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Old 05-19-2010, 12:04 PM   #2251
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Old 05-19-2010, 12:24 PM   #2252
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I'm getting really nervous reading about how small the shops are. Does not sound like it's going to be a good shopping experience at all.
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Old 05-19-2010, 12:35 PM   #2253
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Old 05-19-2010, 01:16 PM   #2254
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Too funny. Someone else posted something like that too, so you're not the only one!!!
That would be me, lol!!
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Old 05-19-2010, 01:23 PM   #2255
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I'm getting really nervous reading about how small the shops are. Does not sound like it's going to be a good shopping experience at all.
I think mostly they are saying that Olivander's is really small. It has to be to maintain the atmosphere since you will experiencing the wand choosing.
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Old 05-19-2010, 01:25 PM   #2256
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I don't mind if the shops are small I can be patient...But then again I'm going the wk after grand opening...hopefully the crowds won't be as bad as predicited...I can dream...
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I think mostly they are saying that Olivander's is really small. It has to be to maintain the atmosphere since you will experiencing the wand choosing.
I agree Olivander's has to be kept smaller; but I don't think that's the store that is at the end of the FJ ride is it? What is mainly making me nervous is this passage in the blog about the Pow Wow tour:

We weren’t shown the loading area or the ride vehicles; rather we were escorted down what I took to be either the chicken exit or VIP entrance (it has stairs, but I’m pretty sure I saw an elevator there too) and into the store. They could not have made this store any smaller and expected it to handle the flow of guests. It could barely handle the few guests who were in there at the time. It’s a huge congestion point. No one is going to have time or space to shop. They’ll be jostled by everyone just trying to make it to the exit.
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I agree Olivander's has to be kept smaller; but I don't think that's the store that is at the end of the FJ ride is it? What is mainly making me nervous is this passage in the blog about the Pow Wow tour:

We weren’t shown the loading area or the ride vehicles; rather we were escorted down what I took to be either the chicken exit or VIP entrance (it has stairs, but I’m pretty sure I saw an elevator there too) and into the store. They could not have made this store any smaller and expected it to handle the flow of guests. It could barely handle the few guests who were in there at the time. It’s a huge congestion point. No one is going to have time or space to shop. They’ll be jostled by everyone just trying to make it to the exit.
No, that is the Filch's Emporium of Confiscated Goods. I can sure see that being a problem if it is too small. We'll have to wait and see!
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I'd tend to agree with you -- I feel that the "having to save some things until the grand opening" was more a public relations line than anything else so they wouldn't get all kinds of questions about it. I'd be very surprised if package holders as well as the general public don't get to soft open Forbidden Journey starting end of next week.
TMs aren't even allowed to ride Forbidden Journey during their previews...
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TMs aren't even allowed to ride Forbidden Journey during their previews...
No but package holders are being promised to experience everything end of next week --- May 28. So that should include FJ.
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Well my grand opening trip is going down the tubes! My brother, who is the only one thats coming with me & is a major HP fan, was just called back to his job after almost 2 years of unemployment! Glad he has a job now and everything..but I really doubt the factory will let him off to go. He goes back this coming Monday..so I'm hoping he has a cool supervisor or he'd be on shut-down. If not...I'm going to have to take my mother.....
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Well my grand opening trip is going down the tubes! My brother, who is the only one thats coming with me & is a major HP fan, was just called back to his job after almost 2 years of unemployment! Glad he has a job now and everything..but I really doubt the factory will let him off to go. He goes back this coming Monday..so I'm hoping he has a cool supervisor or he'd be on shut-down. If not...I'm going to have to take my mother.....
That's too bad...I hope everything will work out for you.
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If not...I'm going to have to take my mother.....
Well..I guess that's better than not going? My mother went on vacation w/ us in '08. All I can say is NEVER AGAIN!!! She will not be attending any more of our vacations....


The other thing I wanted to mention was the store at the exit of FJ. I hope it's better laid out and bigger than the Terminator gift shop at the exit of the show. That has got to be one of the WORST designs in that park It takes FOREVER to get out of T23D!
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Well..I guess that's better than not going? My mother went on vacation w/ us in '08. All I can say is NEVER AGAIN!!! She will not be attending any more of our vacations....


The other thing I wanted to mention was the store at the exit of FJ. I hope it's better laid out and bigger than the Terminator gift shop at the exit of the show. That has got to be one of the WORST designs in that park It takes FOREVER to get out of T23D!
The difference would be that for Forbidden Journey people would be coming out in groups of 4 instead of an entire auditorium of people. Maybe it is more the size of the Mummy or MIB gift shops.
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That's a good point...are costumes going to be allowed? I saw this on another board and no one knew the official answer.

I'm going to say no...Universal doesn't allow costumes but they MAY make exceptions for WWoHP.

Has anyone heard what the official answer is?
I would say no too but who knows. It probably depends on what the costume consists of.

However, I'd say anyone who decked out (robes and all) is completely nuts because it's Florida in the middle of June. It's going to be sooo extremely hot. I wouldn't recommend wearing a costume to ANYONE. Child or Adult.
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