Vote of the week: Anticipation builds at Universal Studios Florida
Written by Robert NilesConstruction cranes are transforming the Universal Studios Florida skyline, as the park's new attractions are beginning to take shape. The cranes went up within the last few days, and you can see photos and updates via the Orlando Sentinel and via Parkscope.
Published: July 14, 2012 at 8:32 AM
For those of you who haven't been following this closely, Universal closed its Jaws ride - and the surrounding Amity land - last January to make way for the Wizarding World of Harry Potter: Diagon Alley, which will feature a Gringotts-themed indoor roller coaster ride, as well as expanded Ollivander's Wand Shop and a Hogwarts Express train connecting the new Harry Potter land with the original over in Universal's Islands of Adventure. (BTW, I love how the Sentinel is calling this "The-Project-That-Must-Not-Be-Named.")
In addition, Universal's torn down the Soundstage 44, the empty building between Mel's and Twister that once housed the Murder, She Wrote and Xena attractions. That's going to be the home of the Orlando version of the Transformers 3D motion-base ride that recently debuted in Hollywood and Singapore.
Universal hasn't announced either of these developments, but we've seen the blueprints of the new Harry Potter land, and the public building permits for the Soundstage 44 replacement are consistent with the size and layout of the Transformers show building, and we've heard from at least two sources in Orlando who tells us that it's Transformers.
So I think we can move beyond speculation at the point and jump straight to anticipation. Let's make that our vote of the week. Which new attraction are you looking forward to most: Harry Potter, or Transformers? (And I'll throw in a couple of other options to cover readers who want another choice.)
Harry Potter. Transformers. Revenge of the Mummy. Despicable Me. The Simpsons Ride. Men in Black. That's a pretty formidable A-list of rides for a theme park, don't ya think? Tell us in the comments what you think about all the work going on at Universal Studios Florida.
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