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Fri Nov 21, 2008 10:19 am

Shame... we went a couple of days ago and it seemed to be working fine, but if they're planning on eventually removing it I don't know what good that will do the attraction. The Vortex was one of the main icons of that ride, IMO. And it's always really cool to walk through it.


Update 11/25/08

Tue Nov 25, 2008 8:01 pm

Hello everyone! Its time once again for an update regarding The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, which is set to open between 2009 and 2010.

Not much seems to be going on with the site right now, with much of the work taking place within the "big box." Much of the cranes and demolition vehicles have left the site leaving room for work to begun on new construction and development of the new land.
Not much has changed here...
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The Flying Unicorn sits dormant waiting for its inevitable retheme.
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Most of the "big box" has received a slab to cover its brick walls, likely in preparation for an additional, themed layer to be added soon.
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Though very difficult to see here, catwalks seem to be filling the "big box" on multiple levels.
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This attraction is still a mystery, but something tells me it will really push the limits of Universal Creative's work to a new level...
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Tue Nov 25, 2008 8:05 pm

Construction update!
Demolition has ended!
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They've covered up a lot of the cinder blocks already. Also, no scaffolding.
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To me this looks like that's a catwalk near ground level. Is this a sign of some of Harry Potter being underground?
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The left thing one is where the catwalk is.
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Stupid auto focus...
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Update 11/25/08

Tue Nov 25, 2008 8:39 pm

It is time for another large update regarding Hollywood Rip, Ride, Rockit! at Universal Orlando! This week, we bring photos of the expanded construction that has begun since the end of Halloween Horror Nights with much vertical expansion having begun as well as a few surprising aspects to the project that have started preparation...
Some supports have shown up on the side of the construction zone for Rip, Ride, Rockit near the Guggenheim Museum.
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Rockit's construction has forced guests to use parts of the extended queue for Twister: Ride it Out!
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This is new!
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Something looks different here...
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For some reason, I feel like these are pieces of the temporary (or permanent) stage to be assembled soon...
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We can safely assume that this will be where Rockit busts through the building as shown in the layout charts.
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Save any Adam+hole jokes for later.
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An artsy shot...
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On the other side of Twister, the midway's side of the construction zone has quickly started vertical construction.
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See what I mean?
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"Don't you know? This is that new fangled Fast and Furious coaster they're building... I read about it on wikipedia!"
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Things seem to have changed since October.
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Any idea what this will be?
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Time for some more piping/wiring to be layed down...
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Dirt fanatics, I wish you a Happy Thanksgiving!
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This is a new poster. Nothing that significant, but it is relevant.
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Work extends all the way over towards the Sharp Aquos Theater.
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More vertical work can be seen from this side of the park.
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The lone worker spends hours to build us a new coaster. You keep it up Mr. Doe!
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This area hasn't really been ravaged like the midway has...
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"And we had just finished landscaping this entryway..."
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An excavator is digging below grade--for what, we are not yet sure.
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Again, somewhat artsy.
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This side of the BMG entryway is full of dirt...
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And there is plenty more to be had!
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An overview of the work taking place on the BMG entryway.
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Tue Nov 25, 2008 8:39 pm

And here's my Cliffsnotes version of Adam's update.
Looks like we found the stage framing in the most secretive place: right in front of us.
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RRR will be coming through this.
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Gotta see where you're goin'.
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Drill, baby, drill! (Don't kill me)
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Station (maybe)
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No clue what this is.
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Dirt sure is fun. Thanks, folks.
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Wed Nov 26, 2008 1:05 am

Thanks for the update!
Can't wait to see some coaster track going up!

Wed Nov 26, 2008 2:42 am

wow :omg: can't wait for my trip to florida :b i'm going to be in harry potter land

Wed Nov 26, 2008 2:46 am

Cool update :) and it's a lot of DIRT :lmao: can't wait to see track.
it is cool they have started building vertical :b

Wed Nov 26, 2008 2:51 am

that non loop looks really cool specially the support for it

Wed Nov 26, 2008 4:37 am


It's going to be part of a new permanent stage for special events in the Boneyard. Expect it to be used at all sorts of special events ranging from Rock The Universe to Mardi Gras.
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