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

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I completely forgot to add the part that prompted me to write a report in the first place! The Gringotts Money Exchange vouchers. I must have gotten the wrong idea as to what these were, I had gotten it in my head that you 'buy' a voucher as a souvenir and could cash them back in for real money at the exchange if you wanted to. So I had brought the $10 note I had purchased years ago with the intent to exchange it. The lady at the counter gave me a weird look and ultimately just gave me a new $10 voucher. What the?!? It turns out they are basically like gift certificates and you can spend them at any HP store (possibly the greater park as well). The nice touch of doing this is the cashiers will generally make some remark about 'drawing it from your Gringotts account' instead of the 'muggle plastic' nonsense.

Any HP store, eh?

 

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Wow, it looks like Volcano Bay removed 28 food choices! For me, that was the best thing the park had going for them! Some of those dishes looked amazing. That's too bad, but the way things have been going, and with their clientele, not shocking. Add that to the long lines and terrible reviews and I don't think I'll be visiting there for quite a while.

 

Universal’s Volcano Bay has removed roughly 28 menu items from the restaurants across the park, Orlando Informer has learned. Four new items have been introduced to replace the removed items.

When it opened in May, Volcano Bay featured far superior food offerings when compared to Universal Studios Florida and Islands of Adventure. This change begins to make the offerings more comparable to the other parks.

Items that were removed include a variety of tacos, Poke Poke Bowls, a large amount of specialty burgers, most barbecue options, glazed chicken, ribs, mahi sandwiches, and more. Hot dogs, corn dogs, loaded nachos, and a bacon cheeseburger have been added to fill the void of these 28 removals.

 

https://orlandoinformer.com/blog/volcano-bay-changes-menus/

 

That's a bummer to hear. I was actually looking forward to having a nice meal at Volcano Bay when I go there at the end of this month. It sounds like Donald Trump came in and personally changed the menu to his tastes.

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^Way to bring politics into everything... congrats. You're that guy.

 

Meanwhile, I didn't really see the menu lasting very long at Volcano Bay anyway. In my experience, no matter how well-themed a restaurant, the menu options are pretty much always the same basic junk food staples with maybe an extra thing or two.

 

There are exceptions obviously (see: Epcot).

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Thanks all for the kind words about my photos. I don't know when brakes were added but I do remember hearing about them (maybe in this thread) a few months ago. It may be to reduce G-forces on the first drop. I wont publish these photos but I also took a few shots at the bottom of the drop as the train went by and almost every single one had a kid or two who had passed out and was slumped over.

 

But I do like rider photos. I've got more on my Flickr. Here is a fun one from Everest last month:

35706290876_aaeb16c863_c.jpgFaces of Everest by Colin Chardavoyne, on Flickr

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^Way to bring politics into everything... congrats. You're that guy.

Spoken like a Trump supporter. Congrats. You're that guy.

 

--Robb "Please continue to make fun of Trump to get his supporters out of our forum." Alvey

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^Way to bring politics into everything... congrats. You're that guy.

Spoken like a Trump supporter. Congrats. You're that guy.

 

--Robb "Please continue to make fun of Trump to get his supporters out of our forum." Alvey

 

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^Way to bring politics into everything... congrats. You're that guy.

Spoken like a Trump supporter. Congrats. You're that guy.

 

--Robb "Please continue to make fun of Trump to get his supporters out of our forum." Alvey

 

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Ok, now I don't feel as bad for my Trump joke a few pages back. Don't want to step on Robb's toes.

 

Anyways, the trims on Rocket really don't appear to be turned on. If you check youtube for any offride footage and sort by upload date you can see things are moving just as quickly through the non-inverting loop (or whatever they call it) as they used to. It's actually one of the weirder installations of trims I've ever seen given that they don't seem to be on even slightly.

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^Way to bring politics into everything... congrats. You're that guy.

Spoken like a Trump supporter. Congrats. You're that guy.

 

--Robb "Please continue to make fun of Trump to get his supporters out of our forum." Alvey

I would consider myself a moderate. Not trying to foster any particular someone.

 

Anyways, the trims on Rocket really don't appear to be turned on. If you check youtube for any offride footage and sort by upload date you can see things are moving just as quickly through the non-inverting loop (or whatever they call it) as they used to. It's actually one of the weirder installations of trims I've ever seen given that they don't seem to be on even slightly.

I never felt it during my visit in December. The airtime off the first drop was fantastic and seemed pretty devoid of any interference. Honestly, I didn't even notice they were physically there until it was pointed out on here a little while after my trips. So, definitely not trims, as Robb said.

 

Robb, any clue as to what they are?

 

Gotta say, HRR was probably one of the biggest surprises of my trip. Sure, it shuffles throughout the entire course, but the ride itself was great. I wouldn't call it "rough" by any means because the shufflingg wasn't painful, just annoying. I can live with the minor annoyance for an otherwise pretty exciting ride.

 

But before my visit, I read opinions that the shuffling had ruined the ride for some people.

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My only complaint about RRR is I wish the music was a bit louder. I don't know if I''ve just always had bad luck with seats but I can never hear much of the song I select over the noise of the ride, and that seems to defeat the purpose. Such problems I can live with, though.

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I just feel like HRRR looks amazing and it gives you an illusion that it should be a very nice and smooth experience with the added spice of music and some pops of great air. I mean it's such a quiet ride and the light package and color combination just look like a high-end product.

 

But nooo once you get on that thing you're just getting bounced around and the train just shuffles between the rails way too much. The disadvantage of the narrow track, wheel boxes, and high centerline is definitely showing on HRRR and the extreme heavy use of Universal isn't helping at all. To me it looks like a coaster that should track flawlessly but the ride experience gives you a sense that there's some kind of calculation error. I was unpleasantly surprised by the helix after the first MCBR, it just felt like a bad driver shifting from left to right violently inside of a lane trying his/her best not to fall off the side of the road. Maybe Maurer did it intentionally but to me that experience is like a Chinese-made mine train. Same with the tilted loop whatever towards the end of the ride.

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^ I've also always enjoyed my rides on Rocket more than I expect to.

 

Same here, but it can be pretty rough in the backseat.

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It looks like they added trim brakes on the first drop of HRRR, I wonder when and why.

They have been there at least a year, maybe two. And they aren't trims.

Correct, they're part of the emergency stop system if a train needs to be evacuated on the lift hill.

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I like RRR, but when it gets rough sometimes I get a bit nauseated. It's still quite fun, and beautiful to look at from ground level. I love the way the ride interacts with the set buildings, and the last bit after the brakerun are my favorite parts about watching it.

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Anyone know when hhn details are going to be announced?

 

They've been trickling out information, IIRC, these past few years. They very well could just suddenly dump everything, too. Who knows.

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I think I am going to head over to Orlando this weekend to pay my last respects to Dueling Dragons for the last time. Then I'll go over to WDW to ride the Great Movie Ride and Ellen's Energy Adventures for the last time. There are a lot of rides closing this month. Sad to see them go but the new stuff replacing them seems quite interesting.

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I'm headed to the park(s) this weekend also to pay my last respects to Dragons. I last visited IOA in 2006 and didn't ride either — I regret it to this day.

 

I'm sure the crowds will be heavy, but will the standard Express pass be sufficient to get rides in on all the major attractions in both parks on Saturday? Priority are the coasters, of course. Any other pointers are much appreciated.

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Universal Studios has sent us a press release about the return of the SAW franchise to Halloween Horror Nights!

 

 

The SAW series – one of the highest grossing horror film franchises of all time – makes its return to “Halloween Horror Nights,” bringing the blockbuster’s most terrifying traps to life in an all-new original maze opening at Universal Studios Hollywood and Universal Orlando Resort, beginning September 15, 2017.

 

Based on the Lionsgate and Twisted Pictures hit horror film franchise, “SAW: The Games of Jigsaw” will bring to life the scariest game yet. In this all-new maze guests will come face-to-face with the work of master craftsman “Jigsaw” and a collection of his most infamous traps from the SAW film series and upcoming eighth installment JIGSAW.

 

“We’re thrilled to be partnering again with Universal Studios on an immersive experience that celebrates everything that our SAW fans love,” said Lionsgate Senior Vice President of Global Live and Location Based Entertainment Jenefer Brown. “The maze features the most terrifying traps that made the SAW franchise such a Halloween tradition, including some of the best from our upcoming film JIGSAW. What better way to complement the film’s release this Halloween than taking audiences into the over-the-top action at Halloween Horror Nights.”

 

“SAW is one of the top grossing horror film franchises, and we’re thrilled that the fan-favorite is making its return to ‘Halloween Horror Nights,’” said John Murdy, Creative Director at Universal Studios Hollywood and Executive Producer of “Halloween Horror Nights.” “‘SAW: The Games of Jigsaw’ will encompass the greatest collection of traps featured in all eight SAW movies to bring to life the most twisted SAW maze ever produced, and we can’t wait for our fans to relive moments from the films.”

 

“We’re excited to bring SAW back to Halloween Horror Nights and to take fans even deeper into the mind of ‘Jigsaw,’” said Charles Gray, Show Director for Creative Development, “Halloween Horror Nights” at Universal Orlando Resort. “Filled with unimaginable horrors from the hit saga and the upcoming film JIGSAW, this maze is truly a trap in itself.”

 

Created by James Wan and Leigh Whannell, the SAW film series has ratcheted up tension and invention with each successive film, while rattling millions of nerves worldwide. The eighth film of the powerhouse franchise is scheduled to hit theatres on October 27, 2017 - in its traditional opening weekend slot leading into Halloween. JIGSAW is written by Josh Stolberg & Peter Goldfinger and directed by The Spierig Brothers

 

Universal Studios’ “Halloween Horror Nights” is the ultimate Halloween event. For more than 20 years, guests from around the world have visited Halloween Horror Nights in Hollywood and Orlando to become victims inside their own horror film. The streets of each coast’s event are transformed into highly-themed scare zones where menacing “scare-actors” lunge from every darkened corner. Multiple movie-quality haunted houses are erected throughout the event, based on everything from iconic slasher films to hit horror television series to haunting original stories.

 

Additional details about Universal Studios’ “Halloween Horror Nights” will be revealed soon. For more information about Halloween Horror Nights at either Universal Studios Hollywood or Universal Orlando Resort, visit http://www.HalloweenHorrorNights.com.

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