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Harry Potter- Wizarding World FAQ

Discussion in 'Universal Studios/Islands of Adventure Forums' started by ChrisFL, Apr 8, 2010.

  1. AnnaTink

    AnnaTink Mouseketeer

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    Hi There,

    We are going to be in Orlando 15th -19th April (Mon-Fri) and I was wondering if there would be a best day to go to IOA?

    We have done WWOHP before and we are going back to mainly soak up the atmosphere and grab a Butterbeer, if the queue wasn't too bad we may do Forbidden Journey, but wouldn't be doing Ollivanders!


    Any advice gratefully received :)
     
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  3. StarWarsJez

    StarWarsJez Mouseketeer

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    I think it's fair to assume its going to be CRAZY BUSY when HP phase 2 opens. IMO theyre being over optimistic with the 'summer 14' launch date so if you're going in October you may be timing it right.

    Whatever happens you'll have a blast!
     
  4. AliceandAriel

    AliceandAriel part of your world!

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    Touching on the subject of the HP Expansion...

    What do you think Universal is going to do with HP now being in both IoA AND Universal? Will it be required to have a park-to-park pass to use the train (since you're technically going from one park to the next?)

    Otherwise, I'm excited as all heck for the expansion. Making a huge plan to go with (hopefully) some girlfriends to the park and really live it up. :D
     
  5. mbrou24

    mbrou24 Theme Park Veteran

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    Yes you will need part to park tickets to visit both lands... They will have a ticket window similar to a real train station for guests to upgrade
     
  6. CuriousRapunzel

    CuriousRapunzel Earning My Ears

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    Does the Wizarding World open at 9AM like the the rest of the park? Should we head there first in the morning?
     
  7. mesaboy2

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    It opens an hour earlier than park open for resort guests, and at park open for all others. Early in the morning or late in the day are typically the least crowded times at any theme park.
     
  8. macraven

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    hey mesaboy, good to see you back posting on the darkside. :wave2:


    got a trip planned soon?
     
  9. mesaboy2

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    Thanks, mac! I'd come over here more often but I worry that my info would be out-of-date and steer somebody wrong. So I mostly lurk. Will definitely be back, but nothing in the immediate future. Patiently waiting for that badly-kept secret in the Studios to finish up and open next summer I guess. :goodvibes
     
  10. LittlePoca

    LittlePoca Earning My Ears

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    I'm a little confused :scared: Does this mean that the new HP attractions are being built in the main US park, rather than IOA? Or will you only need to buy tickets to both parks if you want to see the train station at the other end? :confused3
     
  11. nemofans

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    The new HP stuff being built will be in Univ Studios park, not IOA, w/Hogwarts Express running between the 2. If you want to see both areas, then you will need tix for both parks. If you want to ride the train between the 2 areas, then you will need park to park tix.
     
  12. LittlePoca

    LittlePoca Earning My Ears

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    Thanks for clearing that up for me!

    That seems a really bizarre thing to do!? Do you know why they've chosen to do that? Is it just to make more money with the extra ticket sales?
    Also, when I was there last year, I rode Dragon Challenge and saw construction going on right beside it. Anyone know what that could have been??

    I'm going to WDW/IOA in 2014 and was looking forward to seeing the expansion, but there's no way I can afford park to park tickets, so I'm pretty bummed by this news :sad:
     
  13. mesaboy2

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    It is a very unusual arrangement for sure. I'm not sure there's another attraction anywhere that straddles two parks with separate admissions.

    While I suppose a case could be made that this is partly a money-grab, I think it has more to do with spreading crowds more evenly across the two parks. The train is a natural fit between the two HP lands and is an innovative concept for the theme parks. The train route will border DC, so it seems likely that is the construction you saw.

    If I may, it doesn't seem to me that park-hopper tickets are that much more cost-prohibitive than standard tickets, especially with a year or so of advance planning on your side. :goodvibes
     
  14. LittlePoca

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    Ah, the train route, that makes sense!

    And thank you for mentioning about the tickets, I had just assumed in my head that park to park tickets would be twice the price of a normal ticket, however I just looked it up and now see that in reality it's only about £30 more. That sounds a bit better for sure!

    I'm panicking a little about funds for this trip, as we originally had it planned for this year, but had to postpone it due to lack of money :( But I guess I should check in future before I start to panic too much! :rolleyes:
     
  15. MommaBearof4

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    Moonwolf, the staff at dragon challenge are awesome. They let me walk up and take pics without going on the ride. We had the express pass, so I had ridden the coaster earlier and there were so many fabulous things I wanted pictures of that I went back just for the pics. When I got to where the express line entered on the right and the regular line entered on the left, I thanked him and turned to leave. That's when he stopped me and told me that I wanted to go thru the regular line because there was a lot more to see that way.

    Having said all of that, I am not a fan of roller coasters and only did it, both sides because it was HP. It wasn't too scary. I enjoyed it and have done it numerous times since then
     
  16. babynala

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    Just wanted to say thanks for all the great information on this thread. We are headed to Universal in about a month and my DD is a big HP fan. With all the advice on here I know she will have a great experience. :thumbsup2
     
  17. schumigirl

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    Have you looked at the UK tickets for Universal?

    The 14 day Unlimited park to park is around £99....works out cheaper and better value than most of the tickets offered for us.

    Even if you don`t use every day on it, it`s a fantastic price.
     
  18. spima3

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    I was so very excited when I checked back here and found the expansion for HP. I was planning a trip for early this summer, but will probably wait now for the expansion to be finished.

    I think the train between the two parks will be awesome! It will also give me more time to save $$. With DD18 starting college this year, there is going to be a less $$ now to put towards an expensive vacation. :)
     
  19. Aljo

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    My daughter went in 2011 and we will be going this August.

    Is the locker line still on the right and the ride line on the left?

    The castle tour is actually the queue before the ride itself or something else entirely?

    If i want to take photos inside the castle, can I do that, or do I need to check my camera, it's a point and shoot but a bulky one, almost looks like an SLR

    Thanks so much!
     
  20. BrinkofSunshine

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    1). There's no separation between locker and ride lines anymore. Everyone goes down the left side (or, if it's really busy, into an outdoor queue and then into the castle).

    2). The Castle Tour has its own portrait gallery that is different in layout than the portrait gallery in the regular queue (this one has stairs), but runs parallel to the regular queue starting in Dumbledore's Office.

    3). If your camera doesn't fit in a pocket, it will need to be stored in a locker. If you go on the Castle Tour you'll be able to bring your camera with you.
     
  21. Aljo

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    thank you! If I'm understanding correctly, I should get on the "ride" line first and after riding, I then can go back to the "castle tour only" line so I can take my time and take photos walking throughout the castle. I've read that sometimes the "castle tour" line is closed, especially during peak season, is that true? We are going in August. I would love to do both the ride and the castle tour.
     

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