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Old 06-01-2010, 11:08 AM   #3061
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What?? They're letting the public in to share the same preview at the same time as the package people and resort guests?? And still close at the same time?? This is seriously pissing me off. Why did I pay for an onsite resort room 2 months ago to see this then.
They are letting on-site/package people in 1 hour early.
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Old 06-01-2010, 11:20 AM   #3062
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Old 06-01-2010, 11:42 AM   #3063
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Following Twitter worked, made it in for the first Potter soft open this morning, if only for 45 minutes Didn’t ride FJ—was waiting on a friend who never made it in—but got the feel of the land, visited every shop but Olivanders (line around the building all morning). Thoughts:
  • Overall theming is incredible. Window displays, owl clock, even “pram” (not “stroller”) parking. I already felt Seuss Landing and Lost Continent put even Disney to shame—this place almost makes those two lands look like Dino-Rama.
  • Amazing selection of merchandise. All kinds of shirts, toys, etc.; Zonkos is almost the equivalent of a 365 Halloween shop, definitely need to return in October. That said, the stores are even more claustrophobic than I anticipated. I think the EPCOT shops in UK have more space to maneuver. Aisles are are tight—think Spencers Gifts in any mall. Zonkos is the worst for this, Honeydukes not much better. Not going to be fun with real crowds.
  • Uni nailed it with Hippogriff. The line, the cars themselves, Buckbeak…everything just works. Still only a C-ticket ride, but a perfect C-ticket ride.
  • Hogs Head is basically in the same location as the old “tree bar,” similar set-up. Hogs Head Beer is quite good—almost like a Bass Ale but with a noticeable undercurrent of sweetness. Not as big a fan of Butter Beer. Tasted to me like an Italian soda of butterscotch syrup and soda water, not the overall richness/complexity of, say, a Coke. Everyone seems to think the frozen version is better, will try that next time.
  • BTW, the restaurant may be authentic, but right outside a stand sells churros (!), pretzels and bottled Bud products Would be real easy to slip bottles of Coke and Sprite there as well.
  • Meet-and-greet opportunities with the French and Bulgarian wizards (from book 4), the train conductor, and the frog choir (each member of the choir represents a different Hogwarts house).
  • I know it’s common here and on other boards to rag on TMs as opposed to Disney CMs. But every TM I met this morning was friendly, courteous and clearly excited to finally be open. Their excitement was contagious. Just needed to throw that in there.
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Old 06-01-2010, 11:58 AM   #3064
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Silly question.....do the owls in the Owlery move? In one short video it kind of looked like they did, but then in another they didn't seem to be.
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Old 06-01-2010, 12:17 PM   #3065
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OK, this has me worried. How bad is this ride? I know a lot of people are comparing it to Spiderman, but we've never done it, so that doesn't help.

We all suffer from motion sickness, does taking Bonine/Dramamine help?

I have problems w/ my lower back, but it ususally doesn't bother me unless I sit too long, especially on a hard seat.

I am also claustrophobic, how bad is it?

Any help would be appreciated?
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Old 06-01-2010, 12:22 PM   #3066
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Oh yeah, sorry; I'm pretty sure they were like 28.95
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Old 06-01-2010, 12:26 PM   #3067
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OK, this has me worried. How bad is this ride? I know a lot of people are comparing it to Spiderman, but we've never done it, so that doesn't help.

We all suffer from motion sickness, does taking Bonine/Dramamine help?

I have problems w/ my lower back, but it ususally doesn't bother me unless I sit too long, especially on a hard seat.

I am also claustrophobic, how bad is it?

Any help would be appreciated?
I got queasy about 1/2 way through, and couldnt right it right away again.
I have back and rib probs, didnt bother them.
Didnt see any problem w/ claustrophobia as you're not enclosed in the bench.
To me, the only worry is the queasiness, but not a big worry. Not as queasy as mission Space at WDW.
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Old 06-01-2010, 12:27 PM   #3068
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Wow, I take a day off and the thread exploded. Just a few thoughts:

Regarding Preds adventure. From what a TM said on OU yesterday, Sat. a pooh sized guest couldn't get the shoulder restraint locked properly, and refused to get off. Not sure where on the ride he caused the full stop, but the ride sensors will stop the ride if one person's restraint begins to wiggle around. It's for their safety. And as we've heard, it takes 45 min to 1 hour to evac and 1-2 hours to restart at that point.

This is hardly the only reason why the ride has stopped this past week, (apparently one shut down was due to an operator hitting the wrong button - that's why they have softs), but because of this incident, they decided to add a test seat near the ride on Sun. and why they've been more selective as to who rides it. For now, they are airing on the side of caution while they make some tweaks to the programs and ride hardware. They'll likely have some of it fixed in the next few months. (Of course they are also trying to reduce any reasons why the ride might stop, because they'd like it to run for longer than 30 min., and this is one thing they can do).

Now, about TMs being rude. I will agree that TM's should handle size related issues with compassion, but I have to say, on their behalf, this has got to be the worst work weeks of their lives. Think about it, would you want to work there right now. These guys are only human and are allowed to have their emotions too. Put yourself in their shoes. You work at this place that is supposed to be magical, but instead you get dozens of people yelling at you or complaining about things you have no control over. You have a boss that says you can't let larger people on, or your job's at risk for not following orders, or you've got someone larger than you giving you the evil eye and trying to intimidate you. Add to that the rumors of AP holders wanting to storm the castle like an angry mob. You might just get a little testy too. I know if I were working there and I said sorry the lights not green, and no one can ride if the lights not green and someone got in my face and argued with me, I'd punch them out. But then, that's why I won't work in a theme park with so many people. haha


And one thing about the package date/GO date fiasco. Yes, Univ. handled it all wrong, but here's what I'm thinking happened (not to excuse their inability to make sure all departments were on the same track). I was told by someone who used to work for the company that built FJ last fall (2009) that they were supposed to have the ride ready for a GO date in mid May. Remember when the actors were saying they'd be there in May last winter? I think the day Emma and the boys were there was supposed to be the weekend of the original GO. However, FJ has been months behind schedule since the beginning. I think what happened was they planned for all to be ready for Memorial Day and the various departments were planning for it, but around late Feb. early March, after they started selling the packages, it became apparant that FJ was no where near ready for mid May. So they had a meeting with Jo, WB, and other execs and decided to push the GO back a month (on a date convenient for Jo and actors), but forgot to invite Guest Services, the Hotel Dept heads, PR, etc. to the meeting where they made the decision, and those depts have been scrambling ever since. That, if anything is Univ.'s weakness, that the depts aren't communicating with each other properly on this.

OK, enought for tonight.
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For those of you familiar w/ these things and also US, what is your opinion on Sept. I plan on taking my kids out of school from 9/12 to 9/18, shortly after it goes back, so they don't miss too much, it's generally a review month.

Do you think WW will settle down by then?

It is really the ONLY reason we are going to FL and US/IOA.

If it is going to be a nightmare to enjoy WWoHP, due mainly crowds and tight spaces, I don't see the point of going. The rest of the park may be interesting, but doesn't interest me enough to spend that kind of money.

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Old 06-01-2010, 12:33 PM   #3070
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OK, this has me worried. How bad is this ride? I know a lot of people are comparing it to Spiderman, but we've never done it, so that doesn't help.

We all suffer from motion sickness, does taking Bonine/Dramamine help?

I have problems w/ my lower back, but it ususally doesn't bother me unless I sit too long, especially on a hard seat.

I am also claustrophobic, how bad is it?

Any help would be appreciated?
You move a lot, but it is not rough. The moving is not spinning or upside down. It's more going on your back, pivoting from side to side, etc., as you would expect from a robot arm. My ears get battered on roller coasters but not on FJ. I rode it four times in a row and only noticed some queasiness the very last time. The transitions are smooth so it's not bad unless you are very prone to motion sickness. The ride vehicles are not claustrophobic but it might bother you if you don't like shoulder harnesses. I freaked out a bit when it broke down and we got stuck lying on our backs. I starting having a little panic attack because I don't like being 'stuck' in something I can't get out of, but that was quickly replaced with hoping the lighs would come on so I could see how things work and get pictures and wondering what it would be like to be evacuated. Alas, it was working again with 10 mins. I think it's actually a little milder than Spidey, which has actual spinning.

Walt, I thought the owls would move but they never did when we were there (and we sat there for a while eating baked goods).

I agree with the comment about the TMs. Their enthusiasm is amazing, whether it's yelling our their favorite House with guests as you board FJ or chatting with guests on the Hogsmeade streets. I love the things they come up with...my favorite comment was when DH was asked if he is a dragon keeper (he was wearing his old Dueling Dragons t-shirt). It really adds to the overall experience.
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I must first tell everyone that.. I'm jealous of all those Potter Watchers. I'm only able to do it on the weekend.. But The Wizarding World of Harry Potter soft opened this morning. 17 days until it opens!
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Old 06-01-2010, 02:28 PM   #3073
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For anyone interested, Pottercast has posted their second video of WWoHP. In case you don't know, these guys are uber fans.

Highlights of video two include look at cauldron cakes, Hippogryph, and a cute conversation with the train conductor (who either had excellent training or is a total HP geek, cause he's excellent!!!)

Video two: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XBjY0CNQ9D4

Video one: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KA3Do...eature=channel
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Old 06-01-2010, 02:34 PM   #3074
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Also new, Inside the Magic has a report about the Orlando Airport store with merch pictures

http://www.insidethemagic.net/2010/0...ional-airport/


Speaking of merch.... A huge question from a HP nut!!!!????

How many chocolate frog cards are there to collect in the WWoHP Choloate frogs? Does it say on the package? Is it just the four founders? Should we start a thread to list them?
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The only ones I've seen are the 4 founders in the window display, but there could be more. We got 2 Helga Hufflepuffs and a Salazar Slythern.
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