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Universal Orlando Resort Expansion News (Part 2)

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous Universal' started by Brian G., Nov 5, 2018.

  1. Nick

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    I did look into it a bit and I did find the 2022 date... but it was for a relief high school for Dr. Phillips, which tells me the school is sticking around and he just got confused.

    And that's not even showing SW:GE.
     
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    Look at Diagon for an example of how this could work: tightly enclosed areas with tall walls/buildings.

    HE could just pass overhead as a themed bridge. Imagine a Nintendo Warp Tunnel as the entrance (yes I know Nintendo is rumored for FW). The noise could be masked with another sound, timed as it passes overhead.
     
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  3. Bobharlem

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    I think the DPHS rumor falls under wild speculation, along with the following which has come up for locals in the area because it's not the first time I've heard it (even 15 years ago this came up):

    Other "wild speculation rumors" that I've heard over the years. All these are very unlikely for a variety of reasons.
    1. N. of Vineland Windhover Condos being bought out by Universal
    2. Major Blvd area being bought out by Universal
    3. Northeast side of Lake Marsha being bought out for Universal (Aka older areas of Lake Cain Hills) for a campground/beach style resort.
    4. Terra Bella being taken over
    5. Bell Apartments being torn down
    6. Buying out Orange Tree Golf Club

    They HAVE bought back that retail/office complex along turkey lake that they originally sold land for (aka The Promenade at Universal Plaza) . The Bell Apartments that were built in the old team member overflow parking, now that was just a bad decision by Vivendi back when they part owned Universal when they were selling off land for cash (Including the South Complex land).

    The only other thing that sticks out is the Speedway gas station behind Hagrid. This used to be a 1940's style themed Texaco station when USF opened, then a more modern Hess, before becoming a Speedway.
     
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  4. Nick

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    That was actually a GE move. It was right when Potter was being built and they were so short on funds, they decided to sell the land to get a quick buck. It's turned out to hurt them in the long run, but who knows if Universal ends up being this successful if they didn't get that extra money for Potter? Potter is honestly what saved Universal so they can deal with not having that land where the apartments are (even though it would be extremely helpful from a TM parking standpoint).
     
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    If this turns out to be true I hope they move Kidzone there, that area just won't die ;)
     
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    Every time I ride Indiana Joes it feels I am walking into another state to ride the ride.
     
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    Is there a UOR back of house map anywhere online? I'm looking at Google maps trying to remember which building is what.
     
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    My friend told me about that being there years ago but I don’t think I could find any photos of it. It sounded cool, but I guess it didn’t last long?
     
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    That area is not close enough to Lost Continent to actually be utilized, has far too many other Back of House Stuff in between, and is directly connected to other Soundstages.

    It's also important for everyone to keep in mind, that UO is currently bursting at the seams backstage. So anything that moves isn't necessarily to make space for more guest facing areas. Many business areas are either too small or decades behind.
     
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    So, I guess this whole Dr. Phillips HS thing was just a wild rumor?

    If it was true, I'd have to imagine the news media would have mentioned it at some point. And since it involves a school, I'd think it would have to be a public record somewhere.
     
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    I couldn’t find any public records for it.
     
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    Thought I'd repost this, because I'm curious if the lighter cleared land in the center of the picture is the park layout. It makes a lot of sense.

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    Pretty much. The other light area above it is backstage areas. The dark area to the right is parking lot.

    Here’s a close up image of the area I believe is the theme park, in yellow, from what I could find in the development, water, and grading plans.

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    Gosh I can’t wait for this to really get going
     
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    I think we might only have a few months before vertical construction starts. Hopefully by the end of October.
     
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    I mean, there are a *lot* of foundations to pour first. I think we have a good bit before we’re vertical
     
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    Oh crap, I forgot about the foundations. Well, at least we'll start to see a general layout of the park at that point.
     
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    It’s not even just the foundations. It’s all the electrical and plumbing. VB was about a year of that alone. Granted, it has more plumbing.
     
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    Yeah, not to mention a ton of underground drainage. This thing might not go vertical for 2 or more years. lol Those warehouses and parking at the north end will probably be done before we see any real work on the park area.
     
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