Vote of the week: What should replace Jaws at Universal Orlando?
Published: December 9, 2011 at 4:00 PM
Last bite's on January 2, 2012, so ride now if you don't want to miss it.
Here are our four top options (IMHO):
Harry Potter's London: The hot Internet rumor. A Google Map analysis shows a straight shot from the Jaws site through Universal's backstage area to the current Harry Potter expansion zone, which will consume the Sindbad theater in Islands of Adventure. Guests could travel from the London-themed Harry Potter zone in USF to the Hogsmeade zone in IOA via "Hogwarts Express" trains that would be fitted with electronic "windows" projecting countryside scenes, freeing Universal from the expensive proposition of razing and theming its backstage areas.
Madagascar: A Crate Adventure: This would bring the family-friendly, high-capacity boat ride from Singapore to the United States, taking advantage of the water infrastructure already in place for the Jaws ride. There'd still have to be signficant flume and show building construction to make this happen.
Skull Island boat ride, with King Kong 360:3D Orlando-area fans have been wanting their own version of the new Kong ever since it opened on the USH Studio Tour last year. At one minute, it's too short to be a stand-alone attraction, but it'd make a great highlight within a Skull Island-themed boat ride, using the Jaws infrastructure.
Transformers: The Ride Like Harry Potter, this wouldn't use any of the Jaws infrastructure, but would keep Orlando from being left out from enjoying Singapore and Hollywood's new toy. Universal Creative's Thierry Coup's ruled this out for Orlando, given its similarity to Spider-Man, but left the door open for popular demand to change Universal's mind.
So, which option would you like to see? And if you've got a write-in candidate, please describe it in the comments.
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