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P. 602: Universal Holidays & Velocicoaster photo report posted!

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I love the rides and new technology, but the Simpsons are definitely something I appreciate more than Harry Potter (and I do like the books and movies). I do have to say, though, the SImpsons ride gets me pretty sick.

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I like how they build a roller coaster in the same time it took them to built new lockers for Harry Potter.   

On Sunday I ventured out to the Universal Orlando Resort for a chance to see the new holiday offerings at the two parks. This year is a little different thanks to COVID-19, but Universal has still man

^Agreed. I think the newer Intamin lapbars are actually the best steel coaster restraint currently being produced. When comparing overhead lapbars on Taron and Blue Fire, I found the Intamin ones to b

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^ The best move they could ever make would be gutting that building and starting from scratch. A trackless Simpsons ride would be perfect. If they could somehow integrate some interactive "Tapped Out" elements, it'd be even better. Alas, the fad would probably be played out by then. I guess I could just imagine it in my mind as I walk by that forgettable ride they have there now.

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I was there a week after Rob and likewise I was surprised as to how busy it was. There was my first ever trip to IOA, so I simply assumed that was the norm. Thankly the single rider lanes kept my visit enjoyable. Overall I thought the park looked really nice. Althought I have to admit, I was a bit surprised at the number of tats on the princess in the Sinbad show. It seemed to take something away from the show, but maybe that's just me.

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They opened the Transformers gift shop today and had the first meet and greet with the Transformers! I left before Bumblebee came out, but Optimus (if I have the wrong one, forgive me!) looks great.

 

On to the pics!!

 

Oh...and I highly recommend the Photo Connect card. I paid one price for the year and get UNLIMITED downloads of all pics taken in the park, including Mummy, Men in Black, Hulk, etc. Totally worth it!

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Gift shop

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Florida specific merchandise!

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Awesome photos!

 

Does anyone else find it a *little* sleazy that the store opened so far ahead of the ride? I guess the fact that they have the walk around characters kind of makes up for it? Thanks for braving the cold for the update!

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^ Yeah, it is kind of odd to be open now, but they are really seem to be trying hype up the ride so I guess it's not too bad of an idea.

 

The costume characters are awesome. I have yet to take a picture with one at USH because the lines are also so insanely long, even on super slow days. I think that this ride is going to be a huge hit for the park, even with Spider-Man at the same resort for the guests to compare it too. Though 95% won't even notice they are the same ride system, nor does it matter.

 

I had hear a rumor there might be some Transformer themed food options coming to the park, possibly taking over the monsters food place. Anyone know more about that?

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Something is telling me that a similar thing also happened at another attraction here or at a different Universal park. Was there another shop that was open before the attraction somewhere? This really sounds familiar....

 

ps. John - did you get an extra long meet & greet with Optimus?

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^^ Wasn't it Despicable Me?

 

I think he meant Battlestar at Universal Singapore... or maybe Transformers at Universal Singapore... Come to think of it, Universal seems to do this a lot.

 

 

This seems to have become common practice for Universal.. Tranformers & the Sesame Street ride at Singapore both opened their gift shops before the ride opened.

 

That being said, lots of cool merchandise here (and I'm not usually one to buy theme park clothes) and strong theming.. I'm really impressed with what Universal is doing.... Thanks for the pics!

 

-chris "Disney should really start looking over their shoulder" con

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I guess if you figure that they have a completed location, have the merchandise in stock, why not open it, right? I mean, people love Transformers stuff anyway, regardless if the ride is open.

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I have yet to take a picture with one at USH because the lines are also so insanely long, even on super slow days.

 

They are definitely popular, but the lines are never "insanely long" at USH.

 

That being said, lots of cool merchandise here (and I'm not usually one to buy theme park clothes) and strong theming.. I'm really impressed with what Universal is doing.... Thanks for the pics!

 

Disney's merchandise is still 1000x better for one key reason IMO: most of it is park specific. The majority of the merchandise at Universal is generic to both parks, though there are some cool items for the properties they license. That even appears to be the case in Florida, with most of the stuff just saying "Universal Studios."

 

I also dig the uniforms of the employees.

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I have yet to take a picture with one at USH because the lines are also so insanely long, even on super slow days.

 

They are definitely popular, but the lines are never "insanely long" at USH.

 

Well, true. I guess I just consider anything than 5 minutes to meet a person in a costume insane.

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I have yet to take a picture with one at USH because the lines are also so insanely long, even on super slow days.

 

They are definitely popular, but the lines are never "insanely long" at USH.

 

Well, true. I guess I just consider anything than 5 minutes to meet a person in a costume insane.

 

THEY ARE REAL ROBOTS HOW DARE U

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Here are some new aerial photos showing the construction going on at Universal..

 

Of note- Gringots Coaster is 20 percent bigger than the Mummy building and Approximately 30 percent bigger than the original potter ride.

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Harry Potter Land 2.0

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Harry Potter Train Station and Path.

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Close up of the beams for the train.

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Cabana Bay Construction

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Tansformers

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