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by Alex
Tue Feb 12, 2019 1:48 pm
Forum: Rest of World Parks & Attractions
Topic: Universal Orlando Resort
Replies: 1059
Views: 90341

Re: Universal Orlando Resort

Big spoilers - One of the insiders that posts on IU has leaked concept art of the ride and it looks incredible! https://orlandoparkstop.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/Hagrid-Coaster-Concept-1024x656.jpg Here's the full article which goes into some more background surrounding the ride https://orlando...
by Alex
Mon Jan 28, 2019 11:00 am
Forum: Rest of World Parks & Attractions
Topic: Universal Orlando Resort
Replies: 1059
Views: 90341

Re: Universal Orlando Resort

Some more information on the Jurassic coaster https://orlandoparkstop.com/news/theme-park-news/jurassic-park-roller-coaster-update-and-track-layout-revealed-for-islands-of-adventure/ From the proposed layout we can infer that the attraction will contain two launches. Rumors have had the new ride as ...
by Alex
Sun Dec 23, 2018 1:38 pm
Forum: Rest of World Parks & Attractions
Topic: Universal Orlando Resort
Replies: 1059
Views: 90341

Re: Universal Orlando Resort

There's now a train on the track at the new Harry Potter ride!Image
by Alex
Sat Oct 13, 2018 1:17 pm
Forum: Alton Towers Resort General
Topic: The Alton Towers Dungeon - New for 2019
Replies: 308
Views: 35917

Re: The Alton Towers Dungeon - New for 2019

Such a shame they've gone down this route however I'm not sure they'd ever have the budget to do a dark ride justice
by Alex
Tue Oct 02, 2018 10:03 am
Forum: Thorpe Park Resort
Topic: Project 2020
Replies: 271
Views: 49023

Re: Project 2020

There's a small teaser on top of the Blair Witch building which you can see when exiting Inferno. There's a piece of wood with "MMXX = ?" on it.
by Alex
Mon Oct 01, 2018 10:52 am
Forum: Rest of World Parks & Attractions
Topic: SeaWorld Orlando
Replies: 682
Views: 65983

Re: SeaWorld Orlando

Sounds like they're onto a winner although I've just seen it has a max height of 6ft 5 
by Alex
Mon Jul 09, 2018 12:30 pm
Forum: Rest of World Parks & Attractions
Topic: Universal Orlando Resort
Replies: 1059
Views: 90341

Re: Universal Orlando Resort

Looks pretty neat, not usually a huge fan of heavy use of water spray screens but, unlike with Fantasmic, they're more to complement the other elements rather than being the sole focus. It's crying out for some pyrotechnics for the finale though. Due to the thunder/hail storm about 30 mins before t...
by Alex
Thu Jul 05, 2018 11:21 am
Forum: Rest of World Parks & Attractions
Topic: Universal Orlando Resort
Replies: 1059
Views: 90341

Re: Universal Orlando Resort

Universal have just had a soft opening of their new show in the lagoon, it's certainly an upgrade on anything they've done in the past!

by Alex
Fri May 04, 2018 4:51 pm
Forum: Rest of World Parks & Attractions
Topic: Universal Orlando Resort
Replies: 1059
Views: 90341

Re: Universal Orlando Resort

That seems to be the rumour on Inside Universal which are usually bang on when it comes to rumours.
by Alex
Mon Apr 23, 2018 10:15 am
Forum: European Parks & Attractions
Topic: Blackpool Pleasure Beach
Replies: 3079
Views: 177304

Re: Blackpool Pleasure Beach

The 23m relates to creditors under 1 year, there's also 10m due after 1 year so in total they owe 33m. Breaking it down 21m relates to bank loans and overdrafts then another 8.6m is owed to group undertakings which relates to the hotel. The Thompson's are quite comfortable with this because the dire...
by Alex
Fri Apr 13, 2018 9:06 am
Forum: Rest of World Parks & Attractions
Topic: Universal Orlando Resort
Replies: 1059
Views: 90341

Re: Universal Orlando Resort

Universal has managed to settle with Stan Thomas over the rights to build a theme park on the land plus they've also managed to acquire a vast amount of the land he owned which was in foreclosure. Thomas has kept the green parcel to the left of the OCCC and the green parcel which would contain the K...
by Alex
Sun Aug 13, 2017 10:39 pm
Forum: Rest of World Parks & Attractions
Topic: SeaWorld Orlando
Replies: 682
Views: 65983

Re: SeaWorld Orlando

Sorry Lakey I thought it was still relevant to the discussion, I will take it to PM instead.
by Alex
Fri Aug 11, 2017 12:10 pm
Forum: Rest of World Parks & Attractions
Topic: SeaWorld Orlando
Replies: 682
Views: 65983

Re: SeaWorld Orlando

Sorry for the double post but I'm assuming I'm not getting the links to all the many articles on the matter?
by Alex
Wed Aug 09, 2017 1:19 pm
Forum: Rest of World Parks & Attractions
Topic: Busch Gardens Tampa
Replies: 606
Views: 49358

Re: Busch Gardens Tampa

You wont be going to Disney or Universal on a Florida trip? That's an interesting idea. :-k Yes the prices may be rising but for most families the experience justifies the cost. With Universal being as aggressive as they are, building new hotel rooms and new theme parks, I feel like families will en...
by Alex
Wed Aug 09, 2017 9:54 am
Forum: Rest of World Parks & Attractions
Topic: Busch Gardens Tampa
Replies: 606
Views: 49358

Re: Busch Gardens Tampa

Personally if I was Merlin I would hold off a few years as I think in 5-10 years they'd get a better price for the group. With all the developments at Disney and Universal I think Busch and SeaWorld might see a bit of a hit in terms of visitor numbers which could impact on the financial performance....
by Alex
Mon Aug 07, 2017 12:12 pm
Forum: Rest of World Parks & Attractions
Topic: SeaWorld Orlando
Replies: 682
Views: 65983

Re: SeaWorld Orlando

Could you point me in the right direction, would love to have a read through all the articles but after a quick google I can't find them. 

If you could post the links here it would be greatly appreciated :)
by Alex
Mon Aug 07, 2017 12:08 pm
Forum: Rest of World Parks & Attractions
Topic: Universal Orlando Resort
Replies: 1059
Views: 90341

Re: Universal Orlando Resort

From what I've read some people think that the capacity has already been limited a bit but others think it's just down to the park being popular. Plus the blackout dates have just ended so you'd have had an AP influx of guests which won't have helped the queues! It wouldn't surprise me if Uni were p...
by Alex
Fri Aug 04, 2017 8:43 am
Forum: Rest of World Parks & Attractions
Topic: SeaWorld Orlando
Replies: 682
Views: 65983

Re: SeaWorld Orlando

Where's it been incredibly widely accepted that it was too small? What sources have said that?
by Alex
Thu Aug 03, 2017 10:21 am
Forum: Rest of World Parks & Attractions
Topic: SeaWorld Orlando
Replies: 682
Views: 65983

Re: SeaWorld Orlando

Correct it didn't, however it was still responsible to the stakeholders and Blackstone took $610 million in dividends out of the company before the IPO. Whilst it may not be on the stock market it will still be reporting to the stakeholders and it will still be expected to hit targets. I would compa...
by Alex
Wed Aug 02, 2017 12:39 pm
Forum: Rest of World Parks & Attractions
Topic: SeaWorld Orlando
Replies: 682
Views: 65983

Re: SeaWorld Orlando

SeaWorld has always been a cog in a much larger machine, they were a subsidiary of Anheuser-Busch and then Blackstone which has $371 billion of assets under it's management.  However the share price would be volatile irrespective of who owns the remaining share of the company as investors are only c...
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