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.

E.T., Mummy, and Men in Black

Each of these attractions have shuffled off and on the chopping block for replacement over the past few years. Each have outdated ride systems and are being slotted for either upgrades or replacement. Currently E.T. and Mummy have been earmarked for refurbishment and upgrades.

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

Dragon's Challenge is next up for replacement once Hulk comes back on line. Not much is known about this upgrade and is early in development.

Adventura Hotel

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Opening 2017 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.

Volcano Bay

Volcano Bay opens May 25th. Located south of Cabana Bay, the retro-tiki vibe and atmosphere matches up to the hip resort. A large volcano, housing many slides and attractions, will be the main focal point of the park. Parking will be located at the main parking garages with a tram to transport guests to the park.

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.

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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! 😡

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