Alright, I made this thread to point out the low points and high points of Universal Studios Hollywood, what needs to be done and what can still hang on. This is somewhat of a review measuring what is great about the park and what should be changed, so please feel free to show your ideas about what should happen as well:
Universal's House of Horrors: This space has been used for several mazes in the past such as Chicken Run, The Mummy Returns Chamber of Doom and the Van Helsing Fortress Dracula. Seeing as this is a limited space that can be only used for an attraction maze, it is a shoe-in, it is just as good, if not, better than the past mazes and this space will obviously change it's maze theme every 2 or 3 years, nothing more. Hopefully the mazes set fourth to come are based on Universal blockbusters.
WaterWorld Stunt Spectacular: This show is awesome, it gets a 10/10, it beats it's predecessors before it and is always entertaining to watch. The show is almost 13 years old and has no doubt become repetative but that's not to say that it is still a great show. The test of time has caught up with the show and the film is hardly memorable so in the long run, I'm hoping that the rumors about this location becoming a possible spot for a future Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man attraction are true.
Terminator 2:3D: This high-tech 3-D show is a landmark attraction at Universal Studios Hollywood and is one of the key attractions here. The show is pure excitement from beginning to end. I would love to see an updated version of this attraction maybe on the Terminator 4 film set to come out in 2009 since the huge interest for the Terminator franchise has been lifted with the new series as well as the future Christian Bale films. My only complaint would be that the attraction would not contain the terminator icon, Arnold Schwartzenagger.
Universal's Animal Actors: There not from famous films or supported by Animal Planet but the show always seems to be the same no matter what the theme is. I say, this attraction needs to go, I feel that it has oversatyed it's welcome and the bleacher seats don't make the show experience any better. I understand that there is a lack of kid-friendly shows at the park so if they must, change the show to focus on nicklodeon characters, Woody Woodpecker, Land before Time, etc. Also, change the bleacher seats as well as the tent rooftop and make it more of a theater-type show.
Fear Factor Live!: Universal's new merger with NBC has set the company in a good direction and one of their first offspring together to hit the park is Fear Factor Live!. Being that the show has been off the air for some time now doesn't mean that it isn't popular anymore. The show is still very popular and so is the attraction. The show itself is good, not great but still good, the thing I like most is that guests can audition to be in the show and take participation in it to make the show different each and every time since the actors in the show arent hired by Universal. The show deserves a few more years and hopefully will not overstay it's welcome in the time coming.
Shrek 4-D: A good show. Great for kids and adults the same, and very funny and entertaining. I believe that as long as the shrek franchise keeps going, this will still be here for a while. I don't believe it will be going anywhere anytime soon but when it does, it will most likely be changed into another 3-D show and not atheater show like before.
The Adventures of Curious George: Being that the attraction is EXACTLY the same as Nickelodeon Blast Zone except for a different color scheme is the cheap way to go but I guess on such short notice with the departure of Nickelodeon from the studios, it was the only way to go. This attraction plays a good role in the park for the kids seeing as theres not much to do, it is nice that kids can spend an hour or so just playing around.
The Simpsons Ride: Has not opened yet, but hopefully it will be better than Back to the Future. Now, no way am I saying that Back to the Future wasn't a good ride because it was awesome (not better than Star Tours). Im hoping that if they are going to replace it with the Simpsons, then it damn well better be a good ride and good replacement for Back to the Future.
Flinstones Viva Rock Vegas: This is just a pile of over the counter midway type games youll find at six flags or knott's, I feel that this does not fit the theme of a movie park and should be taken out. They do not mix in well and are not in the best location as well.
Coak Soak: Just like The Adventures of Curious George water playground, this too has the same idea. I feel that the park does not need two of these since it it is pretty much the same experience and would fit better as a small stage show or better yet, something theme to the Terminator since it is right by the theater.
Wild West Theater: This house The Wild, Wild, Wild West Stunt show for a large amount of years until some six or so years ago. It was a great show, plenty of action and comedy which used to be what Universal Studios was about. Seeing that Universal Hollywood doesn't have to many attractions to last a full day, this theater should be brought back. Not necessarily bringing the Wild West show back but a new action stunt show just so people can have a bit more to do in the park, besides, leaving this theater abandoned is a bad show on Universal's part buy just letting it go to waste.
Studio Tour: This 45 minute attraction is why many people come to the park, so they can see famous sets, props and if your lucky, stars. This tour takes you through the world of movies, some great and some not so great. Still, this tour is awesome with it's ride-type sets such as Eartquake and King Kong, it is almost like a ride itself instead of just being a tour. The only thing I would change is the Tokyo Drift scene, Ib find it to be very cheesy and quick, not great like the other elments of the tour. Also, I feel the Jaws scene can be a little bit more exciting like the shark exploding from the florida version.
The Blues Brothers: Never actually seen this show but can't see much else Universal can do with this small outdoor show. Not a big area and just straight down the entrance way, there is not much they can do to change it into something thing since the area can only fit such a small scale show.
Jurassic Park The Ride: Absolutely thrilling, this is like the Pirates of the Caribbean of Universal Studios Hollywood. It is one of those attractions that you can see never being replaced for a long time to come. I belive that this version of Jurassic Park is the best out of the three worldwide. This is the main Universal attraction and a great one at that.
The Universal Experience: This replaced Lucy: A Tribute, hasn't opened yet but hope it is a great museum with many of the props from various Universal movie blockbusters we have come to know and love.
Gameworks Studio: Every theme park has an arcade and Universal Hollywood is no exception, being that it is a movie theme park, I think the arcade should be themed to an arcade from a movie, not by a trademark arcade.
Special Effects Stages: I find this show utterly boring and repetitive, it is one of those shows that you just do not want to watch agian becuase once youve seen it, there is no reason to come back. I believe World of Cinemagic was much better and this is just a step down in the wrong direction. I think they need to change the style of the show to be more high tech and exciting.
Backdraft: Backdraft is a great show, it is basically Florida's version of Twister, only with fire instead of wind. While it is still a great show, it has no doubt become outdated, not the effects necessarily but the movie. The film is 17 years old while the attraction is 16 years old. The pre-show with Scott Glen hasn't withstood the test of time very well. I say replace this attraction with a new blockbuster film but have the same idea by making it a show about special effects and pyrotechnics.
Revenge of the Mummy The Ride: The first roller coaster at Universal Hollywood is a good one but not great one. I say not great one because compared to the Florida version, it doesn't hold a candle really. But it is a good ride none the less and a nice replacement for the beloved E.T. Adventure attraction, even though the ride is fairly short compared to the E.T. ride. I blame the ride not being as great as the Florida version on the location, due to the limited space, the ride had to be shortened.
So, what do you guys think? What should be done?