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Universal's Epic Universe (South Expansion Complex) - Construction Resumed

lebeau

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It's a highly-respected franchise with a huge general fanbase (fewer diehard fans but more GP who know and enjoy the films). If they create the Viking village of Berk, it'll be absolutely beautiful and a fun place to visit.

Even if you don't know the movies (I took my kid to the first one when it was in theaters and haven't seen anything since), it's Viking-Dragon land. That's cool.
 

imarc

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Rumos says that the Hub access will be free. You’ll only pay for the worlds

I guess there would be an outside security screening so everything within that area would just be a quick scan of the card or wristband.

I wonder if security is outside of the hotel or between the hotel and the rest of the park.
 

lee.moles.disney

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However, I don't get the overall size of this park? The same as all the current parks and hotels altogether?

Also, I think they may want to rethink 'Fantastic Beasts and Train your Dragon' as I don't find these strong enough IP.
 

lebeau

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The built The Lost Continent 20 years ago and removed the dragons and castles section...

They did. But only because something better came along. If at some point Lord of the Rings (or some other currently unknown IP that would make a good fit) opens up, the same thing might happen.

Personally, I wish someone would build an IP-free park. How refreshing would that be?
 

tissandtully

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Rumos says that the Hub access will be free. You’ll only pay for the worlds
That'd be super interesting, I like that idea. pretty much just incorporate CityWalk into the park, have all ticket sales be handled online, have RFID or Face recognition ticketing. They've had this whole park-to-park transition thing going well since Diagon Alley opened. I like that Universal has been pushing the boundaries of ticketing.
 

MerlinTheGoat

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I am pleased with what i've seen. The concept art is hiding a lot of the finer details of the specific lands. Most of the detail we're being shown is in the hub and walkways. But I have some level of confidence that the final result will be high quality. We've already seen models of Super Nintendo World, and the detail is much greater than what is showcased in this artwork. So I wouldn't worry about that aspect of the art.

The art solidified what lands and content we're getting, and i'm pretty satisfied with what was shown. My biggest concern is that there may not be too many rides on opening day (an issue I have with Disney these days when they announce big new lands or parks). Bit hard to tell from the art though.

Nintendo seems likely to contain the three rides that were in the leaked model (Mario Kart, a Yoshi omnimover, and Donkey Kong's Mine Cart coaster). So Nintendo may end up being the most content rich area in the park. Dunno if the alleged Pokemon area contains a ride or not. How to Train Your Dragon is getting at least the dueling coaster (which I will count as a single ride), but there may be additional rides in the previously cut off bottom portion of the art, some additional buildings can be seen down there (they seem large enough to potentially house a dark ride). I'm not sure if Classic Monsters is getting a ride, it really needs one but i'm concerned because I can't see an actual show building in the artwork. I'm sure Fantastic Beasts will get at least one ride, the art for it shows a very sizeable building for it. So it's a safe bet that the park will probably have a minimum of 5 rides based on what we've seen from Nintendo, Fantastic Beasts and HTTYD. There are other buildings that COULD be rides, but it's speculation from there.
 

tissandtully

Well-Known Member
I am pleased with what i've seen. The concept art is hiding a lot of the finer details of the specific lands. Most of the detail we're being shown is in the hub and walkways. But I have some level of confidence that the final result will be high quality. We've already seen models of Super Nintendo World, and the detail is much greater than what is showcased in this artwork. So I wouldn't worry about that aspect of the art.

The art solidified what lands and content we're getting, and i'm pretty satisfied with what was shown. My biggest concern is that there may not be too many rides on opening day (an issue I have with Disney these days when they announce big new lands or parks). Bit hard to tell from the art though.

Nintendo seems likely to contain the three rides that were in the leaked model (Mario Kart, a Yoshi omnimover, and Donkey Kong's Mine Cart coaster). So Nintendo may end up being the most content rich area in the park. Dunno if the alleged Pokemon area contains a ride or not. How to Train Your Dragon is getting at least the dueling coaster (which I will count as a single ride), but there may be additional rides in the previously cut off bottom portion of the art, some additional buildings can be seen down there (they seem large enough to potentially house a dark ride). I'm not sure if Classic Monsters is getting a ride, it really needs one but i'm concerned because I can't see an actual show building in the artwork. I'm sure Fantastic Beasts will get at least one ride, the art for it shows a very sizeable building for it. So it's a safe bet that the park will probably have a minimum of 5 rides based on what we've seen from Nintendo, Fantastic Beasts and HTTYD. There are other buildings that COULD be rides, but it's speculation from there.
A fantastic beasts indoor show ala Poseidon's Fury would be awesome.
 

andysol

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How to Train Your Dragon is getting at least the dueling coaster (which I will count as a single ride), but there may be additional rides in the previously cut off bottom portion of the art, some additional buildings can be seen down there (they seem large enough to potentially house a dark ride).

The dueling coaster is not part of HTTYD and is it's own ride w/o a land.

HTTYD is getting a smaller coaster that you can see at the bottom of the concept art. Not tiny like Hippogriff/Barnstormer, but still a very good size. Think closer to something like Hagrid's.

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There is also zero chance the hub is going to be free. Zero.
 

Tom Morrow

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- The name is really bad. But at least it doesn't have the words "World" or "Adventure" in it, which are very overused in the theme park industry. I predict they will have to rename or rebrand this. It's "Universal Studios Escape" all over again.

- Agreed with MansionButler here - very excited for Nintendo and the Universal Monsters areas, but the Fantastic Beasts movies are incredibly mediocre at best and quickly forgotten by anyone other than the most diehard Potter fans. How to Train Your Dragon has very limited appeal. I know some of you will try to argue this and how they're actually good movies and all that, but they aren't anywhere on the same level as, say, Toy Story, a franchise that is loved by all ages. Then again, I didn't care about Avatar either and ended up loving the land. We'll see.

- I'm also really not a fan of this theme park homogenization. Theme parks are now just plots of land to dump in whatever IP they feel like. And yes, Disney is part of this problem too. Look at every new theme park recently built in the United Arab Emirates. They all blend together and are completely generic and homogeneous because, like this, they are just IP dumping grounds.

- Very curious and a but worried if the Orlando job market can sustain this.
 

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