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Old 01-08-2010, 10:45 AM   #616
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Thanks for posting the pics! My daughter is a HUGE HP fan and she wants to go here as soon as she can!! She graduates in May, I'd love to take her there afterwards, but Orlando is so faarrrrr from where we live (Alaska) that it's a major event if we go!
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Old 01-08-2010, 04:38 PM   #617
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Sweet pictures Sammy! Some more scaffolding on T3B has come off! I'd like to point out a couple things from your big update on your site:


OMG! Pine trees! Or new trees in general. I have a feeling they are making a surrounding forest just like in the concept art.





The powerade bottles are still there...HA!
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Old 01-09-2010, 01:38 AM   #618
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I'm really excited for this but my question is the new ride going to be a big thrill ride? I'm not a fan of the big roller coasters but I love harry potter. A dark ride that has some OH GOSH! moments sounds great but I'm more interested in the story and the theming and the "magic" than big drops, spirals, scares. I don't want to have to keep my eyes closed and feel sick the whole time. In fact, if the ride goes upside down or anything like that I wouldn't ride it. Also, I know the dark ride is going to be "in" hogwarts but will that be all thats in there? the line and the ride? bc I want to be able to "explore" all of the places that I feel like I know so well from the books! the dorms, the moving staircases, a painting swinging open and climbing into a room, the classrooms, the restricted section of the library, saying "acid pops" and going up to dumbledores office, the owlry, etc.

IDK I feel like I have such high expectations that I'll be really disappointed if its just stores and a thrill ride in an english village.
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I'm really excited for this but my question is the new ride going to be a big thrill ride? I'm not a fan of the big roller coasters but I love harry potter. A dark ride that has some OH GOSH! moments sounds great but I'm more interested in the story and the theming and the "magic" than big drops, spirals, scares. I don't want to have to keep my eyes closed and feel sick the whole time. In fact, if the ride goes upside down or anything like that I wouldn't ride it. Also, I know the dark ride is going to be "in" hogwarts but will that be all thats in there? the line and the ride? bc I want to be able to "explore" all of the places that I feel like I know so well from the books! the dorms, the moving staircases, a painting swinging open and climbing into a room, the classrooms, the restricted section of the library, saying "acid pops" and going up to dumbledores office, the owlry, etc.

IDK I feel like I have such high expectations that I'll be really disappointed if its just stores and a thrill ride in an english village.
Universal has kept very tight lipped about the new attraction...no one really knows what it's about.
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Old 01-09-2010, 08:10 AM   #620
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We know that the queue will let you see many rooms in Hogwarts and there will be lots of interactive things. No one is quite sure how "thrilling" the ride is going to be but from the sounds of it, you won't be going upside down.
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A dark ride that has some OH GOSH! moments sounds great but I'm more interested in the story and the theming and the "magic" than big drops, spirals, scares. I don't want to have to keep my eyes closed and feel sick the whole time.
ITA. And my kids are chickens too and won't ride it if it's a killer coaster. Hopefully they've got that with the Dueling Dragons/Flight of the Hippogrif remake, and the Forbidden Journey will be more creative and less stomach churning.
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Just found this, looks like we will be travelling the Floo system!

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Old 01-10-2010, 06:05 AM   #623
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look at the wall that everyone was concerned about....it now has orange markings and rebar
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Just found this, looks like we will be travelling the Floo system!

http://www.mugglenet.com/
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I don't know if this has been posted...or if it is even true given the source but....

I called today to make reservations at PBH for Apr 21-25. The reservationist asked if I was familiar with the new rules for express pass since Harry Potter will probably be open when I visit? I said no. She said the express passes--FOTL-- will only be valid for one ride a day at each of the new Harry Potter rides because of the large crowds they are expecting.

Also--it is weird that there are no standard rooms available for my stay at PBH and no supersaver rates being offerred. I had to book a deluxe room with AAA discount. Seems a little strange since Mardi Gras is over Apr 17 and grad nites wouldn't typically fill up PBH. Could it be the soft opening of HP? They also do not have park hours up yet for April.
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Spring Break and the month it's in is almost always the busiest time for hotels in Orlando, even over Christmas just based on $ numbers alone.
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I don't know if this has been posted...or if it is even true given the source but....

I called today to make reservations at PBH for Apr 21-25. The reservationist asked if I was familiar with the new rules for express pass since Harry Potter will probably be open when I visit? I said no. She said the express passes--FOTL-- will only be valid for one ride a day at each of the new Harry Potter rides because of the large crowds they are expecting.
Hopefully she is referring to the fact that they are only selling the Single Use express passes now and that does not include hotel guests. We pay good money to stay onsite for that very privilege. Otherwise we would stay offsite MUCH cheaper!
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Hopefully she is referring to the fact that they are only selling the Single Use express passes now and that does not include hotel guests. We pay good money to stay onsite for that very privilege. Otherwise we would stay offsite MUCH cheaper!
I took that to mean that they are going to limit the hotel express pass usage on Harry Potter rides only. I can understand it too, it is going to be hugely popular and very busy the first year or so. It will still be available unlimited for all the other rides, but that section. I honestly dont know how they will track it though.
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I'm really excited for this but my question is the new ride going to be a big thrill ride? I'm not a fan of the big roller coasters but I love harry potter. A dark ride that has some OH GOSH! moments sounds great but I'm more interested in the story and the theming and the "magic" than big drops, spirals, scares. I don't want to have to keep my eyes closed and feel sick the whole time. In fact, if the ride goes upside down or anything like that I wouldn't ride it. Also, I know the dark ride is going to be "in" hogwarts but will that be all thats in there? the line and the ride? bc I want to be able to "explore" all of the places that I feel like I know so well from the books! the dorms, the moving staircases, a painting swinging open and climbing into a room, the classrooms, the restricted section of the library, saying "acid pops" and going up to dumbledores office, the owlry, etc.

IDK I feel like I have such high expectations that I'll be really disappointed if its just stores and a thrill ride in an english village.
It's not a coaster. It's been said officially.
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I took that to mean that they are going to limit the hotel express pass usage on Harry Potter rides only. I can understand it too, it is going to be hugely popular and very busy the first year or so. It will still be available unlimited for all the other rides, but that section. I honestly dont know how they will track it though.
That makes me feel a little better and like you said how would they keep track anyways? Guess we'll find out soon!
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