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  1. Poohbeck

    Poohbeck DIS Veteran

    Jan 12, 2004
    I was hoping it would open in May and just maybe we would be there for a soft opening in April. :sad2: But, it doesn't look that way. :sad2:
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  3. Princessmom2

    Princessmom2 Mouseketeer

    Apr 11, 2003
    Yes, I would prefer to not be there then too, but of course, that IS when we are there! But my 11 year old is thrilled and thinks it will be "way cool". At least we check in on the 15th, so will have a chance to go to the parks before all the media circus starts. . .
  4. the Dark Marauder

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

    Sep 14, 2002
    There is a possibility of that. Since it is not yet noon of 3/25/10, ALL DATES ARE SPECULATION ONLY.

    Tomorrow at noon is when the Official Date will be Announced. If it is 6/18, so be it. If it is a different date, so be it.
  5. Cyrano

    Cyrano Moderator Moderator

    Oct 23, 2004
    Great timing Aaron :thumbsup2
  6. babydovesx2

    babydovesx2 Mouseketeer

    Feb 26, 2008
    This will be our first time going to Universal. How do you book breakfast in Harry Potter's World and how far in advance can you book?
  7. bobafett1988

    bobafett1988 Earning My Ears

    Mar 24, 2010
    My girlfriend and I have book our trip for May 22 through the 27th. Is there any chance that the soft opening might occur before then or should we cancel our trip plans :surfweb:
  8. lildamo

    lildamo Mouseketeer

    Feb 7, 2010
    Is there any chance? Yup, there certainly is (and probably a good chance at that!).

    But none of us can tell you for sure. The announcement tomorrow might say something about the packages starting on May 28th but it may not, so keep watching out for info and for details on when soft openings are reported to have started. My instinct is you'll be fine then (and probably earlier than that too!), but it's up to you whether you want to take the risk or re-book for when it's "guaranteed" to be operational.
  9. LJF

    LJF Mouseketeer

    Mar 11, 2010
    I was at a AAA office last week purchasing park tickets for our June 2-7 stay. The manager seemed more than confident that WWOHP would be open then, in fact, according to her rep, it would be open by the first week in May...tomorrow will tell. Fingers crossed!
  10. pinkibekki

    pinkibekki Earning My Ears

    Dec 31, 2006
    What I don't understand is that they are advertising "SPRING 2010". I always thought that SUMMER began at Memorial Day Weekend (not official 1st day of summer but start of summer vacations).
    That's why I find it strange that the opening is in "Summer Season".
  11. damo

    damo Proud Redhead

    Jan 1, 2001
    "official" is the key here

    And who knows, it may be soft -- full opening in spring.

    There is lots of spring left.
  12. scasta86

    scasta86 Mouseketeer

    Jul 22, 2006
    Check out www.leakynews.com for more information about the ride....
    Simply put...
  13. Dawnee

    Dawnee Earning My Ears

    Feb 17, 2001
    It's up on the Universal HP website - "Grand Opening - June 18th"
  14. WebmasterPete

    WebmasterPete Grand Administrator Administrator

    Jun 1, 1997
    My speculation on this is as good as anyone elses, but here's my take.

    They are definitely going to have to have WWOHP open by May 28th in regular operation (not soft opening). They're selling packages starting on that date, and as people have mentioned here, there will be torch wielding villagers at the gates if its not. It would be a PR disaster of epic proportions and they're just not that irresponsible as to sell packages when they're unsure of the dates.

    This years International Travel Association POW WOW is taking place in Orlando from May 15th to 19th. The industries BIGGEST players are all going to be in Orlando for it and if anyone thinks that Universal will blow the chance to show this off to that group, they're crazy. They will have to soft open well in advance of that date to ensure that everything is working, all the kinks are worked out and that the entire area is up and ready to go. The last thing they want is to be embarrassed in front of the biggest travel trade group in the world.

    Then again, this is Universal we're talking about and god love 'em they could screw up a two car funeral. But I must admit that they've managed the hype and media attention around this masterfully. So, my gut feeling is that they're on top of things with this, and have a solid plan to roll it out. That's what I'm praying for.

    It's not unusual for things to be officially open before a grand opening is done. The grand opening is a media event - that's it. Having it up and running for a few weeks before time will help generate the buzz necessary to draw the media attention they need.

    So, my guess is that we're going to see a soft opening VERY soon - maybe even days away. I could be wrong, but I have this feeling that they will soft open tomorrow with the official announcement. Again, I have no concrete info to back this up, just a gut feeling. We'll all find out soon enough.

    Can't wait for noon!!!

  15. SomeoneAwesome

    SomeoneAwesome Earning My Ears

    Mar 3, 2010
  16. MadeToLove

    MadeToLove The Ultimate Potterholic

    Jul 3, 2006
  17. MadeToLove

    MadeToLove The Ultimate Potterholic

    Jul 3, 2006
    Double posting because there is some very important info here: http://www.mugglenet.com/erichpfjreview.shtml

    I've highlighted those things because so many people have been asking about soft openings and whether those who bought packages that begin before the 18th will still get in. I know there is still confusion here. But I hope that helps answer some questions.

    Edited to add: I'm sitting here reading through this particular insider report and I'm shaking!!!!! They designed the lines for you to linger in them and soak it all it. If you chicken out before the ride, there is a whole other hall of portraits where the founders argue with each other. I'm going for four days and it's going to take me that long just to see everything in this one ride. All this talk about WWoHP not being a "theme park".... Heck, the one ride itself is a full day's adventure. I LOVE IT!!!!
  18. Dollyrar

    Dollyrar DIS Veteran

    Feb 15, 2008
    Wow, I've just read the full press release on Orlando United, and the estimated attraction length of the Forbidden Journey (including the queue) is 1 hour!! :eek:

    Not sure if that's a good or bad thing depending on repeat rides? :confused:
  19. Metro West

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

    Apr 12, 2005
  20. amacspad

    amacspad Disneyholic!!!

    Mar 30, 2009
    Sorry if this has been asked already, having a mad morning trying to book my florida trip right now!!!!! If you are there before the Grand Opening can you still get in or is it just for people who have booked special packages? My head is in bits with prices, school time, work hols etc!! :headache:
  21. Pikester

    Pikester DIS Veteran

    Aug 20, 2006
    My local news had the Grand Opening Date running on the ticker at the bottom of the screen under National News. :goodvibes
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