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Old 03-17-2010, 08:09 AM   #1396
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You may want to take this with a grain (or a shaker) of salt, but someone on OrlandoUnited just posted that the WWOHP is scheduled to begin soft openings on April 9. Again, I cannot attest to the veracity of this statement. However, the poster in question does appear to have an inside track. Go check it out at www.orlandounited.com.

That would be FANTASTIC!!!! I'm not even telling my kids it's a possibility (we'll be there at the end of April...) but I'm holding my breath! I think the timing makes sense- the Easter crowds will be gone so they'll have a "reasonable" crowd to open it with...

I'm also hoping that this won't bring in the big crowds during the week- I think they'll be waiting until after May 28th...At least that's what I hope for my sake!
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Old 03-17-2010, 08:35 AM   #1397
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Universal's Website states that it will be closed until March 18th.. so it should reopen March 19th. So, hopefully it will be open when u are there.
Thanks v much. Well I'm glad - not sure how the other family members will react!
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There's a Frog Choir that will perform five times day, Holt said, adding, “This is very top secret, so you're the first one's to hear about it.”

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I have really been saying I thought they would have it open to some degree in time for the Easter crowd. Sure hope I am right. We will be there 2 weeks after Easter, so am keeping my fingers crossed.
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You may want to take this with a grain (or a shaker) of salt, but someone on OrlandoUnited just posted that the WWOHP is scheduled to begin soft openings on April 9. Again, I cannot attest to the veracity of this statement. However, the poster in question does appear to have an inside track. Go check it out at www.orlandounited.com.

Of course. We check out on the 9th. I was debating what time to strat driving back to Atlanta. It may be a late drive....
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Old 03-17-2010, 12:39 PM   #1401
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Some stuff going on there today. Looks like costumed employees are preparing for an influx of executives.

New gates have gone up.

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Old 03-17-2010, 01:26 PM   #1402
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Some stuff going on there today. Looks like costumed employees are preparing for an influx of executives.

New gates have gone up.
That looks promising.

I've suspected that those tents behind the Three Broomsticks were more than likely temporary, and set up for press or for an outdoor cocktail thing.

Since the back part of Hogsmead and the Hogwarts gate areas are not ready to open, I suspect that DD/DC will be entering from the front of Hogsmead this weekend. It makes sense. The front has been ready for a couple of weeks now. It's paved and painted and all the details are in place. You could tell from the NBC video that at the very least, the window fronts of Honeydukes and Zonkos are ready, (although I'm not sure they are ready to open on the inside. Take it from someone who knows, there is a lot of HP merchandise out there, and some of the manufacturers are faster at getting the stuff out than others).

Also, the new/future entrance to DD/DC is from a courtyard behind the train station. I think some of you are going to get very close to a certain train this weekend thru the Easter break , (before they have to close DD/DC back down to finish the refit, because I don't think the final plan was to have those tracks red and blue, seems like an old mock up had them looking more golden, can't remember for sure).

So, I expect to see lots of pictures of Wizards and Witches waiting to board the Hogwarts express this weekend!!!!!


On a different note: SPOILERS!!!!!

Ok, so I am a self proclaimed Slytherin and rather sneaky and unethical at times. So, when this person I know, who has something to do with Potterland, (and that's all I'll give away for their protection ), was having a private conversation about Forbidden Journey, I of course eavesdropped in on it. (Really, they should know better than to talk about these things in earshot of a die hard HP geek and Slytherin to boot ).

This person was talking about the pre viz they had seen of the new ride,(which lots of people have seen, Universal, so stop trying to figure out who it was! ) I overheard that we will NOT be going upside down, but we will feel as though we are flying at a 90 degree angle..... while trying to avoid being eaten! Also, at least once, we will link up to a large screen which will make us feel as though we are right there in the middle of the action during a Quidditch match!!!!! There was more, but I better keep that to myself until I know it's not going to give away anyone's identity.
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Old 03-17-2010, 03:49 PM   #1403
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I don't think the tents are temporary. They were in the models art. I think they will be needed for extra seating just like at Enchanted Oak.

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The tents are permanent as there are now tables and chairs there. Just some extra seating for the Three Broomsticks.

Is anyone else having issues with OU coming up? It figures, the day the execs are there and I can't get on!
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The tents are permanent as there are now tables and chairs there. Just some extra seating for the Three Broomsticks.

Is anyone else having issues with OU coming up? It figures, the day the execs are there and I can't get on!

I can't get OU to load either.


edited: now I can!

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I don't understand. Can you elaborate?

And what is OU?
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I can't get OU to load either.
Sorry I don't have time to figure it out myself. DD & I are working on packing her suitcase as we speak!
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And what is OU?


Sorry I don't have time to figure it out myself. DD & I are working on packing her suitcase as we speak!
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There are new gates between the new Hogsmeade area and the old Lost Continent as you can see in the twitpics posted.

OU is Orlando United. It is the board with all the info. www.orlandounited.com
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There are new gates between the new Hogsmeade area and the old Lost Continent as you can see in the twitpics posted.

OU is Orlando United. It is the board with all the info. www.orlandounited.com
You mean there are other boards besides the DISboards?!


I'm still confused about the gates. Sorry. Are you talking about the "Gates & hogs set" picture? I'm not sure what I'm looking at there. Unfortunately the Hogsmeade/Lost Continent reference doesn't help me. (Is there a dunce cap smiley?) It's been over 10 years since we were at US/IoA, so...

Am I right to assume that the "Om" & "No baracade!" pictures are of the same spot in the park? ...I'm thinking the outer wall in the "Om" picture was a temporary wall that was taken down while you were there, and you took "before" & "after" pictures. And I'm assuming that the walls in the "Chefs", "Security..." & "Kilts..." pictures are also temporary...

Thanks for your time. Your pics are creating a great deal of excitement at my house!
...even if we're not completely sure just exactly what it is that we're looking at!!
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I'm still confused about the gates. Sorry. Are you talking about the "Gates & hogs set" picture? I'm not sure what I'm looking at there. Unfortunately the Hogsmeade/Lost Continent reference doesn't help me. (Is there a dunce cap smiley?) It's been over 10 years since we were at US/IoA, so...

Am I right to assume that the "Om" & "No baracade!" pictures are of the same spot in the park? ...I'm thinking the outer wall in the "Om" picture was a temporary wall that was taken down while you were there, and you took "before" & "after" pictures. And I'm assuming that the walls in the "Chefs", "Security..." & "Kilts..." pictures are also temporary...

Thanks for your time. Your pics are creating a great deal of excitement at my house!
...even if we're not completely sure just exactly what it is that we're looking at!!
Those aren't my pictures (just someone on twitter) so I'll just try my best to describe what I see. However, if you go here http://www.orlandounited.com/forums/...Potter/page610

you will see similar pictures but just larger and in much better definition and description. I recommend looking in detail through that very long thread. You will soon be very familiar with the area.

There used to be a rough wall up at the entrance to Hogsmeade. It has been replaced today by a new wall with a nice new gate. It looks like it is made to open and close for soft openings but will come down completely when the area opens.

The costumes you see are the new outfits for the employees who will be working in that area.
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Those aren't my pictures (just someone on twitter) so I'll just try my best to describe what I see.
That's very kind of you.

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OH MY GOODNESS!!! I could stay up ALL night looking through that!!
The recent stuff is very exciting. Thanks for the link!
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There used to be a rough wall up at the entrance to Hogsmeade. It has been replaced today by a new wall with a nice new gate.
So both of the twitter pictures are of the new wall & gate, not before & after shots?

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The costumes you see are the new outfits for the employees who will be working in that area.
Just the fact that there are workers showing up in their new outfits makes me hopeful! Just getting to walk through & look at the staging would tickle me pink!

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