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Universal Orlando
Topic Started: February 10 2017, 08:44 PM (367 Views)
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An epic new water park is currently under construction for Universal Orlando. Here is a video update.

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I was reading a report that guests will get arm bands for a virtual queue for big slides. and that they will also set off water features and Lighting effects on some attractions.

cool idea.

I'll have to push and make sure a 2017 news thread is created in the Industry additions area.
Edited by SROS Master, February 11 2017, 07:42 PM.
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Yeah that virtual queue system sounds truly ground breaking. At some point, I will make an epic trip to Orlando Florida.
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Despite having been to Disney 4 times I have not been to any other park in FL. about 115 years ago I was hopping to go. Universal had a pas good for unlimited park access to IOA and Universal for an entire week. but the trip fell through.
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Dang, you must be old! Unless you meant 15 years ago.

I have been to Universal before, but just Islands of Adventure and not Universal Studios. Even so, it was an amazing experience. I only been to Disney once, and it was fun visiting for one time. Universal is much more thrilling, and the themeing is still high quality.
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Yes I mean 15. and even that's off, last trip was 18 years ago. IOA was under construction I did see them top off Hulk as we drove by. All my trips were in the 90's. I agree they are very different parks. even their current adds play of the theme park grown up idea.
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Heres a link to a nice update on Volcano Bay. http://www.wildgravitytravels.com/volcano-bay-waterpark-construction-update-21-universal-orlando-resort/
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Things are coming together great. I noticed in the years addition coverage for Disney they are adding a family raft ride to Typhoon lagoon to compete a it.
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Oh no!! Universal got rid of the Hulk coaster?!?!??!




just kidding
Edited by SROS Master, February 27 2017, 04:03 PM.
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The coaster was mostly removed to make room for an upgraded Hulk. Havt heard any changes to that plan
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I know. I was only joking.

Though now I think the joke kinda sucks.
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No I was just thinking I missed something. Being on the run so much the last month makes it difficult to keep track of everything.
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Yeah, but I also posted it on SFNE Online in hopes I will get a least a few laughs. But alas, they all think it sucked. I even tried making it up by posting a video of Volcano Bays waterslide test runs. But unfortunately, they showed no signs of gratitude, and one critized at me by saying that the video is dated.

Speaking of Volcano bay, here is the latest update video.

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Nice update but I wish he would have used a few photos in place of video. The 15 minutes update could have been covered in half the time if not less.
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Here's a video on how the virtual queue line system works.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gK7BGb7K640&list=WL&index=71
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This is interesting.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iHq6hCLuCfo&list=WL&index=3
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Heres the latest video update I found.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kQ4dWVbmzzE
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An awesome aerial footage of Volcano Bays construction progress.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=32CCe6PsLnU
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Waho!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G7TqMHPeN6o
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The park has turned out so good. looks fantastic and the slides look fun.
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https://twitter.com/hashtag/volcanobay?lang=en&lang=en
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And for me the winner is
[twitter=https://twitter.com/floridatix/status/864416676506370049]
The water park looks amazing.
Edited by mrceagle, May 24 2017, 12:00 AM.
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Cool, but I thought this video was really cool.

[twitter=Addisson_/status/865533132212117504]



Also check this out.


http://blog.universalorlando.com/extras/volcano-bay-live-webcast/
Edited by SROS Master, May 24 2017, 09:30 AM.
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Check out this trip report of Volcano Bay opening day from Screamscape.

http://www.screamscape.com/features/html/volcano_bay.html
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OV1saWp0CNQ
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wow, the park came out amazing. Really need to get back to Florida. So many amazing new things to check out
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I know! I wouldnt be suprised if this will be rated the best new waterpark from Amusement Today(and even best waterpark ever in the coming future).

This is good stuff to know if your thinking about buying tickets there.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qoo1LSLzsiY&list=WL&index=3
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I know its early to bring up Halloween, but this is no different with people bringing up Christmas early. So here you go.

http://www.halloweenhorrornights.com/orlando/
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Not much announced. only American Horror Story and The Shinning. i get American Horror Story but the shinning seems like an odd property to use. might as well just have a generic haunted hotel and save yourself the property rights.
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A video update about Volcano Bays ajustments. Unfortunately according to the video, the max weight limit for the blue and green body slides on the volcano have changed from 300 to 200 pounds. No word on the big body slide changing its max weight. Maybe the design for the green and blue ones are too much for people over 200 pounds to handle?
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JBVIkXSdIA0
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Dang! Look at all these bad reviews!

https://www.tripadvisor.com/Attraction_Review-g34515-d12476015-Reviews-Universal_s_Volcano_Bay-Orlando_Florida.html


These crybabies need to keep in mind that this is a ground breaking concept that has never been done before, so it is going to have some flaws for its first run.

They also are forgetting that back when Disneyland first opened in the 1950s, it was a ground breaking concept that was never done before and it had its flaws its first season. So Id imagine people would have said the same thing about that place, yet now it is a beloved theme park.

Think about that for a sec will ya.
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Wow, The wrist band system is off to a rough start. But it seems many of the complaints are over lines in general. Sounds like the max capacity may be set a bit too high. I get it, I have had trips to SFNE and Canobie that were so busy I got on nearly nothing. It's not fun and if that was my first trip to either of those parks it would leave a sour taste in my mouth.

It dose seem like people aren't getting the system. you set up on a slide and do something else. do the wave pool or the river something with less wait. i think it was a mistake to shut down Wet n Wild. 2 water park would have allowed then to spread out guests. or relocate a few slides and theme them so add more capacity. The water park dose have a light slide count.
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I completely understand that. That is why I am not going to Volcano Bay just yet. If that was me who went to Volcano Bay just now, I would give out a more constructive crisitsm by saying what worked and what didnt work, and suggest what they could do better. And the park is doing exactly that.

I also am hoping that Volcano Bay doesnít get too bad of a reputation to completely destroy the park. So far all those people who understand whats going on and are ready for it, say that its an amazing park. Their lazy river looks truly amazing! I wish more people would stop overreacting and giving it another chance.
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They may not have that opportunity. I have been to Florida 4 times and each time for Disney. For some that's astonishing, but for others it's a drop in the bucket. I do hope they get an opportunity to revisit the park. I do hope the park makes more changes, and adding more attractions seems be one of them.

I'm glad Typhoon lagoon added a new slide system to compete with this attraction and I'm surprised they didn't do the same at Blizzard Beach. But I think Despite the beautiful final result I think Disney and Aquatica will continue to rule.
Edited by SROS Master, June 24 2017, 09:44 PM.
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Yeah unfortunately it seems no matter what Universal does, people still perfur Disney. Iím sure Volcano Bay will become alot more liked by next year.

Also, isnít Volcano Bay already landlocked for adding more slides?
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IOA has had plenty of talk and the upgrades to Universal and IOA have really increased attendance and have been very well rated. Universal has a great product but While Beautiful I think This is a bit of a mess.
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Thats good to hear. Maybe its all thanks to the Harry Potter stuff that were added over the past several years. I still fear that by the time Disney opens Star Wars Land, Universal will start struggling to stay afloat.

I see Volcano Bays operation is far from perfect. But I also see nobody is really giving it a chance. Maybe they could temporary close Volcano Bay now and work more on the improvements and then reopen later?
Edited by SROS Master, June 25 2017, 07:30 PM.
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