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

Thu Feb 19, 2015 6:07 pm

Jew wrote: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).


If you're going to gear a brand new, full sized water park almost entirely to resort guests, why let them pool hop at extravagantly sized pool facilities you keep building?

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

Thu Feb 19, 2015 10:57 pm

I'd be willing to bet a few of the attractions could easily relocate to the new waterpark.


Or they'll sell the rides.

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

Fri Feb 20, 2015 12:02 am

DirkFunk wrote:
Jew wrote: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).


If you're going to gear a brand new, full sized water park almost entirely to resort guests, why let them pool hop at extravagantly sized pool facilities you keep building?


Because you aren't charging extra for the pools. They could follow the model of some of the indoor water parks (I believe Atlantis resort does this too) where resort guests have first dibs on buying tickets before selling to the general public.

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

Fri Feb 20, 2015 5:12 am

Jew wrote:Because you aren't charging extra for the pools. They could follow the model of some of the indoor water parks (I believe Atlantis resort does this too) where resort guests have first dibs on buying tickets before selling to the general public.


I realize you aren't charging extra for the pools. The issue is that if you're going to operate two water parks w/gated entry and have one essentially just for the hotel guests, pools like Cabana Bay's that cost people nothing are will act as an alternative to the gated facility. If we're going to compare to Disney World, WDW doesn't allow pool hopping. I won't compare it with Atlantis because that plays operates by a whole different business model in a place where independently leaving the resort area is just not done.

Since this rumor started making the rounds in earnest months ago and was then substantiated by the building permits that appeared in November, part of that rumor is "Wet N' Wild will probably close". Given how much has already been validated, and how much it makes sense to not generally go forth and compete with yourself, I think dismissing that possibility out of hand is probably not best.

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

Fri Feb 20, 2015 3:36 pm

^By that logic, anyone who stays at a deluxe WDW resort would never visit any of Disney's waterparks because they already have a nice pool and water slide on their property. You can't compare a full size water park to a resorts pool. Sure, someone doing Orlando on the cheap might limit their water activities to the pool...but to the people planning their ultimate vacation, an extra $30 isn't going to break their bank. In fact, offering the park as quasi-exclusive might convince someone to stay at UO vs. all the other hotels/resorts around.

UO is adding a ton of hotel rooms and needs reasons for people to stay in them.

I'm not saying it's a lock they will leave Wet'N'Wild open, but I don't think it's a sure thing at this point with UO trying to grow as a resort.
Last edited by Jew on Fri Feb 20, 2015 3:38 pm.

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

Fri Feb 20, 2015 6:09 pm

I for one could do without another waterpark and would prefer expansion of the theme parks. However in saying that I do feel the Universal Resort needs a good waterpark to add to its property (excluding Wet n Wild)

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

Fri Feb 20, 2015 7:59 pm

Jew wrote:^By that logic, anyone who stays at a deluxe WDW resort would never visit any of Disney's waterparks because they already have a nice pool and water slide on their property. You can't compare a full size water park to a resorts pool. Sure, someone doing Orlando on the cheap might limit their water activities to the pool...but to the people planning their ultimate vacation, an extra $30 isn't going to break their bank. In fact, offering the park as quasi-exclusive might convince someone to stay at UO vs. all the other hotels/resorts around.



We just stayed at Wilderness and Animal Kingdom just a few days ago. We went to Typhoon Lagoon once when we deemed it warm enough(low 70s). You can't compare a well executed water park to even the swankiest resort pool if you love water and water rides. We enjoyed both resorts' pools but they are not Typhoon Lagoon, not by a country mile.

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

Sat Feb 21, 2015 11:32 pm

Yesterday the Universal Orlando Resort hosted Theme Park Review for its annual Mardi Gras media preview featuring great food, fantastic music, a headliner act and lots of fun! This year's event changed it up a little bit with a new order for the parade floats, new performers for the concert lineup and more...
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This year's Mardi Gras sports a huge lineup of performers for all tastes, including some of the biggest names in the music industry.
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But most importantly... Mardi Gras has some amazing food!
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Okay... So the food excites me more than anything. But when you can see the steam flowing off of it, you know it is fresh!
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Quality beignets to be had!
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The year's signature drink is Voodoo Juice, a combination of fruit punch and rum... And we love it!
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There is no shortage of costumed performers at Mardi Gras!
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Photo ops aplenty here!
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Just hanging out with Orlando Attractions Magazine and Big Fat Panda John!
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Give us vuvuzelas and Eric and I will make music... It may be terrible music, but it is music nonetheless.
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As we exited the tasting lounge, we were met by more performers...
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Next up, an authentic New Orleans band paraded us through the park for the guests to see... It was insanely awesome to experience!
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We stopped off at the Mardi Gras French Quarter Courtyard to wrap up the show...
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Live bands perform on this stage during Mardi Gras (the bigger acts like Kelly Clarkson are hosted on the Music Plaza Stage near Hollywood Rip, Ride, Rockit! in the evening) and this stage also hosts the Blues Brothers in the earlier part of the day.
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The King and Queen of Mardi Gras can be found throughout the event.
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The French Quarter Courtyard features some fantastic New Orleans cuisine cooked and served up fresh, right before your eyes!
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A mainstay of the annual events at Universal is the return of the Psychic Readers and Henna Tattoos.
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Such a fun place to walk around!
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The Mardi Gras parade stilt-walkers roam the New York streets before the parade for photo ops with guests.
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Each costume is totally unique...
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Can't get enough of the French Quarter Courtyard!
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The park takes on a vibrant Mardi Gras atmosphere once the sun goes down, with added lighting, decor and music to help set the mood!
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Time for the parade to begin!
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It is always impressive to see just how big the Mardi Gras parade floats really are.
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All of the Universal Mardi Gras parade floats were designed by Kern Studios, the same studio that has produced the floats for the actual New Orleans Mardi Gras since 1932.
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These floats look amazing at night!
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One of my favorites!
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The Dia de Los Muertos float has to be seen in person to truly appreciate it... The levels of detail hidden within it can only be seen up close!
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Another gorgeous float...
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The lighting on this float (added last year) continues to impress a year later.
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Here is another favorite of mine, for a few reasons...
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1. Creepy dolphin.
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2. Universal's tribute to TPR's Elissa... TH ELISSA.


(This one is probably not what I think it is.)
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So much to see!
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The Bourbon Street float has some of the best lighting out of all of the floats in the parade!
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And the giant gator float (three float-lengths long) closes out the parade this year!
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The headliner of the Mardi Gras concert series for the night was Kelly Clarkson, the original American Idol!
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She performed with a sizable band and they rocked the stage!
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Some people wait a lifetime for a moment like this...
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But thanks to Universal Orlando, we didn't have to!
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Special thanks to the Universal Orlando Resort for hosting us at Mardi Gras 2015! We'll definitely be returning for more food, drinks, atmosphere and concerts as the event runs on select nights through April 18th. Be sure to check it out this season while you can!

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

Sun Feb 22, 2015 6:04 am

Floats & food--works for me!

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

Sun Feb 22, 2015 8:27 am

Woah Kelly Clarkson is huge! Is that really her?
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