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Old 02-27-2010, 10:26 PM   #1216
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I was told on the phone today that an email had gone out to employees saying the opening date is May 25.
Great, we leave Orlando May 22 and no way we can stay longer. Maybe there will be soft openings during our week. Or do you think that May 25 is the grand opening day?
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Old 02-28-2010, 09:49 AM   #1217
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Personally, I think there will be soft openings well before May 26.
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Old 02-28-2010, 09:58 AM   #1218
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Especially for the 2 rides that currently exist. (DD & FU)
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Old 02-28-2010, 10:25 AM   #1219
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It definitely was moving fast today. Construction workers were hauling today and scaffolding seemed like it was everywhere.

I just found out that someone in my group took 2 HP pictures with a cell phone today and figured I would post them as a mini-update.





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Old 02-28-2010, 11:07 AM   #1220
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Personally, I think there will be soft openings well before May 26.
I agree, they will probably be doing lots of testing of Forbidden Journey before it opens, to make sure that ALL of the bugs are worked out (if possible)
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I hope you are right. the last week of April would be wonderful !!
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Old 02-28-2010, 04:08 PM   #1222
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we spoke to an agent from AAA that said a soft opening in March ... anyone hear anything to back this up???
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we spoke to an agent from AAA that said a soft opening in March ... anyone hear anything to back this up???
I think that's way too soon.
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Old 02-28-2010, 07:53 PM   #1224
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I think they will get the two existing rides back up and running pronto.
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Old 02-28-2010, 09:56 PM   #1225
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Fortunately, I changed my trip so that I wouldn't miss WWHP. If the photos are any indication, it should be a site to behold.
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Old 02-28-2010, 11:24 PM   #1226
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No dates have been announced. The only "date" is the vacation packages starting May 28.

A Reasonable Guess would be this timeline:
-Grand Opening around Memorial Day Weekend (official media day around that time)
-Technical Rehearsal starting Easter
-Employee Testing before that

Of course, everything I said could be wrong, but one can hope!
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Old 02-28-2010, 11:33 PM   #1227
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So the Harry Potter Exhibition closed today where I work, the Boston Museum of Science. It's been really fun working here and I'm jealous for all the folks hired to work in the WWoHP. I can say from our record crowds (over 20,000 a day this past week) that I can't imagine the crowds coming into IoA once WWoHP opens. That part I'm not so jealous of. But it's been so much fun talking to HP fans, and especially the ones coming in costume. I had to answer today why the dementors were missing, they were taken back to England for filming of the Deathly Hallows, and they we so sad they couldn't see them. It's just making me more excited to see them and all the effects in the FJ ride.

Anyway, for all you HP fans on the DIS living in Ontario, the exhibition is coming to you next in Toronto! Say hi to Buckbeak for me!
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Anyway, for all you HP fans on the DIS living in Ontario, the exhibition is coming to you next in Toronto! Say hi to Buckbeak for me!
Can't wait for it to get here! I may have to go multiple times over the summer!
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This may be a dumb question, but will we be allowed to dress in HP costumes in the park? I think at WDW they don't allow adults to dress as the characters.
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Old 03-01-2010, 08:46 AM   #1230
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This may be a dumb question, but will we be allowed to dress in HP costumes in the park? I think at WDW they don't allow adults to dress as the characters.
I think we will see lots of costumes. As long as you don't wear a mask, it will probably be allowed.
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