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Re: Universal Orlando Resort (USO, IOA) Discussion Thread

Postby B&MBoy1982 » Wed Feb 18, 2015 9:33 pm

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Plus several other smaller waterparks in the area. There are also many other waterparks within an hour or so of orlando like adventure island and buccaneer bay. There is also wild waters (although this park is a little more than an hour plus away).



Wild Waters is actually closing permanently, if it has not already done so.

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I myself grew up with Wild Waters and Weeki Wachee, and while I am not much of a water park person nowadays, I am quite interested in seeing how Universal pulls this of.

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Re: Universal Orlando Resort (USO, IOA) Discussion Thread

Postby DirkFunk » Wed Feb 18, 2015 9:38 pm

I'm not nearly as stoked about seeing Wet N'Wild close given the huge complement of slides there and how historically important it is to the water park industry. I'm not saying this new water park won't be really good, but I seriously doubt that they'll have an equal amount of attractions when opening as does Wet N'Wild. Oh, it'll be better themed, but if I want to get a beach chair and sit around a fake beach all day, I'd rather go to Discovery Cove and get a bunch of free SeaWorld and Aquatica days along with liquor and food.

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Re: Universal Orlando Resort (USO, IOA) Discussion Thread

Postby DoinItForTheFame » Wed Feb 18, 2015 11:12 pm

I'm all for another water park in Orlando. Yes Disney has great water parks. But we can always use another one. I hope the theming turns out to be as good as we expect.

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However. Is Wet N Wild going to remain closed ... Forever. . . ? Because if so... Then no. I like the slides at Wet N Wild to much to ever want to see it closed. :( If its just closed for a few months that's okay... But not forever. It's slides are irreplaceable to me.
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Re: Universal Orlando Resort (USO, IOA) Discussion Thread

Postby coasterchitchat » Thu Feb 19, 2015 9:28 am

http://www.orlandosentinel.com/business/tourism/tourism-central-florida-blog/os-universal-orlando-reverse-bottled-water-ban-20150218-post.html

Universal Orlando has lifted its temporary ban on guests bringing liquids such as bottled water into the park.

Universal spokesman Tom Schroder said in an email that the ban has been lifted. He did not give further details.

Visitors to the park Monday had been surprised to find they needed to throw away bottled water and other liquids before entering CityWalk, Universal Studios or Islands of Adventure. Universal has generally allowed small snacks and water. Schroder said at the time the ban was a result of a review of procedures and would not be permanent.


The ban was mocked on social media and irritated guests, who said it created chaos at the entrance to the complex. Some were upset there had been no advance warning via email, on the company's website or as patrons drove into the resort.

"It was not fun to have to walk through sticky liquids around the bag check lines. Patrons were dumping more than water bottles as flavored waters and sports drinks were also getting dumped," wrote Rod Weimer in an email. "Really poor planning and bad excuses."
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Re: Universal Orlando Resort (USO, IOA) Discussion Thread

Postby BlahBlahson » Thu Feb 19, 2015 9:37 am

DoinItForTheFame wrote:However. Is Wet N Wild going to remain closed ... Forever. . . ? Because if so... Then no. I like the slides at Wet N Wild to much to ever want to see it closed. :(


Agreed. Brain Drain and Disco H20 are definitely way cooler than 99 percent of the non-watercoaster slides in the world. Losing the themed slides at WaW would suck. I think that park's slides collection is the best in central Florida. Atmosphere heck no but slides yes.
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Re: Universal Orlando Resort (USO, IOA) Discussion Thread

Postby cfc » Thu Feb 19, 2015 10:27 am

I liked the Bubba Tub, too, but I think that's been gone for a while now, hasn't it?
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Re: Universal Orlando Resort (USO, IOA) Discussion Thread

Postby DoinItForTheFame » Thu Feb 19, 2015 11:06 am

BlahBlahson wrote: Agreed. Brain Wash and Disco H20 are definitely way cooler than 99 percent of the non-watercoaster slides in the world. Losing the themed slides at WaW would suck. I think that park's slides collection is the best in central Florida. Atmosphere heck no but slides yes.
Agreed! Disco H2O was an amazing ride!! Hopefully they wont close the park. There are to many great slides there. I am with you, I think the park has the best slide collection in central Florida.

cfc wrote:I liked the Bubba Tub, too, but I think that's been gone for a while now, hasn't it?
That was such a fun slide!! It closed in 2014 though :( I was sad to see it go.
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Re: Universal Orlando Resort (USO, IOA) Discussion Thread

Postby chargersmichael » Thu Feb 19, 2015 3:28 pm

I personally don't want to see Wet'N'Wild go either...but I think that is what Universal is planning on doing. I believe they will put more hotels across the street there as I don't see anymore room over there to add more hotels. I remember hearing that they eventually want 10,000 hotel rooms. I could be wrong though.
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Re: Universal Orlando Resort (USO, IOA) Discussion Thread

Postby Jew » Thu Feb 19, 2015 3:46 pm

Why is everyone so sure Wet'N'Wild would close? Other possibilities for the new park could be that demand was so high for Wet'N'Wild they need a second park to help. Or making the new park resort guests only (with limited tickets sold to non resort guests).
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Re: Universal Orlando Resort (USO, IOA) Discussion Thread

Postby Meteornotes » Thu Feb 19, 2015 4:24 pm

^Agreed. While I get why people think they might close it, I don't think it's a sure thing that it will happen.

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