An update from my previous article
Let’s get this out of the way some of this stuff has no been confirmed yet.....
There have been rumors floating around about in last September Comcast (Which owns Universal) that they have committed to bring a new attractions and renovations at least once per year for years to come (Comcast commits to giving Universal 500 million dollars to bring at least one new attraction a year so), this raises the question what could they spend the money on? It looks like they already started with the first attraction being King Kong.
I have talked about before what will be the next big project will be for Universal after the huge success of Diagon Alley, and so far what the new project seems to be is the highly anticipated Skull Island. When it comes to trying to figure out what the release date for the ride will be sources say it could be in 2016 to go along with the film release, also some interesting details on what the new attraction could be like. (New King Kong attraction to be squeezed between Jurassic Park and Toon Lagoon) Although, this is just a rumor if it is to be true this could be very exciting and something that has never been seen before on any attraction it could also be the largest capacity on any attraction. With that being said this is not the only attraction that Universal is gearing up for several things in the years to come.
If to be true what could be spent with remaining money it looks like their main focus will be to bring more attractions to Universal Orlando rather than to Universal Hollywood given that Orlando has much more capacity than Hollywood does. Could we possibly see an expansion to Marvel Island given the recent reports? (Marvel plans for eight movies by year 2017) If so that could mean huge numbers for Islands of Adventure and Universal Studios, and if it does happen what ride could they add to the Island? Well actually before we get to ahead of ourselves let’s realize that since Disney purchased the rights to Marvel there will be at least for a long time a battle as to see who gets the theme park rights. In the mean time we could still always dream and wonder out of these eight movies coming within the next 3 or so years what could potentially become an attraction.
Some of these things have not been confirmed yet, but it there is potential here. What would you like to see?
Well, the rumors are flying about a Harry Potter themed hotel, a new water park called "Volcano Bay", Fear Factor coming down to put in a Ministry of Magic and a possible expansion in JP in the Triceratops Encounter area. I also heard about Kids Zone area being razed and and all new themed area going in.
NB: You described the phenomena quite aptly. Add one new attraction rumor, a propelled & themed Iron Man coaster on Marvel Island....All of this is amazing. Last year, Universal's head honcho said we will not recognize the resort in 5 years. Doesn't sound like he was bluffing. I'm on my four week countdown to a two week vacation entirely on Universal property. As usual, once I park the car, it stays in the garage, except for a couple of breakfast's at Denny's a couple of blocks away.
Wait a minute. How can there be an Iron Man coaster if the Disney-Marvel deal prohibits any expansion?
I don't believe that is correct. Disney would need to approve, but their decision could not be arbitrary and approval would be nearly automatic unless they could prove that the attraction damaged the character's standing, at least that's what the people from Parkscope that post on OI that sre lawyers are saying. But they can only do the comic book character, not the Downey movie character....(Note: Storm Force was an expansion of the original attraction line up)...But this is just a rumor at this point. Supposedly discussed but not greenlit.
Here's the basic life cycle of a new theme park project:
I agree with you Robert that's why in this post I was trying to emphasis on the "just a rumor part" I didn't want to get anyone's hopes up. I just like hearing people's ideas.
Do you believe any of this could be true?
Comcast better start figuring out what they are going to do to combat Google Fiber.... its coming, and Comcast isn't going to have that $500M a year to spend unless they make some changes. Upping top paying subscribers to 150 megabits isn't enough when Google is delivering 1 gigabit for less money.
James: I believe that the finite future of cable, and the often unfavorable churn rate, was one of the main reasons Comcast started diversifying into other areas. And once they saw the potential of theme parks as a cash cow, well, we all are seeing those favorable results.
What people don't understand is no matter how fast your internet speed is, you are limited by the WiFi hardware in all of your devices or your network card for devices with a dedicated ethernet port.
Diversifying into themeparks isn't going to produce the kind of revenue Comcast needs for 500M a year in new expenditures. They need the film division (Universal) to start making hit movies (BIG hits) and television (NBC) to stop hemoraging viewers. Their cash cow is cable and it is dying a slow but steady death.
Heh guys, we finally got a good discussion going on the forums. So what do you think of the Brooklyn Bums, oops LA Dodgers, chances of winning the NL west? By the way, boo the St. Louis Cardinals..... LOL
NFL preseason has started, forget about baseball, bro!
The other big battle, and a major reason for the purchase of NBC & Universal is the ownership of content. Content is the leverage. And if you have both the content & the delivery system, then you can control the marketplace. And sooner or later there will be some controls over all of the free stuff. Too much money is being lost & the regulators will ultimately come in.
There are many things that I don't post about until they are well along in their life cycle. I could usually do a second and third column per week on just the wild rumors that everyone is buzzing about. I try to stick to the rumors that either A. make a lot of sense B. make someone look foolish or C. rumors that are far enough along that I don't look stupid when they completely change their mind a week later. I have tried to get more in the habit of only just teasing a new idea...but in some cases...like the name of the Carowinds new roller coaster...it is so hard to keep up with the rumors that I swear there is someone at the company changing their mind the second someone on the internet knows what it is...
We must all be getting old. It's a Friday night & we should all be out partying.
Partying? It's after 10! Bedtime!
I just read your comments you guys are crazy
"What people don't understand is no matter how fast your internet speed is, you are limited by the WiFi hardware in all of your devices or your network card for devices with a dedicated ethernet port."
I think you missed the point of this discussion Anon.
Perhaps be thankful one of your topics finally spurred a discussion?
I wasn't trying to be rude anon hope it wasn't taken that way. And court E I am thankful for every thread I write regardless whether it picks up or not.
Rumor in Orlando is that Universal may up the 500 million a year and acquire SeaWorld for just under 4 billion and then spin the Busch Gardens Parks and Sesame Place off.
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