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Re: Universal Orlando Resort Discussion

Sun Jan 03, 2016 5:45 pm

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If it's as good as the insiders expect then it's going to be one of the better dark rides in the world!


Is it a meant to be a thrill ride? I've not seen too much information other than where in the park it's being built :P
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Re: Universal Orlando Resort Discussion

Sun Jan 03, 2016 6:10 pm

There is a lot of information on Orlando United about it. It's a trackless dark ride which features both screens and AA. The finale will be rather spectacular as there will be a giant AA King Kong which will interact with the ride vehicle.
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Re: Universal Orlando Resort Discussion

Tue Jan 05, 2016 10:32 pm

For all those geeks out there here are some interesting photos of The Hulk with no supporting or track!

Credit to TheTimTracker YouTube channel

The view from the entrance -

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The lonely tunnel -

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A partly drained pool -

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And finaly, the missing cobra roll -

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Re: Universal Orlando Resort Discussion

Tue Jan 05, 2016 10:36 pm

What were the plans for the improvement of v Hulk? Could this be potential track damage or a track reprofile?

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Re: Universal Orlando Resort Discussion

Wed Jan 06, 2016 1:24 pm

The Kong ride sounds so good:
Universal’s website has quietly slipped out a bit more of a description about what we can expect to see later this year from Skull Island: Reign of Kong when it opens. According to the latest teaser page for the new 3-D attraction, “Live the brutal struggle of a 1930’s expedition that’s caught in a clash between prehistoric predators, man-eating beasts and the most colossal ape ever to walk the earth - King Kong. Around every thrilling turn, ferocious monsters fight for dominance, while you just fight to survive. It’s the multi-sensory, multi-dimensional ride for your life.”
“Enter the ruins of a primal realm and journey into the dark heart of an island filled with untold dangers. Vicious, ancient predators and unspeakable monstrosities rip into your crew and swarm from every side. Then, in an act of sheer ferocity - or monstrous bravery - King Kong charges between you and certain doom with an earthshaking fury. With each thundering roar and each chest-pounding thud, one colossal truth comes clear. This is his home, his kingdom. Only he reigns.” Can't wait to ride this is September
 
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Re: Universal Orlando Resort Discussion

Thu Jan 07, 2016 11:20 pm

After having all of its track and supports removed before Christmas, the first of the new supports for the Incredible Hulk Coaster have now been put in place just by the main station indicating that work has begun on re-constructing the coaster.

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Re: Universal Orlando Resort Discussion

Fri Jan 08, 2016 9:11 pm

This video also shows some more supports gone up around the back of Storm Force Accelatron and the footers around the lagoon.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zb0N1h_i33U
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Re: Universal Orlando Resort Discussion

Mon Jan 11, 2016 9:02 am

Awhen from Orlando United has provided a photo update from Kong which has probably given the best view in terms of the scale of the attraction. The photos have been taken from pteranodon flyer which gives a nice view over the construction site.

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Along with this, one of the insiders on the forum has posted this which is pretty interesting"

This the first mega attraction that I have ever heard of to not only NOT cut anything but have ADDED stuff over the past year!!! Really everyone... have you ever heard of such a thing?
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Re: Universal Orlando Resort Discussion

Tue Jan 12, 2016 11:17 pm

The Hulk 2016 has went track vertical!

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Re: Universal Orlando Resort Discussion

Wed Jan 13, 2016 5:44 am

This Kong ride really does look like it is going to be something special. That photo update is great.

A return to the classic "Kongfrontation" and "Jaws" ride format people love, but big budget 2016 style. People still love this ride format at Disney parks, it's long overdue a comeback at Universal. What's exciting is how far the tech has come along, and how skilled the team at Universal has got, and it's the first time we've seen this type of ride built in a long time.

The tease that no expense has been spared is not surprising, given the creative team at Universal have been on fire lately, and a lot of them will no doubt be wanting to build their magnum opus ride while the execs are still willing to hand them a decent sized budget.
 
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Re: Universal Orlando Resort Discussion

Thu Jan 21, 2016 6:15 pm

What would appear to be potential slide pieces for Volcano Bay have been spotted recently.

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Re: Universal Orlando Resort Discussion

Thu Jan 21, 2016 10:09 pm

BIG construction update from MakoMadness this evening.

Race Through New York Starring Jimmy Fallon

It seems that the Twister - Ride It Out! building is being gutted and the signage removed -

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Fast & Furious Supercharged

Beetle juice stage has now been removed, with gutting of the Disaster! building occurring -

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Skull Island: Reign of Kong

Various pieces of foliage have ventured into the site, and more detailing added to the rock work -

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The Hulk V2

And The a Hulk has had much more track being placed today, including the start of the second corkscrew and what seems to be a much waiver layout overall -

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Re: Universal Orlando Resort Discussion

Thu Jan 21, 2016 11:51 pm

This update from Mako Madness pretty much confirms that Universal are the best at what they do in my opinion. That Kong area just looks unbelievable!

I'm still struggling to understand why Universal decided to completely rip out the original Hulk and bring in new track... when the ride layout appears to be identical to the original (from what we can see at the moment). The first edition of the coaster would only be 17 years old in 2016 and being supplied by arguably the world's greatest roller coaster manufacture, that's a short life indeed.

Money really isn't an object for them, is it?!
 
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Re: Universal Orlando Resort Discussion

Fri Jan 22, 2016 2:48 pm

themealgang wrote:
This update from Mako Madness pretty much confirms that Universal are the best at what they do in my opinion. That Kong area just looks unbelievable!

I'm still struggling to understand why Universal decided to completely rip out the original Hulk and bring in new track... when the ride layout appears to be identical to the original (from what we can see at the moment). The first edition of the coaster would only be 17 years old in 2016 and being supplied by arguably the world's greatest roller coaster manufacture, that's a short life indeed.

Money really isn't an object for them, is it?!



I wonder if part of it is down to how Universal operate it. Even on quiet days they run a 3 train operation, which is fantastic for guests as it rarely gets a long queue due to the throughput. I imagine it puts much greater strain on the track though. Perhaps it's had a shorter shelf life as a result of this?
 
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Re: Universal Orlando Resort Discussion

Fri Jan 22, 2016 7:53 pm

Universal have posted their own update on the re-installation of The Incredible Hulk Coaster today via their blog

Interestingly, the blog includes this paragraph suggesting there will be some differences between the old Hulk and the new:

More details are still to come about what the new experience will be like. But the new track will ensure an even smoother ride—without losing the thrills The Incredible Hulk Coaster is known for.
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Re: Universal Orlando Resort Discussion

Sat Jan 23, 2016 10:11 am

There are rumours that they've had to reinforce the track as the new trains will be heavier due to the on board audio and possibly lights.

From what's been said on Orlando United it seems like there is going to be a new storyline which is why they've ripped the queue out as well.
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Re: Universal Orlando Resort Discussion

Wed Jan 27, 2016 10:29 am

There's been a first shot of the inside of King Kong as someone left the door open, the set's look like they are going to be rather impressive based on the size of skull by the door!

Credit to Orlando United for the picture.

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Re: Universal Orlando Resort Discussion

Wed Feb 03, 2016 3:32 pm

It has now been confirmed in Comcast Corp.'s earnings report that they have indeed purchased the land they have been rumoured to have done for a few months. There's an article here about it.

In other news, track for Hulk's final corkscrew has been installed. I'm not familiar enough with the ride to be able to tell whether there's been any noticeable re-profiling however.

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Re: Universal Orlando Resort Discussion

Wed Feb 03, 2016 6:09 pm

Here are some new construction photos from Mako Madness -

Race Through New York Staring Jimmy Fallon

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You can now see right through the Twister building!


The Hulk V2

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The second corkscrew has been installed with no major layout changes, and footers are now (or almost) complete!


Skull Island: Reign of Kong

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And Kong is looking rather spectacular!

Video here.
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Re: Universal Orlando Resort Discussion

Wed Feb 03, 2016 8:32 pm

Comcast have tonight announced their result which make for impressive reading.

Theme parks saw a 38.6% rise in revenue to $1.0 billion, thanks to the inclusion of Universal Studios Japan, which was acquired in full by Comcast in November, and the success of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter attraction in Orlando and and Fast and Furious: Supercharged attraction in Hollywood. Operating cash flow jumped 36.6% to $452 million.


Obviously these growth figures wont continue to rise at 30% a year for much longer but I think we can expect to see the aggressive expansion continue for the foreseeable future as they have confirmed that they were behind the land purchase.

http://www.bizjournals.com/orlando/blog/2016/02/breaking-comcast-corp-confirms-130m-land-purchase.html?ana=twt
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