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  • What will Universal Orlando do with it's 1.5 billion dollars?

    So Universal Orlando allegedly has 1.5 billion to spend over the next 10 years. Here is what they have spent so far

    Transformers - 40,000,000
    Harry Potter 2.0 - 300,000,000
    New Hotel - 200,000,000
    Park Refurbishments and enhancements - 60,000,000

    That is 600,000,000 that means that we have 900,000,000 left to spend! What would you do with that money? And what do you think will happen with it?
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    Re: What will Universal Orlando do with it's 1.5 billion dollars?

    They're also renovating the Simpsons area and have a new attraction planned for IOA, tentatively scheduled to open in 2014. A complete overhaul of Kidzone may happen farther down the line as well.

    Assuming this rumor is true, the attractions that opened this year may have come out of that pot also.
    Last edited by JtnOrl; 10-16-2012, 06:11 AM.

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    • #3
      Re: What will Universal Orlando do with it's 1.5 billion dollars?

      Here is my wish list:

      Going to Happen:
      Transformers
      Harry Potter 2.0
      Hogwarts Express
      New Hotel

      Wish List:
      USF
      Kidzone Revamp
      Replacement of Fear Factor Live
      New Ride between MIB and Simpsons
      Replace Terminator
      Replace Twister
      Replace I love Lucy
      IOA
      Addition to Seuss Landing
      Replace LC
      Addition to JP
      Replace Triceratops encounter
      Replace Dudley Do Right
      Replace Toon Lagoon Theater
      Addition to Marvel Super Hero Island
      CityWalk
      Water Park or Wondersea Island
      SNL Experience Club
      NBC Studio Store
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      • #4
        Re: What will Universal Orlando do with it's 1.5 billion dollars?

        I want as much as possible put into Diagon Alley.

        In addition to a Gringotts ride, I'd like another HP attraction. Since I posted my Iron Man Circlevision Tour of the World in 3D suggestion a whopping ten minutes ago on Micechat and Disney STILL hasn't given it the green light,

        how about if Universal gets into Circlevision? Harry & Hagrid's Tour of Earth's Magical Places. We could meet creatures and visit witches and their secret haunts all over the world. How about NOT saving the world and no "something goes wrong" plot. Just an amazing flight to some of earth's most breathtaking places and beautiful cities. We could catch up on different HP characters ten years later and JK Rowling could make a cameo.

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        • #5
          Re: What will Universal Orlando do with it's 1.5 billion dollars?

          Well we may already have our first answer -Orlando Theme Park News: Crane Spotted Inside Jurassic Park at Universal's IOA

          If WDW steps up even half as much I think we'd all be pretty happy at this point. It's also crazy how Universal stretches money too. Not only is that a DCA level of investment, but they easily stretch it twice as far!


          My long-term wish list (because I honestly am totally happy with how much they have going on now)

          IOA - Very little I think needs fixing, just add in some more attractions to keep the park from stagnating and general renovations.

          -Seuss landing E-ticket (either Grinch coaster or Lorax dark ride)... or both because why not?
          -JP expansion (already on?!)
          -LC needs a marquee attraction
          -Some general sprucing up of Toon Lagoon, the stunt show needs to be replaced
          -Night time lagoon show

          Universal - From my visit over New Years I thought this park needed a DCA like re-theme, it just isn't up to the calibre of IOA (this is of course before Despicable Me, HP, Transformers and Simpsons, so halfway home)

          -Theming!
          -The kids area needs to be completely redone. On the fence about replacing ET with Sesame street from Singapore.
          -Replace Fear Factor, Twister and Terminator
          -I dislike the Studios look in general, less sound stages please, Shrek can go.


          And my daydream pick...
          -LOTR/Hobbit (the shire village + Smog ride) - on the expansion pad between Simpsons and MIB.

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          • #6
            Re: What will Universal Orlando do with it's 1.5 billion dollars?

            sesame street's rights in the usa are with seaworld/busch gardens
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              Re: What will Universal Orlando do with it's 1.5 billion dollars?

              I just hope they finally upgrade Jurassic Park with new great attractions

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              • #8
                Re: What will Universal Orlando do with it's 1.5 billion dollars?

                I can't believe my idea that I posted months ago somewhat came true, but they are actually planning a sort of Simpsons-themed miniland next to the Simpsons ride. So far I know that they are building a Moe's and a Krusty Burger. There's also a rumored Kang and Kodos themed spinner ride as well as possibly some other eateries from the show (Kentucky Fried Panda). I would love to see some Simpsons themed merchandise stores as well. Maybe the Android's Dungeon.

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                • #9
                  Re: What will Universal Orlando do with it's 1.5 billion dollars?

                  I think they will spend some of that, plus what they get off Disney, to re do Marvel Superhero Island. But also, Mount Crumpitt coaster in IOA, kidzone overhaul as well as the IOA wwohp expansion. Maybe, the much rumoured Lord of the Rings expansion for Toon Lagoon.

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                  • #10
                    Re: What will Universal Orlando do with it's 1.5 billion dollars?

                    Originally posted by KingEric View Post
                    So Universal Orlando allegedly has 1.5 billion to spend over the next 10 years. Here is what they have spent so far

                    Transformers - 40,000,000
                    Harry Potter 2.0 - 300,000,000
                    New Hotel - 200,000,000
                    Park Refurbishments and enhancements - 60,000,000

                    That is 600,000,000 that means that we have 900,000,000 left to spend! What would you do with that money? And what do you think will happen with it?
                    Transformers had a much higher budget than $40m. Closer to $80m

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                    • #11
                      Re: What will Universal Orlando do with it's 1.5 billion dollars?

                      The popular rumor at the moment is a JP expansion after Potter opens. More than one attraction. Also a replacement for FFL, possibly Wicked.

                      Originally posted by UUOPLee View Post
                      I think they will spend some of that, plus what they get off Disney, to re do Marvel Superhero Island..
                      Disney isn't buying them out.

                      Originally posted by k_peek_2000 View Post
                      Transformers had a much higher budget than $40m. Closer to $80m
                      The clone will likely cost less, although they're also paying extra fees for the accelerated construction cycle. And I've heard Potter could cost upwards of $500 million on its own.

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                      • #12
                        Re: What will Universal Orlando do with it's 1.5 billion dollars?

                        Originally posted by UUOPLee View Post
                        plus what they get off Disney, to re do Marvel Superhero Island.
                        NOT happening
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