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Undercover Tourist usually has the best prices. The discount is only about $5-10 though (their listed prices include tax; Universal adds tax at checkout). The one thing I don't like about the print at home tickets is you have an 8.5x11 sheet of paper as your ticket for both days and you're in trouble if it gets ruined on the water rides. If you get the tickets from Universal's website and choose the will call option, you'll get a business card sized ticket that's a thermal print so it will hold up a little bit better. Right now they are running the buy two days, get one free promotion so it might be worth squeezing another day in if you can since it's your first visit. Have fun!

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On a different note, one coaster I was really disappointed with was Rip Ride Rocket at Universal. This is by far the most uncomfortable coaster I have ever ridden, very rough and I felt sick after every ride. Did I catch it at a bad time?

 

People seem to love it or hate it based on their rides on it. I always recommend that you're in the front car as I believe it was designed for single car trains and not the trailered ones. I've always had really enjoyable rides on it in the front and I hate rough rides. You also could have caught a train that was about to go in for maintenance.

 

Throw me in the category of those who loved it. Rode it about a dozen times during my stay there.

 

Same here! Got to ride it for the first time this past October during HHN. Went on it several times, and really enjoyed it! Only negative thing I have to say about it is that most of the time the music wasn't working for me (as in it was silent for the whole ride- it didn't even play the default music). But if will definitely be on my "must ride" list the next time I get to visit!

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It's not hard for me to overlook roughness if the coaster delivers in other ways, which Rip Ride Rockit only *kind of* does. I honestly don't think roughness is even its biggest problem. How about the atrocious pacing created by the numerous brake runs needed to block all of the two-car trains? Or how the elements diminish in quality towards the end of the ride to an even greater extent than most coasters? I actually still enjoy it for the first drop, non-inverting loop, and treble clef, but it is definitely the weakest of USO and IOA's major coasters.

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I actually still enjoy it for the first drop, non-inverting loop, and treble clef, but it is definitely the weakest of USO and IOA's major coasters.

 

I think those are the two best parts, as well.

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NEW RESTAURANT BRINGS INCREDIBLE CHOCOLATE, DELICIOUSLY EXPANSIVE MENU AND STUNNING ATMOSPHERE TO UNIVERSAL CITYWALK

 

Unique Experience is the Latest in Popular Dining Concepts Only Found at Universal Orlando Resort!

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ORLANDO, Fla. (March 14, 2016) – The Toothsome Chocolate Factory & Savory Feast Emporium at Universal CityWalk may be the most spectacularly delicious example yet of what happens when the Universal Creative team that designs theme park attractions comes together with the culinary team that creates blockbuster food and beverage experiences.

 

Set to open later this year, The Toothsome Chocolate Factory will be a full-service restaurant that brings together a specially created and expansive menu plus an incredible array of gourmet-level chocolates and desserts – all in a highly themed, unique environment that can only be found at Universal CityWalk.

 

The restaurant will be located near the entrance to Universal’s Islands of Adventure theme park, and visible around the entire CityWalk lagoon. Welcome to the 19th century inspired, Steampunk-era chocolate factory, complete with towering smokestacks, tanks and antique piping. Inside, a mix of brass, dark wood and gadgetry – along with staff who will look and act the part – will complete the Steampunk feel.

 

This unique experience will be punctuated by the food that will completely enrapture you. The menu features a wide variety of unexpected, yet familiar dishes – from all-day-brunch crepes and quiches to unique takes on classic steak, seafood and pasta entrees, gourmet burgers, sandwiches, scrumptious salads and so much more. The number of options will leave you speechless. And the desserts and specialty items will be beyond the imagination.

 

The artisan milkshake collection will include shakes with names such as Chocolate x5 – mixed with chocolate spirals, chocolate chunks, chocolate ice cream and more – along with Bacon Brittle, Espresso Buzzzz, Red Velvet and Key Lime Pie.

 

The sundaes include S’mores – with chocolate ice cream, chocolate sauce, marshmallow cream, graham crackers and more – Salted Caramel Flan, Chocolate Brownie Bark – and more.

 

Guests will also be able to watch chocolate creations being prepared – and purchase them from the restaurant’s retail shop to take home and enjoy.

 

The new restaurant will be the latest in a progression of incredibly popular dining concepts that have opened at Universal CityWalk over the past couple years – nine new concepts in two years, to be exact.

 

How did I miss this!?!? This sounds like a place I could live at.

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As mentioned before, I'm guessing there will be some kind of Kong/dinosaur ripping the 'driver' out of the vehicle in a far more dramatic way than TGMR.

 

Nothing against the Potter stuff, but I'm really looking forward to see what Universal Creative will do with something I'm more familiar with.

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As mentioned before, I'm guessing there will be some kind of Kong/dinosaur ripping the 'driver' out of the vehicle in a far more dramatic way than TGMR...

 

That - would be - awesome! And totally scaring the children/gp, too!

 

Damn! If that indeed is what's happening, I am actually interested in

how they "re-install" a new "driver" in the vehicle, before it picks up

another bunch of poor, unsuspecting souls?

 

Manually (what a boring job that would be), or electronically?

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As mentioned before, I'm guessing there will be some kind of Kong/dinosaur ripping the 'driver' out of the vehicle in a far more dramatic way than TGMR...

 

That - would be - awesome! And totally scaring the children/gp, too!

 

Damn! If that indeed is what's happening, I am actually interested in

how they "re-install" a new "driver" in the vehicle, before it picks up

another bunch of poor, unsuspecting souls?

 

Manually (what a boring job that would be), or electronically?

 

Hey Bill! I mostly lurk and always enjoy your posts.

 

Antway, it would be cool. . . here's the original rumor from 'Screamscape' I saw a year and a half ago:

 

"Speaking of Kong's arms... one of the oddest and oldest rumors I ever heard about this attraction involved Kong's arms. I have no idea if this rumor is still true or not, as I can see how easily this would be nixed from the attraction simply for safety concerns, but try to envision a finale like this. Your off-road safari truck (likely a topless truck for the best viewing) would feature a female driver who, like the old Jaws and Kongfrontation attractions, would also serve as the narrator for your journey. The tech involved here would have to be flawless to make this work, but the ancient rumor pitched the concept of having the finale Kong figure being able to reach out and GRAB your driver from the truck and run off and turn to run off with her. Your truck would then roll slowly to a stop in the next room, where crew members would meet up and evacuate you out of the temple, and then send the empty truck on to the loading room for the next group of guests.

I'm just not quite sure how this would work, but it certainly would be an amazing finale unlike any other if Universal was able to pull this off. Anyway... with 2015 now under way, the latest whispers suggest that they may finally be ready to make the big announcement about what this attraction really is over the next month or two, so stay tuned!"

 

Seeing the ride may not have 'real' drivers made me recall this. . . we'll see.

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...Your truck would then roll slowly to a stop in the next room, where crew members would meet up and evacuate you out of the temple, and then send the empty truck on to the loading room for the next group of guests.

 

This is the only part I am wondering how they're going to re-install the "driver" etc?

From your description of a possible "E-Vac," the new driver could be put in,

after guests have exited, and then rolled around to the load station. Easy!

 

And THANKS for The Lurk, lol!

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Like the Lance said himself, the tech would have to be perfectly flawless....like 0% chance of something going wrong. I'm not saying its not possible but I have my doubts given that technology is NEVER 100% perfect no matter how much money you put into it; something is bound to go wrong somewhere at sometime. Because the driver cabin is so close to where people will be sitting, what if the truck stops a little in front of it's "target zone" for whatever reason. Is Kong going to attempt to take an actual passenger away??? (I know this is an extreme example ) I think there are too many scenarios where things can go wrong for them to implement something like that.

 

But if they do, then hey, I'm not complaining!

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...Your truck would then roll slowly to a stop in the next room, where crew members would meet up and evacuate you out of the temple, and then send the empty truck on to the loading room for the next group of guests.

 

This is the only part I am wondering how they're going to re-install the "driver" etc?

From your description of a possible "E-Vac," the new driver could be put in,

after guests have exited, and then rolled around to the load station. Easy!

 

And THANKS for The Lurk, lol!

 

They could use the Shakiki effect. Driver AA moves out of view very quickly concealed by lighting and being distracted by Kong "carrying" her away. Anything is possible...

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I'm headed to the park for the first time Monday through Wednesday next week, can anyone give any advice on food locations? Other than the butter beer (Which is clearly happening) any other food items that need to absolutely be eaten?

 

We are staying at the Royal Pacific, so we are getting front of the line passes!

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...They could use the Shakiki effect. Driver AA moves out of view very quickly concealed by lighting and being distracted by Kong "carrying" her away. Anything is possible...

 

I agree. I thought that's what they might pull off with this. The silhouette of the driver disappears just as Kong reaches to grab "her," etc. etc.

 

Eventually, we shall all learn.

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