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 Mari 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.

Dragon's Challenge

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. While we are not sure what sort of coaster it will be or its intensity yet we are keeping an eye out on the Dynamic Attractions SFX coaster, a motorbike/sidecar ride vehicle, or a Robocoaster G3.

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.

Wet n Wild

Now owned by Universal Orlando, Wet n Wild is prime for use. Since rumors of Volcano Bay started the fate of Wet n Wild has been up for grabs. It is expected that new hotels, transportation hub, and an entertainment complex will be built here.

Photo courtesy of Universal Orlando

Fast & Furious Supercharged

Fast & Furious Supercharged will be opening at the the old site of Diaster! and Beetlejuice in 2018. At Universal Studios Hollywood there is a new Fast & Furious finally to the tram tour. Currently a version of the 360 scene from Hollywood will be brought over while other show scenes will be completely new.

Marvel Enhancements

Despite the desire of Disney fans to have Marvel back at Walt Disney World, the contract is iron clad. 'In perpetuity". Universal Creative is looking to plus the land such as replacing Doctor Doom's Fear Fall and giving the land a visual overhaul.

Toon Lagoon Theater

Originally built to host an amphitheater show staring cartoon characters, the show was quickly closed due to poor reviews. The theater has been used for Bill & Ted during Halloween Horror Nights and most recently for A Celebration of Harry Potter. Being an unused piece of land in a land locked resort, this area is prime for redevelopment.

1 comment:

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