As we mentioned on our Facebook and Twitter pages, we hope that the next iteration of Universal Studios Florida's nighttime spectacular will not include these massive barges, as they take up a lot of space and look quite unappealing during the day. What do you think? Let us know by sharing your thoughts:
I'd be ok with the barges if the lagoon was larger. But it's so small that the barges take up too much space in it.
Don't The Simpsons usually meet and greet in Hollywood? I think Krusty and Sideshow Bob stay in Springfield.
@Trent yes, just like woody woodpecker and other characters. I've even seen Olive and Popeye there.
The barges have great effects, and if they cou;d remove them during the day it would have been great but during the day they are an eyesoar. I hope the lagoon show gets replaced by an awesome nighttime parade. They do a great job at Mardi Grass but a parade with their ip's would be awesome.
The Simpsons family alternates between Hollywood and Springfield. Except when the characters are "sick" aka the actors inside called out for work. Then the remaining characters only meet in Hollywood. The entire family has to be there for them to meet and greet in Springfield. The barges are kinda hideous lol. Unfortunately the city noise ordinance prevents Universal from having large firework displays. Which I guess meanshe we are stuck with the mediocre nighttime show.
So the reason why we aren't seeing much of fast and furious construction right now is because they have dug the huge basement and are currently starting on the foundation needed for the how building.
I am really taken back by everything you can see around the park that doesn't belong in the specific area that you may currently be in. What an eye sore seeing the coaster track in front of the New York façade. Just one example.
Universal Studios has a blended theming structure to the park. Islands of Adventure has a hard theming structure. In IOA you instantly know when you are in a new land. Compare that to USF where you can meander from New York to San Fran to London and not consciously know that you traveled through three different sections. I will point out that if you look at the newest additions to USF (Diagon Alley, Springfield, Transformers) USF is transitioning into a hard theming format. Makes me excited for Nintendo Land and the other future projects! There's a lot of momentum going over there.
As for the lagoon, I think they did the best they could given the constraints they had to work with. The barges aren't the best to look at. I would have liked to see them themed somehow. It still would have been nice to have a night time lagoon stunt show but they went with the safer, more predictable route.