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.
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.