Goodbye Lost Continent
The Lost Continent has changed immensley form 2008-2010. Just like anything or anyone that is lost, it is important to remember the Lost Continent as it was originally.
Enter a world of Ageless myths and legends at the Lost Continent. No more.
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I think that adding Harry Potter was a cool idea. The workers at dueling dragons started wearing these new uniforms, and they told me it was because the ride would be renamed Merlins Dueling Dragons to fit in with the new island. I was excited at first. But then I began to hear later in the year that enchanted oak tree would be torn down and same with the dragon statues. I hoped they would at least keep the amazing line for dueling dragons, but they completely removed everything when i went April 23rd, 2010. A knife to the heart. No offense, but the additions dont really make up for the losses. Im going to miss the Merlinwoods section of the Lost Continent.
Good Things To Remember- The joyous music playing in this area that gave you a warm feeling inside, the beatiful view from the back of enchanted oak tree tavern, and the fact that you were able to experience such a great place.
So Goodbye Ye Olde Snacks, Dragons Keep Gift Shop, Enchanted Oak Tree Tavern, Dueling Dragons Statues/line/original name.
Somewhere Poseidon is shedding a tear...
I do not think all is over for Lost Continent. There is still some space behind Poseidon's Fury and Sinbad for development, and each of these attractions can be updated or completly changed. Plus, lets not forget Mythos.
By the way, does Mythos have a kids menu as I am not a big fan of "trying new foods"?
I will miss the Oak Tree Tavern. I made it a point, to drop in there every time I was in IOA.
Goodbye Water Tunnel!
Nick- I feel you on the whole "trying new foods" thing. Mythos has a great kid's menu.
And I personally am still mad that I haven't been able to ride the Flying Unicorn in years. Plus, once you appreciate the soundtrack of the Lost Continent, it sucks to think about the fact that you may never hear some of those songs in the park again.
So, what exactly is left in The Lost Continent? Poseidon's Fury, Sinbad, Mythos, and a few shops? As much as I can't wait to explore a new land with Harry Potter, it will be rather sad to see so much of this area transformed. What about the talking/water-shooting fountain? Gone? I sure hope not...
From April C
Posted May 24, 2010 at 12:25 PM
Mystic Fountain is still around. It's right outside of Sinbad.
I too will miss Lost Continent.
Does anyone know why Universal stopped running real water in the water tunnel in Poseidon's Fury?
Too costly? What does it do now? I've only experienced it with real water.
It just uses fog effects now, which makes it look very cheap.
what did we really lose in the lost continent. still have the dragons, still have the unicorns, and still have the crappy sinbad show and the snoozefest known as poseidons fury. now with harry potter we have a potentially amazing ride and a really cool new area to walk through. i think its all been really good for an amazing park that needed a big shot in the arm.
You bring up some really good points. Like others have previously stated, there's something to be said about strolling through The Lost Continent while the enchanting music plays on in the background, but I've got to agree with you on Sinbad and Poseidon's Fury... definite snoozefests! The only two things that I really enjoy are the Mystic Fountain & Mythos.
I agree with Luis that PF is a bit of a 'snoozefest', but personally, I think a lot of LC's charm came not from the rides or shows, but from the medieval-ish shops and the incredible music. The way I see it, we haven't LOST LC, so much as we've gained a new neighbor in Potterland.
I wouldn't freak out too much about it. Give it two, three years, and I'd imagine they'll be looking to expand LC a bit more to give it a bit more depth than before. Consider it a rebirth. ;)
It would be nice to at least see Sinbad turn up the notches to at least the level of Waterworld at USH.
From Pyra Dong
Posted May 25, 2010 at 11:23 AM
Luis... you da man!
I think that area gained more than lost.
Although I am mourning the Tavern. I specifically remember this BEST sweet corn bread in the world. I detest corn bread... but this... SWEET CORNBREAD was magical!!!!
As for the music, I don't know about you, but I'm still a sucker for the other music. I feel like an explorer when I hear the Jurassic theme and I wanna climb towers when I hear the music at Marvel.
The water tunnel in Poseidons Fury has been broken for over a year. Last year on Memorial
Day I took my boyfriend to his first trip to IOA. I told him about the water tunnel and how cool it was, but was dissapointed when it was broken. We've been back like 4 times and it's still broken and they are not going to fix it. One of the people that works there said that maybe if enough people complain they might fix it.
I'm not sure how much truth there is to this, but I heard that the rest of the Lost Continent is going to be rethemed and rebuilt as part of a Phase to for WWOHP. Including the Forbidden Forest, a better themed Dragon Challenge and even Diagon Alley. Anyone else hear about these plans?
From steve lee
Posted May 25, 2010 at 3:46 PM
I thought the word last year was that the water tunnel was shut off as a cost cutting measure. With Potter about to open, you would think they'd get this effect back on to wow as many new guests as possible.
they can make a percy jackson attraction,or another rollercoaster.
I saw a couple of reports (a year or year and half ago?) that the water tunnel in Poseidon's Fury was stopped for cost cutting measures due to the economic depression. Would not surprise me if with better attendance and profits from HP that the water tunnel would come back by next summer.
The water tunnel was basically the best part of the show for me. The show is lackluster and is dissappointing given the incredible themeing of the building itself. I'm sure they could tear out poseidon's fury and create a "dark ride" in there by expanding the building further back.
From Phil B.
Posted June 10, 2010 at 8:33 AM
Incredible Theming is an understatement. I was left completely speechless the first time I walked up to the building housing the attraction. Astonishing execution by Universal Creative.
I wonder what the real deal with the water tunnel is. How can it be so expensive to run? It appears to be water fired out of high pressure nozzles from a reservoir onto a cylindrical surface that carries it over to the other side and back into the reservoir tank. Simple but yet amazing all at the same time. I doubt the tunnel uses any more water or moving parts than the three other major water rides in IOA, so how can the cost be so prohibitive?
From Rob P
Posted June 11, 2010 at 2:26 AM
Good point about the water tunnel Phil.
If you think about it: the water is recycling and it could also be generating sufficient energy to power itself. So , aside of maintenance and water treatment costs, it's potentially self-financing.
I don't see why shutting off that water would save more money than shutting down something dumb, like Sindbad. Especially, remember that time the actor fell when the rope snapped? Safety hazard.
Today Is The Last Day Dueling Dragons will be Dueling Dragons. Tomorrow, with the grand opening of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, the worlds first dueling rollercoasters, first opening in May, 1999, will be renamed to Dragon Challenge. = (
Luckily, I had bought an amazing frame in 2009 that was very colorful and slim, it had the castle, the fire and ice dragon, the dueling dragons logo, and Universals Islands of Adventure sketched on it. I also bought the DD postcard which fit perfectly inside. Thisway, I always look back and think of the great memories.
But just think, at least the colors of the dragons did not change. When I looked up the Hungarian Horntail and Chinese Fireball, Their colors were black and green. Could you IMAGINE if that were the case?!?!?!!!
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