Universal Studios betting big money on 'Mummy' ride

Posted Tuesday, May 20, 2003 4:55 AM | Contributed by Jeff

Vivendi Universal says it's getting ready to fire its next volley in the theme park wars with Revenge of the Mummy, an $80-million ride scheduled to open at its Universal Studios Florida in Orlando and Universal Studios Hollywood in spring 2004. The company says the new attraction — an unusual fusion of high-speed technology, pyrotechnic effects and space-age robotics— will be one of its most ambitious and technologically advanced to date.

Read more from The LA Times.

Tuesday, May 20, 2003 5:52 AM
rollergator's avatar "To keep Disney on their toes", the byline reads...

Seems to me it's more like keeping Disney on their HEELS...;)

Whoever ends up owning the Universal theme parks' division has a real winner on their hands!
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Tuesday, May 20, 2003 6:05 AM
This ride sounds like what a lot of people were hoping TR:TR would be. Can't agree that Disney is on their HEELS. They're just suffering like most businesses in this economy.

Mike

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Tuesday, May 20, 2003 7:14 AM
I'd have to agree with Mike on that one Gator, Disney can still create incredible attractions, even if they choose not to. Look at what Mission Space is turning out to be. If the ride experience is anywhere near as good as it looks, perhaps it'll be Universal on their heels... ;)

Still though, I give props to Universal for taking a chance with this ride. Sounds like a real winner. It'll definately make Disney turn their heads on this.

Justin, who is wishing that Dreamworks would purchase the Universal parks...

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Tuesday, May 20, 2003 7:16 AM
hmmm, i'v been to USH, and i'm wondering, where the hell are they going to put this? i seam to remember USH having no room apart from down near the studios- which i don't think they can destroy. are they replacing another ride? i didn't like back to the future, so hopefully they'll put it there

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Tuesday, May 20, 2003 7:34 AM
rollergator's avatar Without a doubt, Disney is still "The Big Cheese" in O-town....their numbers are staggering.

But remembe, I'm an economist, and the layoff and cutbacks recently at Disney haven't gone unnoticed. Disney still rules the roost, but Universal has been *steadily* taking a portion of the Orlando market...
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Tuesday, May 20, 2003 7:35 AM
Didn't like Back to the Future? Wow. I love that ride and I don't think I have ever heard anything negative about it.

$80 million seems like a big chuck of change but Disney spent nearly $100 million on Splash, Mission Space is going to be more expensive than they report, and you can bet the new Animal Kingdom coaster is going to be up there.

Gee, Cedar Point spent $25 million on a coaster with little theming (compared to the Fla parks) and they are only open 5 months or so.

Universal has done some fantastic things and I look forward to seeing how this turns out.

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Tuesday, May 20, 2003 8:59 AM
I believe the ride at USH is going in the old E.T. building
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Tuesday, May 20, 2003 10:36 AM
Oh believe me, I totally understand that the layoffs at Disney are affecting both coasts, as well as overseas. I was just referring to the fact that Disney can still create attractions that are incredibly advanced and innovative when they spend the money to do so. I mean, look what the Imagineers came up with for TDS when the Oriental Land Company came out and said, "Here's a check, now build us a park." Disney needs to be more like that, but I also understand that they have a duty to their stockholders. However, it all goes back to that old business edict: you have to spend money to make money.

Hopefully a successful launch of Mission: Space will open the eyes of the executives at Disney a little. Perhaps they'll loosen their belts just a bit.

Justin "Can't wait to ride Mission: Space in November" Adams

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Tuesday, May 20, 2003 11:21 AM
UK Nemesis - If i remember correctly, King Kong was removed to make space for the new attraction. If this is not the case, i dont see why Kong was removed(or started to be removed) when it was.

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Tuesday, May 20, 2003 11:35 AM
coasterdude, you are confusing your coasts.

Universal Florida removed Kong to make way for the Mummy attraction. I believe the earlier mentioned removal of ET at Universal Hollywood is the destined location for Mummy-West Coast.

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Tuesday, May 20, 2003 12:39 PM
Are these rides going to be exactly the same or are they going to be similar but with the same name?

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Tuesday, May 20, 2003 1:13 PM
Off topic, but about disney I just hope the rumor I here that 20,000 leauges under the sea at DL has some work going on will happen at WDW as well. Cause the one at Disney sea looks kick ass.
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Tuesday, May 20, 2003 1:52 PM
Coaster895, I believe the old Kong building at USF has more room than the old E.T building at USH. To answer your question I think they will be similar with the same name, but then again we still dont know any ride stats like inversions and such.

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Tuesday, May 20, 2003 5:32 PM
This is good. This is REAL good. Why? Because it makes BOTH properties want to outdo the other.
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Wednesday, May 21, 2003 9:39 PM
There's a (very) short video clip (artisit rendition) of the ride posted at Screamscape. Looks cool. I am very much looking forward to this ride. Sure going to be a great year in Southern Cali....New rides just about everywhere! Be interesting to see if SFMM does anything.

(Note to SFMM: I'd settle for a few new flat rides and some painting done!)

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Sunday, June 1, 2003 8:15 AM
The USF version should be bigger because the Kongfrontation building was huge and ET at USH isn't as big. This link has a lot of info and a video. It's a link to what Coasterbuff was talking about.

http://www.screamscape.com/html/universal_orlando.html

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Tuesday, October 14, 2003 8:06 PM
I work for amusement industry in Japan. Just did business with the company who did some what a job for the mummy attraction. Yes, USH's ride will be smaller than USF, the ride is actually the same, only being that USH will be missing 2-3 major "dark ride" scenes. So just imagine for example, Indiana Jones adventure missing like the Giant Snake room, or even the Giant Boulder room. So, it will kinda suck. Since this is "missing" the scenes, unlike the TOT discussion, that although DCA's TOT will not have the 5th dimension room (no horizontal movement) but it will include a similar scene.

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