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Old 09-06-2012, 12:15 PM   #1501
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Did they say how far back?
Nope. They said the land and the movies are being pushed back because of some creative disputes between Cameron and Disney. No other info was given.
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Old 09-06-2012, 12:15 PM   #1502
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Nope. They said the land and the movies are being pushed back because of some creative disputes between Cameron and Disney. No other info was given.

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Old 09-06-2012, 12:22 PM   #1503
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I believe 'creative disputes' are why Harry Potter is at Universal and not Disney.
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Old 09-06-2012, 12:23 PM   #1504
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As if you weren't getting up early enough! Well, at least you'll be at Disney that much earlier!
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Thats what I was thinking.
Yes, we will get there a little earlier (9:30 instead of 9:55), but since I have family helping us to the airport, I need to make sure he is OK with the time, even though he is used to getting up at that time (as are we)
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Old 09-06-2012, 12:25 PM   #1505
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I believe 'creative disputes' are why Harry Potter is at Universal and not Disney.
I didn't know that.

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Yes, we will get there a little earlier (9:30 instead of 9:55), but since I have family helping us to the airport, I need to make sure he is OK with the time, even though he is used to getting up at that time (as are we)

What time are you having to leave?
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Old 09-06-2012, 12:36 PM   #1506
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I didn't know that.
Oh yes, Rowling was in talks with Disney and when they couldn't agree, Universal jumped in.
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Old 09-06-2012, 12:41 PM   #1507
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Oh yes, Rowling was in talks with Disney and when they couldn't agree, Universal jumped in.

Disney sure missed something big with this.
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Old 09-06-2012, 12:44 PM   #1508
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What time are you having to leave?
Well, that is variable, I think. The flight is at 7AM, and we are 57 miles from the Airport (Reagan National). However, my father is insane, and drives like a bat out of heck at times, plus he knows all the backroads to avoid traffic etc, so I have to think sometime between 4-5AM we leave the house
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Old 09-06-2012, 12:51 PM   #1509
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Here's an writeup about the HP-Disney thing.

Back at the end of the 20th century (still strange to say), there was something brewing up with these children’s books coming out of England by an unknown author. By 1999, Warner Bros. had jumped on the chance to turn the first four books into movies. The first four books cost Warner Brothers Studio nearly $2 million dollars just to have the rights to. After the first film received massive attention and box office numbers, the Disney company jumped on board with the project, purchasing the rights for the film to television deal for the first film at a reported $1 million dollars. Soon after, it became a bidding war for the possible theme park rights to J.K. Rowling’s run-away success in the Harry Potter franchise.

Disney was in very deep negotiations with Rowling but both sides were having a hard time agreeing. A very stubborn Rowling was not going to allow Disney Imagineers the right to change what she had created or to scale down what she thought was suitable for a Harry Potter theme park.

By 2007, Universal had garnered the rights to Harry Potter by giving Rowling almost everything she wanted while also compensating Warner Bros. for the visual representations of several film locations planned for the future Wizarding World of Harry Potter. Well, we know what happened after that. The Wizarding World opened in June of 2010 at Universal’s Islands of Adventure and theme park attendance rose while Universal gained a 10% increase in profits. Now in 2012, they are expanding the Harry Potter area to make it even bigger, and have announced the same for Universal Studios in Hollywood.

So after years of conversations and proposals, why did J.K. Rowling pass up Disney and go with Universal Studios? Much like the film series, J.K. Rowling had stiff demands that she wanted to keep. One story that had made the rounds a few years ago is that J.K. Rowling wanted Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry to be of actual size. She figured that Disney had the money to do it, and she wasn’t going to scale down the key location for much of the series. That would mean Hogwarts would be as big, if not bigger, than the iconic Cinderella Castle at the Magic Kingdom Park. Disney wasn’t fond of taking their icon since 1971 and posting Hogwarts in front of it just to make a few extra dollars.

So Harry Potter ended up at Universal Studios instead of Walt Disney World. To that I say congratulations to Universal Studios as they needed something to boost their parks, and for Walt Disney World, I say it wasn’t worth it. Walt Disney World is doing great business with the franchises it already owns and they are doing what they need to be doing currently, reinventing instead of expanding.
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Old 09-06-2012, 12:55 PM   #1510
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Well, that is variable, I think. The flight is at 7AM, and we are 57 miles from the Airport (Reagan National). However, my father is insane, and drives like a bat out of heck at times, plus he knows all the backroads to avoid traffic etc, so I have to think sometime between 4-5AM we leave the house
Does it take you an hour to get there? Or is it longer? I'd say you'd want to be there an hour before your flight, plus the time it takes to get there, plus maybe 15 mins in case of an accident or something blocking the road.
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Does it take you an hour to get there? Or is it longer? I'd say you'd want to be there an hour before your flight, plus the time it takes to get there, plus maybe 15 mins in case of an accident or something blocking the road.
Looking at Google Maps, it says it would take 1 hour 14 minutes if we did the trip right now, but that is with midday traffic, etc. I figure traffic at 4-5 AM would be a lot lighter
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Old 09-06-2012, 01:34 PM   #1512
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Looking at Google Maps, it says it would take 1 hour 14 minutes if we did the trip right now, but that is with midday traffic, etc. I figure traffic at 4-5 AM would be a lot lighter
Seems like 4:30 would get you there with time to spare.
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Old 09-06-2012, 01:41 PM   #1513
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Well, JetBlue is changing our flight times. We were going to leave out of DC at 7:25 AM, now it is 7:00 AM.
I would love it if my flight changed to an earlier time! We usually get the 6AM flight, but this year it's 8:10. I figure, I'm having trouble sleeping the night before, might as well get the show on the road!

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Nope. They said the land and the movies are being pushed back because of some creative disputes between Cameron and Disney. No other info was given.
I wasn't all that excited about Avatarland anyway. I really liked the movie, but wasn't sure it would be interesting enough for a whole land. Of course, when Disney does something, they do an extraordinary job, so it will no doubt be awesome.
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I was excited to get a package from the Disney store yesterday with my DGS birthday presents. I got him a talking Woody and one of the guns that are like the ones at TSM called Woody's Blaster. I also got a couple of plush animals, Pluto and Lady and a Rapunzel fashion set, all to be put away for Christmas. Unless I can't stand it and give it to them earlier!!!

Then, today I got my 2013 edition of the Unofficial Guide (from Amazon). I don't get one every year, but like to update every 2 or 3 years. I don't even really need it, but it's fun to read through and gives me something to do while I'm waiting to get there. Ok. I can admit it. I'm pathetic!
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Old 09-06-2012, 01:56 PM   #1515
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Just did the cardinal sin... added up how many more gift cards we need... OY! Food is so spendy! This is still way better than sticker shock once we get home though...!
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