Universal Orlando announces new attractions

Posted Wednesday, April 12, 2006 10:49 AM | Contributed by Jeff

Universal Studios Florida is adding a new evening light show to encourage guests to stay longer. The new ride at Universal this year, The High In The Sky Seuss Trolley Train Ride, also known as the Seuss Sky Trolley, is actually a redone old ride that never opened. The original ride -- Sylvester McMonkey McBean's Very Unusual Driving Machines -- was built for Islands of Adventure's 1999 grand opening but technical and safety concerns left it dormant for seven years. City Walk will open The Red Coconut night club and The Bubba Gump Shrimp Co.

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Wednesday, April 12, 2006 10:53 AM
You know, from the first time I visited IOA it seemed like a colossal waste that the Seuss ride was sitting there dormant. I was pleased to see them working on it when I was there in March, and even more pleased to hear it will open this summer. What a fun atmosphere it will be to see those cars running about Seuss Landing.

I don't know what the actual changes are to make it "safe" or whatever, but there were entire sections of track hacked out, and very strange beams in place that seemed temporary in certain places (because they had, gasp!, straight lines!).

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Wednesday, April 12, 2006 12:28 PM
Wow, it's been open for 7 years? How time flies!
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Wednesday, April 12, 2006 2:30 PM
mmm.....Bubba Gumps.....

That's one of the things I'm going to miss about not making Beastbuzz this year. A shrimp po' boy from Bubba Gumps.

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Wednesday, April 12, 2006 2:52 PM
When is Ripsaw Falls opening again?
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Wednesday, April 12, 2006 3:23 PM
It's open. I rode it today and felt like I got a little more "drop sensation" on the big drop, too! Not to mention, it looks prettier with the new teal/aqua colors on the drop/bunny hop.

Yay Universal! Can't wait to see this new nighttime show; if it's half as good as IllumiNations I'll be visiting much more frequently.

Joe

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Wednesday, April 12, 2006 3:41 PM
Paramount Park's version of Bubba Gumps is a far cry from the REAL Bubba Gumps. the BG's on the Navy Pier in Chi Town even had a Forrest impersonator. (I asked my friend why Bubba wasn't there) He didn't know...

BUBBAS DEAD! Have some Shrimp!

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Wednesday, April 12, 2006 6:51 PM

I don't know what the actual changes are to make it "safe" or whatever, but there were entire sections of track hacked out, and very strange beams in place that seemed temporary in certain places (because they had, gasp!, straight lines!).

They essentially replaced the entire i-beam with coaster-like track that the cars will now ride on. Those beams with corners you saw were the supports for this new track.

I agree that it will be nice to finally have this ride operating (especially since there are apparently some show scenes I didn't know about until recently). However, Universal must have spent a small fortune getting this thing in operating condition. Seuss Landing was torn apart all over the place last month, and given that it must be difficult working over/under/through tons of other structures, this work couldn't come cheap.

-Nate

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Wednesday, April 12, 2006 10:02 PM
Should they put up safety nets under the The High In The Sky Seuss Trolley Train Ride (gasp!) incase of little kid that would throw stuff off of the ride and potentually hit a inocent bistander. Ouch!!!
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Thursday, April 13, 2006 12:20 AM
OrlandoCoaster, at least his post added to the conversation at hand and not simply a post just to hear himself speak. What did YOU add to the topic? C'mon yourself.

Hampster Boy, I don't think it would be nessessary for the ride to have nets because it's really not so fast and far off the ground that a projectile could cause any real damage to anyone. IMHO.

This is G R E A T news! That ride has been known as a miserable failure it's whole lifetime. This, to me, completes IOA as the park that was to open 7 years ago!

WOO HOO!

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Thursday, April 13, 2006 5:16 PM
What IOA needs more than anything else is A WOODEN COASTER!!:)
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Thursday, April 13, 2006 11:18 PM
Keep dreamin, not gonna happen.
*** This post was edited by Barry Short 4/13/2006 11:19:14 PM ***
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