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

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With Disney just announcing the retheme of Splash Mountain to The Princess & The Frog, Universal might as well just annouce the unnamed Jurassic rollercoaster already.

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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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With Disney just announcing the retheme of Splash Mountain to The Princess & The Frog, Universal might as well just annouce the unnamed Jurassic rollercoaster already.

 

What Jurassic rollercoaster?

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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!

 

Yes! We absolutely should!

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I am just realizing how disproportionate the additions to IOA (Kong, Jurassic Coaster, Hagrid's) vs Studios are recently. Sure I'm betting Potter is an enticing draw but to compare the attendance I am curious how that plays out. Yes there's the Borne show/attraction but outside of Potter, there are not many new things for returning guests. Yes, MiB, Spiderman, Mummy, RRR are all awesome but it seems like there isn't a equal amount of love here

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^ I hadn't realized that Hagrid's is not at Universal Studios proper..

 

it's at Islands of Adventure? are there other Potter rides there? or are the other big rides (the one we rode in Japan, Hippogriff, and the bank one) all in USO?

 

Came back to EDIT - since I made use of TPR's *fantastic* Park Index - right there at the top left link! - to look it up.

 

I really had no idea that the majority of the Potter rides are at IOA.

 

(then again, the USJ was my first Universal Park I've ever really been to - that I can recall at least).

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I am just realizing how disproportionate the additions to IOA (Kong, Jurassic Coaster, Hagrid's) vs Studios are recently. Sure I'm betting Potter is an enticing draw but to compare the attendance I am curious how that plays out. Yes there's the Borne show/attraction but outside of Potter, there are not many new things for returning guests. Yes, MiB, Spiderman, Mummy, RRR are all awesome but it seems like there isn't a equal amount of love here

 

Fast and the furious should have been a slam dunk for Studios but they messed up something as simple as racing cars. They really should just gut the inside of that ride completely and put something that serves the franchise better. The entranceway and the garage queue is great but the two scene rooms and party bus watching a screen is just so meh.

 

Something like the cars ride at Disney's California adventure would have been perfect. It's even more crazy they messed this up considering that the fast and the furious franchise is their highest grossing franchise.

 

Fallon is newer too and while I'm not a fan of Fallon at all I actually ended up liking the ride. I do think they could have picked something else that would have interested a lot more people though.

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The GP expected the Fast & Furious ride to be what West Coast Racers was. It should've been a launched dueling indoor rollercoaster.

No it shouldn't have. Roller coasters aren't the answer to every theme park's problems.

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Halloween Horror Nights is cancelled. I had a blast at least years and was really disappointed that I was going to miss this year's but I guess it really just wasn't worth the time and effort and money for them to have to alter the whole event enough to make it safe for everyone involved. I'm sure they will go all out next year and hopefully all this stuff is over by then so we can all attend.

 

 

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I know many of us are bummed about this, but this was the right decision. Not an easy decision, not a fun decision, but the right one. It would have been a REALLY scaled back, socially distanced horror nights and that's just not the spirit of the event. I'm sure it will be back bigger and better next year.

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Definitely bummed, but also definitely the right decision. We do the frequent fear pass for this event every year but I really couldn't see it working this year even if they scaled back attendance. You still have the scare actors in close proximity to the guests. My son and his friend have a haunt they started two years ago in central Pennsylvania. I'm not sure if they will be able to open this year or not. Hoping they are able to ride it out if they can't.

 

As much as you are comfortable doing, please support your local businesses and parks etc. and be considerate of others health and wear a mask!! If you are not comfortable with a mask, stay home.

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I wondered if they'd do a smaller, more exclusive event but it's almost an impossible ask for them to put together events at the moment with so much uncertainty. Plus we've had enough horrors for the year, right?

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Did I miss something? People on Twitter seem to be celebrating F&F being closed as a permanent thing. I get that the majority who have ridden it think it's garbage but it seems a big leap to think it's going away.

 

Unless they're celebrating the temporary closure which also seems weird to me, I'd have thought you'd want the rides you think are garbage to be open to draw crowds away from the lines of the rides you do want to ride.

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Unless they're celebrating the temporary closure which also seems weird to me, I'd have thought you'd want the rides you think are garbage to be open to draw crowds away from the lines of the rides you do want to ride.

 

I pretty much feel the same way but I'm also incredibly entertained that they closed it for budget despite the fact that it's a brand new ride with a huge IP behind it because it's just hilarious. I'm glad they realize it's terrible.

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It’s illogical to think they might scrap it and start over after 2 years of operation.

 

...but I sure hope they do.

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I pretty much feel the same way but I'm also incredibly entertained that they closed it for budget despite the fact that it's a brand new ride with a huge IP behind it because it's just hilarious. I'm glad they realize it's terrible.

They likely closed it partially due to its reliance on live performances to actually make sense. With the Hollywood version, they can tack it onto the end of the Studio Tour, whatever. But to make that "whatever" work as a standalone experience, they have to either A) create an extended ride film or B) have a great big old exposition dump before you board. They took option B and designed the ride's pre-show experience based on a gaggle of people surrounding a live performance actor. The pre-show is LONG and necessary to "get" the ride, so it probably isn't the safest place for people to be right now, even with COVID safety procedures. The Orlando parks in general have been cutting live performances / shows all over the place.

 

At least with the Hollywood version, the tour driver can be at least somewhat isolated from other guests, but here, they can't be unless they decide to put the pre-show actor in a snow globe.

 

There are people I know who are insanely proud of the work they did on that ride, on both coasts.

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