Universal Orlando Gets Festive

Written by Eric Davis. Posted in Features, Universal Orlando

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Published on November 06, 2012 at 5:02 am with 12 Comments

No sooner had Universal Orlando announced the Transformers ride last week, than Christmas seems to be suddenly sweeping in.  Islands of Adventure’s retail locations are getting the full treatment and being decked to the walls with festive trees and garland.  At the same time, more upkeep is happening in Seuss Landing. We also show you another wonderful ride that could use the same level of attention in the park.  Let’s not forget the progress occurring on the new Harry Potter expansions in both Islands of Adventure and Universal Studios too.

CHRISTMAS IN ISLANDS OF ADVENTURE

It is mostly the retail locations that are getting the holiday treatment at the moment.

DUDLEY DONE WRONG

It’s a shame that the amazing Dudley Do Right’s Ripsaw falls has not been given the respect that it deserves. A beautiful layout for a flume ride is marred by show scenes that are either half executed or completely abandoned all together, leaving gaping holes along the ride path.

On top of the fact that the ride was constructed without enough funds to complete the show scenes, it is now suffering from some cracks and other minor maintenance problems.

Wouldn’t it be remarkable if they used some of the 1.5 billion set aside for capital investment to finish this attraction? The ride technology is solid, it’s just the show that needs to be finished. If they would enclose a few areas along the flume and flesh out scenes that are merely suggested, this could easily be a world class attraction.

HOGWART’S EXPRESS

More evidence is trickling out that the Hogwart’s express will soon be coming to IOA. A new construction sign was installed recently that smacks of Harry Potter.

SEUSS LANDING

We are paying close attention to the renovation and repainting that Seuss Landing is getting. To begin with, it is very encouraging to see Universal taking care of this high-maintenance area of their resort.  But there are still a few sections of the land that could use some attention.  Let’s hope that management is aware of these spots and that they are on the list to be repainted.

A cracked beak and faded yellow paint.

The extremities here are worn.

Mold in the cracks and wear and tear are evident here.

 But there is also quite a bit that they HAVE addressed since last weeks update.  Take a look.

Almost makes you want to eat green eggs, doesn’t it? Though not opened when we stopped by.

TRANSFORMERS

As you all know, of course, Transformers: The Ride 3D is coming to the Universal Orlando resort in the Summer of next year.  This $40million dollar attraction will be another solid addition to the roster of attractions being amassed at the Universal Orlando Resort.

Out front, a new Bumblebee figure has been installed heralding the arrival of the attraction.

Inside the park, construction continues around the clock.  We are promised a brand new, unique facade that is unlike those in Hollywood and Singapore.

 

HARRY POTTER

Finally, we wrap up with a glance at the construction site of the yet to be announced Harry Potter addition to Universal Studios Orlando park.  While nothing has been announced officially, nothing has been denied either.

And there you have it. Christmas is moving in, Transformers are coming soon, Suess Landing is getting brighter and Harry Potter is on the horizon.  We are really looking forward to Grinchmas this year (December 1st through January 1st) and will bring you photos as soon as it starts to appear!

About Eric Davis

By day, Eric is in Marketing and Social Media. But on the weekends, he's a theme park addict. Eric is a frequent contributor to MiceChat's Orlando Parkhopper columns and tends to focus his efforts on what's new and what's news at Universal Studios and SeaWorld.

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  1. Great Update, as usual.

    I can’t wait to see the Transformers ride at USO. I wonder what the facade looks like. Hopefully, it will blend in with the rest of the park.

    I am looking forward to the Harry Potter expansions. I hope the Hogwarts Express is a steam train like in the movie, similar to the Disneyland and Magic Kindom express.

    Thanks again Eric

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    • I agree. The exterior of Transformers is what has me the most excited right now! Obviously the ride will be amazing, and stunning. But I can’t wait to see how the exterior fits in with it’s surroundings!

  2. Thank you Eric. Love the emerging details and bright colors in Suess Landing. Christmas comes too soon, but it least it looks good.

    You hit the nail on the head with Dudley Do Right. It could be such a great attraction. But it’s clear when you ride it that they only had resources to build the ride system and not the actual show. I’d love to see them finish and officially relaunch this ride. With the Potter crowds, they could use more attractions which rise to the occasion. It would be much easier to complete the originally planned show for Dudley Do Right than to build a whole new attraction.

    • Dudley’s Do Rights could be incredible and amazing… It just needs A LOT of attention.

  3. Thank you Eric! I’ve never commented on one of these things (I don’t think at least lol) but I truly appreciate these updates that you frequently post of Universal Orlando! MiceChat provides the best Universal Orlando information on the web! I live in Connecticut and I only visit the Orlando area during the summer time to visit family, but for the past 6 summers I’ve visited Universal Orlando Resort and have seen such incredible changes and improvements to the parks! I absolutely adore Universal Orlando’s rides, shows, food, and just atmosphere overall, and it’s like a home away from home for me lol. I am just so grateful that you constantly post information, pictures, and your thoughts on Universal Orlando so I can see how things are going down there haha!

    Anyway, the parks are looking really nice all Christmas-y haha. I love the effort that UO puts into every little tiny thing in their parks. I do agree, though, they need to put some money and a little tlc into Dudley Do Right. But I love the “Great Things Are On The Way” sign they have posted on the construction wall! I cannot wait for the announcement UO is going to make telling us all what exactly the park is doing for the Harry Potter expansion! Suess Landing looks great too and I’m sure they’re going to touch up the things that haven’t been repainted yet. I’m also excited to see what this Transformers building is going to look like when it’s completed. And I’m truly in awe of how quickly this Potter expansion is going in Studios. I cannot wait to revisit UO in the summer! Great things truly are on the way!

    Thank you again, though, Eric, I love the posts!

    • Thank you for the wonderful comment! I will continue to try to provide interesting articles every week!

  4. I’m SO very excited for the new attractions and remodeling. Universal is executing everything perfectly so far, minus the fact that we lost Jaws.

    PS I love your idea with Dudley Do Right! I hope they do it!

    • I agree! Seuss Landing MUST be seen in person! It is SO incredibly bright in person! It is amazing!

  5. If you didn’t already know, the life size Bumblebee was only there until Sunday, and has since been removed.

    • Thank you for the comment. That will be included with next weeks article.

  6. I think the problem with Dudley’s is noone knows who he is anymore. I was enjoying the two rudimentary animatronics in the queue line and was dismayed that NOONE was even looking up at them. Apparently Chuck E. Cheese style entertainment no longer makes one even bat an eye. As far as the outdoor show scenes, they’re deteriorating SO badly – why not just enclose them? It’s a great ride and deserves it.

    Still, when I rode in September I was blown away that it took OVER an hour to board on a day when every other line in the park was nonexistent.

    • Dudley Doo Right’s is a lot more than chipped paint, and missing scenes. You are right. Kids aren’t clamoring to see Dudley or Nell.

      Personally in my dream world this whole attraction would be given a new overlay, the flume would be widened, and the logs replaced with logs similar to splash mountain.