Islands Of Adveture 2002/2003?

Saturday, January 26, 2002 11:00 AM
Hey i was just wondering if anyone here thinks they will get a new coaster for 2002/2003? Because this looks like such a great park and i am going there soon but anyway i think it's time they get a new coaster. There last big coasters were in 99 and now it is 2002.So it's time for another. Do you agrea with me?

*** This post was edited by coaster8888777 on 1/26/2002. ***

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Saturday, January 26, 2002 11:10 AM
Yes I certainly agree! I know Universal had 2 billion to spend on it, so there shouldn't be any loans to pay off, Probibly not a new coaster, but some new ride should be in order for 2003! I guess the additions in 2000 were preety big though.
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Saturday, January 26, 2002 1:40 PM
Personally, I don't think one thing needs to be added to this already astonishing park.  I mean, as it is right now, it takes a full day to do and see everything.  Sure, I wouldn't mind another coaster or another soaking water ride, but does it really need it?
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Saturday, January 26, 2002 2:03 PM
A full day? I did everything in 6 hours!
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Saturday, January 26, 2002 2:05 PM
pez: me too!

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Saturday, January 26, 2002 2:07 PM
pezmanguy3: Yeah, all the rides can be ridden in 6 hours but I can spend two days just soaking in all of the great stuff the park has to offer like theming.  Plus many rerides on those great roller coasters!:)
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Saturday, January 26, 2002 2:22 PM
You forgot to mention that it's been since '99, but IOA keeps raking in the masses...

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Saturday, January 26, 2002 3:11 PM
I wouldn't change anything at IOA. Honestly, the rides they have are just fine. I've not been to a single park before that I'd return to strictly for the atmosphere. It's one of a kind.

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Saturday, January 26, 2002 3:15 PM
It would be great if they got another coaster, but honestly, the coasters are not why I like that place.  Before another coaster, I'd like to see the T Rex jeep atack ride that was rumored for so long.
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Saturday, January 26, 2002 3:39 PM
Jeff: not even Busch Gardens Williamsburg?

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Saturday, January 26, 2002 3:39 PM
The hearsay around IOA is a new X-men themed ride to coincide with the realease of the second fim. Spiderman, Men In Black and the Hulk all have rides and movies coming out. With the popularity of the first and assuming the second this is the most logical choice.
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Saturday, January 26, 2002 3:49 PM
why would Universal care when X-Men 2 comes out?  X-Men was released through Fox so why wouldn't X-Men 2 follow suit?  and if Fox releases X-Men 2 then how would Universal come into the picture?  on top of that, there is already an X-Men themed ride and I believe that all of the rides in the Superhero island are themed to the comics, not the movies.
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Saturday, January 26, 2002 3:52 PM
Definitely one-of-a-kind for those who've never been to a Disney park. IMO, a Busch park too for that matter.

I agree with Peabody that it would be nice to see the Jeep Adventure become a reality at the park. I remember back in '93 when I first saw the film and I thought to myself how great it would be to actually ride on that jeep and go through that scene in the movie and I knew somehow Universal could do it. It would be almost a dream come true if they could bring that to life. I have good feeling that this was one of the major plans for one of the later phases in the park although I have a bad feeling the people at Universal may think the JPRA may be enough. I really can't believe the park made one entire land devoted to a single film trilogy no matter how big it is. I would think that the jeep ride would still be on. There's only so much you can do there right now, so I'm guessing bigger plans will come. I would imagine if they ever decide on a wooden coaster, this would be the land.

I think when the park was first built, they filled it all in perfectly where they really wouldn't need many more major investments for several years. As far as themed experiences go in Orlando, I can't even think of anything else right now I would want to see....Oh yeah! One of those Soarin' Over California-esque attractions would fit well into any of the Disney parks. It was one of the many surprises we found at DCA and I'm sure we'll see many more from both Disney and Universal in the future.

Also, we heard a while back that Universal Studios Orlando have an Apollo 13 themed coaster planned between MIB and BTTF. Does anyone know if this is still in the works or was this just a rumor?

coasterjedi: True, that Fox is the company releasing X-Men 2, but it would also be good for a Universal ride as far as free advertisement goes. Their X-Men ride, Storm Force, does feel a little out of place to me though, because it's not a high-tech expensively themed ride. I don't care much though since it's pretty much tucked into a corner. You're also right about the rides not being themed directly after the movies. I'm sure Paramount and Warner Bros. are both happy about the Scooby Doo release as they both have rights to attractions that feature the characters. I'm sure it's part of the reason for the new Sally dark rides at SFFT and SFStL. PCW and PC both recently added a Scooby Doo dark ride as well.

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*** This post was edited by Koaster King on 1/26/2002. ***

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Saturday, January 26, 2002 3:56 PM
Between JP and Toon Lagoon there is a big plot of land.  Remember the beginning hang-gliding scene in Jurassic Park 3? A B&M flyer would work darn well there.  Plus if they took out the amphatheater in Toon Lagoon they would have a huge area for a Setpoint Swing Thing, which would obviously fit perfect in the Toon Lagoon theme.  That whole area could also be used for another ride for MSHI, but MSHI already is the most populated island, why not spread the wealth?

Also, when you think about it, for them to install a new ride in 2002 or 2003 it would most likely have to be a coaster because a big budget type Spidey or MIB ride would take atleast 2 full years of construction and testing.  The park will definitly need a new ride to fill the new Royal Pacific Hotel so we will see what happens. 

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Saturday, January 26, 2002 4:05 PM

Also, we heard a while back that Universal Studios Orlando have an Apollo 13 themed coaster planned between MIB and BTTF. Does anyone know if this is still in the works or was this just a rumor?

Apollo 13 was evolved into MIB.  I'm sure they could still go back to it if they wanted, but I think a Mummy ride will be there first.  And speaking of the Mummy, it wouldn't take all that long to refit the Kong building into a Mummy themed ride. I'm not to sure what they could do with a Mummy ride, but I'm thinking they'd advance the revolving motion base technology they use on Spidey, Cat, and MIB into an inverted train much how Kong is an inverted version of the Earthquake and Jaws trains. Again, time will tell, but I'm thinking IOA will come first in late 2002 and then USF in summer of 2003.

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Saturday, January 26, 2002 4:16 PM
I'm sure that Universal could add a ride themed to X-Men, but I don't think that Fox would have anything to do with it.  they might be able to do something similar to what Disney did with Star Wars where they got liscensing from Lucasfilm, but I don't think that Fox had anything to do with that deal.

as for re-designing Kong into Mummy, why?  Kong was great!  I went in thinking that it was going to be blah and I came out absolutly wowed.  sure, Mummy deserves a ride, but don't tear down a classic like Kong to do it.

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Saturday, January 26, 2002 4:18 PM
Danny, I will try to find out next time I go to IOA, but it's not likely I'll get anything from the park...right now, IF the coaster should come to pass (Apollo13, that is), I'm betting as KongFrontation as the loading satation location.  Right now, they've got an Annnual Passholders booth or something set up next to Kong, I'll at least check the area out.  Between MIB and seems like a tight space, I guess maybe a spaghetti- bowl COULD fit there.  But,  I seem to see some signs saying Kong is not long from gone...try saying THAT three times fast!  At first I thought the rumors were purely, and frankly, I'd still prefer a top-notch CCI a la GhostRider (for purely selfish reasons..;~)...but I'm sure whatever Universal comes up with will be great...

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Saturday, January 26, 2002 4:42 PM
Thanks rollergator. I would personally much rather have the horrible Earthquake removed before Kong. The loading station and graffiti area is one of my favorites to walk through and I would hate for it to be removed. Earthquake seems really out-of-date to me and the effects I think could be used with a ride and theme with more personality and character and less shallowness. I was absolutely disgusted with Earthquake. Catastrophe Canyon, which is only a small piece of the great Backlot Tour at Disney Studios, was IMO, at least in the same lines as Earthquake in every way. I do believe I heard that placement rumor of between MIB and BTTF after MIB had already opened, although I could be mistaken and heard between MIB and the WWW Stunt Show.

Off subject, but I really enjoyed the Twister show at USF and I thought the pre-shows built the final act up really well. I was literally shaken by the time we reached the end and surprised by how well it was pulled off. Make sure you get the front row for anyone who sees it! The Pos. Fury show at IOA is breathtaking as well. Whoa!

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Saturday, January 26, 2002 4:49 PM
I agree Koaster King.  Earthquake seems much more dated than Kong.  (Although I've heard Kong is absolutley hell to maintain)

I'm glad to hear someone else sing Twister's praises.  I thought it was amazing!

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Saturday, January 26, 2002 5:04 PM
Universal is not realeasing Spiderman,but I am sure they are salivating over its release.  Koaster King hit the nail right on the head. FREE ADVERTISEMENT. Think about that. Since X-men are one the most recognizable comic book characters, I highly doubt that a tea cup ride will suit them on Marvel Super Hero Island. Oh and Kong is getting really pathetic and outdated. IMHO
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