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Old 10-16-2012, 04:33 PM   #871
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We only have one day, and want to hit the major rides outside of Harry Potter before it gets really busy. (going Thursday October 26th) My boys really want to do all the Harry Potter stuff and hope for a walk in lunch to Three Broomsticks. How long do you usually spend in harry Potter World? Allowing for the rides, maybe the Ollivanders show (I read get there ASAP) and of course looking at everything there?

Would you do Harry Potter World before everything else and hope for an early lunch at maybe 11:00? If we went to Harry Potter fist and wanting to try and eat lunch there that would be like 1.5-2 hours in harry Potter.

And then hit all the other rides, which we do have the fast pass.

Or hit the major rides without fast pass first, then harry potter?
I answered on your IOA thread also. Get to Fantastic Journey right away, do it until you want to stop. That won't be easy. FJ is not an Express Pass attraction. FOr us this week everything else has been walk-on with the Express Pass. We actually quit doing MIB yesterday out of guilt as we kept passing the same people over and over waiting in the long regular line!
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Old 10-16-2012, 05:00 PM   #872
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I answered on your IOA thread also. Get to Fantastic Journey right away, do it until you want to stop. That won't be easy. FJ is not an Express Pass attraction. FOr us this week everything else has been walk-on with the Express Pass. We actually quit doing MIB yesterday out of guilt as we kept passing the same people over and over waiting in the long regular line!
Forbidden Journey, lol.
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Old 10-16-2012, 06:08 PM   #873
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Forbidden Journey, lol.
You got me. But it is pretty Fantastic! And what I meant by it won't be easy to do it until you want to stop is YOU WON'T WANT TO STOP!!
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Old 10-16-2012, 06:22 PM   #874
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You got me. But it is pretty Fantastic! And what I meant by it won't be easy to do it until you want to stop is YOU WON'T WANT TO STOP!!

It is easy to see why you called it Fantastic Journey. It is a very cool ride!!!
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Old 10-17-2012, 06:14 AM   #875
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Great, thank you so much! We will plan to head that way first then! Also our fast pass isn't the unlimited so we will only be able to use them once on the rides that allow them. But as long as we make it on I am ok with that


Everyone on these boards are so amazing and generous answering all of the questions! I wish I had more time to plan for this but... we will make it work thanks to you all!
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Old 10-21-2012, 10:02 PM   #876
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What a wonderful thread. I've seen a few people mention bookings for the 3 broomsticks but I can't work out how to make them. We are staying onsite if that makes any difference.
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Old 10-22-2012, 08:36 AM   #877
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What a wonderful thread. I've seen a few people mention bookings for the 3 broomsticks but I can't work out how to make them. We are staying onsite if that makes any difference.

For lunch and dinner, Three Broomsticks is counter service. For breakfast, you can make a reservation with concierge at the hotel.
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Old 10-23-2012, 07:07 PM   #878
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Hotel express passes will only be honored once per day on the Forbidden Journey. TM's will scan your hotel key to regulate usage.

At this time it is unclear if the purchased express passes will be honored at all on the Forbidden Journey.
Is this still the policy.

And with early entry is it best to just use the regular line then use you 1 express pass later for a 2nd ride?
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Is this still the policy.

And with early entry is it best to just use the regular line then use you 1 express pass later for a 2nd ride?
Oh gosh, that never even happened!!! That is what was rumoured to happen though.

There are no express passes at all on Forbidden Journey.

I suggest riding it during early park admission if you are staying onsite.
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Oh gosh, that never even happened!!! That is what was rumoured to happen though.

There are no express passes at all on Forbidden Journey.

I suggest riding it during early park admission if you are staying onsite.
Thanks, staying at Hard Rock -- what time is the early admission?

Do we need to sprint there or as long as we're inside before general opening r we ok?
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Thanks, staying at Hard Rock -- what time is the early admission?

Do we need to sprint there or as long as we're inside before general opening r we ok?
Early admission is an hour before opening. I would make sure you are there about 20 minutes early. They often open 15 minutes early.

I would try to make sure you get the full early admission hour in. It will save you a lot of time waiting in line...especially at Ollivanders.
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I was one of the lucky ones to have visited during the soft opening back in 2010. I booked at HRH and spent 6 glorious mornings at HP...and I will admit I was SMUG ( bad bad Denise ) knowing that I got to see it before the general public.

( I don't like this smugness trait of mine, but honestly it comes from being a vacation-commando-anal-drive myself nuts planplanplan person who LOVES it when a plan comes together )

We am going to Disney July 2013 and my daughter declared that she will miss one day at Disney and head over to HP. I decided to surprise her and tack on a visit to Universal pre Disney for her 21st B-day. I'll do the onsite stay for the perks..I was going to take her to Vegas, but hey, if she loves HP so much I can't fault her.

Are they still refilling the butterbeer mugs if you have one? I have 10 and really don't need another one...
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Old 10-30-2012, 08:20 AM   #883
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If we can't stay on site for EE, are we better off going to HP first thing in the morning or wait til later in day (in Aug 2013)? How long would you guess the wait for Olivander's and FJ to be?
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Old 10-30-2012, 08:22 AM   #884
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I was one of the lucky ones to have visited during the soft opening back in 2010. I booked at HRH and spent 6 glorious mornings at HP...and I will admit I was SMUG ( bad bad Denise ) knowing that I got to see it before the general public.

( I don't like this smugness trait of mine, but honestly it comes from being a vacation-commando-anal-drive myself nuts planplanplan person who LOVES it when a plan comes together )

We am going to Disney July 2013 and my daughter declared that she will miss one day at Disney and head over to HP. I decided to surprise her and tack on a visit to Universal pre Disney for her 21st B-day. I'll do the onsite stay for the perks..I was going to take her to Vegas, but hey, if she loves HP so much I can't fault her.

Are they still refilling the butterbeer mugs if you have one? I have 10 and really don't need another one...
Yes, you can still get the discount price for refills.
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Old 11-11-2012, 03:46 PM   #885
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Can wheelchairs and ECV's go into Olivanders and see the show? Have been told on another part of the boards that people were being turned away by the Cm's. Is this the correct answer or a misinformed Cm?
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