The Wizarding World of Harry Potter

Discussion in 'Universal Studios/Islands of Adventure Forums' started by Caribbeanprincess, Jul 2, 2009.

Thread Status:
Not open for further replies.
  1. the Dark Marauder

    the Dark Marauder <font color=red>Proud Redhead<br><font color=green

    Joined:
    Sep 14, 2002
    Messages:
    6,121
    No guarantees. You'll just have to keep watching updates. I know, no fun...

    I personally know some of the TMs that will be working at Forbidden Journey. That's all I can say.


    Soft opening = technical rehearsal. Express is NOT honored, operating hours could be very erratic, or it could be not operating at all. You are not guaranteed that you will be able to ride. Various effects may not be functioning.


    Bolded text = crucial. No amount of practice runs can prepare the TMs for when there are real riders riding/getting stuck on the ride. It does help so that things can be figured out/tweaked before the Grand Ceremony. Merlin forbid the staff is not prepared if JK Rowling and Daniel Radcliffe were to get stuck on the ride. :scared1::scared1::scared1:

    Example of Excellent Soft Opening: ROTM
    Example of Being Fed to the Wolves: Rockit
     
  2. Avatar

    Google AdSense Guest Advertisement


    to hide this advert.
  3. Don Pacho

    Don Pacho Uncle Frank

    Joined:
    Jun 3, 2006
    Messages:
    908
    Courtesy of Felipe, Orlando United
    http://www.orlandounited.com




    .
     
  4. Don Pacho

    Don Pacho Uncle Frank

    Joined:
    Jun 3, 2006
    Messages:
    908
  5. ky07

    ky07 <font color=red>Proud Redhead<br><font color=teal>

    Joined:
    May 29, 2007
    Messages:
    5,342
    Boy they have gotten alot done since last year
    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]
     
  6. tzuhouse

    tzuhouse DIS Veteran

    Joined:
    Mar 15, 2005
    Messages:
    1,171
    Very excited! Purchased tickets online at the beginning of the month. Spent 28 days at WDW in November. Now we'll finally venture elsewhere, for Harry. We are going in October. Not sure of exact dates yet. Having to work between different events. We won't be staying onsite. Do you think it would be worth it to buy the passes I read about that act like FPs?

    Mary
     
  7. aubriee

    aubriee <font color=brown><marquee>Chocolate always makes

    Joined:
    Dec 3, 2004
    Messages:
    14,827
    Uh Oh! Not what I wanted to hear. I'll be there May 1st-9th.:sad1: I cut and pasted this from the blog at the top of the main DIS page:

    'Regarding opening date, Universal plans to open the Wizarding World of Harry Potter late spring 2010. Delays may push the opening date back to summer 2010 (remember the opening delays for Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit), but a hopeful opening estimate is late May/early June. Interestingly, unlike other new theme park attractions in the area such as: Universal&#8217;s the Simpsons Ride, Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit, Manta at SeaWorld, or Disney&#8217;s Toy Story Midway Mania, no soft-openings are planned for the attractions in the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. However, there will be an invitation only gala VIP Grand Opening sometime in late spring 2010. Universal is likely to increase the 2-Park Unlimited Admission ticket price in 2010, so purchase tickets now to save money. Those tickets will be valid when you visit Universal next year.'
     
  8. fayt19

    fayt19 Mouseketeer

    Joined:
    Jun 23, 2008
    Messages:
    205
    That's really irritating. Late May/early June is NOT Spring. :sad2:
     
  9. damo

    damo Proud Redhead

    Joined:
    Jan 1, 2001
    Messages:
    30,130
    Unfortunately it is. The first day of summer is officially June 21.
     
  10. Metro West

    Metro West <font color=red>Proud Redhead<br><font color=blue> Moderator

    Joined:
    Apr 12, 2005
    Messages:
    44,399
    I know it's discouraging but you know what's going to happen. Technically...Universal has until 6/30 before WWoHP must be open per the contract. So...let's hope it opens well before 6/30. :thumbsup2

    I think it makes perfect sense not to do a soft opening considering the majority of the project has been kept quiet...which is very unusual. I would imagine Universal wants to make sure people are blown away right from the start instead of "leaks" taking some of the fun away.
     
  11. ready4mouse

    ready4mouse Mouseketeer

    Joined:
    Feb 15, 2006
    Messages:
    408
    It's funny- I'm actually split between being disappointed and being relieved! We'll be there at the end of April, and as much as I'd love to see WWOHP, I was truly dreading the crowds if it wound up being close to opening weekend! This way here, I know the crowds will be manageable (especially with FOTL) and we can go back next year for HP! It'll give us something to look forward to :goodvibes
     
  12. Rip

    Rip Proud Redhead

    Joined:
    May 21, 2009
    Messages:
    1,909
    Keep in mind that that portion of the blog was written back in September. The amount of work they have completed since then is really amazing.
     
  13. Pink Flamingo

    Pink Flamingo <font color=FF66FF>Think Pink!!!<br><font color=CC

    Joined:
    May 9, 2001
    Messages:
    1,359
     
  14. ky07

    ky07 <font color=red>Proud Redhead<br><font color=teal>

    Joined:
    May 29, 2007
    Messages:
    5,342
    I agree with Rip cause that blog was written in september and the fact Universal doesn't want another HRRR mess up to happen with WWOHP
     
  15. Taylor'sMom

    Taylor'sMom Wish I was there...

    Joined:
    Jan 21, 2007
    Messages:
    896
    I'm wondering if they'll make a big opening date announcement during the Superbowl?
    last year they did the free ticket promo and I think I saw somewhere that Universal (as a whole) bought some air time again... what they use it for, who knows... but a WWOHP announcement could be a possibility?
     
  16. Poohbug

    Poohbug Sherlocked

    Joined:
    Oct 26, 2006
    Messages:
    2,000
    Just returned from Universal yesterday. We checked out the building of HP and DH(who is in construction) thought that May would be really pushing it. They are working seven days a week but did not seem to be in any rush. There is one building that still has exposed steel framing-if that building is a facade it could finish quick. If that building is a shop or restaurant then they are in trouble.
     
  17. becky1960

    becky1960 DIS Veteran

    Joined:
    Jan 27, 2001
    Messages:
    1,080
    The British forums are says the HP Cast (some) are going to be there in May and they have said so in interviews. Universal has also put out calls(hiring) for Hp CM'S according to this wesite (Dis)..
     
  18. aubriee

    aubriee <font color=brown><marquee>Chocolate always makes

    Joined:
    Dec 3, 2004
    Messages:
    14,827
    I've just recently started posting in this section of the boards. I am not a Universal fan and the only reason I was going, was to see Harry Potter's World. I bought the $99.00 unlimited admission to two parks tickets only because they were cheap and for HP. Now I probably won't even be going to Universal during my May 1st-9th WDW trip.:mad::sad1: As you said though, at least the crowds won't be bad now for the people who normally go to Universal anyway. Oh well, we'll be back to WDW in Oct, so guess we'll make it then.
     
  19. Don Pacho

    Don Pacho Uncle Frank

    Joined:
    Jun 3, 2006
    Messages:
    908
  20. Don Pacho

    Don Pacho Uncle Frank

    Joined:
    Jun 3, 2006
    Messages:
    908
    Courtesy of Disneyhead, Orlando United
    http://www.orlandounited.com

     
  21. Don Pacho

    Don Pacho Uncle Frank

    Joined:
    Jun 3, 2006
    Messages:
    908
Thread Status:
Not open for further replies.

Share This Page