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Old 05-22-2010, 10:03 PM   #2356
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Just back from Universal. My DS20 was on the walkway to DD and stopped to tie his shoe. The TM yelled at him thinking that he was trying to sneak a peek at something he was not suppose to see. Dear mercy, they are being strange.
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Old 05-22-2010, 11:31 PM   #2357
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Towards the end of the latest video posted on the DIS blog of the HP world, Emma switches into a hoodie with the Gryffindor colors on it as well as the insignia of the house. I hope it's a souvenir available at the parks because I would really love one! I'd post the screencap I took but I need more posts to post a photo.
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Old 05-22-2010, 11:56 PM   #2358
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Just back from Universal. My DS20 was on the walkway to DD and stopped to tie his shoe. The TM yelled at him thinking that he was trying to sneak a peek at something he was not suppose to see. Dear mercy, they are being strange.
At first I thought all this secrecy was good to build excitement but now it's just weird. Sorry...it is and I wonder who's behind it. Is it Universal or Rowling or both? Frankly I'm kinda over the whole thing now.
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Old 05-23-2010, 01:03 AM   #2359
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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).
thank you so much! that answered many of the questions that were on here!
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Old 05-23-2010, 02:35 AM   #2360
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I don't know.... I think that the secrecy is kind of fun but I'm a little odd myself.

I think it's going to be alright.
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Old 05-23-2010, 03:52 AM   #2361
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Towards the end of the latest video posted on the DIS blog of the HP world, Emma switches into a hoodie with the Gryffindor colors on it as well as the insignia of the house. I hope it's a souvenir available at the parks because I would really love one! I'd post the screencap I took but I need more posts to post a photo.
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At first I thought all this secrecy was good to build excitement but now it's just weird. Sorry...it is and I wonder who's behind it. Is it Universal or Rowling or both? Frankly I'm kinda over the whole thing now.
Until your post I didn't even consider it could be Rowling, but that would make a lot of sense considering she has been fanatical when it comes to secrecy before her properties are released. And when it comes to putting out "teases," wasn't it like six months or so before Deathly Hallows when she put out like three sentences? Or maybe it was certain parts of sentences from early paragraphs. Anyway, it made it clear she's not someone who will throw out a chapter in Entertainment Weekly to whet people's appetites. She wants them to wait and puts her faith into the product itself.
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Old 05-23-2010, 07:12 AM   #2363
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Could you tell us how much they cost so we get an idea how much we need to bring.
Here are the prices of things I bought:

Pigmy Puff: $13
Sneak-o-scope: $15
Dark Chocolate Peppermint Toads: $7 (I think)
Ton Tongue Toffee: $13 (I highly recommend this)
Honeyduke's salt water taffy: $7 (surprisingly good)
Bertie Bott's Beans: were a gift

Here are some other prices I noticed:
House robes: $100
Fanged flyers around $20 (comes with a glove)
T-shirts were in the $25-$30 range
House scarves were around $20-$25 dollars
House mugs were around $20

Yes, you can buy the hoodie sweatshirts of the different houses that Emma Watson wore on the ride. I'm betting they just went down to Filch's Emporium and grabbed one for her because she was getting cold in Hogwarts. Hogwarts is air conditioned.
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Old 05-23-2010, 08:34 AM   #2364
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Here are the prices of things I bought:

Pigmy Puff: $13
Sneak-o-scope: $15
Dark Chocolate Peppermint Toads: $7 (I think)
Ton Tongue Toffee: $13 (I highly recommend this)
Honeyduke's salt water taffy: $7 (surprisingly good)
Bertie Bott's Beans: were a gift

Here are some other prices I noticed:
House robes: $100
Fanged flyers around $20 (comes with a glove)
T-shirts were in the $25-$30 range
House scarves were around $20-$25 dollars
House mugs were around $20

Yes, you can buy the hoodie sweatshirts of the different houses that Emma Watson wore on the ride. I'm betting they just went down to Filch's Emporium and grabbed one for her because she was getting cold in Hogwarts. Hogwarts is air conditioned.
i think the Bertie Beans were like $10

Honeydukes choco bar $4.50

Still no Choco frogs as of Friday night? Big, cool display window but unavailable for sale?

Also bought a cool Gryffindor lanyard with some pins as well. Pins were some $10 per.
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Old 05-23-2010, 08:35 AM   #2365
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USF Passholders?

I wonder when they will allow Universal passholders a sneak?
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Old 05-23-2010, 08:40 AM   #2366
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So many awesome things to buy!! I knew we would be spending a lot of money here but I may have underestimated, i'm so excited!! I really really want one of those sweatshirts and i'm still holding out hope to be "sorted"

One question: Do the souvenirs come in a Universal shopping bag or is it a bag specifically for HP?
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Old 05-23-2010, 08:46 AM   #2367
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I'm gonna save money to buy a house robe, mine is those crappy Halloween ones that doesn't fit anymore hehe
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Here are the prices of things I bought:

Pigmy Puff: $13
Sneak-o-scope: $15
Dark Chocolate Peppermint Toads: $7 (I think)
Ton Tongue Toffee: $13 (I highly recommend this)
Honeyduke's salt water taffy: $7 (surprisingly good)
Bertie Bott's Beans: were a gift

Here are some other prices I noticed:
House robes: $100
Fanged flyers around $20 (comes with a glove)
T-shirts were in the $25-$30 range
House scarves were around $20-$25 dollars
House mugs were around $20

Yes, you can buy the hoodie sweatshirts of the different houses that Emma Watson wore on the ride. I'm betting they just went down to Filch's Emporium and grabbed one for her because she was getting cold in Hogwarts. Hogwarts is air conditioned.
Thank you so much. I'm going to have to start saving some major cash for my 3 boys and me.
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I wonder when they will allow Universal passholders a sneak?
I would certainly hope it's soon but the way they have been doing things the past couple of years...I'm not holding my breath.
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