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Old 07-10-2010, 10:45 AM   #3571
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myrtle is in the toilets, its pretty cool. DH says that you can hear her in the mens toilets too. From what i rememebr they do look like the ones int he film, although these toilets have the fancy dyson style hand dryers!!!! RE FJ - we rode before we had something to eat and it was totally fine. We then had a butterbeer & a snack and went back on, and felt a bit icky nothing major though. A few people have said not to ride it straight after having something to eat. I must admit i did find it an intense ride but thats more to do with the things you see rather than the motion of the ride
Thanks for that - must remember to check out the loos....

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Old 07-10-2010, 11:12 AM   #3572
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Hey all, went to Universal yesterday just for HP..

Arrived at IOA around 2p. Was able to get right into HP area, crowds were HIGH, as were the temps.

This was my first time there, and I was in awe, but a tad disappointed. I was UNABLE to get into Dervish and Banges at ALL due to the crowds. There was a TM standing there not allowing anyone in. I also did not get into Three Broomsticks either due to the lines.

FJ was posted at 75min, and did break down at least 2 times that I know of. We were UNABLE to ride, DH did not make the 3 clicks it seemed..I honestly thought it was bull, both DH and I have riddin the one at EPCOT without issues..but .

Butterbeer, was good, but sadly, I was overheated, and a bit dehydrated, and it made me a tad ill..Not the butterbeer's fault, it was mine.

I commented to my DH on a few things I did notice..

- Strollers in the shops...that HAS to stop. This wide double strollers in a already cramped area is NOT helping things.

- Moaning Mrytle. I told DH to go in the bathroom JUST for this. She was REALLY hard to hear over the dryers. Speaking of dryers, the Dyson hand dryers are AWESOME! They do need to turn up Mrytle though.

- I commented to DH that I was wearing my Invisibility Cloak...I have never been cut off, jostled around and bumped into SOOO many times in a short time period. Please have some consideration for others. If I am browsing the pins, please do not step in front of me just and take what you want then walk away...UGH!!! This was my BIGGEST complaint of the day.

- The whole FJ thing had me irked. I knew about it, but it still bothered me..and what is going to guest services gonna accomplish? Next time, we will just go on the ride anyway and see what happens.

- Overall, I wish they didnt make everything so small. Its visually beautiful, but needs to be bigger. Hopefully that rumored expansion is more than a rumor!

Well I wont be going back now till the weather and hopefully crowds cool down a bit. I wanted a taste, I got it. Next time I go, I plan to try pumpkin juice and eat at Three Broomsticks and try to ride FJ, but not with this crowd and heat...
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Old 07-10-2010, 11:41 AM   #3573
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Ugh, what a bummer for you. I was there yesterday too, but later. There were no more lines for the shops (except Ollivanders) and a short line for butterbeer. I don't think 3 Broomsticks was bad at that point either, but I only peeked in. FJ was still an absolute cluster tho'. Both times I checked, the singles line was down the stairs, so that was a no-go for me. I was shocked at the number of people waiting for Ollivanders...I wonder if most of them realize it's a 5 minute show with very little change of being picked.

Surprisingly there was little jostling overall, although I did accuse a lady of cutting me in the butterbeer line and she accused me of the same. Not sure what actually happened; we both definitely thought we were right, so then it was "You go first." "No, you go first." It was their first time so I told 'em they needed it more than me. Then we proceeded to have a really nice chat as we waited. Was fun to hear her daughter tell about her experiences; I love to "see" WWoHp through fresh eyes.

Then I proceeded to lose my freakin' premier pass. Gotta get a new one next time I go, which ticks me off as the old one was a classic. I think we got it on almost the first day they started offering 'em.
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Old 07-10-2010, 11:50 AM   #3574
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I was there yesterday too, but later. There were no more lines for the shops (except Ollivanders) and a short line for butterbeer. I don't think 3 Broomsticks was bad at that point either.
About what time was that please? When we go we don't want to go on FJ but just wander around so it would be good to go when it's less busy.
If you just want to walk through the castle do you have to line up with all the people wanting to go on FJ? Any idea if that line gets quieter at all please?
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Old 07-10-2010, 12:46 PM   #3575
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The FJ line used to get really quiet at closing, but not this past week. You can go through it just to see it, but you'd be stuck with the wait (which is hot and miserable in the "greenhouse" area).

I recommend going for the last couple of hours, when everything but Ollivanders and FJ will be quieter. Go a little earlier than that if you want to eat at 3 Broomsticks. You should not have to deal with any shop or butterbeer lines by that time. You can get in the FJ line right before closing as they will run it out and it may have cut down some by 9:50. That way you don't waste valuable time doing other things. The stores stay open a while after closing too so that is also a perfect time to see it as the crowds leave. I just love to linger late!
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Thank you very much - that's really helpful!
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Once you get past the greenhouse area, how long of a line do you have left?
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Then I proceeded to lose my freakin' premier pass. Gotta get a new one next time I go, which ticks me off as the old one was a classic. I think we got it on almost the first day they started offering 'em.
Call IoA Lost and Found at 407-224-4245. (If you lost it at Universal and not IoA, then call US Lost and Found at 407-224-4244.) I bet they have found it.
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Old 07-10-2010, 04:27 PM   #3579
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Then I proceeded to lose my freakin' premier pass. Gotta get a new one next time I go, which ticks me off as the old one was a classic. I think we got it on almost the first day they started offering 'em.
I understand your pain. My Preferred AP is one of the old plastic ones with my picture on it. I would hate to lose it and have to get a new one.
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Old 07-10-2010, 06:58 PM   #3580
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Call IoA Lost and Found at 407-224-4245. (If you lost it at Universal and not IoA, then call US Lost and Found at 407-224-4244.) I bet they have found it.
Thanks for the #. I just called, and unfortunately it has not shown up.
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I understand your pain. My Preferred AP is one of the old plastic ones with my picture on it. I would hate to lose it and have to get a new one.
We'd rather have one like yours too Metro ... unfortunately ours are the lovely paper ones ...
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We'd rather have one like yours too Metro ... unfortunately ours are the lovely paper ones ...
I've had this one since 2005...it's blue but the original one I had from 2004 was red. I had to have it reissued because the corner broke off and it wouldn't register.
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We'd rather have one like yours too Metro ... unfortunately ours are the lovely paper ones ...
IMO these parks should keep the hard plastic cards, if nothing more than the perception of value goes up when you have a nice quality card, instead of cheap paper.

I think all of the companies do this now though
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Old 07-10-2010, 10:24 PM   #3584
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I think it's sooo cool that you can hear MM in the bathrooms. People were asking me if you could see her and I was like no I think that would scare the mess out of everyone. However, I think it would of been pretty neat if they would of made one stall in each bathroom opened with like the yellow tape saying out of order and then had MM come out of those toilets and moan and yell at people. That would have been pretty neat.
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Okay, just in case you read it wrong, I'll say it right out: some people are going to perceive this as a selfish thing to do - I am one of them - and insulting other fans to justify your own actions isn't going to endear you to anyone.
I have to agree with you. And the smarmy answer about it being a "10 year old boy not a 40 year old fanboy" endears this poster to me even less.
Typical of the "me" generation. The Veruca Salt attitude.

I'm going for my 50th birthday. I have two kids who would give an arm to be picked. Those who have class would let another person have a turn. Those who don't.....well.....

So now, back to my real question.

We are booked for the beginning of December. I'm I reading correctly that my room key for the Royal Pacific is not a Fastpass for FJ? How many other rides are like this?

Thanks in advance.

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