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. Expected opening of 2020.

Recent rumors state an expansion to the land has already been fast tracked and will open shortly after the land does.

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 Disaster! 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.

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! 😡