Universal Rides: You Decide

Universal Studios Hollywood: For those of you that think USH has way too many shows and way too few rides!

From Jack Williams
Posted June 5, 2007 at 11:06 AM
Hey, it's JW again. Is it just me, or is Universal lacking in really big attractions? And I don't mean shows; they have enough of those, but I mean rides. Sure, there's Jurassic Park and The Mummy, but looking at the Orlando park and then this one, well, it looks a bit smaller in E-ticket style stuff. And The Simpsons Ride, I just don't know. I love The Simpsons. I've been watching them for years, but an imax simulator? Come on! They need a whole land, or at least a dark ride! But anyways, there's plenty more that they could use. This is similar to the DCA thread I made a few weeks ago, but I'm just curious if there's anybody else out there.

What show would you take out of USH, and what ride would you put in its place?

From David Kirby
Posted June 5, 2007 at 11:45 AM
I would say that USH has less rides and more shows because it is much more of a movie park and is more about bringing the movies to life then rides. I would say it is the only studio park that has actually kept that theme. If I'm not mistaken, I believe some of the Orlando rides exist as scenes on the backlot tour, Also, I'm not sure if they really have enough room for too many rides as it actually is a real studio.

From Mostly Anonymous
Posted June 5, 2007 at 4:59 PM
Another interesting issue that is unique to USH is the problem of sound pollution. Because there is active filming going on, they need to make sure the noise from the theme park is pretty well contained.

Obviously it's a limitation that can be worked around, but it does mean some types of rides (like an outdoor roller coaster) will never happen.

That said, I would think the obvious place for a new ride is in the location of the former Wild West stunt show. It's a reasonably good-sized patch of space that is currently being used for nothing.

From Sherly C.
Posted June 16, 2007 at 8:31 AM
they closed the wild west show?!

I think universal is fine the way it is. I mean, I'm a big rollercoaster person, so truthfully, the last time I went to Universal with my family I was literally bored to death. (the Mummy was closed that day too!!) One reason why is that all the attractions at Universal are over a decade old. I can remember little 5 year old me and my favorite ride being ET. I think what universal should do is add some more live shows like the indiana jones thing at MGM, and make their bringing-movies-to-life-attractions more... life like. Like that Spiderman ride in IOA. That is THE best simulator on the face of the planet. And it's in the same style as Universal simulators. So I think in their limited space, it IS possible to make an exciting park without the rollercoasters. They just need to do it. But they probably won't. So... just go to IOA.

From Ryan Milanio
Posted June 16, 2007 at 11:37 PM
Hi Sherly,

JW is talking about Universal Studios Hollywood, not Orlandos. The Wild Wild West Show at USH has been closed for a long while. Recently, I posted on the discussion that USH is closing the Back to the Future: The Ride". Back to JW, I agree with you that USH needs more rides, but the question is where to put them. You have a studio next door that is constantly filming and I don't think they'll spare some land for the theme park.

When I am done with business school, I hope to work for the theme park division of NBC Universal, but I'll have to work damn hard to change how USH is today.

From chris neumann
Posted June 18, 2007 at 2:14 PM
They need to put in more shows. I heard something that the waterworld show is going to be repaced with an rush hour stunt show,,, combining miami vice and waterworld.

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