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Lower Lot Redesign

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the question is, How would you redesign the Lower Lot? The Lower lot just looks like full of soundstages and pavement, how would you redesign the lower lot without moving the rides and demolishing buildings?

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Considering how the Lower Lot was originally called the "Studio Center," I don't think there's a need to redesign anything.

 

I may be in the minority in this, but I love the studio feel. Universal Studios Florida and Universal Studios Japan try so hard to mimic the ambiance in Hollywood, while all we have to do is build structures. Boom. Authentic soundstages and you're in Hollywood.

 

On a more realistic note, I think they've done all the changes they're going to do for the next five years. I'd be pleasantly surprised if Universal wanted to tinker further with what they have now down there.

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See, in Florida and Japan and Singapore, especially Florida and Singapore, they're moving away from the soundstage concepts and making it more fantasy/realistic atmosphere now. That's what I've noticed Jon. Before, Florida was copying our atmosphere. Now with almost all recent additions, they're going the "Disney" way, save for a few soundstages like ET.

As nice as that CAN be, i think in Hollywood it works best if it makes us feel we're in a studio.

The only slight retheme to the lower lot I'd do is based on an idea Ms B had. Every ride on the lower lot is the set of a different film, so in front of each ride, or close to it, I'd have movie props, walk around "directors" "casting" for the ride/movie, etc, and maybe some "soundstage" rigs and lights, etc. To not feel as barren. I'd rename the lower lot "Production Central"

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See, in Florida and Japan and Singapore, especially Florida and Singapore, they're moving away from the soundstage concepts and making it more fantasy/realistic atmosphere now. That's what I've noticed Jon. Before, Florida was copying our atmosphere. Now with almost all recent additions, they're going the "Disney" way, save for a few soundstages like ET.

 

I disagree with you on the concept of Florida and Japan. Last time I checked, both still featured a distinctive "soundstage" section within their parks. It may not be all-encompassing, but they still try to play on the backlot feel. Even as you enter Universal Studios Florida, you'll notice that they've kept the soundstage labeling - for better or worse. And Japan still has traces of "soundstage-esque" theming here and there.

 

Singapore is more akin to Islands of Adventure, and it's an entirely different beast.

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Japan definitely still has it. Florida does too, i was just saying that it feels like they're slowly straying away fro the soundstage appearances. I may be wrong though, just an observation.

Although with Transformers getting an actual themed facade unlike us, and them getting a London Potter environment, it still seems like they're kinda moving away from it.

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Yeah, UOR is getting Disney ish now. I don't like it.

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Yeah, I agree. Universal is definitely being proactive, which is fantastic to see.

 

I just can't believe they're betting so much on one franchise. Harry Potter was a great fit at Islands of Adventure, but at Universal Studios Florida? Hmm. It just seems odd, you know?

 

But regardless, it's bringing new life in the park. This could be another repeat of Universal's prosperous 90s era.

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That's the thing though, like Potter or not, it's revitalized the ENTIRE resort and it's helping fuel all the other current and rumored projects.

I think it's smart that Universal is adding the London aspect of the Potter universe. Not much to bet on, it has massive world wide appeal. Largest franchise since Star Wars. It will literally connect the two parks! I'm excited :)

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The London expansion is greedy. They had enough with the Hogwarts stuff where they didn't need London elements as well. The parks really should have stayed separate in my opinion.

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Rumor talk does that to a topic! Back on topic tho, I'd like to see them remove the universal experience and the panda express down there in the future. There's good space to utilize there.

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^ Excellent point!!! Those two combined would give us a nice space for at least SOME kind of attraction more significant than the Universal Experience. They could make Jurassic Cafe serve both. Panda Express on one side, and the other stuff on the opposite side. And then in the space of Panda and Universal Experience, they could put in a small (wait for it) DARK RIDE! :D

Although, a park like USH does need a Universal Experience type of exhibit. Personally, I'd make a Universal Experience type attraction/exhibit take place of one of the stores in the Upper lot, like the Shrek Store seems like the perfect space!

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Jurassic cafe already serves panda stuff whenever panda is closed, so its just a waste of space the rest of the year.

As for a universal exhibit, we have one -its called the studio tour and it could use something new too!

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I wish the Mummy had more outdoor queue theming.

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The mummy definitely needs better themeing....

They could easily fix it. Just redesign the exterior the queue is facing, (meaning where the Gate A Wall is). It just looks like a boring old building. They could easily turn it into hieroglyphs. And the road out on the queue needs to be covered up Mummy Style. And they really have to redo the indoor queue. 

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They could easily fix it. Just redesign the exterior the queue is facing, (meaning where the Gate A Wall is). It just looks like a boring old building. They could easily turn it into hieroglyphs. And the road out on the queue needs to be covered up Mummy Style. And they really have to redo the indoor queue. 

I think the exterior queue could look a bit better even if there were a simple wall like this with hieroglyphs.

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And they really have to redo the indoor queue. 

I wonder, what else could they do with that area? It's practically tiny!

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I don't see them redoing the indoor queue, but it could've been done so much better. Look at the Indiana Jones queue. It's so detailed....

Anyways, i personally wish that they could retheme the entire outside of the building to not look like a soundstage. Im not saying enclose it in a pyramid facade, but the walls should be better themed and they should enclose the whole outdoor queue.

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If anything, I'm surprised they didn't make the building taller like what they did for Transformers. I'm sure that would have made a dramatic difference in the ride experience.

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I don't see them redoing the indoor queue, but it could've been done so much better. Look at the Indiana Jones queue. It's so detailed....

Anyways, i personally wish that they could retheme the entire outside of the building to not look like a soundstage. Im not saying enclose it in a pyramid facade, but the walls should be better themed and they should enclose the whole outdoor queue.

I actually like the studio sound stage feel of the lower lot but I do think that once you are in the queue you should begin to be more immersed into the ride's theme.

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Yeah Jon, if they made the building taller yet use the existing outer walls as a starting point like Transformers did with the backdraft and SES buildings, I'm sure we could've had something on the level of Orlando's Mummy. Although this was done during GE's regime, so it's no wonder, right?

And yeah, i kinda like the studio feel too of the lower lot, but there's a difference between "studio" feel and just being cheap. Universal could've themed the Mummy queue on the outside more or enclose the outdoor queue. Or they could've added studio equipment props around the Mummy.

Thing is, one thing i don't like about USH is though even though we get amazing things usually, almost most of the time Universal doesn't go above and beyond. Examples? Our whole Mummy ride, Transformers facade, etc. Little things like that can make a difference.

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Oh I agree. Have you seen the exterior of what the Transformers ride will look like in Orlando? It doesn't seem like it would be hard for them to have done that at least to the front sides for us.

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Oh I agree. Have you seen the exterior of what the Transformers ride will look like in Orlando? It doesn't seem like it would be hard for them to have done that at least to the front sides for us.

They are going to have murals 360 degrees, so all of the walls are going to be painted, i hope they have a military style facade.

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