Future UOR Projects

Super Nintendo World

March 7th, 2015 Universal issued a joint statement with Nintendo confirming Nintendo characters and stories will come to the Universal parks. A massive deal, Nintendo is one of the few companies left where their characters do not appear in a theme park setting. The project has changed significantly since Universal presented it's initial proposal to Nintendo, but expected attractions include a Mario Kart dark ride, Donkey Kong mine car coaster, and a Yoshi dark ride.

Universal Land Purchase

On December 1st, 2015 during the Skyplex Orange County Commissioners meeting for approval of the project, news leaked on GrowthSpotter.com (behind paywall) that Universal has an option on 450+ acres of land near Sand Lake Drive.  Additional confirmation was provided by the county commissioners. This land, in addition to the Wet'n'Wild property (which is closing December 2016) could open up a massive, unprecedented expansion for Universal Orlando Resort, and the biggest theme park additions in Orlando since the 1990s. Read here for more information and speculation.

At least one new park is planned for the plot of land and is expected to open early 2023.

Hagrid's Magical Creature Motorbike Adventure

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Dragons Challenge closed September 4th to make way for Hagrid's Magical Creature Motorbike Adventure. This new attraction combines high speed thrills, rollercoaster maneuvers, and a free-fall drop like the Tower of Terror. See our what we believe is coming soon to this ride.

Universal's Endless Summer Resort

Universal has give it's newest resorts a name: Universal's Endless Summer Resort. Thinking this was too easy, they split it into two sides with their own names, Surfside Inn & Suites and Dockside Inn & Suites. Universal's Endless Summer Resort Surfside Inn & Suite. That's a mouth full.

But what they've spent on the name they're not asking for you in terms of price as these resorts have an introductory offer that starts at $73 a night for a one week stay during select dates in a standard room. While these rates will not last, this resort will round out the value resort tier with 2800 rooms, 1450 of those being suites. Suites will be competitively priced too at $111 a night for a one week stay during select nights.

The rooms are beach contemporary, filled with pastels, rustic wood, surfboards, wicker, and white appliances. The suites, unlike those at Cabana Bay, will feature three beds (queen in the master bedroom and two twins in the common room) instead of a seating area.

Jurassic Park Expansion and Updates

For years rumors have pinned down Jurassic Park as the next addition to Islands of Adventure, but the focus constantly shifted to other projects such as Reign of Kong and the new Potter coaster. But now it sounds like that focus is being directed at Jurassic Park again. This time the old Triceratops Encounter land will be used as part of a new Intamin launched coaster similar to Maverick. Rumors point to this ride being the fastest in the park and will travel over the lagoon. Construction is believed to begin in 2019 for a 2021 opening.

T2:3D Replacement

T2:3D will be closing October 8th to make way for a new show. Current rumblings point towards a high energy chase attraction, similar to T2, that uses in theater effects, projections/3D, live actors, and more. The two stand out properties being considered are James Bond or Jason Bourne. The new attraction opens in 2019.

Fear Factor Live Replacement

Fear Factor has been ear marked as a possible Harry Potter expansion plot since Diagon Alley opened. After Universal's purchase of new land south east of the existing resort for a new park it is possible the new attraction designed for this area has been moved to the new park.

Shrek 4D Replacement

Shrek 4D is slated for a new attraction with rumors spanning from the DreamWorks Theater at USH to the new Secret Life of Pets ride. At this point we believe the project is in flux and new plans are in development.

Kidzone Replacement

KidZone is the next location on the chopping block with the original plans for Nintendo being placed here. Since then various projects have been proposed including Dreamworks, Illumination Entertainment, and other properties. The two leading rumors are a Pokemon themed land with an E Ticket attraction and/or the much rumored Secret Life of Pets attraction paired up with a refreshed Animal Actors show.

1 comment:

  1. E.T. is NOT going to be removed! Stop spreading that lie! 😡