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Old 03-26-2010, 08:39 PM   #1636
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Old 03-26-2010, 08:45 PM   #1637
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I received a confirmation email that yes
"Please know that from May 28 to June 17, our plan is to offer a
preview of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter to those guests who have
already booked an on-site hotel room. Since you have already booked, you
will be able to participate in this preview."

YAHOOOO!!!!
I am bringing that email with me to the gates!
I was told this too...but I would love to know exactly what they mean by "preview".
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Old 03-26-2010, 08:50 PM   #1638
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Thanks! You too! I think we might be extra lucky and have small crowds for the preview dates, before the big Grand Opening....better than I had imagined for sure when booking back in January!
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Old 03-26-2010, 08:51 PM   #1639
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Fancy word for " we are letting you in before grand opening" ?

I noticed that all of the reps I talked to got real bent out of shape if I said the dreaded words " soft opening" .

You would have thought I was saying a nasty four letter word..

If I find out I am not allowed in I am going to call guest services and whisper "soft opening " over and over again.

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Old 03-26-2010, 08:53 PM   #1640
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I'll be in Orlando Memorial Day weekend through the first week of June. My major plan is to do Disney. I'm debating on what to do the first half of the week then thought about doing Universal/IOA. I figure with the "Grand Opening" June 18, there's a good chance it will be in soft opening then. I remember when I took a trip to Universal and they were doing a soft opening for IOA. It was so awesome going through an empty park!
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I have e-mailed too. Several times in fact. If Universal does not respond soon I am going to spam the words " soft opening " to them

Really, this is nerve racking. Do I cancel and rebook ? Do I do nothing and just pray?

I need some Prozac..
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Old 03-26-2010, 09:41 PM   #1642
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Same info as Preds and shl1108

I spoke to a rep who assured me that our onsite, room only reservation we had booked back in January for 5/26 - 5/31 would be honored for admittance to WWoHP. At this point if we were allowed in once on Memorial Day weekend I would be happy. We love PBH and Universal offers so much more than just one section of a park that I am not changing our reservations to go at a later date. It probably will be much less crowded during our visit anyway. So I can't wait, and I'll report to all when I return.
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Old 03-26-2010, 09:42 PM   #1643
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I spoke to a rep who assured me that our onsite, room only reservation we had booked back in January for 5/26 - 5/31 would be honored for admittance to WWoHP. At this point if we were allowed in once on Memorial Day weekend I would be happy. We love PBH and Universal offers so much more than just one section of a park that I am not changing our reservations to go at a later date. It probably will be much less crowded during our visit anyway. So I can't wait, and I'll report to all when I return.
You could be the first set in! Good luck and can't wait to hear about it!
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HP-- Forbidden Journey scary?

We are planning a family trip to Universal/Disney in December. My 63 year old mom is a HUGE fan of Harry Potter and totally psyched about the Wizarding World.

She is not a coaster person, or a fast ride person. Any idea about how "scary" the Forbidden Journey thing is? Is it a dark ride? Coaster? I've Googled and Googled and can't find any info on it.
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We are planning a family trip to Universal/Disney in December. My 63 year old mom is a HUGE fan of Harry Potter and totally psyched about the Wizarding World.

She is not a coaster person, or a fast ride person. Any idea about how "scary" the Forbidden Journey thing is? Is it a dark ride? Coaster? I've Googled and Googled and can't find any info on it.
I read somewhere that you go in and "sit on a magical bench". So, it doesn't sound coaster like. I've also heard it might be similar to Soaring California where you are in an imax like theatre (perhaps moving) and feeling like you are in the movie, or flying along with the characters.
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I read somewhere that you go in and "sit on a bench". So, it doesn't sound coaster like. I've also heard it might be similar to Soaring California where you are in an imax like theatre (perhaps moving) and feeling like you are in the movie, or flying along with the characters.
The ride seats are "enchanted benches"...which are attached to robotic arms that promise to push, pull, drop, lift, etc. you and your ride vehicle. The height restriction is 48" (the same as The Mummy, which is an indoor roller coaster mixed with dark ride scenes), so it is definitely a thrill ride. Not a roller coaster, but your robotic arm will move from room to room, narrowly escape a dragon, a full-sized Whomping Willow, etc. There will be aspects of filmed technology, but much of it is being done with full-size animatronics.

So yes, you sit on a bench, but that bench does throw you around quite a bit from all reports
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The ride seats are "enchanted benches"...which are attached to robotic arms that promise to push, pull, drop, lift, etc. you and your ride vehicle. The height restriction is 48" (the same as The Mummy, which is an indoor roller coaster mixed with dark ride scenes), so it is definitely a thrill ride. Not a roller coaster, but your robotic arm will move from room to room, narrowly escape a dragon, a full-sized Whomping Willow, etc. There will be aspects of filmed technology, but much of it is being done with full-size animatronics.

So yes, you sit on a bench, but that bench does throw you around quite a bit from all reports
Ya, well if its like the Indiana Jones Ride in Disneyland, where you sit in a "car bench" HOLD ON!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-U-hw...rom=PL&index=3
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I read somewhere that you go in and "sit on a magical bench". So, it doesn't sound coaster like. I've also heard it might be similar to Soaring California where you are in an imax like theatre (perhaps moving) and feeling like you are in the movie, or flying along with the characters.
I hate coasters BUT Love Soarin' sooooo that sounds doable for me and by the way I am also 63 !!!!!
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The ride seats are "enchanted benches"...which are attached to robotic arms that promise to push, pull, drop, lift, etc. you and your ride vehicle. The height restriction is 48" (the same as The Mummy, which is an indoor roller coaster mixed with dark ride scenes), so it is definitely a thrill ride. Not a roller coaster, but your robotic arm will move from room to room, narrowly escape a dragon, a full-sized Whomping Willow, etc. There will be aspects of filmed technology, but much of it is being done with full-size animatronics.

So yes, you sit on a bench, but that bench does throw you around quite a bit from all reports
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Virgin Holidays (in teh UK) have announced that even though the Grand Opening is not until 18th June - anyone who has booked or does book a package from May 28 - Jun 17th will still get access to WWHP
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