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Re: Universal Orlando Discussion Thread

Postby Moose » Tue Dec 06, 2011 9:25 am

I would hope that they could use the London portion during HHN or even for other nonPotter attractions since it is supposed to be actual London and not some limited Potterised version. Knowing how uptight Rowling has been I doubt that will be the case :(
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Postby snoflake15 » Tue Dec 06, 2011 9:45 am

If its London then does that mean it will always be raining? :devil:

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Re: Universal Orlando Discussion Thread

Postby COASTER FREAK 11 » Tue Dec 06, 2011 9:50 am

They can build a train on the backstage road. The tracks would be like a street car, when the train isn't there, the road operates as normal. Just like a normal train crossing. Our world doesn't come to a stand still when a train crosses a road or we follow a street car down the street, and it wont here either (if this is the route they take).

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Re: Universal Orlando Discussion Thread

Postby Hilltopper39 » Tue Dec 06, 2011 10:03 am

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Just a side thought, I wonder if this expansion happens if they will attempt to use the new section during Halloween Horror Nights. Since IOA is usually closed during HHN you could conceivably transport guests of HHN to IOA where there is a Halloweened out Potter section with some additional Potter HHN Mazes maybe..... who knows.


That would be a big negative. If she will not allow coke products in the existing Potter World, there is no way in hell she is going to allow HHN to use those sections.


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Re: Universal Orlando Discussion Thread

Postby kidcoaster 2 » Tue Dec 06, 2011 10:12 am

COASTER FREAK 11 wrote:They can build a train on the backstage road. The tracks would be like a street car, when the train isn't there, the road operates as normal. Just like a normal train crossing. Our world doesn't come to a stand still when a train crosses a road or we follow a street car down the street, and it wont here either (if this is the route they take).


The problem with that is they would probably need multiple/long trains to keep up with capacity. Best solution would be to raise the track so all the traffic in the back lot can go on undisturbed.

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Re: Universal Orlando Discussion Thread

Postby larrygator » Tue Dec 06, 2011 10:16 am

kidcoaster 2 wrote: Best solution would be to raise the track so all the traffic in the back lot can go on undisturbed.


Or build a overpass, so that the train/streetcar/tram dressed up to look like a train can stay at ground level.
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Re: Universal Orlando Discussion Thread

Postby BeemerBoy » Tue Dec 06, 2011 10:16 am

kidcoaster 2 wrote:The problem with that is they would probably need multiple/long trains to keep up with capacity.

Why? People don't seem to mind waiting hours for a plastic wand. What's another hour or two for the train ride?
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Re: Universal Orlando Discussion Thread

Postby COASTER FREAK 11 » Tue Dec 06, 2011 10:21 am

^Thats possible as well. Though I could only see them doing that is there is enough, constant, back stage traffic to warrant that. And its only about a half mile one direction, I cant think the journey would take that long unless they extended the route to try and make it its own full ride.

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Re: Universal Orlando Discussion Thread

Postby jedimaster1227 » Tue Dec 06, 2011 10:26 am

What's to say that what people see out of their windows sitting on the train isn't what is actually outside of their windows though? Through some very simple display technology, (hypothetical) train riders could be looking at the English countryside while in reality passing by team members passing through the backlot during their breaks.

Creating an immersive experience out of this transport system could actually help mask the backlot pass-thru and increase the "story" aspect of the offering two-fold.
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Re: Universal Orlando Discussion Thread

Postby kenban » Tue Dec 06, 2011 10:30 am

At an event as part of HHN I got to talk to one of the designers of HHN who also works on other projects around the park. As part of our discussion we talked about the limitations which the park is under because of Seuss landing, and the Harry Potter section. Basically they are not allowed to do a thing in either one. Even if the section to themed to London if its Harry Potter at all I can't see how it can be touched by HHN or any other event without permission.

Something else that was interesting we talked about was Strong Arm which became Forbidden Journey. He said that the studio where that work was done was being used by a new ride technology which he said the first we might hear anything about would be 2013.

I have seen several people talk about the land behind Jaws which I assume they are talking about the cleared land you see on Google maps behind jaws, MIB etc. This was sold to a developer maybe 2+ years ago. It has apartments on it now thelandmarkatuniversal.com/ which might place some limitations on what the replacement could be. If anyone here went to HHN they even made a joke about the apartments during the opening of Bill and Ted.

I am really torn on the whole Harry Potter being a possible replacement. I want to see what else Universal can do with Harry Potter. What they have built so far is pretty amazing. But I was pretty set on it being the replacement for the rest lost continent. It just seems odd to put it in both parks. But I have to wonder if JK Rowling would even let them build Diagon alley next to Hogsmeade. That is the one factor I think a lot of people ignore she has to agree to anything Universal builds.

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