Joshua Counsil

Published: March 20, 2008 at 5:02 PM

Oh, it's a smart move, I won't argue that. Crowd control was probably the first thing on the execs' minds when they designed this. Harry Potter will likely have ridiculous draws.

And it looks sweet, but just as you said, Robert - concept art often fails to deliver. DinoRama looked alright in the concept art, too. And Aquatica looked much sweeter in the concept art than it does in reality.

I just hope the heart is still there.

James Rao

Published: March 20, 2008 at 7:47 PM

Good article, Mr. Niles, and what you wrote makes sense. I just hope USF isn't spreading itself too thin. There are already rumors about cutting back on some of the planned attractions for Harry Potter and making it more of a shopping/exhibit type area. And like everyone else fears, who really knows what this new coaster will end up actually being when complete?

Having said that, the announcement is excellent news, and my planned return to Orlando in May of 2010 is looking better all the time: Harry Potter, Rockit, Toy Story Mania, and a refurbed/re-engineered Space Mountain....just for starters!

Saving all my pennies for the trip!! =)

Eric Malone

Published: March 21, 2008 at 12:31 AM

Great article, but personally, I think the bigger draw to the area will be the new Harry Potter stuff. I love Universal's new coaster idea, but I'm far more excited about the Harry Potter area in IOA.

Might be because I've read all the books, but hey. I started when I was fairly young.

Anyway, the new coaster will bring roller coaster enthusiasts from near and far (including me), but as great as the roller coaster enthusiasts group is, I have a hard time believing they'll meet and beat the number of people the new Harry Potter island will inevitably pull.

Mike Duchock

Published: March 21, 2008 at 6:34 AM

Robert, I completely agree with your points about the new coaster but also I think that this is a major departure from the theme of "Ride the Movies" at Universal Studios. Every other major attraction at the park involves a major movie property (Men in Black, Terminator, The Mummy, etc) or the filming of a made-up movie (Disaster). HRRR has no discernable movie connection besides having "Hollywood" arbitrarily added to its name. I greatly applaud Universal’s efforts to create the next generation thrill ride that will appeal to the younger demo who craves interactivity and an outlet for creative expression. On the other hand it seems that the new coaster will not have much themeing or tell a story at all.
Gareth H

Published: March 21, 2008 at 7:40 AM

Well its also showing the retreat from "Filming" in the park that was one of the reasons for opening there in the first place. Shame, but there will always be night time commercials.

Still, will be nice to have another coaster there, good forme, not for the wife!!

Marc Ricketts

Published: March 21, 2008 at 8:47 AM

I have nothing but positive feelings for this. I also feel it fits with the idea of riding the movies since one gets to make their own movie of themselves on the ride. I can certainly see the possibilities of technical problems arising, like any other complex new technology, but, other that that possibility, sounds a winner!
Ted Heumann

Published: March 21, 2008 at 9:40 AM

I completely agree. I also am saddened that it doesn't have more theming.
But in point number 1, you forgot about, "we can now promote someones music on our attraction for a small fee".
Chris Wilkes

Published: March 21, 2008 at 10:09 AM

I think the whole idea of the whole ride being constantly filmed from different angles and allowing the riders to then edit their own MOVIE of their time on the ride is exactly what makes this ride much closer to a good fit than it's sister ride at USJ.
I like the reversal.
Not "Ride The Movies".
But certainly "Movie-ing The Ride".
Iris Hernandez

Published: March 21, 2008 at 2:48 PM

Wow, loved this article. I was already totally siked about this new coaster and bring the crowd control issue in and it makes me even happier. I also thought the placement of it was a good idea. Best advertisement ever for the park. Personally the news of the new coaster had me more excited than Harry Potter could ever get me. I just LOVE rollercoasters. GO Rockit!!!! Cant wait to make my own on-ride video.
Chris Walton

Published: March 23, 2008 at 11:52 AM

I personally feel that an outdoor roller coaster would be out of its element at USF, that's what IOA is for. It would truely take away from the park's credibility as a working movie and television studio.