Kong Returns? Fievel Flees? Hot New Universal Orlando Rumors!
Theme park fans are still buzzing about the recently openings of Transformers and Krustyburger at Universal Orlando, but according the latest unverified Internet rumors there are even bigger things on the horizon for Universal Studios Florida.
Last night, in a members-only forum on the popular theme park fan site OrlandoUnited.com, pseudonymous contributor “HateToFly” posted a sneak peak into the future of the Universal Orlando Resort, headlined by the unexpected return of an old favorite. According to this report, Universal's Disaster! attraction (originally the Earthquake ride) will make way for an all-new King Kong E-Ticket, featuring elements from both Hollywood's King Kong 360 3-D tram tour, and USF's old animatronic Kongfrontation.
The new attraction is predicted to open in summer 2015, as is a major new attraction in Island's of Adventure's Jurassic Park. Other tantalizing tidbits from the posting include:
- A complete makeover of KidZone will begin with the removal of Fievel's kiddie water slide.
- Refurbished roller-coaster trains should soon make Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit a more comfortable ride, and shake up the user-selectable soundtrack set list.
- This year's Halloween Horror Nights haunted houses will be themed around Havoc 2, Resident Evil, Walking Dead 2, Grimm: La Llorona, Cabin in the Woods, The Evil Dead, Legendary Truth, and American Werewolf in London.
There's much more where that came from; read here for the full report.
As always, all unofficial information about Orlando's attractions must be taken with a grain of salt, and Internet fan-site rumors with an entire shaker. However, the mysterious source in question has a stellar track record at unveiling Universal's plans, including accurately predicting the arrival of Transformers and the Simpsons expansion, among other projects.
While the return of a park-opening icon who was evicted over a decade ago sounds like a fanboy fantasy, I'm remaining cautiously optimistic about the park's plans post Potter's expansion next summer. With Universal's recent purchase of 50-odd acres along Universal Boulevard and International Drive — including the plot Wet & Wild sits on — it seems certain that Comcast intends to go toe-to-toe with Mickey in capital spending. And will smoke-signals swirling of a major overhaul in store at Disney's Hollywood Studios (led by Star Wars and Cars lands) is looks like the studio park wars will be heating up to temperatures unseen since the early 1990s.