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So basically on Thursday evening Comcast put their foot down and asked Universal Parks And Resorts to start cutting costs. Multiple rides at UOR have been temporarily closed and more importantly the entire Epic Universe team has been let go. The project had now been "indefinitely postponed" by Universal. The rumour now is that Super Nintendo World will be moved to KidZone at USF and they'll try and open it simultaneously with Super Nintendo World in Hollywood.The tweet is not available anymore.
Due to contractual obligations with Nintendo saying that SNW has to be open by a certain year it seems like Universal will have to move it to one of the existing parks. SNW was originally going to replace KidZone at Universal Studios Florida and plans were drawn up for this. Then Universal bought the land for Epic Universe so SNW was moved there. With Universal having to make cuts I believe the current plan is to just reuse the old plans for SNW on the KidZone plot as this is the cheapest option.I can see it being postponed, that makes sense, but I do hope that they don’t rush to fit Nintendo land into one of the existing parks instead.
It's actually kinda funny that you said that, because Super Nintendo World was originally planned for Kidzone. Then Universal got the new park land and decided to delay and move the project by a few years (it was originally set to open in 2021 to combat Disney's 50th), but the project never actually changed. The Epic Universe version is the exact same version that was supposed to go into Kidzone. So it's not really rushing it.I can see it being postponed, that makes sense, but I do hope that they don’t rush to fit Nintendo land into one of the existing parks instead.
That’s great news; I could see this being really successful once the world eventually rights itself, so I can definitely see the rationale behind them delaying it during this uncertain period. If I were Universal, I’d much rather wait another year or two for greater returns than open as planned in 2023 and potentially have a massive flop on my hands.Hearing from a friend that works out there, the project is merely paused and a lot of staff on the project have been invited to undertake roles at the other UOR parks for the time being.
I don't think it would flop if it opened in 2023; the situation would probably be normalized again by then. Instead, I think it's the prospect of paying all the contractors and managers in the years before. After all, the park would be nothing but an expense until opening day, and they really need to cut down on expenses for a year or two now. They're putting it on ice so they can use the money to keep things running until this blows over.If I were Universal, I’d much rather wait another year or two for greater returns than open as planned in 2023 and potentially have a massive flop on my hands.
Germany's largest roller coaster builder Mack Rides is threatened with the loss of an order worth millions. The US company Universal Theme Parks cancelled the contract to build the largest roller coaster in the world, said Roland Mack in the Wirtschaftswoche podcast. Mack is the founder and head of Europa Park in Rust, Baden, and his company Mack Rides builds rides for amusement parks.
“This order will come, but it is not currently foreseeable when. At least not in 2023, when it was planned. ”The order would have had a volume of“ well over 20 million ”, said Mack. "So it hurts a bit. But on the same day that the cancellation came in, we received two large orders from China that made up at least 60 percent of the volume. "
The Universal theme parks belong to the New York media conglomerate NBC-Universal, which mainly has numerous television stations as well as film and television studios in its portfolio. The Group's best-known amusement parks are located in Hollywood and Orlando.
The corona virus hit his industry hard, says Mack. When the Disney amusement parks in Shanghai and Hong Kong had to close in January, "we were shocked," says Mack: "But that was still a long way off." Then the virus came to Rust - and with it the regulation Park close. In May, Mack received permission to reopen the park subject to certain conditions, with a limited number of visitors. "We only drive a single shift to get the costs under control."
The group travel business is still suffering, but Mack is positive: “Given the situation, we are satisfied with the result. There is no reason to complain. "The park will make losses this year, says Mack. "But in the operational business we will keep our heads above water."
Fine then haha I subjected myself to an hour of that. Yeah Roland does actually say the world's biggest coaster for Universal's Third park which now won't be coming in the foreseeable future.