Discussion in 'Islands of Adventure' started by Galaxy Defender, May 4, 2016.
I feel like Popeye is still a recognizable IP...I wonder how much merch it sells
Right up there with Betty Boop for them. The men buy the Popeye stuff and the women buy the Boop. they have some great muscle shirts that I bet sell real well.
If it were up to me I would swap out Dudley and some of the characters in Too Lagoon. I would keep Popeye. He’s still popular and recognizable.
If the land is going to stay as generalized "cartoons" (like it pretty much is), than I think SpongeBob as a straight retheme of RipSaw is a simple revitalization that could really drive traffic. The best part is, tonally, the humor is similar - that allows some of the sightgags (especially the signs) to remain in place.
Dreamworks is working to reboot Dudley most likely for Hulu deal....its too premature to retheme something that may end up a success.
Spongebob would be the best fit. But, Universal is content with a Spongebob themed store at the studios park. Personally, I think the days of Universal using third party cartoons for rides are over. Now Uni owns Illumination and Dreamworks. They don’t need to rely on 3rd party popular animated IPs. Universal literally had nothing pre-illumination and dreamworks except Woody woodpecker, curious George, land before time, and Fievel. This is why UO has Popeye, Dudley, Suess, and The Simpson’s. All licensed animated IPs. Once Comcast decides that it’s time to change all these rides they will most likely be illumination or dreamworks IPs. Again this is all subjective. There are still exceptions to the rule. Hello Kitty, Mario, and Pokemon. I think unless it’s a mega huge IP that screams money than Universal won’t bother.
Curious to know what he means by "restoration". Hopefully, that means they are also going to go in there, and update the effects to be more modern in use.
It’s the yearly refurb. I’d be really surprised if we saw anything noticeable when it comes back up
I wish they replace the logs with the Spash Mountain ones.
My body just can't get in and out of that thing anymore.
I have issues with them as well. My legs are long and last time I rode the woman in front of me jammed her elbows into my legs since my legs have go around the sides of the seat in front of me.
Did you buy her dinner first?
There’s probably a joke here about needing more than dinner before you’re allowed to bruise me. Just not sure it’s forum appropriate.
I loved to ride it but after I got arthritis there is no way I can ride it. There was a time there where no dividers and you sat snugly against someone else's crotch and that was weird but at least you had space to get up out of the vehicle.
So please Universal level the ride and build a new flume log ride with a great story and theming and the right ride vehicles.
I don’t know how much Popeye as an IP adds to the overall experience. It’s easily the best rapids ride I’ve ever been on and I think an overlay would make it just as good if not better.
Even I struggle to get out of the boats as a relatively young and healthy adult. It was so dangerous before though. I almost broke my mums nose on it not long after it opened.
Their has got to be a solution to this issue....The boats are hard to get in and out of for everyone I feel, especially when they added the lapbars
Just curious, who manufactured Dudley? Was is an Arrow log flume?
Maybe reducing the boat capacity to 4 people?
I was never convinced Dudley ever hits capacity so Universal could totally lower the capacity anyways.
It's pretty busy during summer....And the queue is awful to wait in
There are some parts of the Dudley queue where my claustrophobia really kicks in. The humidity in there doesn’t help.
The boats on Dudley always felt like a Water Park ride to me with how you have peoples legs on top of you and the way the boats are on Krakatau only confirm that feeling further.
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