Being a frequent visitor to the Orlando area, I've tend to notice how many of the theme parks there have been plagued with aging. This is a case that occurs with all the theme parks in central Florida. I'm going to focus mainly here with Universal Orlando. One can't argue how it has really changed since openning day with the addition of the parking garage structures, the addition of CityWalk and Islands of Adventure. One could argue that Universal has displayed a series of innovations with these additions. But for a while now, I've noticed rides that have really aged a lot and they really need help.
This park really needs to be expanded. Aside from the addition of Men In Black, the park hasn't really grown in size ever since it opened. It needs to be expanded and it could if they decide to use some of the lands surrounding between Men in Black and the old BTTF building. Thye also have unused land behind Fear Factor.
Back to the Future: Well, we could start mentioning that BTTF is gone to give some credit that Universal has paid attention to a ride that I thought was beginning to fall apart. All we need now is that new announcement of the replacement ride. Although, I could argue that they should've thought about updating the ride and keep it BTTF themed; but this could be another good discussion thread. Either way, Universal should've never allowed this ride to de-grade like that.
ET: This is the one ride that is showing that time has really passed. The ride smells old and looks old. The ride has looked the same since it openned. Although, this ride could be said to be almost a landmark of the park, it really needs to be replaced right away with something new.
Earthquake: I have to give credit to this ride because of how they have updated the pre-show by adding stuff to the video. But I believe last time I saw it 2 years ago, they were still showcasing U571. Ride needs to be updated with the preshow. It's really a neat display of how they do visual effects but it's starting to look old.
Twister: This needs to go and very soon! That's all I have to say about this disaster of a ride. It looks and feels old. This should have been added as an extension of the Earthquake attraction. (probably doesnt belong in this thread but I felt like adding this comment)
Islands of Adventure
It is a very good technologically advanced theme park, but the park is starting to age and the park has remained the same since opening day. It's approaching it's 10th anniversary and the only addition has been Dr. Seus High in the Sky Troley. I'm glad that they are going to start using some of the unused land over by Jurassic Park and Lost Continent. They could have used this land a long time ago! I just hope they take some time and some of the budget to update rides and add new rides here in this park.
Poseidon's Fury: I have to say great show, cool special and visual effects. But that ending video of the ride needs to be changed. It's starting to look old. This attraction is in need of some improvements here and there.
Sinbad: This show sucks big time. It needs to go. Stunt shows lately are starting to seem bland and old. THis is one of them. I think I got spoiled with Lights Motor's Action Show at MGM Studios.
Jurassic Park: Well, the river adventure ride has received some attention so I must give credit to them here. But the openning doors at the beginning of the ride at times don't work. The same goes with some of the special effects. For someone that comes here a lot, it's very noticeable.
How about the unused land that this area of the park has all over???
The Amazing Adventures of Spiderman: GREAT RIDE, I have nothing to say about the ride itself. I'm going to refer to the queue of this ride because it's starting to look old. The part with the cubicles. I don't know why they colored everything grey? It's starting to loose color and I've even noticed areas where the paint is chipping all lover. They need to post some attention here.
I hope that Universal Orlando puts into good use this budget they have. I also hope that I didn't sound as if I hate Universal, because in fact, I always enjoy visiting their parks and attend the special evens such as HHN. But one starts to notice these things. I mean, you are paying good dollar to come and visit here.
Bring on the comments. I really want to hear any thoughts or ideas.