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May 25, 2005 in Theme Parks, Roller Coasters, & Donkeys!
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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
Can't wait to see how this runs, eventually.
Looks incredible, I'm glad they've been able to continue work on it. With all the new coasters being built in the Tampa/Orlando area, it looks I’ll be making another Florida trip next year!
There is no combination of words that can accurately express how much I love Intamin.
RMC and Alan Schilke really changed the landscape in coaster design, man. Everyone's beginning to adopt these outer-banked turns, stalls, etc. Embrace the twisty!!!
"Twisty is Sexy."
I read it here in TPR, truth!
For the virtual queue, do they open it at the official park opening time or is it open immediately once you're scanned through the gate? I was curious if Hagrid's is going to become a Rise of the Resistance esque lottery system.
From my experience yesterday, it is a lottery type situation. I tried many times from 10am-11ish with no luck. Then all of a sudden, times opened up at 12:30, 1, and 2pm. I ended up going at 1:15. Still waited about 20-25 minutes since there is a lot of social distancing in line.
Once we got on the coaster, they filled every row. They still give you hand sanitizer before you boarded, and they cleaned each train after you exited. Good luck!
Every other ride in the park was about a 5-10 minute wait. Very manageable.
I was to amazed at the quick pop of airtime on that turn to even notice the stall
Drove past Universal today and Volcano Bay was listed as 'at capacity'.
Good for Universal!
I wonder what the maximum capacity for Volcano Bay is now that it has been limited.
Meanwhile in Korea, on a 32c weekend, people staying away of their own free will:
Although it could also be that although the small indoor area is open, the park is charging $50 dollar for entry and the wave pool is the only pool open in the whole park (not even the lazy river) and only running one flume, their signature attraction Mega Storm.
They are recommending social distancing even in the pools though:
It doesn't state the exact number, but I'm guessing it's pretty high up there. Very unfortunate for the staff and I hope they can rebound quickly.
Real bummer but expected. USH is also having some pretty major layoffs.
Some sources (such as this one, though exact details are unverified) are reporting that a lot of the people laid off were from non guest-facing positions, such as from marketing, or Universal Creative, and in a few cases those people had years of experience with the company.
I've been noticing a significant amount of shakeups impacting a lot of creative friends and colleagues these past few weeks alone... The design side of the theme park business is going to look remarkably different once this all settles down.
Is there still a paid fast lane service available?
^Yes. Universal Express.
UNIVERSAL ORLANDO RESORT’S ALL-NEW STUNT SHOW – THE BOURNE STUNTACULAR – WILL GRAND OPEN ON JUNE 30, 2020
ORLANDO, Fla. (June 27, 2020) – The Bourne Stuntacular, based on Universal Pictures’ blockbuster Bourne film franchise, will grand open on June 30, 2020 at Universal Studios Florida as the most technologically-advanced stunt show yet. The all-new show will fully immerse guests in the world of Jason Bourne through groundbreaking technology, including an immense LED screen and high-tech props, to incredible live performers executing extreme stunts at heights up to 22 feet, and practical effects that will have guests feeling gusts of wind and the heat of explosive flames.
To celebrate the opening of The Bourne Stuntacular, Universal Orlando will debut a virtual sneak peek of the show on June 29. The sneak peek will feature special guests from the Bourne film franchise, a behind-the-scenes look at what it took to bring the show to life, as well as a preview of the action-packed stunt show itself. Guests can tune into the Universal Orlando YouTube Channel at 7:00 p.m. EST to get a first look at The Bourne Stuntacular and follow along on Universal Orlando’s Twitter and Instagram for exclusive highlights.
Guests should download the Universal Orlando App to view The Bourne Stuntacular show times.
Across the destination, the health and safety of our guests and team members continues to be our top priority. To ensure proper social distancing, we have implemented new procedures in our indoor theaters, including appropriate spacing between travel parties and providing assistance to our guests with seating and exiting the theater to avoid congestion. These procedures mean that our show capacity will be limited and wait times may be longer than usual to experience the show. We have also increased our already-aggressive cleaning procedures and will continue to sanitize high-touch surfaces between each show. All guests are also required to wear a face covering while experiencing The Bourne Stuntacular.
I actually loved the Terminator attraction and how it integrated live actors and animatronics with a screen-based show. I was disappointed when its closure was announced, but this really seems like a worth replacement! I’m super excited to hear live actors are still involved.
Has anyone had a chance to attend one of the preview shows?
I've seen The Bourne Stuntacular four times now, I was pretty impressed! The pre-show explains the story so you don't have to see the films to understand the story. The technology used in the show made my jaw drop at one point because it was so good. I think it's a solid addition to the park and definitely worth seeing on a visit!
We should meet up for a park lap one of these days!
I'm curious about JK's thoughts on sightlines with this coaster and Hogsmeade.
I think sightlines only matter while in the wizarding worlds.
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