Hey Thrill Seekers,
I’m excited to tell you that some more information has come to light about what we can expect from Universals new theme park! Orlando Park Stop have recently obtained a site plan and some other patents through a records request which appear to show what one of the IP’s will be coming to Universal’s 4th Gate – Universal’s Epic Universe.
Epic Universe looks as though it is going to be made up of around 4/5 themed lands. One of which appears to be a How to Train Your Dragon land (HTTYD) based on the popular Dreamworks film series.
Above is the site plan that Orlando Park Stop have obtained. This site plan looks like it shows what the layout will be for the HTTYD land.
The first thing we noticed on this is of course, being ultimate thrill seekers, is the Roller Coaster. 😉 Highlighted in green we can see that the coaster seems to cover quite a large section at the top and looks as though it will take riders through various sections of the land. There is also 3 buildings that the coaster seems to pass through, these may possibly be show buildings with props inside to help tell a story throughout the ride.
It also looks like the coaster will have a dual track load and unload area as the track splits into 2 on both sides of the loading area.
In these snippets which have been taken from the official concept art you can see that it looks like there are 2 coasters – one looks like a duelling coaster and the other a single track coaster that appears to go through the lagoon. The one we think will be part of HTTYD is the single track coaster as this section is rumoured to be the most ‘kid friendly’ part of the Universe (The duelling style one is slightly out of the boundaries of the HTTYD land so we’re excited to see what that could be!)
Also within this land it appears that there is 2 Gerstlauer Sky Fly rides next to eachother on the plans, want to know what one of those is? Check the picture above and the description from the company that makes them here: Want to feel like a pilot mastering flight? Gerstlauer Amusement Rides’ Sky Fly, a world’s first, makes it possible. The ride is based on the ‘Sky Roller’ and features an interactive experience for every rider.
Once the 12 comfortable single-rider gondolas are carried aloft, there is no stopping. The gondola brakes are released and thanks to control wings every rider is able to roll over. Everyone decides whether the ride turns into a hair-raising flight-adventure or ends up to be ‘just’ a scenic flight. Sky Fly is for everyone! Since the boom is tilted, the riders go up 72 ft (22 m) and come down each revolution.
In the part of the land with a lagoon there are rumours of a ‘boat’ ride – likely an interactive attraction where riders can shoot targets (and people) using water cannons.
In the middle of the site plans, the building which I have circled in red is rumoured to house a flying simulator ride. It is what everyone has been expecting since rumours first started for a HTTYD land!
At first we thought a ‘Flight of Passage’ style ride would be perfect however Universal have filed some patents which suggest otherwise..
In the above patented technology for a flying theatre style ride you can see that there appears to be screens below and in-front of riders who will be hanging – in an almost paragliding position.
Now obviously this is still rumoured as nothing has been confirmed by Universal yet but in my opinion it would be a cool dragon ride, don’t you agree?
I’m excited to learn more about this land as well as other area’s of Universal’s Epic Universe as they’re released! 🙂