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 in 2021-2023 timeframe.

New Wizarding World Coaster

Image copyright Universal Orlando

Dragons Challenge closed September 4th to make way for a new Wizarding World rollercoaster. From the Universal Orlando Blog:
  • This all-new thrill ride will take you deeper into J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World, where you will encounter some of your favorite characters and creatures. It’ll be unlike anything we’ve ever done before and it will be fun for the entire family. 
  • The new attraction will be one of the most highly-themed coaster experiences we’ve created. It will combine a new level of storytelling with an action-packed adventure…and a few surprises along the way. 
  • Our award-winning Universal Creative team is once again collaborating with Warner Bros. and the production design team from the Harry Potter films to bring this new coaster experience to life. 
  • This ride is going to redefine the category and transport you to thrilling places, drawing you into even more exciting adventures within the wizarding world. It’s going to be the perfect addition to Hogsmeade.
Photograph from BioReconstruct; Graphics by Orlando Park Stop
The ride will focus on the mythical creatures of the Wizarding World. The rumored time frame of the ride is after Order of the Phoenix, possibly during Deathly Hallows. The ride will feature several launches, several show scenes, and free fall drop similar to Tower of Terror, and many audio animatronic figures. The attraction is expected to open Summer 2019.

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 2020 or 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. But recent rumblings states the attraction has been given the green light and is on a "finish as quickly as possible" deadline, similar to Transformers. No other information about the style of attraction is available right now but the attraction is believed to feature the Ministry of Magic.

Shrek 4D Replacement

Shrek 4D is slated for a new attraction soon and the leading rumor is a new Minions attraction and additional placemaking in the area.

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! 😡