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Old 05-22-2010, 03:58 PM   #2341
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Well here's a blow up of DisneyGerry's picture of Bertie Bott's Every Flavour Beans menu card that came inside a box of the (jelly) beans.

I can see the fine print on this side and it doesn't have any of the peanut warnings you sometimes see but as you know that doesn't guarantee anything.

I like this pack better. I have had the ones with vomit and soap...nasty!!
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Old 05-22-2010, 04:11 PM   #2342
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I heard about how only one or two people per group are getting to choose their wands so I asked employees about it and they confirmed that is how it will work for the public.

ok, so this is more looking like an attraction/show instead of a store everyone can experience. will they have a queue that they allow 25 people IN , do the 2 people choosing their wands & then dump them into the owl post for everyone else to buy their wands & let the NEXT group of 25 in?
will the ONLY people who can get their wands off the shelves of ollivanders be the 2 who are chosen? & the rest of the observers have to go to owl post? I could see if everyone in the 25 group wanted wands, they would have a very busy stock person to refill the shelves! : )
I know we shall all know the answers to this in a few weeks, but the speculation & dissapointment over this is mind confusing.

I remember when the discussion over the plans for WWoHP were with JKR she had wanted every person to be able to tap on the 'wall' to get in the alley/street & was told that was impossible for al lthe visitors who would go through. I wonder if they didn't think THIS through.

oh I was thinking about the cost of the wands that everyone is talking about, that "what if" an expensive wand picks you. this would be an easy fix, (if its not what they are gonna do), that maybe you choose your price range wand FIRST , like the shelves are marked and you take a few off of THAT shelf to try. from what I have read the 'light/magic' show happens when you try out the wand, the wand doesn't actually fly off the shelf or something from the expensive section to have chosen you.....
has anyone been able to notice if there are prices on the shelves in the pictures? or can someone who was there at the wow event elaborate? all I found was general descriptions so far.
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Old 05-22-2010, 05:38 PM   #2344
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ok, so this is more looking like an attraction/show instead of a store everyone can experience. will they have a queue that they allow 25 people IN , do the 2 people choosing their wands & then dump them into the owl post for everyone else to buy their wands & let the NEXT group of 25 in?
will the ONLY people who can get their wands off the shelves of ollivanders be the 2 who are chosen? & the rest of the observers have to go to owl post? I could see if everyone in the 25 group wanted wands, they would have a very busy stock person to refill the shelves! : )
I know we shall all know the answers to this in a few weeks, but the speculation & dissapointment over this is mind confusing.

I remember when the discussion over the plans for WWoHP were with JKR she had wanted every person to be able to tap on the 'wall' to get in the alley/street & was told that was impossible for al lthe visitors who would go through. I wonder if they didn't think THIS through.

oh I was thinking about the cost of the wands that everyone is talking about, that "what if" an expensive wand picks you. this would be an easy fix, (if its not what they are gonna do), that maybe you choose your price range wand FIRST , like the shelves are marked and you take a few off of THAT shelf to try. from what I have read the 'light/magic' show happens when you try out the wand, the wand doesn't actually fly off the shelf or something from the expensive section to have chosen you.....
has anyone been able to notice if there are prices on the shelves in the pictures? or can someone who was there at the wow event elaborate? all I found was general descriptions so far.
Some of your questions were a bit incomplete, but here's what we know.

During TM previews, (and TM's have confirmed that this is the game plan for regular guests in the coming months), we will queue outside Olivanders (they'll be erecting rope lines soon), a TM will count us off in groups of roughly 25 people. The Shopkeeper will ask who is there to buy their wands, and one of the group will be chosen, (maybe up to three on slower days with faster shopkeepers). The rest of us will get to see the show. The "chosen one" can chose to buy the wand he/she is given or pick a different one in Owl Post. We'll exit the shop through Owl Post where the rest of us can chose the wand we want.

As far as prices, to my understanding, the Olivander wands (of which there are a dozen or so styles, and apparently based off birthdates, etc) are all $25, so no worry that the wand that chooses your kid will cost a fortune. This $100 wand business was based off the price of the wand TV remote control. The replica wands are most likely Noble Collection wands which will be in the $30-50 range for single wands with sets costing more.

The only thing I still wonder is how we'll know what our wand choices are of these new, exclusively Olivanders, wands. Someone, I think a TM on Orlando United, suggested that the shopkeepers in Owl Post will be able to help us figure out which wand would have chosen us if we had been picked (minus the special effects).
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I'm quite disapointed by this I was really looking forward to the idea of having the wand pick me. I'm wondering though if this may just be a temporary thing for while its so busy after opening or for when its busy in general and at quieter times everyone will get one, and the bystanders will be given the choice to stay or leave after the first person has their wand.
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I'm quite disapointed by this I was really looking forward to the idea of having the wand pick me. I'm wondering though if this may just be a temporary thing for while its so busy after opening or for when its busy in general and at quieter times everyone will get one, and the bystanders will be given the choice to stay or leave after the first person has their wand.
I am also quite disappointed! The idea of having the wand pick me was one of things I was most looking forward to. I'm not going to wait in a line just to see a show that last only last a few minutes.

I can also see guest having a problem with only one person from their group getting chosen. I can see kids in families fighting because "my wand choose me. Your wand didn't" arguments between siblings.
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Old 05-22-2010, 07:32 PM   #2347
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There's just no way that everyone can do the wand choosing thing. There will be way too many people and that will really upset those waiting. From what I understand you can still get wands but most will have to choose for themself.

Besides we won't be getting a wand but will want to see the ceremony. Maybe there won't be so many wanting a wand, at least once the newness wears off.
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I'm actually not interested in the wands at all (I've got a conductor's baton at home that I conduct band with...basically the same thing ). I just really hope I can get into Owl Post so I can send some postcards off to my friends!

BUT!!!!! My big question I have for you guys is.....how do you think going Sunday instead of Friday grand opening will compare? We're considering going Sunday instead. Basically...if Alan Rickman will be there Friday (which he hasn't been confirmed at all yet), we'll try for Friday. If not, we'll try for Sunday. Does going Sunday seem wiser? All opinions appreciated! :D
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There's just no way that everyone can do the wand choosing thing. There will be way too many people and that will really upset those waiting. From what I understand you can still get wands but most will have to choose for themself.

Besides we won't be getting a wand but will want to see the ceremony. Maybe there won't be so many wanting a wand, at least once the newness wears off.
I understand that there's no way to have everyone's wand choose them if there's a big line. I just hope they tell people before they wait in that line that there's a chance you might not get to be part of the "show".

I was planning on waiting in a two hour line on opening day to experience the wand choosing me but now I think I'm skipping it and coming back when it's less crowded in October. Better chances of having a more personal experience.
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BUT!!!!! My big question I have for you guys is.....how do you think going Sunday instead of Friday grand opening will compare? We're considering going Sunday instead. Basically...if Alan Rickman will be there Friday (which he hasn't been confirmed at all yet), we'll try for Friday. If not, we'll try for Sunday. Does going Sunday seem wiser? All opinions appreciated! :D
I don't know...I don't think it's going to make any difference with the crowds. This whole summer is going to be madness!
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We aren't going until Halloween week, but I am SO excited to read everyone's reviews all summer long! I can't wait for it to open and start hearing all about it!
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I am also quite disappointed! The idea of having the wand pick me was one of things I was most looking forward to. I'm not going to wait in a line just to see a show that last only last a few minutes.

I can also see guest having a problem with only one person from their group getting chosen. I can see kids in families fighting because "my wand choose me. Your wand didn't" arguments between siblings.
I think the smartest thing a parent with more than one kid can do is just hold them all back and not let any of them be chosen. I know that sucks, but it's better than sibling rivalry.

However, I really think the smartest thing Univ. could do is to not chose a kid to begin with. Not because I'm grown up and a die hard Potterholic, hehe, but because it is easier for a parent to say "they only pick grown ups in case a spell goes wonky". Kids seem to generally get over the fact that they can't participate in Indiana Jones and other interactive shows because they are too young. But nothing is worse for a kid's self-esteem than to have some other kid chosen instead of you. Why is that other kid more special than I am? Not a good question for parents to have to answer.

But I agree that Univ. better make sure people know what they are getting before they get in line. I wasn't happy when I learned about it yesterday, but I'm resolved now and will go in with no expectations. But I would have been pissed if I learned after waiting in line two hours. And personally I want as few Dursleys as possible on my trip, so I don't want to hear people in line around me complaining all the time.

Oh, and CLPClarinet, you are someone after my own heart. I was so sad to find out I was arriving just days after the grand opening because I'll miss Rickman. He's my dream hubby. All my shirts for the trip are Snape or Potions related. I'm totally prepared to ask the hotel to put me in the room he's just vacated (no need to clean).
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Some new details on the prices have emerged....

Firebolt Broomstick....$300

Hogwarts house robe...$100

Olivanders wand...$25

Sneakascope (from Zonko's)... $15


I would make a joke about something being priceless...but id rather not with these prices, lol
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Oh, and CLPClarinet, you are someone after my own heart. I was so sad to find out I was arriving just days after the grand opening because I'll miss Rickman. He's my dream hubby. All my shirts for the trip are Snape or Potions related. I'm totally prepared to ask the hotel to put me in the room he's just vacated (no need to clean).

hahahaha! I LOVE Snape! And Alan Rickman may or may not be the only older man I would ever date..............................
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Basically...if Alan Rickman will be there Friday (which he hasn't been confirmed at all yet), we'll try for Friday. If not, we'll try for Sunday. Does going Sunday seem wiser? All opinions appreciated! :D
I love Alan Rickman's acting as well. Really enjoyed him in Galaxy Quest, Bottle Shock and who could forget Hans Gruber?
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