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Old 05-08-2013, 11:55 PM   #31
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WHEN in 2014 do you think it will be ready? I missed Despicable Me by 2 days last year and don't want to repeat that.
Steve Niles over at Theme Park Insider reports that inside sources say Universal is aiming for a July 2014 opening. If they keep working on it around the clock I can see them making that date.
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Old 05-09-2013, 01:37 AM   #32
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That's what I'm thinking too. It will definitely steal Disney's thunder when they open the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train coaster in fall of 2014.
I do like WDW, but bwa ha ha ha ha.....

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It sure looks like it and I would hope so,the shops in Hogsmeade are just way too small.
Oh they are so small. I get what JK was doing/asking for, but she just wasn't thinking. Just like her "no soda" thing, when the ingredients in butterbeer aren't HEALTH food or anything (when I first went, the TMs had the ingredients on a laminated sheet under something on their stands, and the TM I asked showed it to me...I scanned it to make sure none of DS's sensitivities were on there, but man do I wish I'd taken a picture instead!). Or looking at the ingredients in most of the candies in the candy shop, it's the same ingredients as are in soda! Silly silly.

Someone should have used commonsense. It's lovely that she believes in a world of slim people, but that's not even totally true in England, let alone in America. If Hagrid (the character) tried to go into those shops he wouldn't be able to get through the door.

Plus, in the *magical* world, it would look small from the outside, but expand! So it would be bigger on the inside than what you thought...


Anyway, yes, I hope for shops that allow for normal people to move around without smooshing up against strangers.
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Old 05-09-2013, 06:38 AM   #33
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I'm going to be booking next summers trip soon. Can't wait for this historical moment.
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Anyway, yes, I hope for shops that allow for normal people to move around without smooshing up against strangers.
I hope JKR learned her lesson from what people were saying about the space of WWoHP.
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Old 05-09-2013, 06:49 AM   #35
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I just suckered the husband into another trip late next year.So we are going this summer and then December next year !
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Old 05-09-2013, 07:18 AM   #36
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Oh they are so small. I get what JK was doing/asking for, but she just wasn't thinking. Just like her "no soda" thing, when the ingredients in butterbeer aren't HEALTH food or anything (when I first went, the TMs had the ingredients on a laminated sheet under something on their stands, and the TM I asked showed it to me...I scanned it to make sure none of DS's sensitivities were on there, but man do I wish I'd taken a picture instead!). Or looking at the ingredients in most of the candies in the candy shop, it's the same ingredients as are in soda! Silly silly.

Someone should have used commonsense. It's lovely that she believes in a world of slim people, but that's not even totally true in England, let alone in America. If Hagrid (the character) tried to go into those shops he wouldn't be able to get through the door.

Plus, in the *magical* world, it would look small from the outside, but expand! So it would be bigger on the inside than what you thought...


Anyway, yes, I hope for shops that allow for normal people to move around without smooshing up against strangers.
In the latest overhead photos, the new Diagon Alley looks very tight, just light the real Diagon Alley. I'm not sure what the store sizes are going to be like but the alley itself is quite small.

I don't think any food or drink in the WWoHP was done for health reasons. JKR just wanted the food and drinks to stay similar to what would have been available in Hogsmeade and in her mind, that didn't include modern sodas.

An excellent, recent overhead video from CF News 13:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature...&v=Jfk6LAwpfe0

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Old 05-09-2013, 07:50 AM   #37
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Anyone know when we can start booking packages for next June?

I'm hoping by September/October.
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Old 05-09-2013, 07:58 AM   #38
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In the latest overhead photos, the new Diagon Alley looks very tight, just light the real Diagon Alley. I'm not sure what the store sizes are going to be like but the alley itself is quite small.

I don't think any food or drink in the WWoHP was done for health reasons. JKR just wanted the food and drinks to stay similar to what would have been available in Hogsmeade and in her mind, that didn't include modern sodas.

An excellent, recent overhead video from CF News 13:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature...&v=Jfk6LAwpfe0
Actually her only diet stipulations was that there was to be NO high Fructose Corn Syrup used
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Actually her only diet stipulations was that there was to be NO high Fructose Corn Syrup used
But just for the making of butterbeer, right? I don't think she nixed on the coke products because of the high fructose corn syrup but more because they weren't canon with her story.
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Nice. This seals the deal on the annual passes I was kind of waffling about for this fall's trip. Definitely will be bought, and definitely will be used again next year. This sounds like an amazing new addition!!
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But just for the making of butterbeer, right? I don't think she nixed on the coke products because of the high fructose corn syrup but more because they weren't canon with her story.
If I remember correctly it was a huge reason she nixed coke or pepsi products.She has this thing against High Fructose Corn syrup.BUt either way I only drink butterbeer when I am at WWoHP..LOL
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If I remember correctly it was a huge reason she nixed coke or pepsi products.She has this thing against High Fructose Corn syrup.BUt either way I only drink butterbeer when I am at WWoHP..LOL
Ya, I only drink butterbeer too.

I remember a whole thread over at Orlando United discussing the coke products and the reasoning there was for authenticity sake.

I know that Rowling had some huge deal with Coke and a reading promotion program, so I didn't realize she was so anti-Coke products.

I assume that we won't see any Coke products in the new area either.

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Old 05-09-2013, 12:39 PM   #43
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This news makes me so happy!

We are planning a fall trip to Disney with my son and grand-daughter. I know where else we will be going now as well!

I just hope they are on schedule for next summer. Hopefully by fall when we go the buzz will have died down a bit...
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Awesome find Damo!!! Thanks for sharing
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Here's a quote from Thierry Coup about the size of the shops in his interview with Inside the Magic: http://www.insidethemagic.net/2013/0...ersal-orlando/

Q: Will Diagon Alley stores be bigger than the tight spaces of Hogsmeade Village?

A: "One of the few complaints about the original Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Islands of Adventure is the size of its streets and shops. Small rooms and narrow aisles make navigating through large crowds quite difficult.= But Coup says Universal will continue to favor accuracy to the source material over comfort.

We dont want to create stores that dont really fit with the fiction. So theres still a sense of intimacy, though Diagon Alley is a larger place than Hogsmeade Village. Its not a little village in Scotland. But were not going to drift away from being faithful to what the stories and the visuals were in the films. So you can expect it to be pretty accurate to what was there, which means its going to be probably a bit larger than Hogsmeade, because Hogsmeade Village, again, is a small village.

It's about a sense of discovery and the excitement of these incredible shops and restaurant and other surprises that take you into these incredibly immersive spaces. And the scale has to be proper. The details, the graphics, everything."

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