Flying Unicorn, Enchanted Oak close at IOA
Construction continues on the Wizarding World of Harry Potter
at Universal's Islands of Adventure. And, as a result, the construction perimeter around the new Hogwarts Castle/Hogsmeade area has expanded to include the Flying Unicorn
Vekoma Junior Coaster and the Enchanted Oak Restaurant
Both locations are closed, though I do not know at this point if those closures are permanent, or if those facilities will be rethemed to become part of the Harry Potter land.
Looking from the Flyring Unicorn toward Jurassic Park
Looking west from the Flying Unicorn exit
A new walkway is open to Jurassic Park, bypassing this corner of Lost Continent, though a spur route is open, which dead-ends at the Dueling Dragons coasters.
We suspected that Flying Unicorn's days were numbered when we visited Orlando last month, so Natalie was sure to get a last ride on her favorite attraction. Then she blew her spending money on a stuffed unicorn afterward.
While the loss of The flying Unicorn wont be a major loss, it still was a ride the whole family could enjoy and reduces the options for the shorter crowd.
I thought the Flying Unicorn was an excellent youth coaster and would hate to see it go by the wayside. Maybe they can re-theme it and either keep it as part of HP Land or move it into the Dr. Seuss area where it should have been in the first place. Or, they can move it to Studios and tear down some (or all) of Fievel's Playland? It would be a nice compliment to the Woody Woodpecker Vekoma youth coaster. The Flying Unicorn does not have a huge footprint, so there should be room somewhere. I would just hate to see it go to waste. My under 54" kids loved that coaster.
I'll miss the Enchanted Oak when I go back. That was my favorite restaurant in the park. The bummer for me is this...I couldn't care less about Harry Potter. I just really don't care. I want a giant turkey leg with corn on the cob, ribs, cornbread, and potatoes. I still haven't forgotten how good that meal was.
This is sad! I actually liked the Enchanted Oak. Nice theming and a Bar!!!
Wow...I am so glad I got on it 3 days ago with my daugther. She's only 3 years old and she absolutely loved that coaster. I'm sad to see it go for now and I they will bring it back.
This is a massive project. As much as I hate to see Flying Unicorn closed, I'm glad that Universal's doing a real rebuild job here, and not simply slapping new signs around the area. (Was "Lost Continent"... now "Harry Potter's Lost Continent!" Ugh.)
A little off topic, but has anybody ever had "good" mac and cheese at any restaurant? I went about 0 for 5 at some respectable sit down restaurants and just stopped ordering it.
Hard Rock Cafe - Citywalk (but I think you can get it any any of their establishments):
I recall reading some time back that the theming at one of the IOA restaurants was one of the reasons JKR felt Universal would do HP justice. I think it was the Enchanted Oak, though it may have been Mythos. I wouldn't be at all surprised if it's just being incorporated into the HP island. Rumours have been floating around for months that Flying Unicorn and Dueling Dragons will be redone. Favorite speculations are Hippogriff (sp) for the former, and quidditch for the latter. Universal is being really tight lipped though, so it's all speculation at this point.
I wonder if they will reassemble the Enchanted Oak, with a few modifications to make it the Whomping Willow? Seems like that would be a good use of the tree.
In my interview with Steve Jayson, he mentioned one restaurant. Given the number of dining locations mentioned in the books (the Great Hall, Hogsmead), I wouldn't think that they would choose a setting unrelated to dining in the books, such as the Willow, for the restaurant.
Does this mean the Alchemy Bar is closing too??!!! Ohhhh Noooooooo....Favorite watering hole and great food in the Enchanted oak..went Fri, but missed IOA due to the Mummy hype going (Brendan Frasier) at Uni..Now I am bummed
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