Eric S

Published: March 12, 2013 at 5:02 AM

I really wish that Universal Creative would use their obviously fantastic creative talents instead of hitting copy paste with every attraction that's a success.
Russell Meyer
Writer

Published: March 12, 2013 at 7:44 AM

I'm curious if they're planning on using a different ride system. The one used in Orlando is over 20 years old, dating back to when the ride was the Funtastic World of Hanna-Barbara when USF opened in 1990.
Robert Niles
Editor

Published: March 12, 2013 at 8:00 AM

Strong point, Russell. Remember, Universal's starting from scratch in Hollywood, where Minion Mayhem's replacing T2: 3D. There's no simulator tech in there now, just a 4D theater. I doubt Universal would downgrade MM to a 4D show, and who knows what damage that fire a few months ago really did to the building?
92.237.20.57

Published: March 12, 2013 at 8:42 AM

And so Universals demise into the realm of simulator only continues - Once proud to announce "Ride the Movies!" its now a case of "Simulate the movies!". Rapidly losing its appeal Universal, and were it not for the fact I had 2 weeks free passes x 2 included in my holiday price last year I doubt i would have gone again. Love Universal, but its so sad how its going down the pan with its overkill of another studios film, Harry Plopper everywhere (and this comes from a brit!). When you see classic rides like Kongfrontation replaced with The Mummy (ok but its no Kongfrontation), BTTF being reskinned and turned into the simpsons ride - where the print of the ride already looks dated and faded and the ever boring Fear Factor (replaced with the even duller Bill & Ted at Halloween - which even the Americans sat around us didnt get and thought was pants!). Just hate to see it losing its way so badly
Russell Meyer
Writer

Published: March 12, 2013 at 12:27 PM

While you might think Universal is losing its way, their attendance and revenue numbers would say otherwise. With the HP expansion to Universal Orlando likely to open in 2014, both parks could potentially crack the top 5 in attendance. You might not like it, but the masses sure do. 8-hour lines around the park just to get into the Wizarding World is all the evidence necesary to demonstrate Universal's recent success.
Jay R.

Published: March 12, 2013 at 1:36 PM

I always thought it would be ready for summer 2013 (based on how fast Universal worked to get Transformers ready for USO for the summer....I assumed they would do the same here)

But I could see there being some upgrades or slight differences if it's scheduled for next year.

Either way, glad USH is getting new attractions!

Manny Barron

Published: March 12, 2013 at 4:16 PM

About time they confirmed the ride. Hmm....2014, I was hoping for at least this fall but whatever hopefully the wait will be worth it. Plus its only natural following Universal Studios Hollywood's new attraction every two years model:

2008: The Simpsons Ride
2010: King Kong 360:3-D
2012: Transformers
2014: Despicable Me
2016: Harry Potter

This ride will be a great new addition to the park. It will be fun to experience this attraction when it opens next year.

Robert Niles
Editor

Published: March 13, 2013 at 8:48 AM

Nice observation, Manny.

Though I still do wonder about that fire, and if that set back the schedule at all.