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I mean, it's exciting, but it doesn't really look different from many other water parks, including Typhoon Lagoon. It would've been nice to see them go with a more unique theme, but the park should still look pretty awesome.

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We rode Velocicoaster today! Here's our thoughts on the ride....  

Official Velocicoaster POV released!  

We spent the weekend at Universal/IoA on Sat/Sun/Mon. In that time, we managed 15 rides on Velocicoaster. A handful of front and back seat rides, including a few at night (which is just epic!). 

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I mean, it's exciting, but it doesn't really look different from many other water parks, including Typhoon Lagoon. It would've been nice to see them go with a more unique theme, but the park should still look pretty awesome.

Well...we really haven't seen much except that one picture...

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Just a comment on the space issue, but for me water parks can be more compact than amusement parks and still be effective. You can pack a ton of great slides and attractions into a smaller footprint and still have a great park. Long walks in between slide exit pools and entrances and your chair and such gets to be a hassle at times so the more stuff in a smaller space the better to me.

 

With their claims of "It will be a whole new generation of experience that reimagines what it means to be a water park," I'm hoping we finally get to see some real "rides" in a wate park setting. I've always though a rapids ride or a log flume in a water park would be awesome so maybe, we'll see.

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Typhoon Lagoon.

 

While the concept art doesn't reveal much of anything and while it does look amazing I have to admit I thought of exactly the same thing. It does seem to be built around the same mountain centerpiece concept.

 

 

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I actually would like to see innovation in the water park experience. There has to be more achievable than just wave pools and slides. Hope Universal can achieve something amazing. The concept art is quite nice.

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I am very hopeful for Volcano Bay, but I do have concerns with its location. Driving by the space, it's not a big area...yes bigger than wet n wild but wet n wild is also one of the smallest footprint Waterparks there is. I don't see the space for say...a river rapids or boat ride or many show buildings. If they go in that direction they will be capped on space immediately. Second, the plot is literally adjacent to the interstate, less than 40 feet from it. Noise is something can be dealt with but again it caps expansion and just like the walls next to turkey lake road they can't reduce all impact (example: all of the outside city you can see from dueling dragons). Thirdly, day-trippers are going to have to be bussed from the parking garage it would seem. That's certainly a relaxation drawback in comparison to something like typhoon lagoon with close free parking right at the gate. If they add parking for the Waterpark then that's even less space for the park itself.

 

Should be good but they don't have gobs of space to work with, less even than some regional park's included water parks.

 

OTOH, the architecture and space of Both Harry potter areas and a place like Lotte World prove you can do great things in small areas.

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^I agree with you quite a bit. We drive by that plot of land a lot (and just decided AGAINST buying a home in the community across the street) because of the location.

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Here's the plot right between the Sand Lake Road offramp and the Toscana neighborhood as of today 5/28/15

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Universal opted to hide the structure of the water slides, which means they had to put them in a mountain. Same thing leads Disney to build 3 mine train coasters in Florida. As for expansion, using Disney's water parks as an example; Typhoon Lagoon's last new slide installation was 10 years ago. Blizzard Beach has never had any expansion at all and has the same slides it did when it opened 20 years ago. My guess is that long term massive expansion isn't considered a necessity there.

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As for expansion, using Disney's water parks as an example; Typhoon Lagoon's last new slide installation was 10 years ago. Blizzard Beach has never had any expansion at all and has the same slides it did when it opened 20 years ago. My guess is that long term massive expansion isn't considered a necessity there.

This exactly. If there is one thing that Disney has proven for water parks in Orlando (at least their parks) is that they still PACK them in every single day without having a single new ride. And if I had to guess, I'd say that 99% of the people visiting those parks on a daily basis have visited less than twice in their life, the majority visiting for their first time ever, so even though the park hasn't gotten anything new, they don't need to because to most of their guests, even a decade old is still "new" to them.

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I hope they go for the UAE style of park ( Dubai ) where you use water coasters to get to all the slides. But love the look of the single art work that has been released

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I understand the apprehension about the interstate. I thought the same thing when I first saw the site. Tractor trailer drivers speeding past chicks in bikinis does seem like a recipe for disaster.

 

Still, the proximity between the two resort hotels is pretty great. Assuming they'll allow in/out for resort guests it would be such a chill day to hang out at the park for a bit, skip over to your room for a break/beer/nap, head back to the waterpark. I can see myself really enjoying that. The one thing about waterparks for me is I tend to need relief from the screaming children and chlorine shinky dink every couple of hours.

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http://www.nintendo.co.jp/ir/en/library/events/150508qa/index.html

 

Also, as we met right after they had opened the Harry Potter attractions, we were able to learn precisely how they had been created. We received a great deal of useful information from the first meeting for us to review if they possessed a corporate culture which would ensure us the ability to license our IP to them and to work well together. Since the proposal was so specific, as soon as I returned to Japan, I informed Mr. Miyamoto, of our company, and told him that I wanted to give positive consideration to it. Since then, we have met with them several times in Japan and in the U.S., and not only me and people who carry out our negotiations but also members from each company's creative side, namely, people who will be assigned to make the actual attractions and Nintendo's game producers who have been creating our games for many years. As a result, we confirmed that we share a lot of common ground between our corporate cultures, and because parts of the proposal made us really excited, we have decided to work together on a long-term basis.

 

The recent Nintendo investor call yielded a comment from Nintendo on how the now-public partnership with Universal Parks & Resorts came about... It looks like The Wizarding World of Harry Potter was an audition of sorts to convince the IP-protective executives that their brands would be in good hands with Universal in the form of fully fleshed-out lands and experiences.

 

I was thinking this exact thing. Knowing how much of a perfectionist Miyamoto (and really everyone at Nintendo) is, and how protective of their IP's they are, the sheer attention to detail and respect to JK Rowling's vision is exactly what Iwata needed to see before considering putting his company's creations into another corporation's hands. I'm thrilled that the creators of each game series will be actively participating in the development of these new attractions, this is going to be incredible. It may just be my nerdy Otaku nature, but this news is still more exciting to me than Kong, Volcano Bay, and all the recent coaster announcements combined

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I read that as "we saw how much money can be made in this partnership...oh, and I guess it was cool they kept the integrity of the brand as much as possible."

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^ Pretty much. I guess you have to really take your hat off to Rowling to taking that risk and putting your IP into somebody else's hands, but then again that's not much different for what she did with the movies.

 

To Nintendo, I have 2 comments. First is, "Oh yee of little faith." But I will follow that with "better late than never." And honestly, it was probably a bit advantageous for this deal to take place later. Even as the Nintendo consoles are dropping off, their brand is obviously still very very strong, and their IP's have an immense fanbase that I believe will continue to carry on for generations much like the original Disney cartoon characters and other entertainment property.

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NEW NBC Sports Grill & Brew coming to Universal CityWalk!!!

Opening this Fall

 

http://blog.universalorlando.com/whats-new/nbc-sports-grill-brew-announcement/

 

 

Last year was an incredible time for Universal CityWalk, with eight new venues joining the impressive dining line-up—and we’re not done yet! I’m happy to announce the newest MVP coming to CityWalk: the first-ever NBC Sports Grill & Brew, opening this fall.

This new restaurant represents our vision of delivering the ultimate sports dining experience. It’s like crossing your favorite sports restaurant with stadium VIP suites. Fans of all types will be able to enjoy the very best food alongside award-winning NBC Sports coverage. And with nearly 100 HD TV screens throughout the restaurant, every seat is the best seat in the house.

 

The food will be a one-of-kind experience that can be found at no other sports grill. You’ll be able to choose from an extensive menu of more than 75 different items. Pick from traditional favorites like burgers and steaks to custom creations like crab scotch eggs. And to top it off, you can watch the chefs in action as they prepare your meal in an open kitchen and on custom open fire grills.

And, of course, no sports game is complete without the perfect beer. You’ll be able to select from over 100 different beer varieties—including an exclusive draft you’ll only find here. There will even be a outdoor beer garden where you can relax after a day in the theme parks, enjoy a good meal and brew, and catch a game.

Check out the video below, where NBC Sports anchors Liam McHugh, Mike Milbury and Keith Jones chatted a bit about the new restaurant.

Then tell us in the comments which game you’d most like to watch at NBC Sports Grill & Brew when it opens.

 

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Looks like their version of a YardHouse. I certainly won't complain about 100 beers being on tap at Citywalk!

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Looks like their version of a YardHouse. I certainly won't complain about 100 beers being on tap at Citywalk!

 

Or their version of ESPN Zone/Club.

 

I'd sooner go to this than NASCAR Cafe so I guess that's a win!

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Has anybody actually gone inside the NASCAR Cafe? It's not surprising it's one of the last remaining themed restaurants given the popularity of NASCAR in the South, but the exterior seems very dated.

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NEW NBC Sports Grill & Brew coming to Universal CityWalk!!!

Opening this Fall

 

So this is replacing the NASCAR Cafe? Any connection to Disney doing a deal for an NBA "experience & Restaurant"? As in, is NBA City also on the chopping block?

 

I am predicting that Universal using "NBC Sports" as a license is.... cheaper than NASCAR + NBA. Just guessing though

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Has anybody actually gone inside the NASCAR Cafe? It's not surprising it's one of the last remaining themed restaurants given the popularity of NASCAR in the South, but the exterior seems very dated.

 

I've gone inside it. The inside looks just as dated as the outside. The gift shop was more NFL merch than any other sport.

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Looks like their version of a YardHouse. I certainly won't complain about 100 beers being on tap at Citywalk!

 

Or their version of ESPN Zone/Club.

 

I'd sooner go to this than NASCAR Cafe so I guess that's a win!

 

My thoughts exactly.

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