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Old 08-06-2009, 03:12 PM   #121
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I don't mind it opening in different parts.. that is like having more than one surprise! You can enjoy different things at different times instead of the rush to see it all at once. If one doesn't want to see it until complete, then you can make that decision not to.... but if one wants to then they can.. I like the idea of different opening times... less crowds too...
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Old 08-06-2009, 03:24 PM   #122
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Hopefully dueling dragons will not be closed on our upcoming trip! I called and asked customer service at US and they said it was not scheduled to close during that time (our trip is thanksgiving week).
Hopefully that will remain true!


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Old 08-06-2009, 05:35 PM   #123
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Fabrication of Harry Potter building facades
by The Nassal Company

Part Two of Three
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Old 08-07-2009, 06:22 AM   #124
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wow it looks amazing - really starting to take shape now, sooo hoping its open when we go next August
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Old 08-07-2009, 06:30 AM   #125
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Taken today. Seems that rockwork is now being added to the castle. Pics courtesy of Disneyhead (First pic is courtesy of myself)












































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Old 08-07-2009, 06:33 AM   #126
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What do you guys think about that random square hole in the forward facing side of the show building? I personally think it could be the attraction's main entrance:

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Old 08-07-2009, 08:53 AM   #127
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I can't wait to go in two weeks and see how the rock work is starting to shape up on Hogwarts. It looks so exciting.

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Old 08-07-2009, 09:11 AM   #128
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Is there any chance anyone knows the name of the company contracted to do the building? My husband asked, and I don't have a clue how to find out...
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Old 08-07-2009, 11:27 AM   #129
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The entrance to Dragon's Challenge.

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Old 08-07-2009, 03:20 PM   #130
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The more I see these pic's the more I like the snow caps! I know it is Harry Potter but it is also something that you really do not see here often.. snow I am originally from NY and have been here almost 18 years and miss seeing snow, not being in it... so this will give me my fix....
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What do you guys know about the planned ride?!
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Old 08-08-2009, 01:14 PM   #132
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What do you guys know about the planned ride?!
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Not much. Everything is secret.
This is what we know so far:


The site Poudlard got a draft that leaked from American Scenic (American cinematographic industry) of two attractions that apparently will be in the park.The first one is the Chamber of Secrets, quoted with details in the second Potter book, with a Salazar Slytherin statue and the basilisk; the second one is the wizard chess, to be played the same way the trio did in one of the obstacles in the first film.







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Universal Orlando may be developing robocoaster


Some small details of the featured attraction that will be housed within Hogwart's Castle in the future Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Orlando have been leaked.
People "in and around the project" have told The Orlando Sentinel that the new roller coaster will be what's known as a "robocoaster." This is a system similar to Robocoaster found at Legoland Park in Denmark. This, however, will differ in that it will be a movable, rotating robotic arm attached to the coaster train. So the idea is that the robotic arm will swivel and move the seats as it makes its way across the track.



Early plans have the roller coaster winding though more than a dozen scenes, though the details of what those scenes may be is still a mystery. The queue line will supposedly feature many special effects such as floating candles and snow.















These scenes are just speculation from game designers at an Atari forum:








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Old 08-08-2009, 02:30 PM   #133
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SO excited! We'll be at WDW in December and now plan to vist US just to see Hogsmead.
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Old 08-08-2009, 04:24 PM   #134
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so BEYOND excited for this
looks like it's going to be pretty spectacular in my opinion!

i'm curious how they are building hogwarts
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Old 08-08-2009, 09:54 PM   #135
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Pulled this from another forum I view for insider info..

This is from a source called "whylightbulb" who is working on the Potter Project.



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This is not completely true. There are 50 vehicles designed to cycle on the system. We haven't come close to this yet. Of course we have had a test track running for a while. There are sequences in the ride cycle that haven't worked once yet however. We are doing some things that have never been attempted in any ride system. A lot of this makes Test Track look like child's play. It's not just the ride system either. There are other major elements that are giving us headaches as well. Over budget and behind schedule is accurate however. Not as much as is being reported to some though.

I would say the thrill factor would be along the lines of Spiderman or Dinosaur and we are using the technology to tell an imaginative story and deliver some unique perceived and real visceral sensations similar to Soarin' but much more effective.

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