Though we’ve spent a lot of time analyzing the big changes happening at Walt Disney World, several sources are reporting that big changes are on the horizon at nearby Universal Orlando Resort. Though we’ve told you about the Skull Island project at Islands of Adventure (arguably the worst kept secret of all time) and plans to construct a water park near the Cabana Bay Hotel, a number of rumors have surfaced over the past few days that hint that even more changes could be coming to Universal Orlando Resort.
Though no attraction closings have been formally announced, these attractions all seem to be living on borrowed time, some due to age, others due to waning popularity, and a few for reasons that haven't completely come into focus (more on that in a moment). And although we've identified three attractions that are looking like they are not long for this world, we've also identified one additional attraction that has perhaps survived a little too long...
1. Dr. Doom’s Fearfall
Dr. Doom’s Fearfall is one of the least trafficked corners of Marvel Super Hero Island (succeeded perhaps only by spinning teacup ride Storm Force Accelatron), but it looks like this drop tower may be on its way out in the near future. WDWNT reports that negotiations between Disney and Universal regarding the use of Marvel characters in both parks have been gaining momentum lately, and one of the immediate effects of these discussions may be some changes to Marvel Super Hero Island, including the complete removal of this ride. If negotiations do continue, this loss likely won't be too painful, as the ride never quite resonated with fans and also suffered from poor location (the ride facade is off the main street tucked away at the end of what looks like an alleyway near the Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man show building).
In a linked development, it was reported that the Incredible Hulk roller coaster might be re-themed as part of the negotiations with Disney as well, but the roller coaster structure (and launch element) would remain the same if this rumored refurbishment did occur.
It seems like rumors about this attraction’s imminent demise seem to come along like clockwork every year, and 2015 looks to be no different, with several sources saying that this could be the year that finally sees Disaster dispatch its last tram. Though we wouldn’t expect any movement on this attraction in the short term, after the summer season comes and goes, we wouldn’t be surprised to see this attraction finally close for good, especially as rumors are beginning to swirl that Universal Orlando Resort may want its own Fast and Furious attraction, similar to what Universal Studios Hollywood has.
Of course, rumblings about a Ministry of Magic attraction have also made the rounds in the past, and Universal may elect to go back to the Harry Potter well for a third time if they are looking to capitalize on the runaway success of nearby Diagon Alley.