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^Funny story about the Sinbad show!

 

When Robb and I were narrowing down wedding locations (a long time ago!) we had it down to Universal or Disney. We did a great tour of Universal with their events people and were really close to booking the wedding/reception in Lost Continent with the main meal at Mythos, would have been awesome! The point of contention that ruined the deal was that they insisted we *HAD* to include one showing of the Sinbad show at a cost of $5k. Nope. Dealbreaker.

 

I think you made the right decision by getting Chip & Dale instead!

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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

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^I think there are 3 possibilities:

 

1.) They will "fix" the Lost Continent by putting in bigger and better attractions.

2.) Harry Potter will take over the rest of LC.

3.) LC will be themed to another IP.

 

My feeling is that 2 & 3 are more likely.

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If that area turns into more "Potterverse", I'd say Universal has just about created an actual Harry Potter Park.

In two sections/Lands, connected by the train.

 

Wonder what they could/would do with Kong....

 

 

 

P.S. Are Harry Potter fans called....Pottheads?

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The Universal Orlando Resort has sent us a press release announcing "The Horrors of Blumhouse" maze coming to this year's Halloween Horror Nights!

 

 

“The Horrors of Blumhouse” makes an encore performance at this year’s Halloween Horror Nights, bringing leading producer of horror Jason Blum’s blockbusters to life in all-new mazes at Universal Studios Hollywood and Universal Orlando Resort, beginning Friday, September 14.

 

Partnering with the creative minds at Blumhouse Productions (Get Out, Insidious, Split), Universal Studios Hollywood and Universal Orlando Resort will unleash a series of Blum’s most terrifying films at the nation’s most intense and immersive Halloween events.

 

At Universal Studios Hollywood, “The Horrors of Blumhouse: Chapter Two” maze takes guests on a terrifying journey that begins at the entrance to a dilapidated movie theatre, where a compilation of horror films play out in real life. In Blumhouse’s Truth or Dare, guests will succumb to an ancient curse that has been unleashed by a group of unsuspecting college students….forcing them to play a game where the stakes are life and death. In Unfriended, guests become pawns to a supernatural entity that has invaded a chat room. Drawing inspiration from Blumhouse Productions’ infamous opening title sequence, the final feature will lure guests into a creepy old house to answer desperate cries of help…only to discover that they have actually entered a paranormal world where real-life nightmares threaten to trap them forever in misery.

 

At Universal Orlando Resort, “The Horrors of Blumhouse” maze will bring guests face-to-face with the most gruesome scenes from the déjà vu thriller Happy Death Day, as well as from The First Purge, the newly-released prequel to The Purge series. In Happy Death Day, guests will be transported to the film’s college town, where they will be forced to relive the last day of a student’s life over and over again…until she breaks the murderous cycle. Then, in The First Purge, guests will run for their lives as menacing citizens from the film hunt them as part of the first barbaric government experiment where all crime is declared legal for 12 hours.

 

Universal Studios’ Halloween Horror Nights is the ultimate Halloween event. For more than 25 years, guests from around the world have visited Halloween Horror Nights to become victims inside their own horror film. Multiple movie-quality mazes based on iconic horror television shows, films and original stories come to life season after season. And, the streets of each park’s event are transformed into highly-themed scare zones where menacing scare-actors lunge from every darkened corner.

 

For more information about Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Studios Hollywood and Universal Orlando Resort, visit http://www.HalloweenHorrorNights.com. Additional details about the events will be revealed soon. All tickets and vacation packages are now on sale.

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If this is the start of the rumored Ministry of Magic expansion I will be very, very upset.

 

I was under the impression that the Ministry of Magic expansion would be on the USO side of the property as an extension off of London/Diagon Alley in the plot currently occupied by the Fear Factor Live Stage.

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"Blumhouse" sounds like the name of a bakery that's known for macaroons. Maybe they're really SCARY macaroons!

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How many more houses left to announce? One? Damn, the one year I'm going to visit there's nothing that interests me. It's HHN so I'm sure everything is really well done, but to justify paying ~$200 for entry + Express is getting tough this year. I'm sure everyone will love Stranger Things. Interested to see how Universal does that house.

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How many more houses left to announce? One? Damn, the one year I'm going to visit there's nothing that interests me. It's HHN so I'm sure everything is really well done, but to justify paying ~$200 for entry + Express is getting tough this year. I'm sure everyone will love Stranger Things. Interested to see how Universal does that house.

 

I was kind of thinking the same thing, I mean I am interested in the Stranger Things house because I like the show but other than that there's not much this year that seems like it's can't miss. If I do make it to a park Halloween event this year it'll probably be at Busch Gardens (which I prefer anyways).

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The Sinbad show was a little different when IOA first opened, but it always has been pretty cheesy.

 

The Sinbad show wasn't nearly as bad as Bandits Out of Time. *shudder*

 

 

When I was a kid I remember the show being so awesome... But I saw it a few months back and cringed the whole time. It will not be missed.

 

Hopefully it is replaced with something good, I just hope it is not harry potter related.

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How many more houses left to announce? One? Damn, the one year I'm going to visit there's nothing that interests me. It's HHN so I'm sure everything is really well done, but to justify paying ~$200 for entry + Express is getting tough this year. I'm sure everyone will love Stranger Things. Interested to see how Universal does that house.

Look, just being honest here... Most of the houses tend to blend together anyway. They are all really good and I do enjoy them for what they are, but after you've been going to HHN for so many years you start to see a lot of the same effects and props just recycled into different houses. So even if you went into it not caring about any of the "themes" of any of the houses, they'll still be some of the better looking houses you'll walk through.

 

I only just wish one of these years they'd cut back on all the damn audio triggers and just let the scareactors emote and "scare" more like they used to.

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If this is the start of the rumored Ministry of Magic expansion I will be very, very upset.

 

I was under the impression that the Ministry of Magic expansion would be on the USO side of the property as an extension off of London/Diagon Alley in the plot currently occupied by the Fear Factor Live Stage.

That actually makes a lot of sense, as the Ministry of Magic is in London (like all the other UK ministries are). I really hate to be this pedantic, and I never am normally, but Rowling is particular and has some creative control over what Universal does, so she will insist that things be as close to the books as possible.

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How many more houses left to announce? One? Damn, the one year I'm going to visit there's nothing that interests me. It's HHN so I'm sure everything is really well done, but to justify paying ~$200 for entry + Express is getting tough this year. I'm sure everyone will love Stranger Things. Interested to see how Universal does that house.

Look, just being honest here... Most of the houses tend to blend together anyway. They are all really good and I do enjoy them for what they are, but after you've been going to HHN for so many years you start to see a lot of the same effects and props just recycled into different houses. So even if you went into it not caring about any of the "themes" of any of the houses, they'll still be some of the better looking houses you'll walk through.

 

I only just wish one of these years they'd cut back on all the damn audio triggers and just let the scareactors emote and "scare" more like they used to.

 

Good to know, Robb, appreciate the honest thoughts. Definitely will be thinking about that advice while I'm planning out the weekend!

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Universal Orlando Resort has added two event dates to Halloween Horror Nights 2018 due to popular demand – giving guests more chances to brave the most intense event in history, featuring more haunted houses than ever before. The added dates – Wednesday, September 19 and Wednesday, September 26 – make this year’s event the longest in history with a total of 36 nights.

 

Universal also revealed details about the final haunted house that will be featured at Halloween Horror Nights 2018 - ScaryTales: Deadly Ever After.

 

The twisted minds of Universal Orlando’s Entertainment team are bringing back a fan-favorite with a whole new twist in ScaryTales: Deadly Ever After. Guests will encounter The Wicked Witch of the West, who has seized control of the fairytale realm and is tormenting treasured storybook characters in hideous and cruel alternate storylines. As guests venture through this nightmarish bedtime story, they’ll see familiar characters now turned evil including Hansel and Gretel salivating for human flesh, a splattered Humpty Dumpty and more.

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The Universal Orlando Resort has sent us an update about the movie theater at Universal CityWalk being enhanced as it converts from AMC to Cinemark!

 

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Exciting news! Major enhancements are coming to our movie theatre at Universal CityWalk beginning this fall, as it becomes Universal Cinemark. The superior upgrades will enrich your entertainment experience, further immersing you in the action of the films in the most cutting-edge movie-watching environment available.

 

The transformation of our theatre will begin in September and take several months to complete. New, reclining, Cinemark Luxury Loungers with extendable footrests, cup holders and plush seating will be installed in all 20 auditoriums so you can kick up your feet and enjoy the utmost comfort while watching your favorite films.

 

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And one of the things I’m most excited about is the addition of a Cinemark XD auditorium. XD auditoriums feature expansive wall-to-wall screens, custom-engineered surround sound with multi-channel speakers and state-of-the-art projection systems capable of delivering 35 trillion colors. The XD auditorium offers comfortable, plush Luxury Lounger seating, the brightest digital images and the newest movies every week.

 

Plus, you can boost your movie-going experience by joining Cinemark Movie Club, a unique monthly movie membership program offering ticket and concession discounts along with other exclusive benefits. You can join and take advantage of the benefits by downloading the Cinemark app.

 

This marks the beginning of our partnership with Cinemark Theatres, which operates more than 530 theatres around the world. Our theatre will be closed all day on Friday, September 14 to prepare for Universal Cinemark’s debut on Saturday, September 15. Then, the remodeling work will begin to implement all of the awesome enhancements I mentioned earlier.

 

So this fall, head over to Universal Cinemark at CityWalk, grab your popcorn and get ready to experience a blockbuster movie…Universal Cinemark-style!

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If this is the start of the rumored Ministry of Magic expansion I will be very, very upset.

 

I was under the impression that the Ministry of Magic expansion would be on the USO side of the property as an extension off of London/Diagon Alley in the plot currently occupied by the Fear Factor Live Stage.

That actually makes a lot of sense, as the Ministry of Magic is in London (like all the other UK ministries are). I really hate to be this pedantic, and I never am normally, but Rowling is particular and has some creative control over what Universal does, so she will insist that things be as close to the books as possible.

 

Plus, I'd have to imagine a lot of their creative work is going to developing a large new Harry Potter section to anchor their new Orlando park (though not that they may not also have Harry Potter related expansions in mind for both IOA and USO).

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If this is the start of the rumored Ministry of Magic expansion I will be very, very upset.

 

I was under the impression that the Ministry of Magic expansion would be on the USO side of the property as an extension off of London/Diagon Alley in the plot currently occupied by the Fear Factor Live Stage.

 

With Rowling I'm sure that the MoM is going to go into USO. I could very much see the rumored Forbidden Forest going into where Lost Continent currently sits.

 

Though even as a huge potterhead growing up I really don't want to see much more of it in the parks. Especially being raised and working IoA when Potter first opened. I just think it's getting to be too much of the same thing.

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I'm also a big HP fan and I think what they have is enough. I can see them going for the surefire money maker though, and looking at their recent films I'm finding it tough to pick a new IP that would have enough lasting power to justify that kind of investment.

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The Universal Orlando Resort has sent us an update about the movie theater at Universal CityWalk being enhanced as it converts from AMC to Cinemark!

 

Interesting. I wonder what that means for the AMC in Hollywood....

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The Universal Orlando Resort has sent us an update about the movie theater at Universal CityWalk being enhanced as it converts from AMC to Cinemark!

 

Interesting. I wonder what that means for the AMC in Hollywood....

Hopefully nothing... If that moves to Cinemark as well they'll lose their IMAX theater as Cinemark doesn't pay for IMAX and will replace it with XD.

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