One of Universal Orlando's long-running shows will close permanently next month. The Eighth Voyage of Sindbad will take the stage for the final time on September 15.
The fantasy stunt show consistently placed among the lowest-rated attractions at the resort, according to Theme Park Insider readers. So it's an addition-by-subtraction situation in that the park's average reader rating will go up once the show closes. Which is a shame, because I hate to see theme parks lose live-action theater shows — even ones as cheesy at Sindbad.
Despite its mix of comedy and action, the show long has gotten a bit lost within its surroundings, never wow-ing audiences in the way that its more ambitious neighbor Poseidon's Fury did, nor thrilling them like the Dueling Dragons/Dragon Challenge coasters on the theater's other side. With The Wizarding World of Harry Potter taking over half of Sindbad's Lost Continent island in 2010, the show's closure will leave Poseidon's Fury and the Theme Park Insider-favorite Mythos restaurant as the only significant elements in what's become the "dead man walking" of the park's lands.
Sindbad is the second major live-performance attraction that Universal Orlando has closed in the past year without announcing a replacement, following the removal of the Terminator 2: 3D show in Universal Studios Florida last fall. As of now, the only new attraction that Universal has confirmed for its Orlando theme parks is the upcoming Harry Potter-themed coaster experience that is replacing Dragon Challenge, which will open sometime next year.
With the Sindbad theater jammed next to Hogsmeade station for The Wizarding World of Harry Potter's Hogwarts Express ride, the space long has been considered by fans as a likely target for an expansion of Islands of Adventure's Harry Potter land. But with Universal developing a fourth gate on its expansion site near the Orange County Convention Center, the resort has plenty of space to build an entire new Potter land there, without having to cannibalize any space in its existing parks. So if Universal just wanted to replace Sindbad with another production in the same theater, fans ought to consider that a possibility, as well.Tweet
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