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Old 02-19-2010, 03:59 PM   #301
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We have never been interested in Universal, never been there in our many trips to WDW.

BUT we do love Harry Potter, so we will take a day during our 2011 trip to visit Universal. Why not? The previews look great.

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Old 02-19-2010, 06:54 PM   #302
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I know alot of Christians are fine with it, we just have an aversion to witchcraft at our house.
Hey, I understand and to each his own.

But, do you find it at all ironic that your Disboard name is Magic and you're a huge Disney lover and the huge majority if Disney films and attractions are centered around magic, witches, sorcery, dragons and many other things that are associated with the so-called occult? I'm just sayin' . . .
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Old 02-19-2010, 09:23 PM   #303
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As someone who has seen every Potter Movie at 12:01am on the first day of release on IMAX, there is absolutely no doubt that we will stray to Universal on our next trip in August. We are staying offsite so we're not "land-locked" into Disney by the Magical Express. We've been waiting for Potter since it was announced.

While it will be a major bummer not having the Extra Magic Hours, it actually will be refreshing to have a car to get around and not be so reliant on the buses.
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Old 02-20-2010, 12:06 AM   #304
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colinsdad, I just want to remind you that Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure have free Express Pass for resort guests. (I doubt, however, if HP will be included for a while. we were there when Rip Tide rollercoaster first opened, and it was not included yet. darn, I really wanted to ride that... NOT! ok, but Nebo wanted to., but it was like an hour and a half wait.)
It's SO worth it to try it just once, staying onsite. it is such a short WALK to both parks. we stay at Royal Pacific (the cheapest) gorgeous pool! no slide, but a water fun area for kids. but Hard Rock(stayed there once) has a GREAT water slide at their pool, and pool hopping is allowed.
do not eat at the resorts, though.. pricey... but City walk has great dining venues, as well as counter service satnds.
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Old 02-20-2010, 07:19 AM   #305
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I know alot of Christians are fine with it, we just have an aversion to witchcraft at our house.



Reminds me of a comment in the Dursley Resident. Don't say the M word...lol
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Old 02-20-2010, 08:46 AM   #306
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colinsdad, I just want to remind you that Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure have free Express Pass for resort guests. (I doubt, however, if HP will be included for a while. we were there when Rip Tide rollercoaster first opened, and it was not included yet. darn, I really wanted to ride that... NOT! ok, but Nebo wanted to., but it was like an hour and a half wait.)
It's SO worth it to try it just once, staying onsite. it is such a short WALK to both parks. we stay at Royal Pacific (the cheapest) gorgeous pool! no slide, but a water fun area for kids. but Hard Rock(stayed there once) has a GREAT water slide at their pool, and pool hopping is allowed.
do not eat at the resorts, though.. pricey... but City walk has great dining venues, as well as counter service satnds.
Thanks for all that great advice smidgy.

If I didn't have 2 days left on my Hopper (and 6 plus visits), we'd probably be skipping Disney this time around. My cousin is getting married in Celebration and her reception is at the Buena Vista Palace so we're making a week of it.

I'm planning on doing HP on a Tuesday (to avoid the weekend and locals - hope that helps some) and I was lucky enough to score free passes because I signed up for mycokerewards. I had my family give me their 12pk and bottle caps, along with my own, and while it took a while, I had enough points to get 2 free passes to Universal!

I definatley think I'd like to stay at the Hard Rock sometime. That FREE express pass sounds great! I actually paid $60 for an Express Pass to Halloween Horror nights 3 years ago and it was sooooooo worth it to skip those haunted house lines!
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DD and I went to IOA today. Here are pictures of HP as of today.









Note the train engine in this picture.

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Old 02-20-2010, 07:02 PM   #308
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I LOVE Harry Potter! I am the one in line at midnight to get the book and up all night reading it until I'm done. My kids are still young and not that into coasters and I am a big Disney fan so it probably won't make a HUGE difference in our plans but I do plan on going one day on our next trip in August 2010 to check it out.
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We are going to get the best of both Worlds! We are going on a 4 day cruise aboard the Disney Wonder with my two best friends and their families then going to see Harry Potter for a couple of days afterwards. You can always make time for both!
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DD and I went to IOA today. Here are pictures of HP as of today.









Note the train engine in this picture.

Awesome!
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Old 02-21-2010, 03:44 AM   #311
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colins dad, I have checked out Celebration online, and it looks like a great little "resort city"with places to stay, and shops and restaurants. can you check back withus and let us know more about it? have fun!

anyone who has ridden the ride itself, can you tell us anything about it (esp. for us scardey cats, is it a thrill ride? high? is it like a rollercoaster? I'll do Mummy, but not much scarier than that)
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Thanks for all that great advice smidgy.

If I didn't have 2 days left on my Hopper (and 6 plus visits), we'd probably be skipping Disney this time around. My cousin is getting married in Celebration and her reception is at the Buena Vista Palace so we're making a week of it.

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I definatley think I'd like to stay at the Hard Rock sometime. That FREE express pass sounds great! I actually paid $60 for an Express Pass to Halloween Horror nights 3 years ago and it was sooooooo worth it to skip those haunted house lines!
going on a tuesday will help you avoid larger crowds.
wed, and thur are great days also.

hotel guests do receive the unlimited free express lines except for the special hard ticket events.
hhn rules.......
the express pass for that event is almost as much as the entrance ticket.
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Old 02-21-2010, 07:30 PM   #313
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We just got back yesterday from WDW Our next trip will be an adults only trip for us to WDW BUT we are planning a trip to Universal on our next family vacation. We already bought the tickets and will probably be going in 2011 or early 2012 with the kids. We will stay on Disney property and drive over to Universal. It will probably be a 2 week vacation so we can do Harry Potter & WDW.
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Most definately. We have already planned our next trip to FL will be to Universal, Sea World & Busch Gardens. We will stay at our DVC but most likely not even step foot into a Disney park. We have been to Disney 4 times in 5 years I would like to devote our time to parks we have never been to.
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