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Portions of Kidzone closing January 16, 2023

DonniePeverley

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Harry Potter should have gone into this area originally ... and kept Jaws.

This kid zone has been utterly embarassing for a long time. Simply no excuse for it. It shamed Universal.
 

JT3000

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I don't think F&F is going anywhere anytime soon. I imagine they sunk a lot of money into it...somehow.
I'm sure it wasn't cheap per se, but they certainly saved money by using the same ride system as Kong, which had required some hefty bugs to be worked out before it functioned properly. I'm sure this perceived return on what was largely a preexisting investment was likely one of the main motivations for greenlighting the attraction, along with simply wanting the huge F&F brand in the parks. But it's a return on investment that didn't come to fruition. Not only are people not visiting the parks to ride Supercharged, it already has a decidedly negative reputation. It's hard to say what they'll do or how long it will take given the ride's youth and the amount of capital already being spent elsewhere, but they're certainly aware that the project is a failure.

Considering they built a brand new building just for this attraction, which was probably the largest chunk of its cost, the real question here is how easily the current ride can be scrapped in favor of a new one, which could be a major factor in their decision. It's a large building, but I'm not aware of its particulars.
 
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999th Happy Haunt

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I'm sure it wasn't cheap per se, but they certainly saved money by using the same ride system as Kong, which had required some hefty bugs to be worked out before it functioned properly. I'm sure this perceived return on what was largely a preexisting investment was likely one of the main motivations for greenlighting the attraction, along with simply wanting the huge F&F brand in the parks. But it's a return on investment that didn't come to fruition. Not only are people not visiting the parks to ride Supercharged, it already has a decidedly negative reputation. It's hard to say what they'll do or how long it will take given the ride's youth and the amount of capital already being spent elsewhere, but they're certainly aware that the project is a failure.

Considering they built a brand new building just for this attraction, which was probably the largest chunk of its cost, the real question here is how easily the current ride can be scrapped in favor of a new one, which could be a major factor in their decision. It's a large building, but I'm not aware of its particulars.
I wish they would just treat Supercharged as a sunk cost. It doesn't push merch or park tickets and isn't liked by the public or fans, they have no reason to keep it around except to save the funds it would take to replace it. I would sell my soul for them to tear down the building, retheme San Francisco to Amity, and build a modern version of Jaws on the show building plot surrounded by a few beach/boardwalk themed flat rides. But I'm not in charge.
 

DonniePeverley

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Supercharged can stay - put it down to experience as an awful attraction. They could of course modify it. Doubt they will though.

Keep it for 5 years or so as more sequels come out and then put it away. The hate it get's is a tad bizarre, especially as the Despicable Me attraction is also just as horrendous
 

SpectreJordan

Active Member
I'm sure it wasn't cheap per se, but they certainly saved money by using the same ride system as Kong, which had required some hefty bugs to be worked out before it functioned properly. I'm sure this perceived return on what was largely a preexisting investment was likely one of the main motivations for greenlighting the attraction, along with simply wanting the huge F&F brand in the parks. But it's a return on investment that didn't come to fruition. Not only are people not visiting the parks to ride Supercharged, it already has a decidedly negative reputation. It's hard to say what they'll do or how long it will take given the ride's youth and the amount of capital already being spent elsewhere, but they're certainly aware that the project is a failure.

Considering they built a brand new building just for this attraction, which was probably the largest chunk of its cost, the real question here is how easily the current ride can be scrapped in favor of a new one, which could be a major factor in their decision. It's a large building, but I'm not aware of its particulars.

Hopefully they'll just replace it with a coaster. I have no idea how the FAST and the Furious franchise didn't get a coaster by default.
 

999th Happy Haunt

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Supercharged can stay - put it down to experience as an awful attraction. They could of course modify it. Doubt they will though.

Keep it for 5 years or so as more sequels come out and then put it away. The hate it get's is a tad bizarre, especially as the Despicable Me attraction is also just as horrendous
Despicable Me didn't replace 2 better attractions, and that building has had the same simulator setup since day one.
 

Rush

Member
Supercharged wasn't really meant to be a stand alone attraction. It was developed as a tunnel segment for Hollywood's tram tour. Hollywood's management proposed to Orlando's leadership they split the cost and bring it to the East coast as a new attraction with additional scenes and and expanded queue footage. Same was true for Kong before it.
 

Cmdr_Crimson

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Supercharged wasn't really meant to be a stand alone attraction. It was developed as a tunnel segment for Hollywood's tram tour. Hollywood's management proposed to Orlando's leadership they split the cost and bring it to the East coast as a new attraction with additional scenes and and expanded queue footage. Same was true for Kong before it.
Shame that they can't just gut the building and make an indoor F&F coaster..
 

TwilightZone

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Supercharged can stay - put it down to experience as an awful attraction. They could of course modify it. Doubt they will though.

Keep it for 5 years or so as more sequels come out and then put it away. The hate it get's is a tad bizarre, especially as the Despicable Me attraction is also just as horrendous
I wonder if the reason "Villian con" is being constructed is due to the need to replace minion mayhem. I have a soft spot for the ride and it's ride system but I would be lying if I said the ride system has aged well. Probably one of the rockiest rides I have ever been on, and I have only been on the newer Hollywood version where years of wear and tear isn't really an issue.
 

Cmdr_Crimson

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I wonder if the reason "Villian con" is being constructed is due to the need to replace minion mayhem. I have a soft spot for the ride and it's ride system but I would be lying if I said the ride system has aged well. Probably one of the rockiest rides I have ever been on, and I have only been on the newer Hollywood version where years of wear and tear isn't really an issue.
Probably not. With them making the old Cafe a Minions themed Cafe they want to make this a Minion Midway when you enter..
 

DonniePeverley

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I wonder if the reason "Villian con" is being constructed is due to the need to replace minion mayhem. I have a soft spot for the ride and it's ride system but I would be lying if I said the ride system has aged well. Probably one of the rockiest rides I have ever been on, and I have only been on the newer Hollywood version where years of wear and tear isn't really an issue.

The ride was built at a time when Universal was really struggling. It was nothing more than a cheap overlay of an already outdated ride Jimmy Neutron attraction (and before that Hanna Barbera attraction). It uses the exact same outdated ride. It's popularity and long wait times is more due to the fact it's a popular IP than any love for the attraction.

The attraction is an utter disgrace, and up there with me Fast N Furious for the simulator fatigue syndrome Unviersal suffers from.
 

DonniePeverley

Well-Known Member
Shame that they can't just gut the building and make an indoor F&F coaster..

Look first they went overload on motion simulator, now the last thing we want them to do is go silly on rollercoasters. How about some original attractions that the whole family can enjoy?

Rollercoasters are cheap, the lowest common denominator for theme parks, requiring little effort - you can buy a bog standard coaster from any company. Paint it black and call it Batman. That's it.

Universal does not need another coaster at this point in time. If you want more coasters go to Six Flags.
 
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Cmdr_Crimson

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Look first they went overload on motion simulator, now the last thing we want them to do is go silly on rollercoasters. How about some original attractions that the whole family can enjoy?

Rollercoasters are cheap, the lowest common denominator for theme parks, requiring little effort - you can buy a bog standard coaster from any company. Paint it black and call it Batman. That's it.

Universal does not need another coaster at this point in time. If you want more coasters go to Six Flags.
Okay....What do you suggest rather than what they have now if they wanted to keep it as a F&F themed attraction? This?
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It fits the vibe for the .
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DonniePeverley

Well-Known Member
For Fast N Furious - my own opinion is they should have gone to something like the Cars attraction Radiator Springs racers California / Test track type scenario, incorporating sport vehicles, show scenes, and most importantly speed. Just my opinion of course.

By suggesting the franchise should be turned into a roller coaster, on the sole basis coasters go fast) is lazy creativity.
 

minekb

New Member
For Fast N Furious - my own opinion is they should have gone to something like the Cars attraction Radiator Springs racers California / Test track type scenario, incorporating sport vehicles, show scenes, and most importantly speed. Just my opinion of course.

By suggesting the franchise should be turned into a roller coaster, on the sole basis coasters go fast) is lazy creativity.
Radiator Springs Racers alone is as big as Diagon Alley + Gringotts. Space is a problem too
 

Cmdr_Crimson

Well-Known Member
For Fast N Furious - my own opinion is they should have gone to something like the Cars attraction Radiator Springs racers California / Test track type scenario, incorporating sport vehicles, show scenes, and most importantly speed. Just my opinion of course.

By suggesting the franchise should be turned into a roller coaster, on the sole basis coasters go fast) is lazy creativity.
Sadly USH missed the memo..😂
 

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