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Published: November 29, 2013 at 5:55 PM

Very small park by comparison to Orlando combined with lots of construction walls and visible cranes.... wow.

The former building at Transformers in USO had the first section torn away while we were there and by the time we visited a year later, it had already been opened and in full swing.

I think seeing all that Transformers construction along with the HP London area and the cranes at IOA for the new station would have irked me a bit.

I guess it is good that they are doing a lot at once, but it shrinks the apparent size of the park by a huge factor, especially at USH.

M. Ryan Traylor

Published: November 29, 2013 at 8:22 PM

One of the best things to come out of this construction was how they handled Horror Nights 2013. In 2013 mazes were located near T2:3D and Shrek. However with the construction walls up and not wanting to reduce the number of mazes, where should they go?

USH finally used the backlot properly. Mazes were built on the backlot space. Guests had to walk down a path behind soundstages near Transformers, take a short tram ride down Jimmy Stewart Way and then embark on walking through a scare zone setup in the backlot.

While I'm looking forward very much to these new additions to USH, I hope the park continues to use this backlot space for future HHN.

Mike Gallagher

Published: November 30, 2013 at 5:12 AM

I had my first Pink's Dog at Cedar Point this summer, and it was quite tasty. I got the one topped with onion rings as described here. That onion rings were outstanding, but it was not called the "Engagement Ring Dog." Must be a California thing...:)
O T

Published: December 1, 2013 at 2:36 AM

I'm glad the east coast also get's it's version of Harry Potter. Not everyone is able to travel and in a short time they will be able to ride an amazing attraction and loose themselves in a beautiful themed environment.
I'm glad Universal is working that much quicker then Disney because all the construction would be unbearable for many, many years ("new fantasyland").
Robert Niles
Editor

Published: December 1, 2013 at 12:55 PM

Mike,

At the original Pinks, that dog is called "The Lord of the Rings" dog. However, there's a little rights issue with using that name in a theme park. I should have mentioned that!