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New ride rumours for USF and IOA

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Published: March 23, 2007 at 8:24 AM

Latest rumours from Universal Orlando:

Back to the Future, as we all know, will close March 30th. It seems that it won't be on the high Priority to replace just yet.
Why? Seems they are still trying to confuse everyone over the whole "Simpsons" thing.

Battlestar Galatica is now a definate no-no so all it leaves is the Simpsons Rumour or the new "Back to the Future." Time will tell.

BUT, it seems high on the Priority list is a new ride next door at Islands of Adventure. As mentioned many months ago it has been mentioned to bee by a park employee (Who works within the maintenance dept. in Jurassic Park) that track is already being laid for a new coaster where the Robotic Dinosaur interaction area used to be.

It could be that this ride, if confirmed, may be open later this year, or next spring at the latest.

This would be a much needed addition to IOA as no new ride (With the exception of the Seuss Trolley) nhas been instaled in many years.

Universal, of course, had Revenge of the Mummy installed just 3 years ago.

Watch this space for updates!

Readers' Opinions

From Anthony Murphy on March 23, 2007 at 4:48 PM
Well its about time IOA gets a big ride! The trolly thing, while fitting for the area, doesn't appear to do much!

A rollercoaster, huh? Personally, I do not think IOA needs another roller coaster at the moment, but it sounds promising. I am assuming this will be indoors. I hope it won't be like Everest, but it would be exciting to see a new dino. Universal can now push the envelope and make the dino better than the Yeti! That would be awesome!


But it sounds like a good idea for IOA. I also want Back to the Future Back (renovated of course). I just don't think Universal should get iid of a classic.

From Eric Malone on March 23, 2007 at 7:36 PM
Let 'em make a coaster, I say. That just means I'll get on the Hulk faster! Also, I'd love to see them renovate Back to the Future. I'm not too huge on the whole Fast and Furious thing.. so why not make a new movie for Back to the Future, recreate the technology to be 'up-to-date', and show you've put some effort into it?

Last time I went there, the place wasn't looking all that hot and the ride was showing its age. I'm glad they're going to finally shut it down, but I hope they replace Back to the Future, if they don't reimagine the ride, with something worth putting in its place.

From Erik Yates on March 24, 2007 at 4:26 AM
I have a feeling that if the new ghostbusters movie gets made and it does well....its going to be all CGI, that you will see a BTTF movie being made. For the BTTF tribute we talked to the editor of Bttf.com and he says the main reason for no new movie is because of Michael J. Fox. They dont want to do one without him, and they cant do one with him because of his disease. So a CGI BTTF would be perfect.If ghostbusters does well. After all, Bob Zemekis...the director of bttf is into all that motion capture stuff with Polar Express, Monster House and now Beowulf.
As far as the new ride, who can tell. That is still one thing that Universal does wrong...they keep you guessing instead of telling you what its going to be and hiding the details.
From Chris Walton on March 24, 2007 at 11:26 AM
CGI is a horrible idea. It will ruin the Ghostbusters franchise (thank Bill Murray for that). I won't even be able to associate it with the original two films. I haven't seen the TMNT movie, but seeing as how the turtle characters were already somewhat animated (even in the live-action films), I think it will be more accepted than the Ghostbusters would be. I would strongly oppose a BTTF CGI film.
From Erik Yates on March 25, 2007 at 3:29 PM
Having just seen TMNT...the new CGI movie, the possibilities would be endless for a bttf CGI movie. It could invigorate the franchise. Same for GB3.
From Chris Walton on March 25, 2007 at 6:04 PM
I highly doubt it.
From Eric Malone on March 26, 2007 at 11:44 AM
Stranger things have happened.
From Iris Hernandez on March 26, 2007 at 12:27 PM
I just want to know why are they always so secretive when announcing new rides? Its like they dont want any public rejections until the ride is being constructed and then its too late to change it. You'd think that they would welcome public opinion about new ride possibilities...after all, we are the ones that pay high prices just to get into the park in the first place.

IOA is in desperate need for a new ride though. A rollercoaster...i dont know about that...do they even have the space for something of that magnitude? I dont think they need another water ride, Dudley's and Popeye's both hand out a good soaking. Not to mention they have jurassic park river ride too. I dont what they could put in, but i hope its good.

USF, obviously replacing bttf, most likely with the simpsons. I have seen the yellow painted test strips they are using inside the bttf building, which fortifies the simpsons rumor. They could replace twister, dummest attraction i've been to recently(other than jaws). They can replace jaws too, which breaks down ALL the time. I just hope kicking bttf to the curb doesnt turn around and bite them in the butt, cause i will be laughing my booty off.

From Jaivion Williams on March 29, 2007 at 3:36 PM
renventing bttf would be a perfect idea it'll give it a better look.

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