Universal Cancels Permit For Demolition to Add Speculated ‘Harry Potter’ Ride

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At Universal Orlando Resort, we have seen a lot of change over the years. Of course, the most recent expansion happened at Islands of Adventure with the addition of Jurassic World VelociCoaster, bringing an all-new thrill coaster to the Park, with heavy theming, and also updating the Jurassic Park theming with the new movie updates, starring Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard.

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At Universal Orlando Florida, one of the biggest changes to have been made was the implementation of Diagon Alley, with the addition of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. The space took up attractions such as JAWS, but brought in the Harry Potter fandom in a new way. Most recently, we have seen the closure of Shrek 4-D which is rumored to have a minions-themed walk-through attraction take over, and Fear Factor Live has shut down.

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When Fear Factor Live shut down, there was a lot of buzz of what would come to be in that same spot. Many thought that Universal would use the space to expand the Wizarding World of Harry Potter and add in another attraction from the J.K. Rowling franchise, which would be a VR broomstick attraction that was also rumored to be built in Epic Universe. Permits for demolition were filed to remove the theater, but, according to theme park reporters at Theme Park Stop, were denied. It seems the plans for the demolition were insufficient for the city to approve, and more permits were needed.

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Universal recently added more permits for Project 195, which is the Fear Factor Live space, but just a few days after the permits were filed, they were updated to reveal that the project was now “canceled”. However, the reason for the cancelation does not seem to be because of the project itself, but rather, the changing of the company that would handle that aspect of the construction.

Since we do not know if the Fear Factor Live space would house a new Harry Potter attraction, and Universal has made no mention of this rumored VR attraction finding a home here, it is purely speculative to assume the ride may be having some snags. It is also important to remember that when this ride was rumored to come to Universal, it was never meant for Universal Studios Florida, so the idea that a potential Epic Universe attraction could be scrapped from plans to move to a different Park may just be a pipe dream for Universal lovers.

One thing we do know is that Universal did have to cancel their permits to move forward in demolishing the theater, which means that there are clearly a few delays on the removal of the theater, and whatever is to come.

Check out the full video detailing the permit information by Theme Park Stop below:

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At the moment, Revenge of the Mummy is also under a massive refurbishment at Universal Studios Florida. That being said, Guests can still enjoy attractions such as Rip Ride Rockit, MEN IN BLACK Alien Attack, Transformers: The Ride, and more. Visit Diagon Alley in the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, where you can venture into Gringotts!  Islands of Adventure has some fantastic attractions like the new Jurassic World VelociCoaster, Jurassic Park River Adventure, The Incredible Hulk Coaster, Doctor Doom’s Fearfall, The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man, and more! Volcano Bay is also open for those who want to get their splash on, and at the moment, Epic Universe is under construction with a potential 2025 opening date.

What would you like to see replace the space of Fear Factor Live? 

If you want to visit Universal Orlando Resort, you can today! Click here to get your vacation started! You can go to Universal Studios Florida, Islands of Adventure, then eat some dinner and grab a drink at CityWalk. Want to take a splash? Volcano Bay is ready for you. With so many fun events like Mardi Gras, Halloween Horror Nights, and more, Universal will give you an action-packed adventure like you are in the movies! 

At Universal Studios Hollywood Guests can enjoy WaterWorld, The Secret Life of Pets: Off the Leash, Despicable Me Minion Mayhem, Super Silly Fun Land, Silly Swirly Fun Ride, Kung Fu Panda Adventure, Universal’s Animal Actors, Special Effects Show, Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey, Flight of the Hippogriff, The Simpsons Ride, Studio Tour, Jurassic World — The Ride, Revenge of the Mummy — The Ride, Transformers: The Ride-3D, and more!

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