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Old 09-13-2009, 11:18 AM   #256
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Maybe this has been answered, but I thought I read at one point that Hogwarts would be taller than Cinderella Castle. Anyone know if that is still the plan?
I had not heard this but I was always under the impression that Cinderella Castle's height was determined by the Central Florida building code that has a height limit due to the potential for hurricane force winds. I believe the castle is just under the height limit so I'd assume Hogwarts would have to be right around the same height.
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I had not heard this but I was always under the impression that Cinderella Castle's height was determined by the Central Florida building code that has a height limit due to the potential for hurricane force winds. I believe the castle is just under the height limit so I'd assume Hogwarts would have to be right around the same height.
I don't know if there is a height limit on theme park attractions or not, but the Tower of Terror is 10 feet higher than Cinderella Castle. It's 199 feet and the cap on its height was the regulations that all buildings and structures that are 200 feet or higher require aircraft warning lights on top and the Imagineers at Disney didn't want the lights. If Hogwarts is taller than Cinderella Castle, I would be willing to bet it won't be more than 199 feet for the same reason.
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Maybe this has been answered, but I thought I read at one point that Hogwarts would be taller than Cinderella Castle. Anyone know if that is still the plan?
There was a rumour. But my understanding is that Cindy's castle is 180ft and Hogwarts will be 150ft.

Neither of them WANT to be higher than 200ft because then they would have to put airplane warning lights on them. Kinda ruins it a bit...
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There was a rumour. But my understanding is that Cindy's castle is 180ft and Hogwarts will be 150ft.

Neither of them WANT to be higher than 200ft because then they would have to put airplane warning lights on them. Kinda ruins it a bit...

Thanks, I knew it was initially a rumor but didn't know if it was ever confirmed. It would be kinda cool, though, since from what I've read the overall area taken up by Hogwarts will be much bigger than Cinderella's Castle.
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Its going to be cool driving by on I-4 and seeing Hogwarts in the distance, great free advertising
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I nearly died of happiness when I heard the news. I've been looking forward to going to the Islands of Adventure for 8 years now (the first posters were up when I was last at Universal). The other islands were awesome enough but now Harry Potter? My husband will hate it but I'm going on every last rollercoaster with him (i won't normally even ride baby ones) so he'll get over it.
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I nearly died of happiness when I heard the news. I've been looking forward to going to the Islands of Adventure for 8 years now (the first posters were up when I was last at Universal). The other islands were awesome enough but now Harry Potter? My husband will hate it but I'm going on every last rollercoaster with him (i won't normally even ride baby ones) so he'll get over it.
You will probably be pleasantly surprised that he will love it after he goes. That was the case in our family, some weren't too hot on the idea, then afterwards they were hooked!
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I am curious to see it all finished but not thrilled since its more than likely to be open when we go next year in july and all onsite hotels will probably be booked up and may have to stay offsite and not thrilled about that
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ky07- why don't you book your hotel now? We have our reservations for August 2010 already booked on-site.
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Old 09-14-2009, 12:20 PM   #265
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Thanks, I knew it was initially a rumor but didn't know if it was ever confirmed. It would be kinda cool, though, since from what I've read the overall area taken up by Hogwarts will be much bigger than Cinderella's Castle.

Very likely. If you look at the current construction combined with the artist's rendering, the rock work at the base looks huge. Keep in mind however that unlike Cinderella's. this will actually have an attraction ( other than a restaurant and/or stage show ) inside!
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ky07- why don't you book your hotel now? We have our reservations for August 2010 already booked on-site.
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You will probably be pleasantly surprised that he will love it after he goes. That was the case in our family, some weren't too hot on the idea, then afterwards they were hooked!
He wants to go to Universal most of all, just not the Harry Potter island. He hates Harry Potter (making him watch the movies has not helped a bit)
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This i found on a dutch Orlando forum:

Themepark-experts gaan uit van een officiele openingsdatum van The Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Islands of Adventure op 30 juni 2010. De toeristische branche zit dringend op een concrete openingsdatum te wachten i.v.m. veel vragen over "wanneer nou?"
if means, that themapark experts think that the official opening of the HP area will be planned on 30 juni 2010.


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OMG I am soo excited now!

I decided to check in before my class (which is now in 15 mins) to see if any of the announcements had been posted yet...and wow! I was excited before, but now with the early concept art of the rides it makes me even more so!

I can't wait to check back later on today to see what else has been revealed...if anything.
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