Harry Potter- Wizarding World FAQ

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  1. damo

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    Keep an eye on hours. By the end of the month, the hours drop off quite substantially. Last year, by August 19th, the parks were only open until 8 pm, so keep an eye on the hours. We've been several times during the last week of August. It can still be quite busy and is VERY HOT!!! So definitely get there before opening, take advantage of the water rides and take a break in mid day.

    Transformers will be open by mid August as well as the newly themed Simpsons area with one new small ride. Despicable Me is new and I think the Spiderman ride has been upgraded since you've been there. There is a new miniature golf course, well two courses, at the exit to Citywalk as well. There is a new daily parade at the studios and a lagoon show at night.

    There are rumours of a lagoon show for IOA but I haven't heard any final details on that. The whole Jaws area is gone and is under construction for the new Diagon Alley. There is also construction outside of WWoHP for the new Hogwarts Express ride that will join up the two Harry Potter areas of the two parks. You may see some construction at Jurassic Park as the new renovations and new coaster may have been begun there.
     
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  3. damo

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    Hahaha! Yup, lots of new stuff going on over here.
     
  4. coastgirl

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    Thanks Damo. I see the August hours aren't up yet. When we were there in Feb., 7:00 was a late closing, so anything past that will feel like a bonus. But good to know, as I was assuming that the hours would be similar to May, which is generally later.

    Busy stuff then still busy now? Forbidden Journey and Ollivander's still good for a long wait?
     
  5. damo

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    Yes, the crowds for FJ and Ollivanders are still heavy. I suspect that overall crowds in both parks are going to be busier this summer because of the opening of Transformers and Simpsons.
     
  6. cc-atl

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    My son has expressed an interest in wearing the robe/cloak from his Harry Potter costume. Are there any rules against children dressing up in a costume?
     
  7. Squirlz

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    I saw children wearing cloaks that they had bought there.
     
  8. BrinkofSunshine

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    No rules against it. As long as nobody is pretending to be the characters/employees and not taking pictures with other guests, it's fine.
     
  9. cc-atl

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    Thank you all for the quick responses.
     
  10. mousehousemom

    mousehousemom Earning My Ears

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    We are going to WDW in March and have decided to add two days at IOA and US. We are planning on going on a Sunday and Monday and have bought the Universal Unlimited Express pass for both days. I'm trying to decide what park to go to on what day. Several in our group really want to take in WWoHP. Which day would be best for it? Thanks for any help and suggestions you may have! :cool1:
     
  11. mesaboy2

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    Sunday is likely better than Monday for WWoHP. In the future, know that you can purchase the Express passes in the park once you've had a chance to see the crowds for yourself and judge their worth.
     
  12. mousehousemom

    mousehousemom Earning My Ears

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    Thanks for the info! So excited to go!
     
  13. Metro West

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    I'm sure you'll have a great time! :thumbsup2
     
  14. Poseidon93

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    I am planning a trip for sometime near the end of August. I am wondering how much spending money to bring for souvenirs and food. I don't want t say no to getting something just because I want to get something else. I will definitely be buying a few shirts and a wand, but on average how much should I bring? How much have you guys spent on souvenirs there? Thanks!
     
  15. coastgirl

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    I would say it's a hard place to say no. ;) Wands are about $30 I think, shirts 20+, we brought home the butter beer souvenier mug ($9-10), pigmy puffs for the kids (another $15 or so...). Honeyduke's is a hard place to leave without a bagful, $10 for a chocolate frog...My kids are already saving up their allowances, 6 months out.
     
  16. Poseidon93

    Poseidon93 Earning My Ears

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    Ok, so 500-1000 should be more than enough?
     
  17. BrinkofSunshine

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    That's definitely enough. People actually spend $1,000 on souvenirs on trips?! :faint:
     
  18. Poseidon93

    Poseidon93 Earning My Ears

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    Lol I never have. This is my first trip where I am old enough to have to save my own spending money so I am not sure.
     
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    Check out the online store to picture want you want and around how much you want to spend. :) I don't think they have everything but will help you a lot. http://www.universalorlando.com/Merchandise/merchandisehome.aspx We bought my sister a wand ($31) and a chocolate frog ($10). We eat breakfast at the Three Broomsticks ($15) including a beverage. Lunch is around the same price.
     
  20. coastgirl

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    Is breakfast at the Three Broomsticks for everyone now, or still just for special packages? (We won't be at a Universal hotel, we've got two weeks, so we'll be enjoying a villa.)
     
  21. nemofans

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    It will be hard not to buy everything. My boys each want a new wand. They currently have Harry's wand. I am sure they will find other things they will want. We will have to get a few things from Honeyduke's. Then I will get an ornament & maybe a shirt for myself. We will try butterbeer & pumpkin juice, as well as eat at 3 Broomsticks.
     

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