included an all-new Universal Holidays Parade Featuring Macy’s with entirely new balloons and floats. And all that’s on top of the fun of Grinchmas, Mannheim Steamroller performances and holiday cheer all around.

Well, it’s all coming back again this year for more holiday merriment and mischief. Consider your holiday travel plans booked.

Crystal Ball Gazing

While I can’t share details on things yet to be announced, you can expect to hear an announcement or two from us this year on things like:

  • The previously-announced ride replacing Dragon Challenge in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Hogsmeade
  • An additional projection mapping experience at Hogwarts castle
  • Universal’s Cinematic Spectacular being replaced
  • Something new going in where Terminator 2: 3D was
  • A new venue coming to Universal CityWalk where Element was
  • Our expanding hotel collection
  • The continued global expansion of our partnership with Nintendo. Our sister park in Japan has already broken ground on Super Nintendo World; I’m sure you can’t wait to hear what’s next.

Whew! There’s a lot to look forward to in 2018, that’s for sure.

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