Poseidon's Fury water vortex

Persistent rumors are coming to a head concerning the future of Universal’s Islands of Adventure’s special effects show, Poseidon’s Fury: Escape from the Lost City.

The show is located in the park’s Lost Continent themed “island,” and is one of few remnants of that area after much of it was annexed to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter.

The attraction, a walk-through, narrated trip through a cursed temple, helped the park earn its reputation as “the most technologically advanced theme park on Earth” when it opened in 1999 due its fire and water effects.

It is most famously known for its “water vortex” scene, in which guests walk through a 90-foot long tunnel with high-velocity jets of water spinning along the tunnel’s walls.

For a number of years, the vortex effect was inactive, further inciting rumors that the attraction would close. However, the effect returned in summer 2010.

Popular opinion was that any inevitable expansion of Potter’s land would overtake the remainder of The Lost Continent, and Poseidon’s Fury with it, but the growing belief that part two of The Wizarding World will be located at next door Universal Studios park gave fans pause, indicating that Poseidon’s Fury might be saved.

The crumbled statue of Poseidon marks what remains of The Lost Continent of Islands of Adventure. The attraction's removal would open up a large area for Wizarding World expansion. Image © Universal Parks.

However, the newest rumors suggest that the attraction may close forever on February 1st, 2012. Nothing has been confirmed or hinted at by Universal Orlando.

If the attraction does close, it would seem likely that The Wizarding World might expand to overtake the remainder of The Lost Continent.



Not just this ride, but the section of the park that it sits in needs Poseidon's fury. The way the arm holding a trident stands high for people passing to see Harry Potter. I went yesterday and Poseidon's fury had a 90 min. wait, which is about average for a ride time at IoA so people are riding. This ride is super awesome, and if you've not seen it you need to get there. It might be your last chance.

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