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Old Universal vs New Universal

Universal Orlando: Which one do u like better

From Javi Badillo
Posted September 26, 2010 at 10:45 PM
With Universal amlost becoming a new park than it used to be during these past couple of years retiring more than 30 attractions including 17 original rides, which one do u prefer the Old Universal or the New Universal. Do you like the universal with back to the future, earthquake, kongfrontation, hanna barbera, alfred hitchhock, murder she wrote, wild wild west show, and ghostbusters or the universal with the mummy, men in black, the simpsons, jimmy netrun, sherk, diaster, fear factor, and twister. Which one do u feel fits better with Universal theme of riding the movies. The old one for me fit more with riding the movies because you could travel through time in doc brown' delorian, come face to face with King Kong in the streets of new york, enter a hanha barbera cartoon, expiernce the screams of alfred hicthcok, come face to face with jaws in your cruise tours, take et make to the green planet on your own flying bicycle, and travel back in time to stop skynet in t2. Just add men and black and the mummy and there you would have the best movie theme park in the world. Now this new universal has every today popular items that have replaced classics.


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From Anthony Murphy
Posted September 27, 2010 at 5:44 AM
I like the old one, but then again I am nostalgic and really don't like the Mummy.

From Daniel Etcheberry
Posted September 27, 2010 at 12:26 PM
It depends; I was more impressed with Back to the Future than the Simpsons, but the Mummy is much better than King Kong.

From Jenny Rees
Posted September 27, 2010 at 1:17 PM
I loved King Kong and Back to the future. The Mummy is a great ride but they could easily lose twister and Jimmy nuetron. Hanna Barbera was better. I miss Hitchcock too and I worry for the future of the Jaws ride with older movies making room for the new ones. Guess I liked the old better, and for a park dedicated to the movies, it should aim to keep the history of movies through rides and shows based on the classics.

From Donna McKay
Posted September 28, 2010 at 5:35 AM
I miss Murder she wrote. Watching my Mum do the voiceover for King Kong at that attraction is a memory I will cherish forever. :)

From Rob P
Posted September 28, 2010 at 6:13 AM
The Mummy is a fine attraction but it should have been built elsewhere in the Park so that King Kong could have survived.
I feel the same way about The Simpsons. BTTF was one of my favourites and , although I've yet to experience The Simpsons, it'll have to go some way to beat BTTF for me.
Earthquake's morph into Disaster has been a little more sympathetic.
I do miss things like Alfred Hitchcock , Murder She Wrote and Hanna Barbera. They haven't really been bettered by their replacements have they ?.
I also have fond memories of the Wild West Stunt Show ( Fear Factor was awful ) and the night time stunt spectacular with the speedboats, gunfights and explosions was a fantastic finale to my day at Universal.
Overall I think I preferred the Universal of old and I also fear that some of the classics like Jaws and Beetlejuice might be living on borrowed time too.
My views on Rip Ride Rockit have already been documented on another TPI thread. Whilst it may be a wonderful coaster it has no place at the Studios in my opinion.

From Jenny Rees
Posted September 28, 2010 at 6:37 AM
I agree the night-time stunt spectacular was a great ending to the day at universal. My kids would love it too so I hope to see it return someday.

From Derek Morse
Posted September 28, 2010 at 7:06 AM
The old version, hands down. The movies that were featured were timeless classics, and they have been replaced with questionable choices at best. The Mummy was pretty good movie, but will not stand the test of time like King Kong has. Back to the Future was one of the all time great trilogies, but the Simpsons is a classic TV show, with the movie being an afterthought. Ghostbusters remains a classic part of pop culture, while Twister was just another big budget blockbuster that many have forgotten. And we cannot forget Alfred Hitchcock's art of making movies and Murder She Wrote, both educational and fun presentations that not only entertained you, but educated you on how movies are made, which I always thought was a key element of the park. Don't get me started on Shrek 4D, which is one of the more boring 4D presentations in any park I've been to, and really not worth a re-ride if you've done it once. I do worry for the future of rides like ET, Jaws, and T2:3D, as they are the lone remnants of the park that I used to love as a child.

From jim mclaughlin
Posted September 28, 2010 at 9:14 AM
The Mummy is a first class dark ride but BTTF beats out Simpsons and King Kong was fun and campy. Our family did not like the Rock n roll coaster at all ( too jerky). We have been going to Universal since IOA opened in 1999 and have stayed on site numerous times.Our biggest complaint is that Cat In The Hat no longer spins, this was our Family's Favorite Memory ! It's like Disney's Tea Cups not Spinning because one person had an accident or injury! We are big Universal Fans because Disney simply doesn't keep pace with the technology BUT SOMEBODY FIX CAT IN THE HAT !!!

From Donna McKay
Posted September 28, 2010 at 9:30 AM
Whilst in general I preferred the older rides, the revamp of the Earthquake ride was a welcome surprise! I always thought that everythign that comes before the actual subway car bit was lame previously but the new version which I saw in May was much more entertaining.

MIB and The Mummy are both great rides but the oldies are still the best!

From Kara Leblanc
Posted September 28, 2010 at 11:36 AM
I wish I coould melt the new and old universal together. Hands down the mummy is my all time favorite,a close second is T2:3D. Rip ride and rocket is terrible. The ride is choppy and 3/4 of the time I am there the music is off( I go there at least once a week). I loved bttf, who doesnt love Doc! I wish king kong was there but where they put rip ride and rocket.

From Brady Allen
Posted September 28, 2010 at 12:37 PM
Night time stunt show was maybe one of the best shows ever put on by a theme park.Remember how intense the heat was when the troller blew up and that huge ball of flames that left a giant mushroom cloud. I think its time to bring back the Black Scaraab.

From Thomas Crain
Posted September 28, 2010 at 11:15 PM
I have to go with the Universal I visited for the first time in 1997. I was eight years old and the trip came as a complete surprise. So many memories...

Seeing Nick Studios in person and seeing the set of Figure it Out.

Very first Universal ride? Hanna Barbara.

Learning who Alfred Hitchcock was for the first time (now one of my cinematic idols).

Coming face-to-face with the HUGE King Kong.

Being terrified by JAWS.

Going back in time with Doc Brown not once, not twice, but THREE times.

It was so different then. The Bates Mansion was still standing. The globe was silver and gold.

As much as I still love it, I get sad sometimes. Walking down the ramp at the exit of Mummy and remembering getting a picture with Kong. Standing where the Slime Geyser stood for so long...

From Derek Morse
Posted September 29, 2010 at 5:17 AM
Now I'm getting all depressed thinking about all my favorite attractions that are no more. What I would give for one more ride on Back to the Future...Oh well, unless I ever make it to Japan, probably not gonna happen.

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