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belloq87

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The HTTYD area -- if built per that concept art -- will certainly look very nice.

I remain somewhat skeptical about the substance of the land in the (hypothetical, at this stage) absence of an E-ticket.
 

kingcooger

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You keep doing the coaster dirty lol
Out of curiosity, what is the expectation for the coaster?

Show scenes? Launches? Family friendly like Hippogriff or something with a little more edge like Hagrid?

I am genuinely curious where it falls in the spectrum of rides.
 

belloq87

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You keep doing the coaster dirty lol
My bias for dark rides is showing again!

It seems very Slinky Dog-esque, or perhaps some kind of midpoint between that and Hagrid's. Doesn't appear to be a lot of room for detailed/big show scenes, but I haven't studied the permits in an in-depth way, so maybe I'm wrong!

But anyway, I'll rephrase: I think the land needs the show (or some other attraction of equivalent scale with a large cast of dragon puppets or AAs) to fully round things out.
 
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Cup_Of_Coffee

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My bias for dark rides is showing again!

It seems very Slinky Dog-esque, or perhaps some kind of midpoint between that and Hagrid's. Doesn't appear to be a lot of room for detailed/big show scenes, but I haven't studied the permits in an in-depth way, so maybe I'm wrong!

But anyway, I'll rephrase: I think the land needs the show (or some other attraction of equivalent scale with a large cast of dragon puppets or AAs) to fully round things out.
Imagine Slinky Dog cruising thru a Diagon Alley type land (aka not Toy Story Land) with at least 1 show scene, maybe 2. Change your opinion? (asking genuinely!)
 

Alicia

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But anyway, I'll rephrase: I think the land needs the show (or some other attraction of equivalent scale with a large cast of dragon puppets or AAs) to fully round things out.
I’ve said it before, but I doubt they would cut the show if they weren’t planning on replacing it with something better.
Some examples of possible changes, (just me speculating):
  • Cut monsters show in favor of opening Creature from the Black Lagoon boat ride sooner.
  • Cut Dragons show for another ride.
  • Cut VR Potter ride (moved to USF,) for another miniland elsewhere in the park (maybe??).
  • Etc etc.
 

belloq87

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Imagine Slinky Dog cruising thru a Diagon Alley type land (aka not Toy Story Land) with at least 1 show scene, maybe 2. Change your opinion? (asking genuinely!)
Not particularly, no! I'm sure it would be enjoyable, but it's not something that gets me jazzed sight-unseen in the way that "dark ride featuring a dozen full-size dragon animatronics" would, just as an example.

But I'm fully open to the possibility -- as @Alicia alluded to in the post right below yours -- that there may be something else significant coming to the land in lieu of the show, in which case the coaster doesn't have to "carry" as much for the whole of the land.

MANDATORY DISCLAIMER: I'm not saying (at all) that I think it will be a bad ride. The general concept (as far as we know it thus far, which may be very incomplete) just doesn't excite me as much as other things do. That's all.
 

Cup_Of_Coffee

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Not particularly, no! I'm sure it would be enjoyable, but it's not something that gets me jazzed sight-unseen in the way that "dark ride featuring a dozen full-size dragon animatronics" would, just as an example.

But I'm fully open to the possibility -- as @Alicia alluded to in the post right below yours -- that there may be something else significant coming to the land in lieu of the show, in which case the coaster doesn't have to "carry" as much for the whole of the land.

MANDATORY DISCLAIMER: I'm not saying (at all) that I think it will be a bad ride. The general concept (as far as we know it thus far, which may be very incomplete) just doesn't excite me as much as other things do. That's all.
Totally fair! I feel it’s just not gonna be Slinky Dog, that’s all. I could be wrong of course but I don’t think it’s a totally fair comparison as this land is going be too significantly more themed than TSL. The show, or if they improve on an idea rather than a show, will be better or a nice complement. I think the land seems incredibly well balanced right now.
 
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TheWalkingDad

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Not speculation, but a little bit of an update. As far as construction is concerned, there are contractors on site (as of 7/29) installing gas and or water on site. I'm unsure which, it was hard to get a good look. But from the air, progress is slowly moving forward. But things are happening. They're also doing some grading as they install the piping. Best I can tell it's in the proposed Potter section and into backstage. Some other things I noticed were... there's a temporary road built from backstage across the future guest parking lot to the guest entrance. Most likely for access to the paved lot from another point. Beyond that lots of precast culvert pieces and sewage and drainage pipes staged all around and trees are growing in a couple of areas for future planting.
 

Cup_Of_Coffee

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I assume it’s far too early as they’ll likely get this opportunity again before opening, but with NBC having the Super Bowl and the Winter Olympics this February, is it possible, we get even the slightest tease that this is happening in the form of an ad? I’d imagine they just promote the new Potter experience and Velocicoaster but, certainly the largest marketing opportunity in the near future for NBC/Universal as a whole.
 

Legacy

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I assume it’s far too early as they’ll likely get this opportunity again before opening, but with NBC having the Super Bowl and the Winter Olympics this February, is it possible, we get even the slightest tease that this is happening in the form of an ad? I’d imagine they just promote the new Potter experience and Velocicoaster but, certainly the largest marketing opportunity in the near future for NBC/Universal as a whole.
Nope. Too many variables still with construction this far out. The big campaign will likely launch during the 2024 Olympics.