There are rumors flying about a permit to begin removal of the Triceratops encounter and Discovery Trail from the JP area in IOA to make room for a new attraction.
I can see the logic of UOR doing all of the construction at once. I would rather have a season or two with a lot of construction than it being done in stages over 5-6 years.
There are two more rumored contsruction projects as well. Fear Factor will be next and the former Tony Hawk building will either come down all together or be re-done for a new show.
I have been reading about the "mini London Eye", but I think if a Ferris wheel goes up on the Simpsons side of the lagoon, it should be Springfield themed.
The lake under the Dragon Challenge has been drained and graded for Hogsmeade station, but they only work at night to keep the ride running, from what I have heard.
Can't wait to see UOR completely finished with the new hotel and all of the expansion completed. Gringotts is going up quick as well, but the train station on the London side has yet to be started. The pics will start coming in soon for all the faux exteriors of the remaining buildings, just like Hogwarts.
Disney (Orlando), it's your turn to shine.
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From Dominick D
Posted November 15, 2012 at 9:12 PM
The new plans look amazing!!! I hope there still is a chance for a krusty krab. Universal will still sell billions of a krabby patty and a krusty burger. I cant see their expansion complete w/o a new kids land. The next 5 years are going to be amazing , an all out theme park war!!!
Will there still be room to put a ride next to mib that everyone says can go there or are the plans for a potter scale Springfield taking the place of it?
Where exactly is transformers going? Next to what ride in what land?
From Dominick D
Posted November 17, 2012 at 8:22 AM
Well, you've been living under a rock Tasia! Transformers is going where Soundstage 44 (Murder She Wrote) was and will be in the New York or Production Central area. Yes, there will still be room for a ride, but if it's sucessful enough it could become a new Simpsons ride.
Universal might have a little more leeway for this footprint than Disney with their Mine Coaster.
Looking on google maps it seems a little bigger at IOA width wise, but also depending on how they lay it out, it could loop past the discovery center and over the lagoon also to increase its length as there is a portion not blocked out by the boathouses for popeye and bluto.
So when's the ETA on Loraz dark ride for seuss landing?
Ok. The leak said they were adding a single dumbo like spinners but in the shape of the Simpsons cars creative and cool. I think if they update the simulator and add that with all the planned restaurants is enough. I hope they add a franchise similar to mib or an original idea and create a mini land so mib won't seem more out of place now then it already is. Any suggestions?
From Dominick D
Posted November 17, 2012 at 2:37 PM
Tasia, the entrance will be in New York, and the spinner was never confirmed to be a Dumbo style ride.
Short of theming MIB and Fear Factor as part of "Springfield's failed Worlds Fair"
Or converting MIB into the Ministry of Magic in London and have wizard training carts going thru a re-themed streets of london casting enchantment spells on mystical creatures for a hogwarts entrance exam
yes both those arent going to happen
but even though not a big fan of it but kong 360 put on the site of a demolished fear factor, at least would have 2 new york themed attractions next to each other
Exactly Tyler! It would just defeat the purpose of making it a more well themed park to just have a major attraction sitting there alone. Any suggestions for franchises other than kong, family guy, or lord of the rings?
From Tony Duda
Posted November 19, 2012 at 2:10 PM
I never saw the triceratops in operation. That attraction was always closed when I walked past. It would be a shame to not put it somewhere at UOR where everyone can see it working all the time, but I can't think of anyplace away from Jurassic Park where it would fit. Strangely, I can think of several places at Walt Disney World where it would fit.
Any suggestions on where at UOR it could be relocated?
From Dominick D
Posted November 19, 2012 at 2:13 PM
Triceratops really was a good attraction and since they did small groups you really got the "interaction" feeling they where aiming for with it. The downside it the wait times where more nightmarish then P.Flyers and the technology then was so far advanced it wasn't entirely reliable. Although I'm sorry to see if go since that (at least to me) was the key element of Jurassic Park, the one that really gave you the illusion of being on that island.
As for MIB, It really should stay but get more themeing around it's small area. It's still popular and the only type of flat/shooter ride USO has. Maybe adding in something else to the left side before it meets the new project even if it's just facade work.