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

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Wow. I never visited IoA pre-Potter, so it's pretty incredible seeing pictures to realize how much that ride was bastardized to shoehorn them into Hogsmeade. Shame they're being removed; both sides are kick-ass inverts.

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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 am so glad i got my final ride on these two coasters this year, but it hasn't been the same since the duelling stopped, but they are still both awesome individual coasters.

 

Should have moved them to the Studios and themed them to Kodos and Kang the aliens in The Simpsons area.

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Should have moved them to the Studios and themed them to Kodos and Kang the aliens in The Simpsons area.

 

I would approve of this idea.

 

Or literally anywhere that does not have "Garbage," "Trash," "Recycling," "Reclamation," or "Dump" in its name.

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I have to admit, a lot of Universal's recent decisions have me worried about how the Nintendo area is going to turn out. I'm sure it will be great on a visual level but the actual attractions are a toss-up, I think. Hopefully N's attention to quality will help. I suppose worst case there will at least be some great merch, which I have an apparent genetic weakness for.

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This year of closures has been hard for me, but this one will be the most painful. I'm so lucky I got to go January, when the park was empty and this ride had a walk on. My friends and I rode twice on each side, and I even summed it up as the best ride experience on the entire Orlando trip last time. Not sure why it was the best ride this time around, but it was. Been on this ride many times but just wish I could give it one final goodbye.

 

I'm hoping that it's not destroyed and turned into scrap. Is there not any theme park interested in a dueling B&M invert? I know it takes up a large amount of property but installing this to a new theme park can give it new life. It can duel again and be a major draw for any park it opens at. I can only hope to see it again somewhere else....

 

Wishful thinking

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Like they spare one of the skulls from the queue that you see for .0001 second during the ride.

The skulls were all thrown away in 2010 when they re-themed the queue to Potter.

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Like they spare one of the skulls from the queue that you see for .0001 second during the ride.

The skulls were all thrown away in 2010 when they re-themed the queue to Potter.

 

Yes I remember reading that Rowling wanted anything non Potter removed from the ride if they were to retheme it to the series.

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Like they spare one of the skulls from the queue that you see for .0001 second during the ride.

The skulls were all thrown away in 2010 when they re-themed the queue to Potter.

 

Wait, really? I've been on them since the retheme and I could have sworn some were still there. I definitely remember the skeletons and frozen knights being removed in favor of crappy tents and what not but the winding catacombs section remained. Guess my memory is screwing with me.

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Wait, really? I've been on them since the retheme and I could have sworn some were still there.

Nope. Just some bare walls now.

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When I was a kid and would visit Orlando and therefore IOA on vacation, I always loved The Lost Continent and always thought that the original theming created by Universal for this area totally killed the over-marketed other lands of IOA. The little tiny spot that's left honestly still looks arguably better than anywhere else in the entire resort.

 

Some friends and I will be among the hopefully-many people going tomorrow to pay a last tribute to these amazing coasters. Everyone that can, should.

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Today is final day for Dueling Dragons. Here is some vintage footage from around 1999-2002. While I personally am not sold that this is a "good decision" we will wait to see what the future holds. Went to take our final rides a couple of weeks ago and stood at the exit shooting some footage for a while and I watch the MAJORITY of guests exit the ride and *RUN* back to the entrance to ride again. I'm just not sure why a park would want to touch a ride that still seems to have such high satisfaction.

 

I mean attractions like Universe or Energy or Great Movie Ride usually gets reactions like "Wow, I'll never get that 27 minutes of my life back" so I understand why those rides time have come. But that's not the case for Dragons.

 

Oh well, all I know is that whatever they are planning to replace it with has a high bar already set for it and I feel it will be difficult to to beat Dragons, but we shall see. Enjoy the video...

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I'm just not sure why a park would want to touch a ride that still seems to have such high satisfaction.

 

The almighty dollar that Harry Potter can provide them with. People travel far and wide to HP world, not for Dragons so I guess this new HP coaster with an actual theme from the movie can provide them with even more marketing opportunities.

 

Personally as a person who isn't a fan of Harry Potter it is such a bummer and a really unfortunate circumstance.

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I'm just not sure why a park would want to touch a ride that still seems to have such high satisfaction.

 

The almighty dollar that Harry Potter can provide them with. People travel far and wide to HP world, not for Dragons so I guess this new HP coaster with an actual theme from the movie can provide them with even more marketing opportunities.

Oh, I get that. But there is a GIGANTIC space that currently is the remainder of the original Lost Continent with dud attractions no one talks about like Sinbad and Poseidon's Fury that could have been removed. I'd be willing to bet that Dragons would be listed higher on any guest satisfaction survey than those two attractions so part of me just doesn't understand why you'd take out a ride that still seems to be very pleasing while other attractions that have most certainly not aged well still stick around.

 

If you could have Dragons AND a new Potter ride...

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But as I said, I'm not going to lose too much sleep over it, I'll put some hope that whatever replaces it will actually be better than Dragons, and if not, instead of complaining about it, I'll just go hang out somewhere else...

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Back in 2010, I got my first and only rides on Dragon Challenge. While unfortunately, I missed the Dueling Dragons queue, I was at least able to get a dueling experience. Ice in the front, fire in the back.

At least they still duel in my dreams.

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RIP

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