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“Jurassic Park Helicoptours” 1990s

We’ve talked about projects that are built incredibly true to their concept art, but what about those that aren’t? Some pieces can be a treasure trove of changes and what-could-have-beens. Here we see a rendering of Jurassic Park at Universal Orlando’s Islands of Adventure. The Discovery Center, the tall show building of the River Adventure, and the park lagoon are clearly visible. But, what’s that helicopter? Neither that building nor the helicopter have ever occupied that space. One of the early ideas thrown around for Jurassic Park, (along with a Jeep Ride) was Jurassic Park Helicoptours. This aerial simulator attraction would have allowed guests to “fly” high over the park, observing the myriad of dinosaur species in their “natural” habitats.

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Jason Isaac gives his opinion on how his Harry Potter character, Lucious Malfoy, would react to Donald Trump as President: “I think he’d put a little white pillow case on his head and charge right up the hill behind him.”

He also goes on to talk about how recognizable Lucious is as a racist, supremacist, and eugenists who acts out of fear, scared of muggles and the future and how you don’t have to look too far to find politicians standing on those platforms today…

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“Popeye and Bluto’s Bilge-Rat Barges”

Set in the fishing village of Sweet Haven, (the setting of the classic Popeye comics) Popeye and Bluto’s Bilge-Rat Barges sends guests on a tumultuous voyage through the seas around town, and straight into the epic rivalry of Popeye and Bluto. Built with the promise of soaking guests in the Orlando heat more than any other ride in town, this exciting and well-themed rapids attraction has been a staple since the opening of Islands of Adventure at Universal Orlando Resort in 1999. This concept art, which isn’t reflective of the final queue building, shows a more built-out incarnation of the fishing village, complete with nods to the comics everywhere you look. Initial plans also called for a Hoop-Dee-Doo-esque revue as part of the Sweet Haven land-within-a-land.

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Photo Tour of Shops - Diagon Alley

Carkitt Market in Diagon Alley

Storefront of Flourish and Blotts bookstore in Diagon Alley

“Magical Me” by Gilderoy Lockhart in the window of Flourish and Blotts in Diagon Alley

The outside of Weasleys’ Wizard Wheezes in Diagon Alley

The inside of Weasleys Wizard Wheezes in Diagon Alley (sadly the second floor is open to wizards only)

The exterior of Borgin and Burkes in Knockturn Alley, off of Diagon Alley

So how cool would it be if the Hogwarts castle at Universal Studios was an actual resort where you could get sorted book hotel rooms in your favorite houses and sleep in four poster beds? Or chill in the secret common rooms (which you only get the keycard for the house you stay in) and eat breakfast in the great hall? Dumbledore’s pad would be the grand luxury suite!

Guests would also get a special park entrance straight in to the Hogsmeade area through a real one-eyed witch tunnel. Heck if they wanted to get fancy they could even build in all the secret passage ways for the guests to explore while they stayed there. And once you book your stay, you’d get access to the Marauder’s Map app which lets you and whoever you choose to share with see each other as little dots with a usersname on the general castle map…

~The real Hogwarts experience~ 

Please make this happen one day.