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Old 04-07-2012, 08:30 PM   #151
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Again, please forgive my HP ignorance.... but what is butter beer and what does it taste like?

The rides, are they like scene from the movies?
Butter Beer tastes like a buttscotch Cream soda. It can be served frozen or just cold, either way, it's amazing and worth the $$ but a lot of calories, especially with the cream topping!

The rides and que are just like to movie! It's amazing!!
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Old 04-07-2012, 09:23 PM   #152
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Thats great your going to have your pictures published!

I'm loving all the Harry Potter pictures. We didn't do the wand shop because of the line so I'm glad I got to see your pictures of the inside. That was a long wait.

I didn't know about the triple AAA discount on he butterbeer. We didn't get the frozen one we got the regular one with whip cream. We shared one and it was very sweet. River loved it when we got one the first day. He kept saying he wanted another one. We got another one on our 2nd day there and it was SO HOT that day that the heat and the sweetness really got to him and he felt so sick he actually laid down on the hot pavement! I was afraid he was going to have a heat stroke!

I think Forbidden Journey has the best queue ever! I loved it and we had a 45min. wait. But it was ok because we kept moving.
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Old 04-08-2012, 08:15 AM   #153
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I love seeing the HP stuff, it looks so real.

I do think that the HP books are better suited for older kids say around 10 or maybe 9. Each book gets darker & scarier as Harry ages, the first chapter of the last book in the series almost put me off finishing it! The vision of that was almost too much for me. I did finally read it & I thoroughly loved those books.
You are right. I think they were written for preteens, but as the series goes on, they seem to age with the kids who started reading them at a preteen age.

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Just found your report and am enjoying it! couple questions if you don't mind...I was there opening day at WWohP and perhaps this is why I remember very little - sheer madness!

Last time I did not ride FJ but DH and DD did. I went thru the que with them and then went to child swap area. Am I given a ticket or the ability to ride if I do choose? I have a bad hip/low back and always wait for the verdict from DH on a ride. He claims I could handle it, DD says no! So if I go to the child swap area can I then ride the ride if the verdict comes back to go for it?

Also, assuming I opt NOT to chance FJ, go to the child swap area and wait - can I have our backpack wtih us since I will not be riding or must I check this at the locker?

I bet it was madness!
I'm not sure what kind of hip and back problems you have, but Skip has had the same hip replaced twice, once in Oct of 2009 and then again in Dec of 2010. He rode it with no problems. I have back problems too. I'm basically sore all the time. I didn't have any more problems with this ride than others.
I think you would have no problem going into the childswap line, as long as you have a child to hang with you. If not, then I'm not sure they will let you. But I am sure you can take the backpack in that line and swap it when you do ride.

Do you ride space Mountain, or rockin rollarcoaster? If you can do those, you can surely do FJ. Those are much harder on my back.

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We would shout it across the pool deck. Luckily the kid had a sense of humor and we were teens so it was hilarious. It would be Hey NUSS P. NUSS
That is so funny. Though if I was Mr. P. Nuss, I would ask to have my shirt redone.

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Again, please forgive my HP ignorance.... but what is butter beer and what does it taste like?

The rides, are they like scene from the movies?
It's like a butterscotch cream soda type of a drink. You can have it frozen, which is like a slush or cold. It has a lot of foam on the top too. I liked the foam. It's very sweet though. I tried a cold one the next day and it was much better to me. Less sweet.

They sell it at several carts or in the Hogs head, but at the hogs head the line is not bad at all if any. AND you get 10% off with AAA. Most of the cart type places don't offer that discount.

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Butter Beer tastes like a buttscotch Cream soda. It can be served frozen or just cold, either way, it's amazing and worth the $$ but a lot of calories, especially with the cream topping!

The rides and que are just like to movie! It's amazing!!
No, no calories at all. There are no calories while on vacation....you didn't know that?

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Thats great your going to have your pictures published!

I'm loving all the Harry Potter pictures. We didn't do the wand shop because of the line so I'm glad I got to see your pictures of the inside. That was a long wait.

I didn't know about the triple AAA discount on he butterbeer. We didn't get the frozen one we got the regular one with whip cream. We shared one and it was very sweet. River loved it when we got one the first day. He kept saying he wanted another one. We got another one on our 2nd day there and it was SO HOT that day that the heat and the sweetness really got to him and he felt so sick he actually laid down on the hot pavement! I was afraid he was going to have a heat stroke!

I think Forbidden Journey has the best queue ever! I loved it and we had a 45min. wait. But it was ok because we kept moving.

I liked the regular one much better. I had read about AAA on a couple of TR's and then Barb told me it again. She told me show it everywhere, the worst they could say was no. I think we only forgot to show it once when we ate, and that was because Skip paid when I was in the bathroom.....I should've lef the card with him, but I wasn't thinking. It always feels good to get a little discount.....even if it isn't much.

The FJ queue is really cool. I was amazed how fast you keep moving for the most part. They did a really good job with it.
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Old 04-08-2012, 10:45 AM   #155
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I totally stole this picture from Karin...but I LOVE it.

Happy Easter Everyone!!!

I am glad you like it!

Happy Easter to you and your family, Jen!
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Old 04-08-2012, 01:34 PM   #156
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Can't wait to hear more. I'm getting more excited about US hopefully I'll enjoy it.
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Old 04-08-2012, 02:58 PM   #157
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Great trip report

Thanks for posting good to hear about Olivanders. We are going with another family in late August and between us we have five teens who are all huge Harry Potter fans. I am still trying to determine if it's really worth our time watching the wand selection. Anyone else been late in the day does it ever slow down?
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Old 04-08-2012, 03:00 PM   #158
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Thanks for posting good to hear about Olivanders. We are going with another family in late August and between us we have five teens who are all huge Harry Potter fans. I am still trying to determine if it's really worth our time watching the wand selection. Anyone else been late in the day does it ever slow down?
it slows down the last few hours before park closing.
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I am glad you like it!

Happy Easter to you and your family, Jen!
That is just the cutest darn thing ever. Did Tom make that? I posted it all over facebook too.

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Can't wait to hear more. I'm getting more excited about US hopefully I'll enjoy it.
I've been working on pictures today, so I should have another post up tomorrow!
Go in knowing it's not the same as Disney. Some things are better and some are not. But it is still great fun. And some rides really blow Disney out of the water. And it has more thrill rides as well. I'm not a thrill ride junky, but I knwo for some, thats a major draw.

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Thanks for posting good to hear about Olivanders. We are going with another family in late August and between us we have five teens who are all huge Harry Potter fans. I am still trying to determine if it's really worth our time watching the wand selection. Anyone else been late in the day does it ever slow down?
From what I hear, it's busy through most of the day. I can't verify it because we did IoA in the early part of the day and never made it back in the evenings.

It was fun to do once, but not something I wil lbe dying to get back to.

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We headed out in search of a smoking area. Just a heads up for those who do smoke, there is not any smoking areas in WWoHP. There is one right outside the gates in the Lost Continent though.
I tried to take a few more pictures as we headed that way, which was tricky to do with a cup of butterbeer in my hand.











Into the Lost Continent and directly to your right is a little cove for the smokers.



Claire sat and drank her Butterbeer, this is when she told us she didn’t care for it anymore.





We found out then that Skip has spilled the foam from his butterbeer all over the backsack. How he did this, I have no clue, but it was really foamy and gross. I had a few napkins and tried to clean it up the best I could and it appeared it hadn’t gotten on anything IN the backsack.

We just sat and relaxed a bit…well they sat, I kept taking pictures and sipping on my butterbeer.











Skip and I split Claire’s butterbeer into our glasses and went off towards Seuss Landing before Claire exploded. This was all she could talk about.



As you can see, I still kept taking pictures in route to Seussland.



















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This area is really neat looking.



You can see Claire off to the side of the picture. Yep, she was on a mission and wasnt going to wait around for my picture taking.











A look across the lake.



And now we enter the world of Dr. Seuss.











This place is so colorful! I loved looking everywhere here.







We stopped for a ride on the The High in the Sky Seuss Trolley Train Ride! This has 2 tracks, and one of the tips I had been given was to ride both tracks because each were a little different. Only one track was running at this time, so we got in line. I took a picture of the wait time, but it didnt come out. Perhaps they were changing the time when I did it. I think the wait was about 10 minutes. This area was much calmer and quieter than the WWoHP was.





This ride featured the Sneetches.











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Oh, how I love to see all those photos! Claire looks so cute in her outfit!

Did you go and see Poseidon's Fury? It is a neat little show and quite nice in the summer to get out of the blazing sun.

We love that little train ride! So fun ..... and I guess it would mean so much more to us if you only knew the story! Dr. Suess is not very common here in Austria, so I have no idea what the whole thing is about - but I love the view from the little train.
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Jen - back on page three trying to catch up on my day off (the laundry and house cleaning can wait a minute) but I had to laugh about how Skip calls out the names of towns when he drives and turns them into a dirty word, OMG, my husband does the same thing! what is it with guys and driving? I'm going back to read about Universal - when I was thinking of taking my son down this past Christmas, I think I looked at the same package, mainly because of getting in early and having breakfast at the Harry Potter area; going back to catch up and look at your great pictures to get me ready for my trip in May
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Oh, how I love to see all those photos! Claire looks so cute in her outfit!

Did you go and see Poseidon's Fury? It is a neat little show and quite nice in the summer to get out of the blazing sun.

We love that little train ride! So fun ..... and I guess it would mean so much more to us if you only knew the story! Dr. Suess is not very common here in Austria, so I have no idea what the whole thing is about - but I love the view from the little train.
We did eventually go see that too. We had a heck of a wait for it though. Probably the longest one the whole trip.

I can barely remember the Sneetch story, but it has something to do with On set of sneetchs have stars on their bellies and the other doesn't (I think) and they keep trying to change to outdo each other. I'll have to pick up the book again and read...to Claire of course, not for myself.

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Jen - back on page three trying to catch up on my day off (the laundry and house cleaning can wait a minute) but I had to laugh about how Skip calls out the names of towns when he drives and turns them into a dirty word, OMG, my husband does the same thing! what is it with guys and driving? I'm going back to read about Universal - when I was thinking of taking my son down this past Christmas, I think I looked at the same package, mainly because of getting in early and having breakfast at the Harry Potter area; going back to catch up and look at your great pictures to get me ready for my trip in May
I do think it's a man thing. I know several guys who do this, or change words to a song. Skip just thinks he's so clever.

That was a decent package. The room was dirt cheap actually.That won Skip over. He's a value kind of guy. He says he doesn't care about moeny, but then when given the options he goes for the chepest he can. He can't see spending money on any luxury accomidations. Which is why I am splurging a bit when I go down with Claire in Nov...which will be announced at a later date. I am going to try and take more down time as well. We'll see how that works out.
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I can see why Claire was on a mission to get to Seuss Landing....it's so darn cute and colorful! But, I can also see why you were lagging behind taking pictures on the way over. Every time I read/see Universal trip reports, it makes me want to go back. It's been so long since we've been there. I think Hunter was 3.
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