Nintendo partnering with Universal to make attractions.

lazyboy97o

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The land is built so high up. Does anyone know if the Mario Kart ride is below or if all the backstage support is underneath the land? It makes me wonder how much of the guest area will be below ground.
In the land you enter on the second level and can go down to the first level.
 

BubbaisWoke

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Wow, I think the land looks incredible. I’m hoping for a Diagon situation, where hopefully the buildings provide some shade. I’m trying to imagine it to scale, as of course it looks tiny in pictures. But that bridge leading to the future DK expansion looks to be pretty big when imagining a person under it which which is a good thing.
 

JT3000

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Construction for the DK expansion is also underway! Stab in the dark, but maybe 2022 based on how quickly the main land was built.
What happened to this being an Orlando exclusive? 🤔 Looks like Japan is getting everything we are, long before we do.
 

JT3000

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Orlando was always getting a clone of Japan’s full build out. Zelda and Pokémon would have been unique.
Evidently, but I distinctly remember certain insiders saying we would be the only ones getting DK. Zelda and Pokemon were never part of this newer plan for the land. They supposedly want to build those elsewhere, although I don't know if they're still even being considered.

Yeah I can see that. I’m not talking about the fact that they’re not announcing a date right now, I’m talking about the fact that within 5 years of announcement there has never been any concrete opening timeline and how unusual that is.
They've been saying summer of 2020 for quite a while. Universal doesn't usually get more specific than that until a few moths prior to opening, but obviously that wasn't possible in this case.
 
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lazyboy97o

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Evidently, but I distinctly remember certain insiders saying we would be the only ones getting DK. Zelda and Pokemon were never part of this newer plan for the land. They supposedly want to build those elsewhere, although I don't know if they're still even being considered.
Donkey Kong was never exclusive, just Phase 2 for Japan which might have opened after Epic Universe. Zelda was to replace Lost Continent and Pokémon was Kid’s Zone after Mario and Donkey Kong were moved to Epic Universe.
 

BrianLo

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What happened to this being an Orlando exclusive? 🤔 Looks like Japan is getting everything we are, long before we do.
Timed exclusive, rather than true exclusive. Donkey Kong was developed specifically to fit Japan's plot.

Nintendoland has essentially been pushed back multiple times now in Orlando. Losing that window in the process.

@Mike S did rail about this multiple times though and was technically proved right. There was no technical benefit to Orlando pushing off the project. Other than taking all the best ideas once meant for USO (Nintendo/Ministry of Magic).

Theoretically though it can be expanded in Epic Universe after the fact. A decade from now it might be the best version, but not upfront.
 

Mike S

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Timed exclusive, rather than true exclusive. Donkey Kong was developed specifically to fit Japan's plot.

Nintendoland has essentially been pushed back multiple times now in Orlando. Losing that window in the process.

@Mike S did rail about this multiple times though and was technically proved right. There was no technical benefit to Orlando pushing off the project. Other than taking all the best ideas once meant for USO (Nintendo/Ministry of Magic).

Theoretically though it can be expanded in Epic Universe after the fact. A decade from now it might be the best version, but not upfront.
There is an expansion plot supposedly ear marked for Nintendo so we’ll see.
 

Lintemuthstudios

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Timed exclusive, rather than true exclusive. Donkey Kong was developed specifically to fit Japan's plot.

Nintendoland has essentially been pushed back multiple times now in Orlando. Losing that window in the process.

@Mike S did rail about this multiple times though and was technically proved right. There was no technical benefit to Orlando pushing off the project. Other than taking all the best ideas once meant for USO (Nintendo/Ministry of Magic).
I semi-agree with this, semi-don't. I get why they delayed it, but no one can deny that SNW + Ministry of Magic would have elevated USO from good-tier to god-tier in terms of theme park quality.

Imagine a park with four new rides (three e-tickets in Mario Kart, Donkey Kong, and Ministry of Magic, and a c ticket in Yoshi), an entire new land (SNW), and two great new shows (Bourne and the lagoon show). That would have been fantastic. Epic Universe could have opened with Pokemon, maybe Zelda too, another Dreamworks property, and some sort of new get (LOTR is always speculated). Things would have been fine. Instead, we have a lackluster USF and a great new park.
 

sedati

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Looks great. I love the backdrop still has sculpted elements.
Pirannah plants are in matching positions and comparing with other photos, they don't seem to have moved (other elements like Yoshi have been photographed over time showing movement.) Not a confirmation that they are static, but it is looking like they are.
Also, this land will have one of the best soundtracks guaranteed. I wonder if it will be more 8bit or orchestral.
 
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