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P. 604: Mardi Gras 2021: International Flavors of Carnaval announced

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Ok, crazy idea, but what if Universal took Dueling Dragons and relocated it to a potential future park built on the land they just bought? It'd be one way of giving the Wizarding World some more room for future attractions, yet the ride would still be owned and operated by them.

 

Far fetched and a waste of money? Most likely. It depends on if they still want it that badly. I'm just thinking out loud here since I have heard the rumor of Dragon's removal a couple of times.

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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

The Universal Orlando Resort has put out a press release announcing this year's modified Mardi Gras event, Mardi Gras 2021: International Flavors of Carnaval.  Universal Orlando Resort cele

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I really doubt that Universal is planning on removing it. There's no legitimate reason to do so. J.K. Rowling doesn't actually have a ferocious desire to tear down Dragon Challenge or take joy in making coaster enthusiasts cry like some people make it seem. And even if she did, her influence wasn't strong enough for them to tear it down in the first place. It's also a very reliable ride with a great capacity (which explains the short wait times compared to the other Potter rides). Yes, it no longer duels which lessens the experience for some, but they are still 2 great individual coasters that are well received by guests.

 

One pillar in Universal's strategy is that it has these thrilling coasters to set it apart from Disney (Don't get me wrong, I love me some Rock n' Rollercoaster but that doesn't come close to Hulk or Dueling Dragons). If they wanted to move away from making roller coasters they wouldn't be investing millions into this Hulk reconstruction (which has gained more media attention than the new Kong ride). My hope is for the land they just acquired to be a fully fledged Nintendo Land (with a coaster!), but only time will tell.

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^Her influence may have grown now that Potter has proven itself to be the anchor property for all of the parks owned by Universal...

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I've been at Universal Orlando this week and I've noticed that Hulk is coming back together rapidly. What I didn't notice from the pictures posted already is that there is a small army of construction workers working simultaneously in the lagoon, on the back half of the ride, and in the tunnel (I just saw them there for the first time today). There hasn't been any substantial progress on the track since yesterday when they added another section to end of the MCBR but the supports are going up quickly.

 

Here is a quick picture of the workers in the tunnel:

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I was at Universal today...and it is just absolutely insane the amount of construction.

 

At the Universal Park

-Jimmy Fallon

-Fast & Furious

-The Roboasis by MIB (something is happening to it because it is gone!)

-Facade Enhancements in Certain Areas

 

At Islands of Adventure

-Hulk

-King Kong

 

In General

-Sapphire Falls Hotel

-Volcano Bay Water Park

 

From a distance...Universal looks like the Capital of Cranes!!! So much construction!!!

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^Her influence may have grown now that Potter has proven itself to be the anchor property for all of the parks owned by Universal...

 

Executives dictate to the parks and creative more than any other time in history what goes and what stays. That makes the futures of all these parks increasingly predictable. None of the people that talk (and plenty do) say anything about Dragons heading off to the scrap heap.

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Hello all! Long time user, very rare poster. A friend and I are going down to Florida for Okeechobee Music Festival in early March and are thinking of trying to hit up Universal. We are able to go because Okeechobee has a cool program where you can work for two days after the festival and pick up a free ticket. We were wondering if Universal has a program anywhere similar to this or if any of you wonderful people have any laborious task you don't want to bother yourself with that two strapping young men could do in exchange for free tickets to Universal for just one day. This is pretty much the only opportunity we would get to make it to the park and would love help from any of you. Thank you very much!

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Hello all! Long time user, very rare poster. A friend and I are going down to Florida for Okeechobee Music Festival in early March and are thinking of trying to hit up Universal. We are able to go because Okeechobee has a cool program where you can work for two days after the festival and pick up a free ticket. We were wondering if Universal has a program anywhere similar to this or if any of you wonderful people have any laborious task you don't want to bother yourself with that two strapping young men could do in exchange for free tickets to Universal for just one day. This is pretty much the only opportunity we would get to make it to the park and would love help from any of you. Thank you very much!

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if any of you wonderful people have any laborious task you don't want to bother yourself with that two strapping young men could do in exchange for free tickets to Universal for just one day.

I'm sure someone at the parliament house has a task that'll pay kinda good!

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Hello all! Long time user, very rare poster. A friend and I are going down to Florida for Okeechobee Music Festival in early March and are thinking of trying to hit up Universal. We are able to go because Okeechobee has a cool program where you can work for two days after the festival and pick up a free ticket. We were wondering if Universal has a program anywhere similar to this or if any of you wonderful people have any laborious task you don't want to bother yourself with that two strapping young men could do in exchange for free tickets to Universal for just one day. This is pretty much the only opportunity we would get to make it to the park and would love help from any of you. Thank you very much!

 

Orlando is already awash in cheap labor, so...uh...backpage?

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if any of you wonderful people have any laborious task you don't want to bother yourself with that two strapping young men could do in exchange for free tickets to Universal for just one day.

I'm sure someone at the parliament house has a task that'll pay kinda good!

 

Went to the Parliament House for the first time a couple of weeks ago. deaconnor is definitely in for some hardcore work there.

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And if you work in 'house cleaning' up the rooms, the main level doors are usually always open 24/7.

Hmm, I remember some of the upper level rooms having "open door" welcomes, too. (Back in... 1991!)

 

 

(Sorry, couldn't help myself. Really.)

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if any of you wonderful people have any laborious task you don't want to bother yourself with that two strapping young men could do in exchange for free tickets to Universal for just one day.

I'm sure someone at the parliament house has a task that'll pay kinda good!

 

Went to the Parliament House for the first time a couple of weeks ago. deaconnor is definitely in for some hardcore work there.

 

Lmao I'm dying! This is the first thing I thought too lol.

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If I'm not mistaken, Talon was the first B&M to be "quieted down". I would assume that it had to do with Dorney's neighbors.

 

Digging back a few pages, but I actually know this one! In fact, Dueling Dragons were the first B&Ms to be "quieted down" ('99 for DD vs '01 for Talon).

 

I used to have a coaster DVD that had interviews with the Universal Creative guys talking about the design process behind coasters at IOA. Basically, DD's proximity to the back of the park (and neighbors) meant they needed to quiet it down (on top of building the big wall along Turkey Lake Rd).

 

I'm paraphrasing, but the design/marketing spin on it was along the lines of "we wanted Dueling Dragons to be quiet - so it was as if you were on the back of a majestic beast soaring through the air. The Hulk on the other hand is big, powerful, loud, and brash. A ride called Hulk should roar, and it does." Which to me sounds like "it costs a bit extra to quiet a coaster down with the whole sand filling thing, and Hulk was far enough from the neighbors that we didn't have to. Also, without too many mental gymnastics, a roaring noisy Hulk actually fits pretty well with the theme anyway."

 

So, if new noise restrictions don't get in the way (ask a local, but I'm not aware of any), it would be consistent with the original decision making by universal for Hulk 2.0 to be just as loud as the original.

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