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  • December 23, 2011: Universal Studios Florida Then and Now

    I had fun putting together seven “Then and Now” photo essays about Walt Disney World for Yesterland in 2011. Figuring out the right location, camera angle, and focal length to match a photo taken many years earlier is quite a challenge.

    Today, I have a “Then and Now” article about Universal Studios Florida. The “Then” photos aren’t as old as my Disney photos, but there have been some interesting changes.

    Yesterland: Universal Studios Florida Then & Now


    Please discuss it here.
    Werner Weiss
    Curator of Yesterland, featuring discontinued Disneyland attractions

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    Re: December 23, 2011: Universal Studios Florida Then and Now

    "Visitors would want to visit both Potter worlds—so Universal would sell more multi-day, Park-to-Park Access tickets."

    Not necessarily. I think a good majority of people already wanted to see both parks, long before HP. For myself, I don't like IoA too much, so I'm no hurry to return there even though I would like to see all the HP stuff there. I think it's more so that people who only like or can only go to USF but want to see some HP attractions can do so. Plus, it eliminates arguments between those who only or mainly want to go to IoA just for Potter and those who would rather go to USF for the overall experience.
    Last edited by Dref; 12-22-2011, 11:36 PM. Reason: Mistake

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      Re: December 23, 2011: Universal Studios Florida Then and Now

      Werner, I have enjoyed all of your "Then and Now" articles. Have you done one about Disneyland in California?
      James

      Once a Disney fan, always a Disney fan.

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        Re: December 23, 2011: Universal Studios Florida Then and Now

        Originally posted by jpg391 View Post
        Werner, I have enjoyed all of your "Then and Now" articles. Have you done one about Disneyland in California?
        Thank you. Yes, I have four Disneyland "Then and Now" photo essays:

        http://www.yesterland.com/changes.html
        http://www.yesterland.com/changes2.html
        http://www.yesterland.com/changes3.html
        http://www.yesterland.com/changes4.html
        Werner Weiss
        Curator of Yesterland, featuring discontinued Disneyland attractions

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          Re: December 23, 2011: Universal Studios Florida Then and Now

          Hmmm, Seeing the Then and Now of Florida's "Time Institute" to "Krustyland", I much prefer the BTTF attraction, it looks cooler and makes me wish USH didn't change theirs.


          Timekeeper
          sigpicNow the Tower of Sauron has fallen
          Also, this picture and my Avatar was taken with a Nintendo DSi System and Nyko Magnification Lens & Case for DSi.

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            Re: December 23, 2011: Universal Studios Florida Then and Now

            I love your comparison photo series.

            Something was bothering me, so I wanted to confirm that the photos are correct. In the pairs of New York pictures, in the second set I see the Starbucks sign appear in 2011. In the first set, are the pictures in the right order? Was the Starbucks sign visible from this angle in 2003 but removed in 2011?

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              Re: December 23, 2011: Universal Studios Florida Then and Now

              Originally posted by jkh1978 View Post
              I love your comparison photo series.

              Something was bothering me, so I wanted to confirm that the photos are correct. In the pairs of New York pictures, in the second set I see the Starbucks sign appear in 2011. In the first set, are the pictures in the right order? Was the Starbucks sign visible from this angle in 2003 but removed in 2011?
              Werner Weiss
              Curator of Yesterland, featuring discontinued Disneyland attractions

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                Re: December 23, 2011: Universal Studios Florida Then and Now

                Great page. Would you happen to know who is portrayed on the statue that is outside the games building? Could it be Robert Fulton? That building is modeled after the Fireboat house at Fulton Ferry Landing, which now houses the Brooklyn Ice cream Factory.

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                  Re: December 23, 2011: Universal Studios Florida Then and Now

                  Originally posted by FultonFerry View Post
                  Would you happen to know who is portrayed on the statue that is outside the games building?
                  It's former MCA Universal chairman and CEO Lew Wasserman.
                  Werner Weiss
                  Curator of Yesterland, featuring discontinued Disneyland attractions

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                    Re: December 23, 2011: Universal Studios Florida Then and Now

                    By the way, the Brooklyn Ice Company was modeled from the Eagle Warehouse on Old Fulton Street in Brooklyn, and the corner building in your New York restaurants photo was modeled from One Front (which now houses Grimaldi's Pizza). So there are 3 buildings at Universal which have originals in Fulton Ferry.

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