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Old 02-05-2013, 09:38 AM   #16
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I didn`t know a lot of the stories or characters in several rides at Universal and Disney..........Never even heard of Song of the South till a few years ago.......Still never watched any of the Jurassic Park movies or knew who Dr Doom was, but a great ride is just that sometimes........a great ride.

Duelling Dragons.....that was never based on anything was it????
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Old 02-05-2013, 09:44 AM   #17
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I didn`t know a lot of the stories or characters in several rides at Universal and Disney..........Never even heard of Song of the South till a few years ago.......Still never watched any of the Jurassic Park movies or knew who Dr Doom was, but a great ride is just that sometimes........a great ride.

Duelling Dragons.....that was never based on anything was it????
My 4 year old niece's favourite ride at Universal and Disney was ET. She has no knowledge whatsoever of ET.
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Old 02-05-2013, 10:10 AM   #18
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I have never seen Ice age, but enjoyed the 4D thing based on it at Alton towers when i went. Thiers many of the Universal films the rides are based on that i havnt seen, but i think if the rides good you can enjoy it.
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Old 02-05-2013, 10:11 AM   #19
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Thank you all! I guess I just started second guessing our trip. I don't want to spend precious vacation time and money on something we will just like. I want it to be something we LOVE! I know we love Disney, so I thought maybe we should stick with what we know, but it sounds like this will be a great experience too.
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Old 02-05-2013, 10:20 AM   #20
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I definitely think I could, but it is true if you are familiar with the movies I do think you would enjoy it all the more. To save time you could just watch the first Harry Potter movie, Jurassic Park and maybe Men In Black. You don't really need to see the movie to enjoy the Mummy, or ET (I've never seen ET but love that ride). Spiderman is probably not necessary, everyone is fairly familar with the comics. Dr. Suess, you have probably already familiar with that. So with just the 3 you would be good to go.
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Old 02-05-2013, 09:12 PM   #21
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One of my biggest things, if not the biggest, is that I want to see new technology in rides. That always excites me so whether it is Disney or Universal, if they got KUKA arm or 3D tech, etc. - that's what gets me and my family into the park. Storyline is usually less important for me as there are a lot of great stories out there but only so many awesome ride technologies/effects.
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Old 02-06-2013, 03:35 PM   #22
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my family loves universal and....

have never seen or read harry potter

never seen the simpsons - my favorite ride!

never seen the mummy- husband and son love it

never seen JP, MIB, Twister, -- love them...

never seen Disp. me - LOVE this!!!
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Old 02-06-2013, 11:46 PM   #23
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I wish I had been a huge fan when I first saw Hogwarts. I've seen people break down in tears. That must be a pretty awesome feeling!
I didn't cry but I was seriously in awe when I first walked into WWOHP. It made it all the better that we were the first ones in (empty!) and it was at night and so hauntingly beautiful (we had the park to ourselves bc of a private event) It was truly, utterly magical I'll never forget it
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I didn't cry but I was seriously in awe when I first walked into WWOHP. It made it all the better that we were the first ones in (empty!) and it was at night and so hauntingly beautiful (we had the park to ourselves bc of a private event) It was truly, utterly magical I'll never forget it
My best memory was when our driver picked us up at the airport and as we were heading to our hotel he told us to look out the window. There is the distance was Hogwarts. My daughter and I just about squealed like fan-girls!

It really is awesome when you have a connection like that!
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Yes you can. The rides are themed after the movies but not based on them. Everything you need to know gets covered in the queues. I have never even looked at a Harry Potter book but I absolutly loved the ride (and the whole area around it).
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Let me chime in: if you've never seen a Spiderman movie, know nothing of the characters, but go on the ride and watch a 3D Doc Oc (I think it is Doc Oc) slam a power cable into your car and the whole thing starts vibrating like you're being electrocuted - that's pretty amazing. You don't have to know who's who or a storyline to realize you're experiencing something special. Go, you'll love it.
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Old 02-08-2013, 09:28 PM   #27
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The thing is, your kids wouldn't know the Disney story lines had you not indoctrinated them thusly.

Think of this as a chance for the whole fam to experience a new adventure. It just might become the new family tradition.
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The thing is, your kids wouldn't know the Disney story lines had you not indoctrinated them thusly.

Think of this as a chance for the whole fam to experience a new adventure. It just might become the new family tradition.
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I took my mom to US/IOA last summer because she's a huge Harry Potter fan. I've never read the books or seen the movies. I still had a great time and thoroughly enjoyed the whole area and the rides. My mom had an even better time because she knew the whole story line behind everything.
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Thanks for all the reassurance. We might try a Harry Potter movie before we leave.
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