Discussion in 'Universal Studios/Islands of Adventure Forums' started by Caribbeanprincess, Jul 2, 2009.
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Still in Orlando and we went into hp this morning. Booked a room on site for 1 night got to the park for half 7 and entered shortly after. Headed straight for forbidden journey and waited about 40 mins que and ride thought it was amazing that alone was worth the cost. Had plenty of time there got everything we wanted done and shopped slot there was a big line for ollivanders so I got rons wand from owl post. Finished the morning with a frozen butterbeer from the hogs head. Overall had a lovely experience and will deff stay on site next time royal pacific was lovely!
Nobody has ever said there was a 2 hour limited preview. It has always been at least 4 hours. I don't think people understand how packed this place is going to be once the general public is let in. Instead of it being a walk on ride all morning, you will have at least 3 hours waits. It will be interesting to see what the package people have to say after June 18. I think they may be jealous.
GP was not let in today. Rumour is tomorrow.
I added another part to my articles. Much of it is what I've covered here, but there are photos of things like cauldron cakes, pumpkin tarts and hubby getting measuring for a wand. Click here to read it. I think I'll be going through post-HP withdrawal come tomorrow morning! I know it opens to the GP soon but I will avoid Forbidden Journey like the plague till the offseason unless single riders or Express is open.
So that makes the packages/on-site deals useless?
In your opinion, is having the 4 hour preview with package and onsite guests a better experience than having a full day with the GP? You are a Universal regular, so you would know what kind of crowds to expect.
No, it will be what the package people expected to get. 1 hour early entry and then the rest of the day the entire park will be open to everyone.
This is what I've been told by many people at the hotel, two reps over the phone, and a universal concierge at the hotel who I really hit it off with. I'm told it is a minimum of two hours, they may increase because their has been so much demand and heat but its all a day of sort of thing. Was told the same thing about rumors of soft openings for package holders very soon but he hasn't been told anything official....about anything....
Again, that's not correct. The "preview" period was until 6/18. I would be SUPER mad if I'd gone down this weekend, gotten a two hour preview, and the first day it's open all day, it's to the GP.
As to the "4 hours" comment, there hasn't been one day that it's been open all four hours with FJ operational. Most report having to leave by 11am.
It has been 4 hours exclusive access all weekend. Once the area is open to the GP, it will only be 1 hour exclusive access. The rest of the time it is open it will be with the general public.
Everything was wonderful.
FJ was groundbreaking/mindblowing.
I have a feeling their is confusion coming from 2 hours of rides verse other open park times. It was not specified which one to me, and I was ignorant about everything I've now read about at that point to ask specifically about it. I'm assuming that they meant 2 hours opening for rides although would love to hear otherwise!
LOL, OK, that's one in the several hundred posts I've read.
Sweet! (literally) about the cauldron cake and pumpkin tart pictures!
So is the pumpkin tart basically a pumpkin pie in a little tart shell?
Can you describe the cauldron cake to me? It looks like a chocolate cake base, but what was the cream?
Could clarify what you think the package people paid for and should get?
Full all day access to WWoHP until 6/17 that does not include the GP. That is what is advertised.
Where did you see that? I have never seen anything remotely like that.
I can think of 5 right now who have actually been there that raved about it.
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