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As for Soarin', its a great demo for the technology that now a bunch of copies exist of. I don't hate it, I also don't care about it enough to want to wait a long time for it.

I agree with this re: Soarin'. I really enjoyed it the first few times, and still do when I ride it. But I personally don't view it as worth the extensive waits that it receives. That being said, I've been on it dozens of times and am aware of the other attractions out there now that copy the technology, so the magic and newness has worn off a bit. Easy to forget that the general public, especially at WDW more so than DL, are either first-timers or people who very rarely visit WDW, so they likely have never ridden Soarin' before or if they have, they haven't ridden it much. To them, it is likely a very unique attraction and therefore worth a much longer wait.

 

For the Fallon ride, it sounds pretty meh to me, but then again I don't think it is intended to be some blockbuster eTicket type attraction. So, for what it is, I'm sure it will be perfectly enjoyable.

 

I will say tho, I do think UO suffers from major screen fatigue. I would love to see them go for a more traditional dark ride concept like Mummy with some future rides rather than the screen-based attractions that have dominated the park in recent years. HPFJ was close, and don't get me wrong I love that ride, but still too much with the screens I think.

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I will say tho, I do think UO suffers from major screen fatigue. I would love to see them go for a more traditional dark ride concept like Mummy with some future rides rather than the screen-based attractions that have dominated the park in recent years. HPFJ was close, and don't get me wrong I love that ride, but still too much with the screens I think.

 

Forbidden Journey at least has a decent mix of physical effects (such as the Dementors) and video stuff. Still, my favorite rides at the resort are Spider-man (which has a lot of video), Mummy, and Men in Black.

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I will say tho, I do think UO suffers from major screen fatigue. I would love to see them go for a more traditional dark ride concept like Mummy with some future rides rather than the screen-based attractions that have dominated the park in recent years. HPFJ was close, and don't get me wrong I love that ride, but still too much with the screens I think.

 

Forbidden Journey at least has a decent mix of physical effects (such as the Dementors) and video stuff. Still, my favorite rides at the resort are Spider-man (which has a lot of video), Mummy, and Men in Black.

 

Here, here. Forbidden Journey's my favorite ride at Universal partly due to the combination of the two. Gringotts is fun, but Forbidden Journey's better because of the practical. It's also one of my biggest complaints about Transformers. There's no physical sets--just helter-skelter Michael Bay inspired CGI overload that gives the rider no chance to take in everything.

 

Speaking of Gringotts, who provided the coaster track? Was it Dynamic or Vekoma?

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I remember at least two times, our group on the 2012 TPR China Tour got to ride those two versions of

Flying Theaters...the Disney one and this one, where the seats seem to be coming out of "the garage"

so-to-speak, the door "lifts" and the seats slide straight out into the viewing area, all levels there.

Legs dangling. I'm sorry that I don't remember the actual parks they were in. But I do remember the

experiences, especially of the Disney one, considering I didn't get to do Disney's (in DCA) until a month ago.

 

There is the third version, right? At by the way...Universal? Back to The Future/Simpsons/Minions (japan)?

Starts in "the garage" but goes UP...or that's what Universal wants us to believe.

 

So, I'm not too sure what "World's First" of this kind, does anything different, other than the some times

usual tilting, and water, aroma effects, used as well as the 'flying'.

 

Or not.

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The press release and video only confirmed how awful Universal has become in just a few short years. Nothing about that sounds appealing. Nothing.

 

QFT.

 

Let's add this attraction to the long list of things I'll never waste my time riding at Universal Orlando.

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The press release and video only confirmed how awful Universal has become in just a few short years. Nothing about that sounds appealing. Nothing.

 

QFT.

 

Let's add this attraction to the long list of things I'll never waste my time riding at Universal Orlando.

 

Just curious, What else is on the list?

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Speaking of Gringotts, who provided the coaster track? Was it Dynamic or Vekoma?

It was Intamin. All of the rides have some form of scenery, but it's how the ride interacts with the scenery that makes it so impressive.

What scenery? Three-quarters of the ride is darkness and / or giant screens.

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I will say tho, I do think UO suffers from major screen fatigue. I would love to see them go for a more traditional dark ride concept like Mummy with some future rides rather than the screen-based attractions that have dominated the park in recent years. HPFJ was close, and don't get me wrong I love that ride, but still too much with the screens I think.

 

Forbidden Journey at least has a decent mix of physical effects (such as the Dementors) and video stuff. Still, my favorite rides at the resort are Spider-man (which has a lot of video), Mummy, and Men in Black.

Agree 100%. Those 3 (Spiderman, Mummy and MIB) are my favs as well, with HPFJ right up there. If anything I think the screen portions of HPFJ are the weakest parts. The practical effects are so cool and immersive. For Spiderman, it's a great mix and works very well, much more so than Transformers I think (which leans more on the screens and less on sets/effects than spider). And since it's based on the cartoon version of spiderman, the screens actually seem more appropriate and integrate better I think.

 

I was actually pretty underwhelmed with Gringotts (relative to my expectations). The dip at the beginning was fun, but the rest, to me, was kinda meh. Don't get me wrong, it's still an amazingly done attraction and I really enjoyed it, just maybe my expectations were too high. And the hidden door ending was pretty anticlimactic, at least the time I rode it, as the fog/smoke didn't do enough to hide it so you could clearly see the screen get pulled away and seemed to overlap with the dragon visual some, which was odd.

 

I also wish they had done a bigger mix of practical effects similar to HPFJ. Granted I only got to ride it once due to crowds. Looking forward to riding it again next week while I'm there and getting a fresh look at it.

 

I think individually all of these rides are fun though, even transformers and some of the others, but when you do them all in one day for example (which I did the last time I was there, both parks) it starts to wear on you a little bit.

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http://blog.universalorlando.com/whats-new/volcano-bay-coaster-details/

 

 

NEW RIDE AND TAPUTAPU WEARABLE DETAILS REVEALED ABOUT UNIVERSAL’S VOLCANO BAY

Opening in early summer 2017, Universal’s Volcano Bay will be a water theme park unlike anything you’ve ever experienced, from incredible thrills to perfected relaxation. It’ll feature dozens of attractions that offer something for everyone – and you won’t have to stand in long lines to experience any of them.

 

Krakatau Aqua Coaster

We previously told you that Volcano Bay will feature a state-of-the-art marquee attraction…but we were mum on the details.

 

Well, I’m excited to finally share details about what will be the park’s star experience: Krakatau Aqua Coaster.

 

Krakatau Aqua Coaster will be a first-of-its-kind aqua coaster in Florida — and it’ll be a fun adventure for the entire family. You’ll board specially-designed canoes that seat up to four. Then, you’ll be propelled downwards – and upwards – through the volcano’s interior peaks and valleys. You’ll twist, turn and plummet along dark passageways, be launched through sparkling waterfalls and so much more.

 

And here’s a cool fun fact for you techies out there: Krakatau Aqua Coaster will use linear induction motor technology. This technology launches the canoe uphill before it immediately sends riders into a downhill plunge. This technology is also used in some of your favorite Universal attractions – like Revenge of the Mummy – and now we’re bringing it to a water attraction.

 

 

TapuTapu Wearable

One of the main goals for Universal’s Volcano Bay was to eliminate long lines and hassles so you can focus more on having fun. And with the TapuTapu wearable, you’ll be able to do just that.

 

When you arrive to the park, you’ll receive a TapuTapu wearable (at no extra charge) that will allow you to do the following with a simple tap:

 

Virtual Lines

You will be able to virtually wait in line while you play in other areas of the park. The wearable will alert you when it’s time for you to ride so you can head to the attraction.

 

Tap to Play

Volcano Bay features various “tap-to-play” experiences– all designed exclusively by Universal’s award-winning creative team. With just a tap of TapuTapu, you’ll be able to trigger special effects throughout the park. You can control streams of water spurting from whales in Tot Tiki Reef, shoot water cannons at other guests snaking down Kopiko Wai Winding River and illuminate images in the volcano’s hidden caves.

 

And there’s more! More information about TapuTapu and special guest features will be released soon.

 

Tickets Available Nov. 15

 

And the best news of all is: now you can start to plan your getaway to Universal’s Volcano Bay! Tickets for the park will go on sale on November 15.

 

More details about Universal’s Volcano Bay will be revealed over time. Be sure to sign up for real-time updates and to stay up-to-speed on all news regarding Universal’s Volcano Bay.

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This all sounds amazing, I'm gonna have to make sure to I get to Volcano Bay sometime early next year while all the cool interactive Taputapu features are still working........

 

 

Seriously though this place sounds like everything that a major modern water park should be, can't wait to check it out.

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Sounds like they're adapting the HP wand technology to be used all around the park, only they realized they won't be able to sell generic effects like they can sell HP merch. We'll see how long it lasts until they attempt to capitalize on it or just eliminate it.

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That annoucement about Volcano Bay sounds really promising!

 

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Back on Fallon a bit, I heard that it won't even be a Flying Theater as we know it (a Soarin'-like attraction), but rather a more traditionnal motion simulator. They might have said flying theater figuratively, as "the theater you'll be seated in will fly", you know.

 

By the way, if you are tired of the good ol' realistic Soarin' film(s), try this EPIC fantasy themed version!

 

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I'm really curious to see how the virtual lines will work out since everyone in the park will be using it. If it becomes successful I'm curious to see if they eventually add these to their other parks as well and possibly other theme parks start trying stuff like this as well.

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Sounds like they're adapting the HP wand technology to be used all around the park, only they realized they won't be able to sell generic effects like they can sell HP merch. We'll see how long it lasts until they attempt to capitalize on it or just eliminate it.

 

It's literally what Yas Waterworld already does.

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Back on Fallon a bit, I heard that it won't even be a Flying Theater as we know it (a Soarin'-like attraction), but rather a more traditionnal motion simulator. They might have said flying theater figuratively, as "the theater you'll be seated in will fly", you know.

 

With the whole world's first thing and if it was a more traditional simulator I have to wonder if they would use the Intamin dome theater that was in Robb's iaapa coverage last year: http://www.intaminworldwide.com/amusement/Simulators/Dome+Ride+Theater+80/tabid/137/ProductNumber/Dome+Ride+Theater+80/language/en-US/Default.aspx

 

Edit just noticed Intamin has their own flying cinema: http://www.intaminworldwide.com/amusement/Simulators/Panoramic+Flight+Simulator/tabid/137/ProductNumber/Panoramic+Flight+Simulator/language/en-US/Default.aspx

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Frankly, I don't care if the Jimmy Fallon ride system is a "flying theatre." I don't care if they shoot guests out of a cannon. I just can't work up any excitement for this ride.

 

I mean I'll probably give it a try, but the concept just doesn't interest me.

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