Vote of the week: What should replace Jaws at Universal Orlando?
We've been having a great conversation on what will replace Jaws at Universal Studios Florida
. Go take a look at that post if you haven't yet, because we're going to put some of those options up for a vote.
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.
Thank you, again, for reading Theme Park Insider, and have a great weekend!
Harry Potter or something else. All the others are completely unappealing to me.
I'm not big on Kong itself, but the Skull Island boat ride holds some appeal for me.
Ugh, please not Potter! It would be overkill.
Harry Potter London, is a great idea, though I agree that it would be a bit overkill.
Universal, please don't overkill HP. It's a fantastic theme, but don't milk it.
The Lord of the Rings and the hobbit, i believe it will attract all the fantasy crowd that does not like harry potter. kong and transformers are ok too, just
I voted other, because I want Nintendo Studios. Anyways, I've decided I'm probably not renewing my AP because of Universal's stupid moves.
im shocked that 39% want more potter, as i already said i would love LOTR but im willing to take transformers or kong, just no more harry, it seems im in the minority
I'd rather have Transformers, frankly.
To the most recent anonymous comment - this is why I think it interesting to do the votes, and not simply let the consensus be formed by the comments. We often get interesting results like this one.
Why doesn't Universal just transform the rest of The Lost Continent no one cares about into Harry Potter? Sinbad could become a live Harry Potter stunt show, and Poseidon's Fury could become the chamber of secrets.
I chose the king kong boat ride it holds speak to me but I just got a sudden rush of ideas what if kong boat ride would be in JPRA I
The Harry Potter idea is a joke. Even if they were to connect the two lands, what, are they going to just let people from USF into IOA for free or vice versa?
They could easily have some sort of ticket scanner to enter the ride to IOA and back. Just think of how Universals does their fastpass they make everyone get out their tickets for that.
King Kong fighting the Decepticons in London.
...And we have a winner.
If in fact Universal were to connect IOA & USF with some type of Harry Potter attraction, has anybody given any thought to the idea of Universal scrapping their individual park ticket option and just offering one big ticket for both parks, no matter if you want to hop back & forth or not? Of course, this would involve a higher ticket price, but it would certainly eliminate entry issues & ticketing concerns when riding on say... the Hogwarts Express between parks. (How many people really buy a single-park ticket now, anyway?)
Nintendo..... again? I think someone has an obsession. I think the Jaws replacement will use the water in some way. As we all know, they like to re-theme rides.
I think they were a little bit hasty about getting rid of King Kong. I think it could fit with the whole "Adventure Theme" of the Mummy and Disaster.
Hey I just thought of something: It could be the upcomiong Battleship movie. First off, it's by Universal. Second, it's in water (duh!). Also to the record, I am a die-hard Nintendo fan. I'm not a fanboy, but I definatly hate Playstation, as they always steal Nintendo and Microsoft's ideas.
I'm not even gonna comment at how incorrect that comment about Playstation is... each company has their strengths and weaknesses.
how dare you say PS sucks?!?!?!!!!! First off it's not better than xbox but sure is a competator and infamous is exclusive to PS3 ,xbox or wii does not have that and, wii has family games and if they have m games than expect low graphics and boring and horrible, game play but I have to say xbox360 is pretty good well awesome but PS has 3 systems all were great hits but xbox has 2 I'm stopping here i might look really nerdy
And the topic is....
Roger, a Portal ride would be amazing, considering Portal and Portal 2 are my favorite games, but I voted for Transformers just because I'm such a fan, but I don't see it happening.
Alright I voted for Harry Potter/London, and I think the other person has a point. You could tie alot of different movies into London like the classic horror films also you could put a ride/attraction in for Werewolfs in London (aging myself but still) The old horror movies like Frankenstein or Frankenstien (Young Frankenstein). I think it fits in well with the park's theme. They could add the train linking the two parks and in the train station in London have you go into a secret passage 9 1/2 and just leave the rest as London and do something totally different than HP.
I pretty certain that if Universal were to build a London Harry Potter land, it would be contractually prohibited by Warner Bros./JK Rowling from putting any other IP in that land.
Hello Robert, im a new member :) i just found out about this website and im loving it... about the subjet, i believe universal learned something with potter about what an important franchise can do in terms of attendance numbers; also the amity area is too big to just put the transformers ride alone, potter will also stay on IOA; so it is my prediction that we will see a whole area based on another big franchise, i want LOTR (i know its a very long shot), i hope we will find out soon, the suspence is killing me. thanks and sorry if my english is not good (im from Argentina)
I agree that Potter in both IOA and Universal Studios Florida would just be overkill. An interesting ride could be a Scott Pilgrim vs The World attraction. The material in that universe can easily make a thrilling and entertaining ride.
I chose something else because universal needs more horror rides year round i believe they should replace it with sort of a freddy v.s. Jason thing like one half have crystal lake and another have elm street but the main attraction is a ride that combines the two and should be like dueling dragons but not exactly like it...... No potter because we already have it in island of adventure no madagascar we have to many kids rides.....we meed something for the horror fanatics!
I would think King Kong would not be a choice. Didn't they remove the previous version for The Mummy? So this leave another possible boat ride like Madagascar, but I'm not so sure. There's nothing WOW in terms of how audiences will change their perception of Universal Studios.
Hi guys, I thought it was about time I registered. I've been visiting TPI for the last year now and never got round to registering on the site.
I don't know what happened there, but on a side note what's going to happen to Mythos if they retheme the lost continent???
i know i suggested that kong could replace jaws but the rest of amity would also need re-themed. i know this is speculation but i think it will be harry potter london as someone said on the universal facebook page that they heard from two people they know that work in universal that it will be hp london(potter phase 2) whether they are telling truth or not i don't know.
The KIng Kong idea appeals to me. I thought it was a bad move to ditch the original Kong ride.......even though I can't knock The Mummy.
I think Kong would be good. But, I do think that a completely new experience would also be good for Universal Orland, I'm not sure what this could be though.
I love the horror idea with jason and freddy at the helm, but i do not see it happening, if you are going to close something as jaws you have to come out with something bigger, and universal knows this; as much as i love vorghees and krueger i do not believe are big enought. Just to add to the videogame discussion, no nintendo, no PS, give me xbox :)
Please keep Harry Potter and anything and everything that has to do with him at IOA. Universal needs to focus on getting a huge franchise into the USF. I'm thinking Cybertron (Transformers).
The mistery is killing me, i hope they do the right thing this time ( no potter ), i still cant forgive them for back to the future
As a fan of Jason, and..to a far lesser extent...Freddy, something involving those two iconic characters would appeal to me. I may be wrong, but I don't believe Universal has the rights to those properties.
bad news mnbc have rebooted fear factor and made it more intense so fear factor might be updated
oh and mike litlle fan boy to ay
A Hogwarts Express that takes you to Cinderella Castle.
So liking something makes me a "fanboy?" Oh. Wasn't aware of that.
Put in a Pokemon theme park...Cash in on the anime craze.
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