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Tue Mar 12, 2019 1:43 pm

More Hagrid's Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure, information. Looks and sounds amazing, I love how old they've made those buildings look, could easily be some ruins found somewhere in the UK. :)

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Tue Mar 12, 2019 4:51 pm

Interesting that none of the track layouts showed the spike. Guessing that's tied in with the mystery creature.

Makes you wonder what it is, can't remember many creatures from the books that didn't make it into the films. The Sphinx? Hagrid's brother?
 
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Wed Mar 13, 2019 4:20 pm

Universal emailed out to AP holders yesterday: 

The confirmed opening date for this is June 13th 2019. 

Not sure if you all knew already or planning on going to Universal that day
 
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Wed Mar 27, 2019 4:22 pm

Stranger Things returns to Halloween Horror Nights this year, with a house based around seasons 2 and 3. Last year's house was wonderfully designed, not the scariest, but an incredibly immersive experience. Exciting :)

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Tue Apr 16, 2019 1:52 pm

Universal revealed a first look at the Fluffy animatronic yesterday, with more of the creatures that will be encountered in Hagrid's Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure to be revealed this week. As well as the photos below, Inside Universal posted a short video of it in action.

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Tue Apr 16, 2019 9:10 pm

Looks, great. Hopefully this will be part of a trend back to the use of physical props over screens.
 
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Fri Apr 19, 2019 4:35 pm

Universal have now completed their week of creature reveals:

Tuesday provided a look at the Cornish Pixies, which have been teased from the initial stages of marketing, a lot of which are due to be seen around the Ford Anglia (which from aerial photos looks to be positioned on a rocky outcrop near the peak from which the train will roll backwards).

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On Wednesday, it was Devil's Snare, which has long been rumoured to form a key part of the narrative around the ride's drop track feature.

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Yesterday provided a look at the Centaurs. I'm not too sure where these are due to be encountered on the ride, but with similar lighting to that in the Devil's snares photos, it seems possible these may be encountered in the drop track show building, perhaps after dropping and before the final launch.

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Finally, today came the confirmation of what never-before-seen creature would feature in the attraction, with the reveal of the Blast-Ended Screwt. This looks to be the creature that will be encountered near the start of the ride, in the large hut-type building which has a whole 'burnt' in the side of it for the train to launch through.

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Tue May 21, 2019 9:54 pm

Another Halloween Horror Nights house has been announced.

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Depths of Fear

If you have a fear of water and what lies beneath, your skin will crawl with this new haunted house at Halloween Horror Nights. Depths of Fear mixes all the elements of the unknown with underwater elements, monstrous creatures and a countdown to a disastrous fate.

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The workers of a deep-sea mining company have found themselves in a dire situation. They’ve delved too deep and encountered a parasitic race of creatures that turn out to be deadly. Panic ensues as you find yourself encountering infected miners and acidic creatures. The pressure builds as the self-destruct sequence counts down to the inevitable implosion of the facility.

“Mouthbrooders”

As you venture further into the depths, you’ll encounter the creatures known only as the “Mouthbrooders.” Picture being trapped in a claustrophobic mining installation underwater with a countless number of these slithering monsters. Your worst nightmares will come to life as these fiends spew flesh-eating acidic eggs at human hosts, and you witness miners being driven mad by the infection.


This joins the other 3 houses that have been announced so far, including a new Stranger Things house, and a house based around the classic Universal Monsters.

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Meanwhile, Islands of Adventure are getting ready to launch Hagrid's Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure in a months time. The environment they have built looks outstanding!



Plus, it appears most of the Jurassic Park area has been walled off and trees removed in preparation for construction of the new Jurassic World rollercoaster.

Oh and there's the little matter of a whole new park being planned. So yep, it's a little busy at Universal at the moment!
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Wed May 22, 2019 7:34 pm

The Hagrid coaster looks great, not sure why they did the offride shots in slow motion given how hard it was to actually tell they weren't shot at full speed. Definitely looks like it's going to be a lot milder than Thirteen is.

Can't be too long before we get an official announcement of Fantastic Worlds.
 
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Re: Universal Orlando Resort

Thu Jun 13, 2019 2:27 pm

So... Hagrid has had a 600 minute wait today!
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Thu Jun 13, 2019 5:17 pm

Seems to be fluctuating between that and 360 minutes on the app. But no doubt about it, that queue is huge!

Thankfully Universal are really good at managing crowds and massive queues, with food/drink and rest options available!
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Thu Jun 13, 2019 7:01 pm

Full daytime on-ride POV for anyone who's interested...

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Thu Jun 13, 2019 9:38 pm

Looks incredible, far faster than I was expecting. So much happens in such a short amount of time
 
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Thu Jun 13, 2019 10:07 pm

I love the audio all along the ride, especially the motorbike sounds
 
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Thu Jun 13, 2019 10:13 pm

Inside Universal have reported on Twitter that the ride has now reached capacity for the day, meaning that no more people can enter the queue.

I don't think I've ever heard of a ride reaching capacity on its opening day. It very much seems like Universal have had the perfect storm of their first full new coaster in a long time, combined with incredible popularity of anything Harry Potter based. It's going to be interesting to see if the same happens tomorrow!
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Thu Jun 13, 2019 10:23 pm

The other crazy thing is that the queues around both parks were reasonably high for everything else too! I wonder if Disney World is currently empty?

It looks like tomorrow we may see a virtual queue added. I'm guessing they can't use half the park as a queuing system long term.
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Re: Universal Orlando Resort

Fri Jun 14, 2019 6:39 pm

“Yer queuing ten hours, ‘Arry”

“I’m what?”
 
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Re: Universal Orlando Resort

Mon Jun 17, 2019 9:37 am

That looks AMAZING!!!!
 
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Re: Universal Orlando Resort

Mon Jun 17, 2019 5:32 pm

Looks like they've had a minor teething problem over the weekend. :lol

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Re: Universal Orlando Resort

Tue Jun 18, 2019 10:06 pm

Seems like an absolute winner from Universal based on the reviews which all seem glowing. Probably not too big of a shout to say this looks like being the best family coaster in the world.

If Disney are to claim back the crown of best themed area, Rise of the Resistance will need to be something immense.

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