New Harry Potter Coaster Confirmed for 2019 (Dragon's Challenge Closing Sept 4th)

maxairmike

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Shortcuts are Universal

If the tradeoff between getting the awesome attraction we're getting now, or some cut down version to move budget to reorient/heavily theme that structure is a possible momentary glimpse at a ride structure, I'll take it every day and twice on Sundays. I can't see it being that huge of a deal, really. You say you'll be "angled towards it," but your sight isn't being directed towards it, the top of your head is. You're just being rolled to the side, and you'll actually have a harder time seeing it through the turn because of the banking than if it were just a flat curve. On launches your vision is generally pretty tunnel-like, even on less intense ones, in my experience and observation. Unless I'm purposely looking to the side, my natural reaction is to focus entirely straight ahead once the launch is happening.
 

Tom Morrow

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If the tradeoff between getting the awesome attraction we're getting now, or some cut down version to move budget to reorient/heavily theme that structure is a possible momentary glimpse at a ride structure, I'll take it every day and twice on Sundays. I can't see it being that huge of a deal, really. You say you'll be "angled towards it," but your sight isn't being directed towards it, the top of your head is. You're just being rolled to the side, and you'll actually have a harder time seeing it through the turn because of the banking than if it were just a flat curve. On launches your vision is generally pretty tunnel-like, even on less intense ones, in my experience and observation. Unless I'm purposely looking to the side, my natural reaction is to focus entirely straight ahead once the launch is happening.
This isn't the only shortcut we can see though. I also don't understand why there has to be some sort of tradeoff, as if properly theming visible structures is going to tank the project or something. Univesral is more than capable, both from a financially and creatively, of designing something fully cohesive and immersive, on par with, say, Radiator Springs Racers or Big Grizzly Mountain.

This ride doesn't also have that much going for it in terms of thrills. It is indeed very much about the visuals you experience while on the ride. Seeing backstage and infrastructure on Hulk, for example, doesn't bother me because it's not an immersive attraction at all and is entirely about the thrills and intensity. (though they really could have put a wall up in the transfer track section to hide backstage during the refurb/rebuild...).
 

lazyboy97o

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People have been complaining over and over about the constant screen-based rides that keep getting added to Universal Parks. Now that a non screen-based ride is about to open...they complain even more.

Honestly if they hate Universal so much, don’t go.
Screens have nothing to do with this.

That was an example. They are still working on theming, landscaping and other scenic elements along the ride. A lot can happen in 2 months. They are by no means finished with everything.
It’s a lousy example. Two months won’t move buildings or change how they were constructed.
 

Tom Morrow

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Screens have nothing to do with this.

It’s a lousy example. Two months won’t move buildings or change how they were constructed.

I could be wrong but I don't think two months is enough to properly theme the building, either. It seems pretty apparent that green paint is their solution.

It is great that this isn't a screen ride. What's not so great is that they seem to not be living up to their past efforts. You don't see things like this on Jurassic Park and you didn't see them on Jaws.
 

the.dreamfinder

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Dropping ride and show control rooms into the middle of an attraction is just bad show. Flat out. It is exactly the sort of dropping of the ball that has become par the course for Universal Creative when left on their own.
Why do you think they did that? Would it have cost that much more to do it right?
 

lazyboy97o

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Why do you think they did that? Would it have cost that much more to do it right?
I don’t really know. My mostly baseless guess would be that the equipment size requirements grew late in the design process and had to be worked into an otherwise locked down design. The coaster layout has to be locked down far enough in advance for it to be manufactured. The new track layout also encompasses the entire plot left behind by Dragon Challenge and is anything but level (and it goes down too, not up).
 

raven

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It’s not even living up to the beautiful ruins, a building that is supposed to look like it is falling apart.
So you’ve personally already toured the grounds and experienced the ride 2 months before it even opens to witness these claims first hand?
 

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