I felt this earned its own thread.
News of this is getting worse and worse.
They're getting rid of practically 1/2 the studio to this Universal Village. And Gibson Theater and Collapsing bridge would still exisit!
This is the worse plan I probably heard in a long time. Universal Village in my eyes is just a way to make more money for the land from homeowners. I seriously hope this is turned down.
They might as well provide a Starway 2 or drop guests in this area ala Halloween Horror Nights to the free standing backdrop, grass area, and WotW set for the park's Mid-Lot or something. This Mid-Lot would be pretty quiet with many indoor attractions as to not disrupt the nearby neighbors. I know inbetween the trams and "Mid-Lot" is the transportation garage, a building, scenic view of San Fernado Valley, and more walking towards our destination. But a Speedways like you see in airports and covered bridges might work. Wouldn't it be interesting to keep going straight and then down instead of turning right for the Tram Tour to get to "Mid-Lot"? Actually, I wonder what the distance comparison is to Starway and "Starway 2" would be...?? I'm sure if they added some movie themeing and props, it may be more worth while to walk. Let's get a water raft ride (ala Grizzly River Run, Pluto's Barge, etc) here, dark rides, and a couple unique attractions made specifically for USH. Perhaps after the tram passes by the Psycho House, a new road is made for the trams to backtrack to take the road behind the free-standing backdrop and around here is the new spinning tunnel of doom.
I think the new Fast & Furious is lame. But the tram route design is great and the land it used is also great. The show itself is dull and a waste of the robo-coaster technology (Disney's Nemo ride(s) makes better use of it with the Angeler fish). But I'm glad they brough back the movie cars along the tram route! So the transition for F&F is fine, but they needed a better show. The "updated" Jurassic Park is also great too. Something also needs to be done with Collapsing bridge and other show scenes.
Should move Gibson Theater to where the SkyDive & backstage parking lot is. Then you have more room for the theme park. Put the Nickeoldean Blast & Jungle Arena where Fieval's Playground used to be in Coke Soak. Then you have room and foundation to build a real attraction there.
The idea of flattening Wild West Stunt show seems like the only good idea. Although it will definately make the area seem bigger because it's more open, it's losing land for an attraction... but it might encourage a small parade like they used to for X-mas... Maybe they could put on a show here to end the guest's day at USH... And maybe this will encourage Universal to further theme the Animal Actors and other structures since they would be more exposed. May also make a good scare zoone and maze for HHN.
I thought Fear Factor would have interchangeable stunts so as to make the show a bit more unpredictable. But no, it's dull. Maybe if "Eragon" proves to be a success, a new stunt show that has the appropiately themed castle facade may work. And have a nice cool feeling of seeing Conan again on that stage.
Shrek4D has become a bit dull for me now. They just painted the castle themeing and there's a lot of wasted queue space (ala Mummy). It'd be interesting to get a Spongebob Boat Driving darkride or something of the sort. This building really needs a darkride. And the mentioned land next to it could work as a dark ride as well, and possibly access to the Gibson Theater area for its theme park expansion.
The new Panda Express was a huge mistake. THEY ALREADY HAVE PANDA EXPRESS IN THE LOWER LOT WITH JURASSIC CAFE. Plus no one is usually on the 2nd floor of Jurassic Cafe! Panda Express & Lucy Tribute could be a new and a huge ride building (multi-story and underground construction). I was thinking a new version of "Men in Black: Alien Attack", but with the possibility of "Mid-Lot", maybe something smaller could take place.
Then there's Backdraft. I was thinking of a "War of the Worlds" set similar to "Twister: Ride It Out" with Alien space craft AA's rising from the ground. And the pre-show rooms be converted for queue space, getting rid of it's current queue for "MIB". But WotW doesn't have to stick, just needs something different besides watching fire.
I'm a bit sad Waterworld may be getting the boot. I think it's going into its 12th year, no? Screamscape's map indicates it's leaving for a big attraction building- Spider-man?
The repainting/themeing of the backside of Shrek4D is great.
Back to the Future, Blues Brothers, and Van Helsing's fate have yet to be decided. I knew the area infront of BTTF would make a nice stage area, and HHN proved it.
I think that's about most of what I wanted to say.