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.

New Wizarding World Coaster

Universal Orlando announced Dragons Challenge will be closing 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.
Not much else is known but we expect guests will be able to explore the Forbidden Forest, interact with new wand locations, and ride a brand new state of the art roller coaster experience. It is expected the coaster will be an Intamin launched coaster with several show scenes.

Adventura Hotel

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Opening 2018 the newest hotel for UOR will be located south of the new Sapphire Falls resort and east of Cabana Bay and Volcano Bay. The modern hotel will be price around that of Cabana Bay and will feature a roof top bar with small plates, a mutlti cuisine food court, and a Starbucks in the lobby.

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.

New Universal Studios Florida Nighttime Show

A new nighttime show is being installed at Universal Studios Florida for a summer debut. The show will feature fireworks, a new fountain platform, a three tiered viewing area, and more. 

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. As of right now Fear Factor Live is expected to come back after the yearly Bill & Ted show, but that could change.

Shrek 4D Replacement

Shrek 4D is slated for a new attraction soon and the leading rumor is the Secret Life of Pets dark ride. The attraction has not been announced to close yet, but that could occur shortly.

1 comment:

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