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P. 1436: Hagrid's Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure news
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Postby hydra » Thu Oct 30, 2008 5:30 am

My question is: How are they going to keep the Jurassic Park atmosphere with that huge castle on the other side of the trees?

Do you think it will somehow be blended in?

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Postby window » Thu Oct 30, 2008 5:38 am

I'm a little bit confused by the pictures? Are they tearing down the whole DD castle that you would previously queue up through? It's a damn shame if they are!

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Update 10/29/08

Postby jedimaster1227 » Thu Oct 30, 2008 5:44 am

Today I've got some construction photos of the latest progress going on with Universal Orlando's newest coaster, Hollywood Rip, Ride, Rockit!

I'll be back later today with an update from the construction site of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, so stay tuned!
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The construction walls for the coaster have expanded to the entrance plaza of The Blue Man Group Sharp Aquos Theatre.
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The entrance to the park from the former Studio 18 has been narrowed heavily.
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Work and construction markings are to be found throughout the area.
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The outside queue for Twister: Ride it Out! has been mostly razed with little aside from the above structure remaining.
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Halloween Horror Nights guests queuing for Interstellar Terror or Body Collectors get an up-close view of the construction going on within the former boneyard.
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Construction trailers are littered throughout the construction zones...
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The area of work is extremely large, giving a real perspective as to how much space the coaster will take up.
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Dirt lovers prepare...
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Concrete and all that was before has been torn up so that new pipes and electrical wires can be put down.
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A large trench has been dug out in the center of the construction work.
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Some interesting work going on within the dirt.
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Postby gerd.muller » Thu Oct 30, 2008 6:21 am

window wrote:I'm a little bit confused by the pictures? Are they tearing down the whole DD castle that you would previously queue up through? It's a damn shame if they are!


i hope they leave the DD-castle the way it is is, in my opinion it´s the most awsome queue for a ride ever build! there are lot of themeparks that even haven´t themed their walk-troughs so heavily!

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Postby justint87 » Thu Oct 30, 2008 7:07 am

Thanks for the update... just when I wanted one, I got one. Thanks again.

Great to see work progressing especially a lot of ground work. Can't wait until they start vertical construction, some of the footers been on site for quite a while now.

Anybody have a rough estimate like what month HRRR might open besides the given "Spring 2009"?

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Postby Wes » Thu Oct 30, 2008 8:55 am

The castle is staying, but the theming inside may change a little bit.

The destruction you are seeing is all of the stuff outside the the attraction, the main walkway area around DD.

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Postby borisdag » Thu Oct 30, 2008 9:18 am

This is all terribly exciting! Need to see the inside...need to see the inside...

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Postby hipbrianhop » Thu Oct 30, 2008 10:24 am

I can't wait to see more of this. I hope the theming will beat all other themings in other parks.
It's a bit sad though that the nice entrance of Dueling Dragons had to go.
But about the construction, isn't the building below not Hagrids Hut? I'm very confused :lmao:
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Postby gotdane » Thu Oct 30, 2008 11:21 am

The area is really in a sad state right now. And like hydra brought up, it will be VERY interesting to see how they cover up the show building from the Jurrasic Park area. It was all very much in the open when I was there a couple weeks ago.

Hopefully they're replacing the former beautiful area with a better looking area. I'm a fan of the Harry Potter books and movies and am looking forward to this, but it was kind of depressing to see what used to be a beautiful original land all torn up.

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Postby jedimaster1227 » Thu Oct 30, 2008 11:56 am

hipbrianhop wrote:I can't wait to see more of this. I hope the theming will beat all other themings in other parks.
It's a bit sad though that the nice entrance of Dueling Dragons had to go.
But about the construction, isn't the building below not Hagrids Hut? I'm very confused :lmao:


The circled item is not a building, but a smaller support or footer, from what I believe was a former structure within the demolished area around the Enchanted Oak Tavern. Hagrid's Hut has yet to be built within visible sight, so there isn't anything to look for just yet. Much of the visible work is taking place near the former entrance of Dueling Dragons. The new entrance itself is covered heavily in trees and greenery to help detract attention from the ongoing demolition and construction work.

I've got some photos to post in addition to the ones Brian posted which should expand on what has been shown so far. Those should be up very soon!
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