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Universal Studios Hollywood: Write what you think about Universal Studios Hollywood, what new attractions they should build...

From Josh Rexvani
Posted February 25, 2006 at 11:21 PM
Universal Studios need new attractions. Share your ideas of what you think about.

Let's review

Van Helsing: What is this? 3/10

Waterworld: God of all shows. 10/10

Terminator 2:3D: The Best out of the Best! 8/10

Back to the Future: Amazing. 8/10

Fear Factor: Need New Stunts. More Exciting. Where are the funny hosts? 4/10

Nickeldeon Blast!: Good For Summer. 6/10

Shrek 4D: Speechless. 9/10

Studio Tour: 1 Hour...Worth it. 10/10

Jurassic Park: Amazing Ride! 9/10

Revenge of the Mummy: Ride it 2 Times. Thank god! 8/10

Special Effects: Thank you. Still make me laugh! 8/10

Backdraft: W.E. 6/10


Comments in chronological order. Most recent at the bottom. Scroll down to respond.

From Josh Rexvani
Posted February 25, 2006 at 11:15 PM
This is what Universal can only do.

Fast and the Furious in Studio Tour

King Kong in Special Effects.

Wow amazing!

From Ryan Milanio
Posted February 27, 2006 at 12:08 AM
I'm finally back to Theme Park Insider. I have some improvement ideas. The Studio Tour is the best of all. The tour guide should carry a rifle with him/her. A rifle like Terminator 2:3D It would help make if effective against King Kong and Jaws. In Orlando, the tour guide uses a rifle for Jaws the Ride. May be they should get the tour guide more interactive.

Fear Factor needs more space for stunts like Orlando does. They should use the Wild Wild West stuntshow set. I'll add more when I get more ideas.

From Jason Lester
Posted February 27, 2006 at 4:30 PM
A while back I participated in a thread with the same subject matter and fought for a stay of execution involving Back to the Future. I have since changed my mind. Its no dated and a bit of a rough, jarring ride. Now I'm not saying that can't be a good thing, but in this case it isn't. The BTTF building is large enough for a significant dark ride, possibly a small, wild mouse type coaster. Now wouldn't that be better then the retro BTTF?

Also, the Waterworld show is old and has been seen by most people. Its a very common thing to see 1/3 or 1/2 filled stadiums, during a show which used to fill completely up. The space could be used for a new show, maybe instead of a Fast and Furious ride there could be a show along the lines of Disney's Lights, Motors, Action Show. Maybe even the long awaited Spiderman counterpart for California. Out with the old in with the new!

From Gabriel Perez
Posted February 27, 2006 at 7:42 PM
I don't kno if u ask me its dumb that neither disney or universal has struck a deal with warners bros to have harry poter or matirx attractions these are two great franchises and you can take it into many directions.I think u would most likely see da matirx atrraction at universal sinse the movie is rated R its bad for Disney but universal shoudl make a deal man (thats is if makers want the ride to be made)Harry potter man pefect to get younger kids in the park make a deal !!!They done deals with movies like the terminator shrek men in black why not those two. What about making deals with The lord of the ring franchise if it can be done . also take back to the future off and put FAST AND THE FURIOUS thats what the people want so please give it to us lol.I don't kno thats what i think also the Van helsing i think they could take that into many directions too.Hopefully some of these rides would go to My park in orlando cause twister sucks bttf sucks and dey got more room for other rides or attractions so DO IT!!! I know it takes time but hopefully one day it can hapen.

From Gareth H
Posted February 28, 2006 at 8:52 AM
Harry Potter, oh no. I can see it now, a mix of ET and the Superman ride.. Interesting!!

From Josh Rexvani
Posted February 28, 2006 at 5:44 PM
Ok, Harry Potter, Superman, and the Matrix are all Warner Brothers. We need Universal, Marvel Super heroes, or anything that are Universal.

Waterworld is the king of all shows. At Google Earth, the size could fit into a "The Amazing Adventures of Spiderman Ride" or to a "Fast and the Furious Ride"

Back to the Future is a classic. I don't believe it should retire out of the Universal Studios Hollywood attractions. However, Jason your right, it gotta go.

BTW, You know how there are cities or themed lands in Disneyland or Knotts? ex. Adventureland, The Wild West.

Well, Where Van Helsing and Waterworld and The Blue's Brothers are...it should go as a New York Themed City. Where Terminator is, it should be a London Theme City. Where Back to the Future, Studio Tour, and Fear Factor is, that should be a Production Central. And where Nickeldeon and Shrek is...it should be Universal KidZone.

Fear Factor Live!

1st Stunt: Chocolate Eating Bugs (Audience x.3)
PRIZE: Green Pass (Cut Lines)
• Back to the Future
• Jurassic Park
• Waterworld: A Live Sea Spectacular
• Animal Planet Live!
• Fast and the Furious- The Ride
• King Kong: The 8th Wonder of the World
• Revenge of the Mummy- The Ride

2nd Stunt: Hurricane of Fear
• Hold on to a bar
• Winds/Water/Fire Bursts you
• Whoever falls loses
• The First two people who fall lose the stunt.

3rd Stunt: Death Chamber (Audience x.5)
• You will be inside a box
• Filled with snakes, beetles, roaches, and worms
• Stay their the longest wins
• Winner- Green Pass

4th Stunt: Louise’s Pizza of Fear
• There are four different kinds of pizza: Pizza with worms/Pizza with smelly, old cheese/Pizza with alligator eyes/ and Pizza with roaches
• Play darts to choose which kind of pizza you get.
• You have 5 minutes to eat it.

5th Stunt: Toyota’s Car Wreck (Audience x.4)
• 2 Cars
• 2 Teams inside each car
• They Get out the car and take the flags off
• However, there is grease all over the cars
• Whoever falls, or doesn’t have enough flags loses.

6th Stunt: Desert Fight
• 2 People
• Swords
• On a board
• Under them are scorpions and beetles/snakes.
• The Winner puts his opponent down.


WINNER OF FEAR FACTOR LIVE!
• VIP Experience
• Cut in the Lines for a whole year
• 30% off food in restaurants in Citywalk

Van Helsing= King Kong: The 8th Wonders of the World.

The Wild West Stage= The Adventures of Zorro.

Now that's all. I hope I would hear a great response about this!

From Gabriel Perez
Posted February 28, 2006 at 6:03 PM
Yea Harry Potter and Matrix Superman are all Warner Bros but look at Terminator it was Released by Tri-star Shrek is Dreamworks Men In Black is Columbia so why not make deals with warner bros to have thse rides by the way i love ur ideas on Fear Factor.

From Josh Rexvani
Posted February 28, 2006 at 6:35 PM
Ok, Men in Black was supported by Universal. Shrek is a half of Universal...the Animation was used in Universal Pictures...so yeah. Harry Potter is okay and Matrix, but they weren't used in any Universal Production.

Terminator...your right, but however as they shoot Terminator 3, Warner Brothers paid about $300,000 to Universal for their Terminator 3 Movie Opeining in the Globe Theater. So that's how their is a show of Universal.

Halo is coming out soon as a Universal and 20th Century of Fox Film, so they could build a 4D show like that will Robotic Wars with helicopters and such.


News!
Jurassic Park IV is coming soon! March 2008! In Production!

And Jason, your a smart Theme Park guy...Why do they put reburishment on shows like Backdraft and Waterworld? They should put it on Jurassic Park to make a new dinasour and new scenes!!

BTW to Gabriel...I got info...Amblin (steven speilburg's company...a part of Universal's directing business created Men in Black.

Jurassic Park IV info ... http://movies.yahoo.com/shop?d=hp&cf=prev&id=1808404704

From Gabriel Perez
Posted February 28, 2006 at 7:52 PM
o ok thanks for da info lol but maybe they can pull a deal like disney did with george lucas for star wars and indiana jones.

From Danny Bernard
Posted February 28, 2006 at 9:54 PM
I went to Universal last Monday (had a day off). And I saw Backdraft for the first time in years. I thought it was at least better than Animal Planet Live. The park was super packed so I didn't do much else, but the new Fast and the Furious add on to the studio tour is appearently supposed to be pretty substantial. The guide said and I quote, "Come back to USH this summer to see our exciting new Fast and the Furious addition to the tour. It's gonn be great, there will be cars smashing into the tram !" I'm really not sure she was telling the truth here but it's still up for debate. If you go there now you'll see the space they have for the addition is not really that big at all.

From Ty With held
Posted March 1, 2006 at 4:43 PM
Water World is much to good to replace. Back to the Future on the other hand...

Universal Studios Hollywood needs The Adventures of Spiderman

From Josh Rexvani
Posted March 1, 2006 at 5:45 PM
Well, To me I love Waterworld, but Waterworld 10 YEAR RUN!?

Their are pro's and con's to Waterworld

Pro's

The Only Best Show in Universal Studios HOLLYWOOD IN LOS ANGELES

10/10

Best on the night

Best Show in SoCal

Funny Actors/Actress

Great Backround and theme

Great Pre-Show

Cons

10 Year Run

Reburishment for a long time

Gets Old

Dosen't Fit in the New York Theme


In Google Earth (Go to Google.com, type Google Earth OR Download Google Earth, and Waterworld's Size is the actual size of The Same Amazing Adventures of Spiderman in Universal Orlando. Back to the Future could change to The Amazing Adventures, but that's a classic and a Universal Pictures Classic with a great theme and it's a brilliant made ride. However, I just prefer Waterworld to exterminate and put The Amazing Adventures of Spiderman in it.

Fast and the Furious is a great Rollercoaster/Dark Ride...Right near the Fast and the Furious Exhibt when you leave the "Van Helsing" attraction. It's better if you put the Rollercoaster/Dark Ride "Fast and the Furious-The Ride" in there. A Revenge of the mummy type of coaster...backward and foward, special effect kind of ride.

King Kong: The 8th Wonder of the World 4D Ride and type of 4D show with your seat as the Ride Generator.

From Danny Bernard
Posted March 1, 2006 at 7:27 PM
I think the only real change Universal should make is like you said put The Adventures of Spiderman into Waterworld. Spidderman is still a hot attraction and unlike Waterworld has re-rideablity.

From Gabriel Perez
Posted March 1, 2006 at 7:41 PM
Yea i think hollywood does need Spiderman that ride is crazy but take BACK TO THE FUTURE OFF AND PUT FAST AND THE FURIOUS!!!!!!!!!It seems the Orlando Resort has alot more rides but i think both USH and USO need to take off back to the furture especiualy in orlando with the massive room they have for rides Like twister sucks and nick studios is empty make new rides !!! Adn dat halo idea sounds realy cool

From Josh Rexvani
Posted March 1, 2006 at 8:43 PM
Well, I don't think they like a Gambling Racing Rollerocaster lmfaoo.

Halo 4D: The Ultimate Experience. How do you like that
In the Terminator Arena. That will be tight :]

Keep Back to the Future. It's a Classic.

But There are two problems...

ANIMAL PLANET LIVE
VAN HELSING: FOTRESS DRACULA
BACKDRAFT

Danny, what was in Backdraft?

From Gabriel Perez
Posted March 1, 2006 at 9:29 PM
Yes but its a very rough classic if you ask me Universal rides doesn't have the lasting apeal as Disney rides and dats a big downer.

From Jason Lester
Posted March 2, 2006 at 5:01 PM
Waterworld and Backdraft get refurbished when they need the refurbishment. When JP needs it, it will get it. However, keep in mind that the cost of doing a rehab on a show is substanitally less then doing a ride rehab. And adding some new effects to Waterworld is much less time and cash consuming then adding a new dino to JP. Finally, JP is one of the park's most popular rides. Closing that for a long period of time affects attendance and guest experience more so then closing a show.

From Danny Bernard
Posted March 2, 2006 at 7:21 PM
I think in our mock USH the Backdraft and SFX soundstages were combined. That would make room for a Fast & the Furious coaster with Mummy like effects. I rather like the SFX stage though. It's the only place in the park you can go for a good laugh.

From Jason Lester
Posted March 4, 2006 at 2:25 PM
They were. I think that combining them would be a fantastic idea. Another "E" ticket ride could be placed in that location.

From Josh Rexvani
Posted March 8, 2006 at 6:22 PM
Ok, Waterworld should stay because it's the best show in SoCal

Adventures of the Spiderman-> Back of the Future

BTW. Whats your guy's idea for your plans about Universal Studios Hollywood, is there any photos??

From Jon F
Posted March 9, 2006 at 11:47 PM
One major issue with Universal Studios Hollywood, is sound. This is a real working studio, and one of the busiest I may add. Adding a coaster can ruin the studio production.

Another major issue is space. Universal needs more space. They wanted to do this, but surrounding neighbors were absolutely against it. There is a golf coarse that can increase a noticeable amount of space, but plans of selling aren’t coming in the near future. They are also located on a hill. The whole design of Universal City was to be a studio, not a theme park. The theme park just evolved around the studios.

The old Castle theater isn’t my idea of a area for Fear Factor. I agree with the above posters that the old Wild Wild West area can better help the performance in the whole show. Because of space limitations in the Castle Theater.

There have also been some rumors hanging around that Zorro might have his own show in the Wild Wild West area.

But what strikes me is, Universal isn’t doing anything at all to the WWW area. It’s dead in there. They haven’t been doing any maintenance all.

Waterworld should never be moved or changed. By far the best show in California, and recently, rated number 1. That for one is a keepers. But I thought the same for WWWSH. At this time, Waterworld is using a good reburb.


I have photos of the place in my site. Just take a look at my profile.

From Josh Rexvani
Posted March 15, 2006 at 2:44 PM
Whoever you are that's probably true. But the rollercoasters are manily indoors to keep the noise down from the production studio.

This is what I think about this.

Van Helsing: Fortress Dracula--> The Room is the size of a regular maze, so that could be probably a small dark ride for the kids. By the ways, the area in Van Helsing is somewhere to a New York theme, so we have to make this attraction to a New York themed attraction. I think of a Universal Horror Studio: A Dark Ride with a host (type of Studio Tour ride, but horror.) covering places of rooms such as Transyvania (Van Helsing), The Mummy's Tomb (The Mummy Returns), The Streets of New York for the movie "Land of the Dead", Then in the end of the tour, Imhotep would use his beetles to "kill" the guests for the laughs.

Back to the Future--> The Amazing Adventures of Spiderman

Backdraft--> King Kong: The 8th Wonder of the World

A 4D type of Ride to discover the Skull Island then escape from the many creatures and the Big Man King Kong.

What do you think about this?

From Jason Lester
Posted March 15, 2006 at 5:24 PM
I like the horror tour idea.

From Josh Rexvani
Posted March 18, 2006 at 12:48 PM
Think about it...what would you like...I actually thought of another idea... an Monster Ride...Please share more details and info you think about what should go for Van Helsing...

From Gabriel Perez
Posted March 18, 2006 at 9:39 PM
u think van hellsing will go to florida? and if it does i think it will go into the lost continent at islands ( dey got space i jjus looked at da satelite map dey got room for liek 3 more rides)

From Manny Barron
Posted March 19, 2006 at 3:12 PM
I believe USH can get better if they work on the area around Terminator. The Coke Soak isn't needed with the Nickelodeon blast zone and those buildings where the fear factor casting center should go. Theres also two other buildings between the coak soke and animal planet which dont have anything important in them. By clearing some space USH can import some of the most popular Universal Orlando rides like Men in Black or better yet, The Adventures of Spider-Man.

From Josh Rexvani
Posted March 19, 2006 at 4:34 PM
But The Lines and the Express Pass wouldn't fit thru. So I think it's better to forget The Amazing Adventures of Spiderman, Keep Back to the Future and Waterworld.

The Only Attractions that need to go are...

Van Helsing: Fortress Dracula

Animal Planet Live

Fear Factor Live

Backdraft

From marcus o`sullivan
Posted August 2, 2006 at 8:51 AM
i think they should get a new king kong ride in place of back to the future ride. but instead of being in the street of new york like the old ride, have it based on skull island with 8 passengers in a sailing boat like the film where you come across godzilla and the scary tribe. it would be like the pirates of the carribean but more scary. And also why dont universal have a day after tommorow ride this would be amazing with wind rain snow and amazing effects maybe over budget but would attract many visitors from abroad and at home

From Greg S
Posted August 8, 2006 at 1:46 PM
I see Back To The Future still have 40+ minute waits for it, and I still enjoy the ride. I say keep it.

Waterworld, meh, it's alright.

Van Hellsing, yuck, get ride of it. I never see more than a "No wait" on it.

Animal Planet Live! still seems to carry in the crowds. I was just thinking on how they can possibly expand. It's rather hard. If City Walk was gone, they'd have a huge amount of room to expand, but I'm sure City Walk in their biggest draw. Also, the Tour is incredible. I believe this is one of the biggest crowd pleasers in the park.

Same with Mummy and Jurrasic Park. They draw massive crowds. Yesterday, Jurrasic Park got their line to reach over an hour, and the Mummy's line was just about full.

I don't do Backdraft anymore, so I can't really comment on how popular it is, or how satisfactory it is.

Fear Factor Live! I heard terrible things about.

I know they are thinking of how to expand. I'm sure they've got some tricks up their sleeves, but it seems as though they are getting the crowds they need. 40+ minute waits on most of the attractions means crowds are gathering to the park, and riding the rides. Lets just hope they come up with some genius expansion plan.

From Jon F
Posted August 8, 2006 at 8:42 PM
Animal Actors is dead. The show is now either called Hollywood Animal Actors, or Universal Animal Actors. Something along those two.

Waterworld still brings in a good crowd, so I'll keep it.

From Jason Lester
Posted August 9, 2006 at 12:41 AM
I think bringing back HHN this year is a smart move by Universal, so I'll be curious to see how it does.

From Erik Yates
Posted August 9, 2006 at 3:04 AM
I think it will bring in HUGE crowds...the last year they did it they had sold out nights. It was only taken away due to budget constraints. I think this year UO's being at the studios was a way to cut costs of staffing and running rides, that way they could divert some of that money to USH for HHN.

From Greg S
Posted August 9, 2006 at 5:46 PM
HHN is that Halloween thing right? I just can't put my finger on that acronym.

From Erik Yates
Posted August 9, 2006 at 7:05 PM
Halloween Horror Nights=HHN

From Jason Lester
Posted August 9, 2006 at 10:49 PM
Or:

HHN = Hollywood Horror Nights

Universal used to use the Hollywood in the front of the acroynym, but I think this year the event is being referred to as Halloween Horror Nights.

From Mitchell Sentinella
Posted August 15, 2006 at 10:50 PM
I think turning “Back to the future” into the “Fast and the furious” would be the cheapest and sensible thing to do. They already got the building, cars, and screen they just need to make a new video and reprogram the cars, along with a scenery change in the loading station and queue line.

From Josh Rez
Posted August 15, 2006 at 11:06 PM
you know what im thinking van helsing for the fast and the furious-racing in the streetts of new york a rollercoaster do you think it would make a right fit for the ride. backdraft for Woody Wood Pecker rollercoaster.


one questions....
waterworld: a live sea spetacular for the amazing adventures of spiderman-the ride is that good or keep waterworld?

From Josh Rez
Posted August 16, 2006 at 10:58 AM
How about none of that I just said isn't true. Fast and the Furious dosen't make a right fit. You guys have to think of a monster New York Theme ride or rollercoaster. Change Backdraft to a famous hollywood movie ride.

But One Question...

Waterworld-->The Amazing Adventures of Spiderman??

From Jeffrey Torres
Posted August 16, 2006 at 4:20 PM
i heard somewhere that they are taking off van helsing around the end of the year and they are changing it to a hollywood monters walkthrogth. it will have all the universal monsters in it. but that is pretty much what van helsing is. there just changing the name to something else. i think this is true. i think they should put spider man where water world is but i know they wont because universal loves it to much.

From Josh Rez
Posted August 16, 2006 at 4:30 PM
where did you find that, because I know the owner of Universal not so well because he only came to my dad's work to pick up merchandise for HHN and we talk a lot but nothing about a Hollywood Monster Maze. Whatever it is, I hope it's much better than Van Helsing, I mean more frightening and goring. Waterworld is like the best show ever, but it's too hard to figure out if Spiderman a good ride to fit in. However it would cost to much money of the Universal Investments.

From Jeffrey Torres
Posted August 18, 2006 at 3:59 PM
i think they should put spider man in t2. they could break down the building and take off coak soak which is stupid, and they could build a new building there. thats might be the best spot for it. but i know universal would never do that. but i think they should.

From Ben Johnson
Posted August 18, 2006 at 4:18 PM
Owner of Universal = NBC ?

From Josh Rez
Posted August 19, 2006 at 12:04 AM
I got news and big news. You know those parking spaces outside of Universal Citywalk where it is the Rocky and Bullwinkle and other outside parking spaces, thats where Universal's Islands of Adventure should be at! Islands of Adventure WEST. The Parking Spaces should be where Universal City is at, where the bus tram is. And if you don't think it would be big enough, Disneyland's neighbor Disney's California Adventure was built of the ground of Parking Spaces. So how about NBC Universal taking out the outside parking space and some other indoor parking spaces. When the vistors come in where there is the ticket booths the person would always say go to the Curious George, well Jurassic Parking is somewhere outside of the outdoor parkings and its close by to Citywalk so how about taking the Jurassic Parking and the Rocky & Bullwinkle Parking into another themepark with not so much attractions with 3 Themed Islands such as Marvel Mania: Wolverine's Revenge-A Outdoor ride close as Xcelerator, Incredible Hulk Fearfall Ride, The Amazing Adventures of Spiderman, and Fantastic 4:D. The Lost Continent-Dueling Dragons-Fire and Ice, The Adventures of Sinbad, and the Flying Unicorn. Suess's Landing-Grinch's bobsleds-somewhere to the Matterhorn Bobselds and the Expedition Everst kind of ride, The Cat in the Hat, One fish, two fish, red fish, blue fish, If I ran the Zoo, High in the Sky trolley (smaller and shorter than the one in Orlando, and Caro-Suess-El. And Last but not least- Toon Lagoon: with Popeye & Bluto Blige Rat Barges, Duldly Do-Rights Ripsaw falls, Me, ship the Olive, and Rocky and Bullwinkle 3D. The ticket booth will be right near the Universal Studios Hollywood Park it's like Disneyland and Disney's Califronia closed together with a symbol like Universal Studios Hollywood is the Universal globe and Islands of the Adventures should be the Universal Islands of Adventure tower. Now this would be a good idea, only if NBC Universal would do it, because they have billions and billions of dollars and there spending it on rebufurishments on Jurassic Park-The Ride and WaterWorld: A Live Sea Spetacular and using Halloween Horror Nights since like 1992-1993 so I think that NBC Universal should make a theme park at least to keep the vistors happy and the public happy so they would keep coming to the parks often, staying in the Universal Studios Hollywood hotels and not staying in Disneyland Hotels and using the FREE shuttle bus that takes the vistors to Hollywood, so I think its a good idea they should create the point that I made.

From Jon F
Posted August 20, 2006 at 5:33 AM
The owner of Universal is NBC Universal. 20% owned by Vivendi, 80% owned by GE.

From chris neumann
Posted January 22, 2007 at 11:16 PM
Miami Vice should replace Waterworld

From Anthony Murphy
Posted January 23, 2007 at 7:42 AM
Bring back ET

From Jon F
Posted January 23, 2007 at 11:40 PM
No. It's simply not smart removing a attraction after only three years of use.

From Anthony Murphy
Posted January 24, 2007 at 7:23 AM
No, put ET somewhere else

From erika soto
Posted July 1, 2007 at 12:24 AM
I think they should create somthing totaly new instead of The mummy ride they should make a Ghost rider ride, from the new movie.

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