Unofficial Universal Orlando Podcast #83 – News, Rumors and Coldstone

Written by MiceChat Staff. Posted in Features, Podcasts, Universal Orlando

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Published on March 22, 2014 at 1:00 am with 4 Comments

Join us for another audio adventure as we go through the listener survey that we recently posted and let you know the changes that we are making due to your feedback.

We continue our quest to find UUOP listeners favorite type of Butterbeer with a message from David Wilders. You too can be part of this by recording a message on your phone, computer, tablet or go to www.speakpipe.com, let us now who you are, where you’r from and which you prefer.

Following that we bring you the latest news from the parks, including the announcement of the building of Universal Studios Beijing, the new details that Universal Orlando recently released about the Hogwarts Express and more about the King returning to Orlando, following that, we delve into some rumours that are floating around about Diagon Alley, King Kong and more.

We round up the show by hearing from Darren, who had the pleasure of trying out the new Coldstone Creamery at Universal Orlando’s CityWalk.

Grab a cone, pull up a seat and join us for another great show.

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  • LaffnStock

    People, how old are you? I’m 47 and I know Gavin DeGraw ain’t no country singer! Pop/Rock. I Don’t Want to Be was huge! He had 3 or 4 songs that were pretty big on Top 40 stations, though I think he’s showing up more on Adult Contemporary stations now.

  • LaffnStock

    Oh, and the Simpsons expansion is something I predicted last year. They were fiddling with the reservoirs or whatever those things are in the lot north of The Simpsons ride. This park has long needed a water ride and the movement back there seemed like preparation for a water ride. BUT, if you look at Hollywood’s Evolution Plan, the castle stage – which currently houses the Special Effects show – is labeled as a Future Attraction. Once Springfield opens in USH, that building is going to be the only one facing Simpsons Plaza that isn’t Simpsons themed. Certainly that space will not fit a water ride clone, but what’s right next to that empty lot? Men in Black! Which could become a brand new ride simply by retheming it to a Krustyland ride. If Krustyland does expand into the lot, Men in Black is going to stick out like a sore thumb. If Fear Factor turns into the Ministry of Magic, then it’s an even bigger sore thumb. And turning it into Star Trek doesn’t cure that. Either of those attractions will mean the end of Men in Black as it’s going to be a weird little island.

    Retheming MiB to a Krustyland ride means a more-defined Krustyland next to the well-defined Springfield. Yes, it’s a long line of Simpsons, but in terms of area, it’s still smaller than many lands and it can actually be advertised as two distinct lands, which can’t be done now. There are several possible themes too. Unfortunately, the obvious choice – Kang and Kodos – has been done. But the Krustyland map has Krusty’s Haunted Condo or The Screamatorium of Dr Frightmarestein, neither are that great. Since it’s a shooter, there’s always Chief Wiggum’s Police School, but that’s more Springfield than Krustyland. And then there’s Treehouse of Horror! The Treehouse of Horror episodes are the most popular during the season and they could sell all kinds of new souvenirs. They could also make it scarier for Halloween Horror Nights. AND the building could be revamped and crammed into the castle stage area of USH.

    Or, they could turn it into something else! But if it were me, I’d build a water ride in the lot (Mt Krustmore!), close down Men in Black after that opens and then reopen that the following year. Two years of “new” attractions that can drag people away from Diagon Alley.

  • Lee Mallaby

    As I said on the podcast, I’m not in to this “popular” music ;-) .
    As far as the Simpsons expansion, I would be very sad to see Men in Black get replaced but could understand if they replaced it with a Krustyland attraction as it would help give that part if the park a better more cohesive theme, as the seem to be going down the IoA route with themed lands.

    Thanks for listening and commenting.

  • Lee Mallaby

    As I said on the podcast, I’m not in to this “popular” music ;-) .
    As far as the Simpsons expansion, I would be very sad to see Men in Black get replaced but could understand if they replaced it with a Krustyland attraction as it would help give that part of the park a better more cohesive theme, as they seem to be going down the IoA route with themed lands.

    Thanks for listening and commenting.