Universal finally announces... an announcement
Published: October 22, 2012 at 10:23 AM
Months after construction began on not one, but two major new developments at Universal Studios Florida, Universal finally has confirmed that it will... announce something.
They haven't told us what it is yet, but the announcement's coming on November 1 at 7:30 pm ET. The evening's an unusual time for press announcements, but Universal's shown that it doesn't care for playing by the book on these sorts of things. Theme park standard operating procedure typically calls for making an announcement, then starting construction. Given the progress Universal's made on its projects without saying a thing about them, I was beginning to wonder if Universal Orlando's PR staff had been pressed into work on the construction sites, leaving them no time to actually send out press releases.
Of course, we already know what the two big developments at Universal Studios Florida will be. Theme Park Insider readers last December got the Web's first look at the plans for the Gringotts coaster in the new "Diagon Alley" Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios Florida. And in June, we broke the news about Transformers: The Ride coming to USF.
Then again, given the way that Universal's coyly denied confirming anything about these two projects, it's possible that the Nov. 1 event will announce something entirely different. Nothing Universal Orlando does anymore surprises me. All I know is that some people at Universal wouldn't mind at all if their little announcement on Nov. 1 made people forget about that new Fantasyland thingie down the street for a while....