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Postby Lenaapple1974 » Wed Mar 11, 2009 6:21 pm

Yeah, that structure (or structures...) seem massive! I have never seen so much of it. I am so impatient. I cannot wait to see this complete. I am very upset that I am not scheduled to be in the Orlando area for this opening. I may have to just plan an excursion just for HP.

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Postby Erik Johnson » Wed Mar 11, 2009 7:17 pm

To me that really does look like that loop is slighly inverted on the way up. I had really low expectations of this ride before construction, but now I am really looking foward to it.
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Postby silvercrew1 » Wed Mar 11, 2009 7:49 pm

wow! Look at all of those sexy turns and humps!
Looking greater everyday!

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Postby CoasterEricHP » Wed Mar 11, 2009 10:30 pm

That thing is HUGE!!

The crazy thing is it's probably not quite at the halfway point! It's kind of hard to judge by the pictures but the final height is 190 feet!

So Hogwarts will tower over Cinderella's castle.. and be roughly the same height as the Tower of Terror and Everest. That's insane!

It looks like Hogwarts is actually set up on a "hill" or something.. so I have to think that the current "box" is actually going to be "underground" maybe? I wish Virtual Earth or Google Earth would update the IOA map so we could see an aerial view of the whole construction zone!

Thanks for the pictures!

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Postby King_K. » Wed Mar 11, 2009 10:44 pm

Here's a few shot I found of the construction area.

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Update 3/12/09

Postby jedimaster1227 » Thu Mar 12, 2009 8:09 pm

It seems that a few poeple already posted similar shots to what I saw today, but I'll go ahead and post the few Wizarding World photos I've got from my visit. While work continues on the "Harry Potter Box," very little has been done to the former Dueling Dragons entrance/Enchanted Oak Tavern area. I'm still surprised how delayed their work has been on this area and am curious to see how quickly work will be completed once it begins.
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There is another new extension to "The Box."
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And the other side continues to receive additional work...
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So little to see...
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The Flying Unicorn remains virtually untouched as well.
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Can anyone guess what this will be?
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Update 3/12/09

Postby jedimaster1227 » Thu Mar 12, 2009 8:46 pm

Today's visit to Universal was extremely unique for me because I was able to see Rip, Ride, Rockit actively being pieced together (as you will see below). With the colossal non-inverting loop now complete, all that remains is the installation of the lift and first drop track as well as the final track leading into the station (with the station track to be installed as well).

Having seen the lift pieces sitting on the storage lot for nearly two weeks, it has been an exciting time in the ride's construction phase--this ride looks like it will be fantastic.

Here is a quick slideshow/gif of the placement of a piece of track during today's construction:

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It wouldn't be a Universal update from me if there wasn't a mention of Blue Man Group somewhere along the line...
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Universal wanted a coaster that people could see from all around Citywalk. They got it.
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What's wrong with this picture?
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This reminds me somewhat of the B&M "tilt loop" from Rollercoaster Tycoon 3.
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Rockit is truly massive!
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I'm not sure why this guy was aiming a saw at the ground...
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You can see the outline of a stairway beginning to take shape.
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The ride's station has received a new red coat of paint to match the ride's own color scheme.
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I'm excited about this element already!
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Just to give you an idea of how much this ride flies over the guest areas...
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This lonely piece of track waits for the installation of its partner...
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The station continues to take shape as work goes on.
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Will these be lighted stairs?
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Here's a brake shot for the enthusiasts.
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This wasn't intentional, but I definitely like the sun shot (its becoming a traditional shot for me).
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A view from the ground of the Citywalk-side fly-over.
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I guess I got here at the right time, as this piece of track was ready for install.
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Down we go!
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"Better, closer, warmer..."
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Workers get in place to guide the track into position.
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This is no easy task.
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This stylish Hollywood banner/picture adorns the side of the studio buildings that nestle the Hollywood Bowl.
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Isn't she a beauty?
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I was once worried that the non-inverting loop was purely a gimmick, but I believe now that I was mistaken. This could be a very interesting portion of the ride to experience.
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A closer look at this twisted element.
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While the lift remains under construction Universal should temporarily repurpose it. Upcharge bungee jump anyone?
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Double fail!
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The reach envelopes show that there is still some work to be done on this fly-thru.
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The new coaster can be seen from anywhere in the park...
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By the time I left the Studios, the piece of track had not been installed.
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I look forward to seeing you soon!
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One last Rockit shot as I leave the park...
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Postby themeparkman25 » Thu Mar 12, 2009 8:54 pm

The loop has to be one of the coolest looking things ever! Its absolutely huge! At what point does the spine change from the regular (smaller) circle into the ovular one and then again into the large circle?

Great update!!

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Postby justint87 » Thu Mar 12, 2009 9:02 pm

Wow.. great pictures! I'm really looking forward to this ride and can't wait to try out that non-inverting loop. Its looks like a lot of fun and I can only imagine right now the view we would get from atop of Rockit.

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Postby vacoaster » Thu Mar 12, 2009 9:39 pm

Why isn't the piece of track attached to the support in the picture with the "what is wrong in this picture" caption

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