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Old 01-30-2010, 12:06 PM   #796
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I think it would be so cool to go into the castle. Oh well. Still looks awesome.
It will seem like you are in the castle when you walk through the queue but you won't actually be.
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It will seem like you are in the castle when you walk through the queue but you won't actually be.
Right, just like the Haunted Mansion, you're never really IN the mansion you see outside, but it feels like you are.

The only real difference is you won't be able to look outside over the park.
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Old 01-30-2010, 01:41 PM   #798
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I am so happy i found this thread.. i like looking at all of the pics you guys posted. I am so excited for WWOHP i could die! lol.
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I remember reading a few days ago that you are going to be able to see/walk through the great hall, gryffindor common room, etc.. Will these not be in the castle with the ride in the mountain? If not, where else will these be located? I guess I was assuming that you would get to go through parts of the castle, either as part of the queue (leaving or entering the ride), or as a separate feature reminiscent of the Swiss Family Robinson tree house (only similarity being the ability to tour and look at the features described in the book/movie). Am I way off track here?
These are all located in the show building. . . .don't worry you will see them. I believe the only thing inside any of the castle structure is the metal skeleton that supports it all. I am sure there will be show lighting as well . . .
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Can we all expect an actual specific opening date to be revealed during the Superbowl commercial or do we think it will be nonspecific and say "spring 2010"? From everything I've been reading here I know early April is unlikely - but until I hear something official I can still hope....
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Can we all expect an actual specific opening date to be revealed during the Superbowl commercial or do we think it will be nonspecific and say "spring 2010"? From everything I've been reading here I know early April is unlikely - but until I hear something official I can still hope....
I think after the whole HRRR thing I would think they would be very careful on a certain opening date unless they def on when it will be finished
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Cool! If only you actually got to ride broomsticks. Though with my size you'd need an industrial hoover from Appliance Direct!
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May 17-22 still blocked off

You know those dates are still blocked off for hotel bookings. Seems mighty odd unless something were going to happen that week...
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Does anyone think the new ride could be similar Soarin????? Looking at the two kids on those broomsticks makes me wonder.
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Does anyone think the new ride could be similar Soarin????? Looking at the two kids on those broomsticks makes me wonder.
Not sure...Universal hasn't released a whole lot of information about it. I hope it's not too intense so I can ride it.
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I don't have any inside knowledge and I'm not as experienced as most of the posters on this board, but I would not be surprised if that May 17 to 22 period was actually the Grand Opening of Harry Potter. I would not rule out a soft opening beforehand. Just from my point of view, Summer begins unofficially with Memorial Day which is the week after. If I expected something to be open in the Spring, it would be prior to Memorial Day. The June 30 deadline in the contract notwithstanding. Just my two cents.
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This reminds me of a flying ride that Universal was going to build in Jurassic Park, the "Helicop-tours" ride. Maybe whatever technology they were going to use with that ride, they're using for this instead?

The pic released is pretty shocking to me as I don't recall hearing anything about a ride like that.
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