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Old 07-18-2013, 01:25 PM   #1036
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My daughter has saved all of her money for the Dumbledore's Army wand set, but we won't be back to WWOHP for a while. Does anyone know if the same wand set manufactured by Noble Collection is identical to the one sold by Universal? I can get it $5 cheaper and with free shipping from Barnes and Noble (or other sellers). The shipping through Universal is $16! Thank you!
They are the noble collection wands. The biggest difference is Noble Collection sometimes adds the name plates to display. Great group to buy through. It's where I got over half my wands and they are the same
quality and box from my wizarding world wands.
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Old 07-22-2013, 10:32 PM   #1037
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They are the noble collection wands. The biggest difference is Noble Collection sometimes adds the name plates to display. Great group to buy through. It's where I got over half my wands and they are the same
quality and box from my wizarding world wands.
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Old 08-18-2013, 07:55 PM   #1038
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We are going to be at Disney from Dec 29 - Jan 9 and are planning on going to Universal Studios Harry potter for one day. We will not be doing any of the rides but want to tour the castle. To be sure that they are doing the tours, which day should we go? I was thinking maybe Jan 7. I understand that they do not do the tours if they are real busy.
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Old 08-18-2013, 08:25 PM   #1039
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We are going to be at Disney from Dec 29 - Jan 9 and are planning on going to Universal Studios Harry potter for one day. We will not be doing any of the rides but want to tour the castle. To be sure that they are doing the tours, which day should we go? I was thinking maybe Jan 7. I understand that they do not do the tours if they are real busy.
Just to make sure you understand, the castle tour is just you going through the extra queue line (which is why there are no tours when it is busy since that extra queue line is in use). There are no guides or anything and it really won't take you more than 15 minutes.

It is really tough to judge when the crowds will be low enough for them to open the extra queue up to non-riders. However, if worse comes to worse and there is no touring allowed, just go through the regular queue and then take the chicken exit before the actual ride.
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Old 08-18-2013, 08:30 PM   #1040
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Worst case, if the tour line isn't open, you could just go through the SB line and then take the chicken exit at the end prior to the ride. Yes, if you don't go 1st thing, it may be a long line and you may need to let people go past you in certain areas if you want to stay and look around, but at least you would get to see it. Good Luck.
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Old 08-18-2013, 09:16 PM   #1041
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damo & ladeedeb, thanks for the info. Are you sure it will only take 15 minutes to tour the castle? After reading all 70 pages this afternoon, I got a few tips. If you take the regular line, will you hold people up if you look around at the difference rooms even if you let them pass?
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Old 08-19-2013, 06:59 AM   #1042
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damo & ladeedeb, thanks for the info. Are you sure it will only take 15 minutes to tour the castle? After reading all 70 pages this afternoon, I got a few tips. If you take the regular line, will you hold people up if you look around at the difference rooms even if you let them pass?
It is just a line for the ride. You can't wander through the rooms but must stick to the queue. First thing in the morning, I can easily walk the queue through the castle in less than a minute, and that is the full queue, not the shortened tour version and that is without stopping to look at anything. If there is no tour and the queue is long, remember that it will be pretty slow going through most of the castle. You are always welcome to let people pass.

I'm sure there are many videos on youtube that will give you an idea of how long the queue is. It really isn't that long and you shouldn't be basing an entire day on touring the castle. Although it is elaborate and fantastic, it is still relatively short.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nvG4MKnp9zw

That video is 8 minutes.

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Old 08-21-2013, 06:06 PM   #1043
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We are going to be at Disney from Dec 29 - Jan 9 and are planning on going to Universal Studios Harry potter for one day. We will not be doing any of the rides but want to tour the castle. To be sure that they are doing the tours, which day should we go? I was thinking maybe Jan 7. I understand that they do not do the tours if they are real busy.

We went last year that time and plan to go again this year. I you are not up all night partying we found out that new years day they open 1 hour early and since many people are sleeping in that was a perfect time to go to Harry Potter. We walked right up to all the attractions there, NO lines.
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We went last year that time and plan to go again this year. I you are not up all night partying we found out that new years day they open 1 hour early and since many people are sleeping in that was a perfect time to go to Harry Potter. We walked right up to all the attractions there, NO lines.
They only open an hour early for those staying onsite or with offsite packages purchased through Universal Orlando---and that happens every day. The general public may be let in about 15 minutes early, but not much more than that.
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Old 08-26-2013, 12:41 PM   #1045
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They only open an hour early for those staying onsite or with offsite packages purchased through Universal Orlando---and that happens every day. The general public may be let in about 15 minutes early, but not much more than that.
We were there this past new years day and was in the park an hour early and we had no package and we were not on property. The lady at the ticket counter told us about it, that is was a special for new years day.
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Old 08-26-2013, 01:58 PM   #1046
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Hey all, I'll be going to IoA with a friend Sunday, September 22nd. We have never been, but we are mainly going to go for Harry Potter World. He's a big HP fan, but I am not so much. I have seen all the movies, and I really enjoyed them, but did not read the books and haven't retained much from the movies except the basics...

We are thinking about doing IoA AND Universal Studios in one day. Is that possible? We will only be in town for 2 days and the other day is reserved for Magic Kingdom.

Also, is there anything I can do to make his time at IoA's HP world more special? I mean, anything I should push for us to do or any special inside info that would make things stick out in his mind when he thinks about his day here in the future?

We're both 2 males in our mid-twenties btw, if that makes a difference lol

Also, how busy should I expect Sunday September 22nd to be? Thanks.
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Old 08-26-2013, 02:13 PM   #1047
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nj2ftl, I'm recommending the Hog's Head for a fan to absorb the atmosphere. The Three Broomsticks (the restaurant end of the establishment) is very atmospheric, but if you come in via the attached pub and grab a beer (butter or otherwise), you will be in a much more laid-back and "authentic" area, than the spot with, you know, plastic trays and lots of beeping kiosks and such. Personally I could probably do everything in both parks in one full day, if it's not too crowded, but we are not big thrill-riders and mostly like the Wizarding World. Late afternoon through closing are the best times to go to the Wizarding World IMO.

We also did the castle tour so we could take our time, stop for pics and such without holding up the line. If your friend feels he is particularly fond of one of the houses, pick up some house "swag", and put it on. We had inauthentic but appropriately-coloured house lanyards and hats (yeah, you see tons of baseball hats in the movies! ), and the staff were constantly greeting us by our "house" ("Hey, I'm a Ravenclaw too..."). Take the time to strike up a conversation with the TMs in the Wizarding World, they appreciate people who appreciate the details and know the stories.

I would recommend the Ollivander's show. We got in with a 15 minute wait around 6:30 one evening earlier this month; you will probably face shorter hours during your visit, so plan accordingly. In my experience, the wandmaker chooses children at or near "first wand" age for the show, but polite enthusiasm and excitement, as well as some obvious "fan" gear like the lanyards, doesn't hurt. (Both my children got chosen at the right age, about 10.5--we are very lucky, and the kids will never forget it.) Adults can be chosen too, it's just the luck of the draw. And even if not, it's a great show, and so true to the books and the movie.

We LOVE the details and could just walk around and soak up the atmosphere forever.

As to the other posts, we did the castle tour on Friday. There was no particular crowd and we could've gone through the stand-by line just as easily, but it was nice not to worry about people overtaking us. There is a smaller version of the portrait gallery, and it's slightly different from the "main" portrait gallery, so we were pleased to get to see something a little bit "secret". The tour line also skips the greenhouse, so you won't get to see the mandrakes if you do only the tour. We've done the ride 6 or 8 times, so we had seen almost everything, but it was very nice to just meander, exclaim and point. :
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Old 08-26-2013, 05:32 PM   #1048
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Wow thanks that really helps a lot! I definitely have to watch some of the movies again so I don't seem like I have no idea what's going on when we get there lol
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Old 09-19-2013, 10:05 AM   #1049
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I'd like to send postcards home from the Owl Post ... I am assuming they have postcards available for purchase. Can anyone confirm that? I'd hate to just assume and end up having nothing to post LOL.
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Old 09-19-2013, 12:28 PM   #1050
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I'd like to send postcards home from the Owl Post ... I am assuming they have postcards available for purchase. Can anyone confirm that? I'd hate to just assume and end up having nothing to post LOL.
Yes they have postcards. Not cheap though. They even have stamps!

https://www.universalorlando.com/Mer...e-Postage.html

https://www.universalorlando.com/Mer...onery_Set.html

Make sure you have them stamp them in the Owl Post

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