I usually avoid these threads as it mostly amounts of wishful thinking but right now with the surprise announcements this week I feel this sudden creative interest in the parks again. Anyway, lets look at the next 8 7 years at UOR plus some regional park ideas.
- We are staring down the operational lifetime of HRRR, MIB, and Simpsons. Of these three MIB feels gets the Mummy treatment of a brain transplant to keep it going, Simpsons gets removed, and HRRR is removed for another coaster.
- MiB upgrade would take place after Epic reopens and USF attendance takes a dip. Replace the control system, upgrade the effects, referesh the attraction, etc. Maybe even add another ending or something.
- Simpsons - if Universal keeps the contract then I hope they remove the simulator and put in a MMRR like attraction that is a gag a second tour of springfield like the opening of the TV show and it is set to the theme song. Ending is random couch gag using projection mapping and physical props. Attraction is trackless too. If they don't keep the SImpsons license then pick another property with a robust food and beverage program to take over. Lets just say, Pokemon.
- F&F:S is clearly an issue in the park, I think Universal could go with a two birds one stone solution and use this location for an indoor/outdoor coaster based on USH's new F&F Hollywood Drift ride.
- HRRR queue and load is then reclaimed by the park along with the old Nick soundstages for a new music plaza stage with quicker access in/out of CityWalk. Current area becomes a new small attraction like Pets.
IOA has three issues - Sindband theater, Lost Continent, and Toon Lagoon Theater. Each of these things feels hinged on one question - what's going on with Zelda. This is obviously the location for any Zelda expansion since rumors pointed to it before the pandemic.
- If Zelda replaces Lost Continent then it's likely Sindbad goes too, with Unviersal adjusting the Hogwarts Express queue. Zelda will be a whole new land with a major family attraction, food and dining (Mythos remains!), interactive elements, and lots of water for the Islands theme. This then will likely keep the TL theater for outside events (RtU, etc).
- Zelda doesn't replace Lost Continent I see a new show in the Sindbad theater, maybe themed to Madigascar? TL theater is removed for SLoP with a cartoon New York facade that bridges MSHI and Comic Strip Lane.
Finally use the expansion pad and add more cabanas, one of those wave pad things, a small wading pool, and a bar/lounge/restroom complex. The bar and lounge would be tucked away in a massive rock formation at the end of the property, by Turkey Lake and I-4. There will be large cliffs with small waterfalls going into the pool area. The wave pad would be next to the bar with a small queue area and then a 4" deep ool area with large zero entry area. The cabanas will be located on the border of the existing park and this expansion area.
Can't believe it but it's almost time for Cabana Bay's refresh - we already got Shakes so I'm hoping they revisit the pool areas, refresh the rooms with some new features (USB-C, more storage, etc). What I'd love to see are some additional room types - a double suite that combines the two family suites into one villa like accomidation with a small kitchen, larger living room, and two separate sleeping areas w/restrooms.
After that Universal should take their attention to Aventura, which still ranks low in a lot of guest surveys. With such a small property could this be Unviersal's first kids hotel? Lean more into adult resort feel? Right now the Miami chic rooms just aren't hitting.