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Old 06-18-2010, 04:32 PM   #3466
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It's not going to be that bad. By September it will have died down.
Yeah...once schools are back in session it should get to a tolerable level...I hope.
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Old 06-18-2010, 04:33 PM   #3467
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It's not going to be that bad. By September it will have died down.
I think you may be underestimating the unimaginable amount of fans Harry Potter has summounted since 1997. I know people who spend 12 hours waiting for the premieres of the films. I myself spent 4 hours queuing to get the 4th, 5th, 6th and 7th books first at our local store and I'm not even the most diehard of fans compared to many people I know.

A 7 hour queue to visit somewhere you've been dreaming of seeing for 13 years is not going to put off hundreds of thousands of hardcore, insane fans.
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Old 06-18-2010, 04:40 PM   #3468
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I think you may be underestimating the unimaginable amount of fans Harry Potter has summounted since 1997. I know people who spend 12 hours waiting for the premieres of the films. I myself spent 4 hours queuing to get the 4th, 5th, 6th and 7th books first at our local store and I'm not even the most diehard of fans compared to many people I know.

A 7 hour queue to visit somewhere you've been dreaming of seeing for 13 years is not going to put off hundreds of thousands of hardcore, insane fans.
Yes, but hardcore fans will always want to be there first. That's something I've learned from being part of various rabid fanbases, they want to be first. So I'm expecting the real hardcores to be there for the next 3 months and then it will slow down. Not saying it will be empty, but it will slow down.
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Old 06-18-2010, 05:56 PM   #3469
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WOW!!!! I am SO glad we got in on the sneek preview!! Staying at Portofino Bay was worth every penny!!
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Old 06-18-2010, 08:33 PM   #3470
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With everyone standing in line for Harry Potter, how long is the wait times for the rest of the park?
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Old 06-18-2010, 08:35 PM   #3471
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Old 06-19-2010, 01:22 AM   #3472
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I think you may be underestimating the unimaginable amount of fans Harry Potter has summounted since 1997. I know people who spend 12 hours waiting for the premieres of the films. I myself spent 4 hours queuing to get the 4th, 5th, 6th and 7th books first at our local store and I'm not even the most diehard of fans compared to many people I know.

A 7 hour queue to visit somewhere you've been dreaming of seeing for 13 years is not going to put off hundreds of thousands of hardcore, insane fans.
I agree.

I was in amazon customer service when the books were still being written, and I had the lovely opportunity to talk to people who felt that their books were late if they weren't in their hands 5 minutes after expected. Those people would definitely be happy to stand in lines that long....


But it does sound like a certain kind of fun! Like going to a popular concert and getting there really early, or really just doing anything that you really really want to do, along with many other people.
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Old 06-19-2010, 08:37 AM   #3474
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WOW!!!! I am SO glad we got in on the sneek preview!! Staying at Portofino Bay was worth every penny!!
Me too, we added a day to our stay at RPR so we could ride FJ as it had closed down the first day we got into WWOHP on May 29. Waking up at 6:00 am on vacation was well worth it to avoid those crowds.

Hopefully, the crowds will have died down when we go back in Sept-Oct.
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I'm going over to Universal next saturday and I'm going over with meers. What time do you guys think I should have them pick me up? I was thinking 7 but seeing those lines...maybe earlier.
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Old 06-19-2010, 09:39 AM   #3477
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We're not out there today, but apparently the line is pretty much like it was yesterday. Through the whole park and out into Citywalk. Maybe not quite as far back into Citywalk, but still out there. They let people start forming the line inside the park at 6. Onsite guests had a separate entrance to get in to Hogsmeade a bit early.

There is a Pitbull concert tonight at the studios there too. Expect madness, probably all week.
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I'm going over to Universal next saturday and I'm going over with meers. What time do you guys think I should have them pick me up? I was thinking 7 but seeing those lines...maybe earlier.
There's just no way to know based on a day and a half how the crowds will be after the grand opening. These are crowds who are huge HP enthusiasts and booked their vacation just because this was the opening day. Who knows what will happen next week?

I wouldn't go earlier than 7. Maybe have them pick you up at 6:45 at the earliest.
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Old 06-19-2010, 11:00 AM   #3479
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Glad I went 5/28!

I'm with mum4jenn - so glad we stayed at PBR for Memorial Day weekend. Worth every penny especially after looking at the pictures for Opening Day, we never would have attempted it now. We rode FJ on Friday, 5/28. Got to the park at opening for onsite guests at 8 a.m. and the ride was down until 9. People waited in line for an hour hoping it would get up and running but we refused to and instead did the Dragons ride and Flight of the Hippogriff, walked around. At 9 they opened up the ride and we got in line. The line continuously moved and we were able to ride FJ. I think it broke down shortly after we rode it though. The whole ride experience was awesome and we lucked out because we had no wait. Once was enough for us though and when we went back that weekend we just went shopping in the stores and walked through.

I won't be back til maybe October if the hype calms down a bit, otherwise next year!
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