I was on thrillride.com and read the report on Universal's Islands of Adventure. First off, I couldn't agree more, IOA is the greatest theme park ever and did something I never thought an amusement park could do...give Cedar Point a run for its money. Well at the end of the report, as many of you probaly know, it is hinted that jeeps will soon roam Jurassic Park, an additional island is being planned, and that the Grinch will make a home of Suess Landing. Now IOA hasn't had a new ride since its opening in 1999 and its more than time for something new to come to the islands. Interestingly, The Grinch was at IOA when I went there this year, so part of the prediction came true. So what of the jeep ride and this new island. It seems maybe IOA has more land than people thought. Maybe a Lords of the Rings Island, Middle-Earth. Lol, maybe its a bit of a stretch but a man can hope. :)
You know, when all is said and done, theme parks are just regular amusment parks with some window dressing. A day at a theme park and a day at a pure amusment park are going to have many, many more similarities than differences. Comparisons between an amusment park and a themed amusment park are not outrageous.
Yep, Storm Force and Flying Unicorn opened in time for the summer of 2002. However, at least three of the attractions that were in the model that was set up at USF as IOA was being built are not there. I haven't seen the Island Skipper boats running for some time. You also have McMonkey McBean which never opened and the X-Men show at Marvel that never happened. Other attractions like Poseidon's Fury, Triceratops Encounter and the Sindbad show are quite different experiences now than they were when the park first opened.
As great as IOA is eventually repeat visitors need something new. I'd be surprised if Universal (no matter who owns it if/when Vivendi Universal cashed out) doesn't have an IOA addition announced by the time that the mummy coaster opens.
I also would like to see IOA expand. I don't if they would add a new land yet but a new rollercoaster would be great such as a woodie or a flying coaster. Right now Universal is having some financial problems so who knows what will happen in the next few years. I doubt anything new will come to IOA this year because of the new rollercoaster at Universal Studios going in. I might be wrong but IOA doesn't have a lot of room to expand. Its pretty much boxed in with the road on the far left and the road behind Dueling Dragons which has a school across the street. Also on the other side of IOA is a lot of maintenance buildings. I know there is a little bit of room but not a lot unless I am missing it somewhere.
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I think that IOA needs more attractions. There is simply not enough to do for the amount it cost to get in. Overall the Park is well themed and has some Good attractions. But I think they spend so much time on the theme and not enough on adding new attractions.
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They could always build out into the lake. I don't know if that would be a good idea but who knows. A launched inverted or flyer would be great for toon lagoon. Theme it to Rocky from Rocky and Bullwinkle! I'm not sure if they have the rights though! They have Dudley Do-Right, which I thought was shown on the show! Any one know for sure? ------------------ -------------------- www.answersingenesis.org
IOA needs an airtime filled hyper (or jr. hyper) or woodie. Hulk the best ride there has only 2 spots or air. Yes the rides there are top quality for those types of ride. Dueling Dragons is the best inverted I've ever ridden and the 2 water rides there are easily the best in the world. Now they need an Intamin airtime woodie taller than Heide Park's Colossos (which is only 170' tall instead of 197') so IOA can easily top this without any beacon lights and build in in the JP area. And yes heavily themed too is a must so that it can be the best in the world. With a woodie like that central FL can be home to the world's greatest woodie, world greatest log flume (DDRF), world greatest raft ride (Bluto's Bargs), and world's greatest drop ride (TOT @ Disney/MGM Studios) *** This post was edited by Pink Floyd Fanatic 3/30/2003 12:18:27 AM ***
No matter what IOA does, they did their homework in advance, I suspect. I'm almost positive the park has a master plan, and I'm sure the possibility of additions were included in that plan. They'll be ready when they want to grow.
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I seem to remember something new being worked on in the super hero island. Had something to do with a car garage. It was near the fear fall. I haven't been there for 2 years, what was that? I'm curious. ------------------ -------------------- www.answersingenesis.org
First off IOA is increable, and did something I never thought anything could do; make me plan a trip to it and take me out of Disney World everytime I go down there; however if the park has one flaw it is that it is too small, sure every ride is excellent but I can thoughly "do" that park in about 6 hours (with a medium crowd).
It needs some new rides, but first off while an airtime filled hyper or woodie is desperatly needed in the Orlando area none of the suposed "planned rides" are a roller coaster. Personally I really wish they pull off that jeep ride, just think what they could do with that movie sequence honestly, can you say sweet!
I dont think anything will be added to Super Hero Island anytime soon, it all ready has the largest concentration of rides and JP is the largest island and only has 4 attractions (River Adventure, Main Building, Kiddie area including kiddie coaster and the Dinosaur enounter) lets hope for jeeps!! Besides Universal is getting a coaster allready.
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How does a park with three coasters and a handful of other attractions give a park with 16 coasters and a ton of other rides "a run for its money"? IOA is a theme park, CP is a traditional amusement park, and they are both prime examples of their genre, but comparing them? Apples and oranges, folks.
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