A theme park gift under $10? Theme Park Insider: 2016 Year in Review
You may remember I created one for the Jaws / Gringotts area a while back:
Back to fence sitting for me!
I was skeptical too.... but these permits are public record. I am certain the Gringott's plans were leaked directly (and exclusively) to TPI back in January.
1. What are the differences between riding this train between USF and IOA and park hopping tickets? I mean, is Gringotts exclusively for IOA ticket holders and Season Pass holders or can anyone in any park experience Gringotts without buying a park hopper ticket?
2. Is Universal really going to tear up part of the back lot and make a luscious landscape similar to that in the film series? IMO, it doesn't look like there's a lot of space for that.
3. What will the coaches look like? Will they closely resemble the ones in the movie or will they be more like the coaches on the Walt Disney World Railroad?
Yes, you will need a park hopper ticket to ride between parks.
Since the train will be simulated on the inside via windows or go through a tunnel / domed roof with projection, there is no need for elaborate sets outside the train except for the two stations.
I'm not sure how Universal is going to pull this off, but it should be spectacular when finished.
They are of course going after the same kind of attendance jump (29%) at Universal Orlando that IOA had after Potter opened. Attendace actually jumped over 60% for the first few months but then leveled out around 30%. Gringotts / London will be at Universal, not IOA.
USF wants the sister park to be as popular as IOA and sell park hoppers. It's a page out of the Disney book. Who travels 1500 miles and only buys tickets for Magic Kingdom or Hollywood Studios? Disney knows most families will spring for a park hopper. I know we did every year.
This is why the new Cabana Bay hotel is going up. There are two separate hotel buildings and both will be connected to the CityWalk via water taxi. (See below)
Rumor has it that another hotel could go in the very bottom left if they can manage to fill the ones they already have and the new property. The Cabana Bay will not have have unlimited Express Plus like the other three. The room prices will also be more affordable.
N B: oh okay. So I'm guessing that completely discredits any theory of there being a Transformers ride replacing Jaws, right (unless that was planned for another spot in the park)?
Also, I'll have to remember the Cabana Hotel the next time I go down to Orlando.
Cabana Bay was planned almost 5 years ago. I think the 2009 housing recession put that project on hold for a few years.
Universal and Disney are both doing great... let the expansion begin.
Walt Disney World
Tokyo Disney Resort