Team Mickey Presents....
This week, Team Mickey has been tasked by The Sorcerer Yen Sid to create an all new themed area for Universal Orlando's headliner park, Universal Studios Florida.
For the past 5 years, Universal's parent company Comcast has been on a building spree, opening roughly a dozen new experiences for the resort's guests. With Baker Street, even more opportunities for family fun will come to Orlando's premier vacation destination.
Baker Street is an all new area at Universal Studios Florida that will transport guests into Victorian Era London. Visitors to this expansion will be able to help Sherlock Holmes solve a mystery in an interactive dark ride or be scared in a highly-themed Edgar Allen Poe Horror walk-through giving guests a good fright. Next, guests will be guided through the tragic tale of the Baudelaire children in a family-friendly dark ride, with a narration taken from the journals of Lemony Snicket and they'll be able to interact with some of Victorian London's most iconic characters on the main avenue of Baker Street. Guests can dine in a table service restaurant serving "Kung Poe Chicken" and can purchase collectables and merchandise in one of two themed stores.
So, without further ado, let's take a walk down Baker Street.
This "interactive experience" will bring guests directly into the world of Sherlock Holmes, beginning at his office at the famed 221B Baker Street.
The attraction begins as a walkthrough, with a path entering the front door of the building and up to the second floor, into the study of Holmes. The walkthrough is from the perspective of Dr. Watson, who has just walked into the study to find that Sherlock is missing. Through a voiceover narration, Dr. Watson tries to use the powers of deduction employed by Holmes to determine where the detective could be. For instance, Watson notes that the fireplace is still lit, which tells him that Holmes left hastily. As usual, Watson is far off the mark.
In the next scene, Holmes enters and addresses the audience. "Ah, my dear Watson. I presumed you would call, so naturally I left the fire burning for your convenience." Holmes explains that he has been for a morning stroll, and was recognized and approached by a gentleman with a curious problem. The man's name was Victor Collingwood. Holmes describes how Collingwood was robbed of his pocket watch on the street-- not an unusual crime-- but he received a message by post requesting his presence at a certain address that very night if he wanted his watch back.
At this point, guests board a black horse-drawn trolley to experience the remainder of the attraction. It is now just before dusk, and Holmes has asked Victor Collingwood to appear at the address as requested. Meanwhile, Holmes and Watson have staked out in a nearby location to observe. The sun goes down and fog fills the street.
When Collingwood knocks on the door, there is no answer. Suddenly, a live cast member enters the trolley, playing the part of an anonymous villain. It is now obvious that the entire plot was a set-up to bait Sherlock Holmes into a trap. But Holmes himself can be seen fleeing. The cast member scowls. "He's gone, the weasel. But no matter, we'll catch him." For the remainder of the ride, the CM commandeers the trolley on a short chase through the London streets. Holmes wins in the end, as he leads the trolley right into a police crew led by Inspector Lestrade of Scotland Yard.
We exit the trolley and walk into the next scene, where we hear Watson's voice-over. "You knew it was a set-up! You told the police ahead of time! But how?"
Sherlock responds. "Elementary. Remember our very own Victor Collingwood? He himself was working as part of the plot against us." He goes on to explain how he deduced that Collingwood actually had his pocket watch in his possession all along, based on his gait. Therefore he had to have been lying about the entire incident.
Holmes continues. "Though Collingwood is not his real name, his fatal mistake was that he has used the pseudonym before. I managed to discover the address of his boarding-house-- needless to say, he too will have the police waiting for him at home."
Poe House of Horror
This attraction combines live actors and voice over audio elements to bring some of the Poets most famous works to life. In the style of Poseidon’s Fury at Islands of Adventure, we have a walk through show attraction that will overload your senses and is guaranteed to leave you scared stiff.
A large house sits near the end of the street. It is Dark and looks like it is falling apart. A few dead plants can be seen near the front door and a small plaque above it reads “POE”. Upon entering the house we walk past a dining room and begin down a hall way to the first room.
We enter a large reading chamber. Book shelves cover the walls and a fireplace to the left side houses a large fire with a high backed chair facing it. A deep knocking is heard and the narrator begins to speak the famous poem. We hear the doors open and a raven fly’s in and appears on the statue above the door. We slowly build tension with the reading of the poem. When reaching the climax lights begin to flicker and the raven keeps repeating “never more”. The narrator grows anxious and screams at the conclusion of the poem. The doors open and we continue down a hallway to the next room
The Fall of the House of Usher.
We enter the room with a man on a bed and another reading to him. The narrator’s voice is heard explaining that he has come to his friend’s home because he is sick. He tells of how a week ago his friend’s sister died in the same house we are in now. He will attempt to keep the sick man’s mind off his illness by reading. As he reads a story the sounds of animals and other strange noises begin to fill the room. The sick man loses his mind and claims that his sister is buried alive under the house. Upon this notion the lights flicker and noises grow louder and at height of tension the door bursts open with a bloody figure of the man’s sister in it. The narrator explains that at this he runs from the house. And watched it sink into the ground as it split in two.
The Pit and the Pendulum
We enter a large dark room. The voice of the narrator begins to say that you have been found guilty and that you are sentenced to death. The room goes dark and only a light above eliminates a pendulum with a razor sharp edge. As it swings back and forth we notice it getting closer and closer. The Voice begins to describe how you have been tied to a rack of some kind. He also informs you of the rats on the floor. Streams of air are blown from the floor to simulate the rats running by your feet. The Dramatic tension builds and as the pendulum seems to be about to cut you lights go dark. The narrator says that the rats have chewed to bonds keeping us in place. The walls begin to glow green and the narrator begins to describe the walls closing in on us. They slowly move closer to you and again as tension builds we begin to think we will be forced into the pit. The tension breaks with a sudden slamming of a door and General Lasalle tells us that we have been freed. We exit the room, walk down one last hallway and to the exit back out to the park.
A Series of Unfortunate Events: The Atrocious Attraction
Guests making their way down Baker Street will eventually come upon a rather unassuming-looking apartment building. Above the open doorway hangs a large sign which reads “A Series of Unfortunate Events: The Atrocious Attraction.” Curious guests will, obviously, make their way through the front doors and into the rather dingy complex hall.
Passing into the building, guests find themselves at the bottom of a large stairwell. This is a fairly unassuming staircase - all that’s really here are a bunch of doors to other apartments. The only thing of note while climbing the staircase is a locked custodial closet with a strange microphone attached to it.
Reaching the top, guests will find another open door. Next to the door are two small brass signs right on top of each other. The topmost sign reads “Apt. 667”
while, while the lower sign reads“Snicket.”
Guests will first notice that the apartment is rather sparsely decorated. Nothing hangs from the stained, peeling walls, and the floor is an uncarpeted dark wood. All that sit in the room is an old, simple bed, and a small desk with a medium sized cork board leaning against the wall. On the bed sits an old-looking accordion. On the desk sits an old grainy picture of a woman, as well as a large unkempt stack of notes. On the corkboard are an assortment of pictures, all of a trio of children and a tall menacing-looking man.
Oddly, despite the apartment being in disrepair, there is an absolutely beautiful white-paned, wide-open window on the right wall. The window is massive, looking out into the city at dusk. On the other side of the window is an endless stream of odd-looking contraptions, each outfitted with a set of propellers. Guests may climb through the window and board one of these contraptions, which hang over a darkened alleyway.
The contraption leaves the strange apartment behind, passing above the alleyway, and out into the city. Guests are now above a gigantic cityscape at dusk. As they pass over the city, a voice can be heard.
If you have come to this attraction expecting a story of a trio of happy-go-lucky orphans who are adopted by a menacing, yet redeemable villain accompanied by a troupe of yellow banana men, I’m afraid that you have arrived at the wrong place. This, in actuality, is the story of a trio of young orphans tormented by a vile, evil man. These siblings, Violet, Klaus, and little Sunny, while kindhearted and quick-witted, are a rather unlucky bunch, facing only misery and misfortune wherever they step. So, please, do not be fooled. This is a rather unfortunate tale.
If you find sad tales about children disconcerting, turn back now. Furthermore, if you are frightened by burning manor homes, tall unibrowed men, staged weddings, and slow-moving suspended vehicles, I would advise you to turn back now.
I must follow these three children, chronicling each of their depressing dilemmae, but you may leave this attraction and seek something of a lighter fare. Of course, if you haven’t already boarded the aforementioned attraction.
With all due respect,
As guests pass over the city, they begin to move in closer to one building in particular. While the rest of the city looks peaceful, this building is totally engulfed in flame. Snicket continues:
“Stories, naturally, have a beginning. Some happy, others funny, and others still very sad. This, unfortunately, falls into the third of the categories. The Beaudelaire siblings, Violet, Klaus, and Sunny were once happy. They lived in a very large house with a very large and expansive library, free to do as they pleased. All that changed one day when their home was destroyed in a terrible blaze. The three youngsters not only lost their home, but their parents as well. This was only the first of a series of unfortunate events.”
As Snicket ends, guests round a corner, leaving the vast cityscape behind. They are now at the ruins of the Beaudelaire Mansion. In front of the mansion stand the Beaudelaire siblings, Violet, Klaus, and Sonny, as well as Mr. Poe, who was put in charge of the orphans’ affairs by their parents. The four look out onto the smoldering pile of ash in despair. As guests leave the mansion behind, Snicket continues:
“The Beaudelaire orphans probably thought that their situation could not get any worse. Sadly, and as is to be expected in a story such as this, they were wrong.”
Guests now find themselves in front of another house with a large out of place tower. This house is in shambles. It is very large and grand-looking, but has very obviously fallen into disrepair. Guests pass by the house’s front porch. On the porch stand the three Beaudelaire children, accompanied by Mr. Poe. In the doorway is a tall, menacing man. As guests pass, they can hear him greeting the children:
“Hello, hello, hello.”
Again, Snicket continues:
“Count Olaf was a repulsive man; repulsive, meaning unpleasant. Figuratively, of course. While the three orphans had never heard his name uttered until that morning, Mr. Poe assured them that he would be a fine guardian. Naturally, he was wrong.”
Guests round around the corner of the house. Though they are still outside, they can look in through the house’s many large windows. After rounding the corner, guests pass by Count Olaf’s kitchen. Which guests can’t see a ton through the windows, it is very easy to see that the kitchen is absolutely filthy. Nevertheless, the three Beaudelaires can be seen feverishly cooking and washing the dishes. Snicket continues:
“Count Olaf would leave daily tasks for the three orphans to complete, each of which being entirely unfit for children to do. On one night, they were tasked with cooking dinner for Count Olaf and his associates. The youngsters cooked a wonderful meal of Pasta Puttanesca.”
Guests round the corner to the back of the house. This time, through the window, they can see an equally dirty dining room, populated by a cavalcade of increasingly more unpleasant people. One man has hooks for hands, another is rather large and it seems impossible to tell whether this person is a man or a woman - all of these people are repulsive not only in look, but in personality as well. All of these people, Count Olaf included, can be seen berating the Beaudelaire children for not preparing roast beef. Snicket continues:
“However, Count Olaf and his grotesque group of associates were displeased with this meal. These three youngsters were now truly alone in this world. Or so they thought.”
Guests once again round the corner. There are no windows looking into Count Olaf’s house here, but to their left, guests can see a gigantic floor to ceiling window looking into the neighboring house. Inside, guests can see the Beaudelaires and a woman inside a massive library. All four look happy as they quietly read amongst the endless sea of books. Guests continue uphill, towards the second floor of Count Olaf’s house, as Snicket continues:
“These three youngsters did find solace in one person, however. Justice Strauss, Count Olaf’s neighbor, was a very generous woman, allowing the orphans to look through the books in her massive library. It was the only place they were happy. The three thought that they could perhaps live with Count Olaf so long as Justice Strauss lived next door. Unbeknownst to them, however, Count Olaf had devised a cunning plan.”
Guests once again round the corner, but instead of passing around the front of Count Olaf’s house again, they enter the house through an open window. Now inside, guests make their way down a rather dingy hallway. As guests make their way down the hallway, Snicket continues:
“Count Olaf was a cunning man. He was as intelligent as he was repulsive, which, as you now know, means unpleasant. He desperately wanted the Beaudelaire fortune. To do this, he devised a cunning plan to marry Violet in the production of the play “The Marvelous Marriage” by esteemed playwright Al Funcoot. To convince Violet, he hung baby Sunny in a bird cage from the top of his house’s tower. Violet, however, was much more cunning than him.”
At the end of the hallway, guests enter a room. It’s the orphans’ room. There are no decorations, or furniture, really. Only a single bed. By the window, guests notice that the curtain rod is in broken pieces on the floor. As guests pass through the room, they see Klaus asleep on the floor. Oddly, the bed is empty.
Passing through the window, and out to the back of Count Olaf’s house, we see the tower. As Snicket said, Sunny was indeed hanging from a birdcage out the top of it. What he didn’t mention, however, was that Violet was now climbing the tower using a homemade grappling hook. Guests follow Violet up the tower, eventually coming to the large open window that Sunny is precariously dangling from. As guests pass through the window, they notice that someone is holding the grappling hook, allowing Violet to climb up: the hook-handed man.
Inside the tower, guests see that all three of the Beaudelaires are now trapped by Count Olaf. As they pass, guests can hear Olaf go over his plan with the orphans, of course while mocking them. Guests leave the tower and go through a short black hallway. Snicket continues:
“Count Olaf may have captured the orphans, but they were still very cunning. Nevertheless, Al Funcoot’s “The Marvelous Marriage” was performed.”
Guests are now in a theatre, looking down at the audience. At the far end, on the stage, stand Count Olaf, Violet, and Justice Strauss as they perform the wedding “scene.” It’s too late, Count Olaf has married Violet - or has he. Guests can hear Violet explain that she signed the certificate with her left hand, meaning that, technically, she did not properly sign the document, meaning that Count Olaf is not legally Violet’s husband.
With this, guests pass over the stage and into the backstage. It’s very dark. The lights have gone out, but they can see Count Olaf and his associates running out the back door of the theatre, unseen and unheard.
Guests leave the theatre and are in an alley. They can see the Beaudelaires and Mr. Poe drive off in a car. Snicket continues:
“Most stories have an ending. Some happy, some funny, and some sad. This story, much like its’ beginning, does not have a happy ending. While the orphans had escaped from Count Olaf for the time being, they were certain that he would return once more. This was only the bad beginning to a series of unfortunate events. Though I may keep following these three youngsters on their harrowing journey, you may exit to your right and continue about your unassuming lives as tourists. I trust you have not enjoyed this journey, as if you have I would be acutely distressed for your family and friends. Nevertheless, thank you. I hope you will not make the mistake again of riding this attraction.
With all due respect,
With that, guests unload and continue about their day at Universal Studios Orlando.
Shops and Restaurants
Located at the exit of Sherlock Holmes an Interactive Experience guests will enter a lovely library straight out of the Victorian Age. Guests will be able to buy all the Sherlock Holmes Books under the section labeled Sherlock's Cases. Other things guests can find here to buy is merchandise based off the adventures of Sherlock Homes and Watson as well pieces of merchandise that just fit in to the atmosphere of the store, and Baker Street.
Located at the exit of A Series of Unfortunate Events: The Atrocious Attraction. Guests will be able all the books of A Series of Unfortunate Events as well as some other rather unfortunate pieces of literature from Edgar Allan Poe. This store will also sell a series of many products based on the works on Edgar Allan Poe, and many of the iconic stories found here on Baker Street.
A Victorian Cafe
Located in the heart of Baker Street A Victorian Cafe sells various delicious foods found in England as well as it's various colonies from the Victorian Era. Including cuisine from England, America, India, Australia, and Egypt. However some of the bes things to dine on here are the Lemony Snicketdoodles, Kung Poe Chicken, and Cornanish Pasties
We have decided to include a bit of streetmosphere to really round out our land. A few are based on the classic characters of Charles Dickens, while others are completely original. Enjoy this look into some of the residents of Baker Street.
Inspector Mordechai and Sargent Brown.
“Comedic male duo”
A duo from Scotland yard, these two men can often be seen walking the beet. Searching for any information on the happenings of baker street. The Inspector sporting a rather large mustache and the Sargent being somewhat dim witted are always good for a laugh as they claim to be the true sleuths of baker street. In their eyes they are far superior to Holmes and Watson.
Mr Scrooge and Tiny Tim. “
These two can be seen most often around the holidays. Scrooge with his usual annoyed temperament and Tiny Tim the consummate optimist. Scrooge can often be slightly rude to guests with a signature “Humbug”, and Tiny Tim is never seen without his crutch.
Jacob is an older man who is pale and thin. (He is a ghost after all) Covered in chains and sporting a faded suit, he can also be seen during the Christmas season, warning guests to be mindful of their ways.
Abigail Sanders. “
Female, sells flowers”
Abigail is a lovely woman who brightens up the day of everyone she meets. Roaming the street with a basket of flowers, she distributes them to guests and will serenade folks that look like they need a pick me up.
“Male, street lamp attendant"
Reg is an upbeat young man who takes pride in making sure the street lamps on Baker Street are always in good condition. He often will greet passers bye with a tip of his cap and an impromptu poem if you ask. He’s witty, street wise and also has a way with the ladies, (If you ask him at least)
Baker Street will truly be a unique experience for all to enjoy. Thank you for reading.