- Mar 16, 2016
Did IOA ever have early entry before Hagrid's opened?
Perhaps they are delaying the first HE trip from USF to IOA on purpose to prevent a double rush to Hagrid's.
Thanks for the tip. We planned on spending most of the 1st day at US, so we'll see how the wait times look and take HE over in the afternoon. Since we're staying at Royal Pacific, we'll try for rope drop the 2nd day for Hagrid's. If we're lucky we'll get to go twice. I was just kind of curious how they managed the crowds coming from HE into the queue, since it looks like the queue starts so far back.What he said. Also, if you want to have any luck with the rope drop you're going to have to be there waiting at the IoA gate even prior to the official EE. So, you're going to have to make a choice of sacrificing EE to wait for it first thing, or enjoy EE, take a risk, and do it later in the late morning / afternoon and hope there's no delays / weather.
Side note: there was a LOT of people doing what I would call line cutting....pushing past saying "oh, my husband/son/mother is up ahead" and just pressing on. And we're not talking past a few people....like out of sight in both directions.
We have some pretty solid shaming and protesting, but it happened anyway. Cast members seemed to ignore it also.
I have seen it mentioned before elsewhere that a problem they have had (and may still be occurring) is that the LSMs (the metal plates that do the launches) can overheat at times. When they're overheated they won't launch trains. So if you get even one that overheats, that means no trains can launch until it cools down sufficiently or some kind of reset on them can occur.I’m not sure what the technical issues are, but having seen first hand that the ride literally can stop with riders out on the track, they’ve got something going on that they haven’t figured out yet.
Could someone tell me a little more about the process for needing to leave the line? Mainly for going to the bathroom, but also to put something in the lockers. I'll be at universal in three weeks as a solo traveller and I'm wondering how this works if you don't have someone in line to meet back up with.
Well, the other thing missed in the single rider line is the option to choose which side you're going to ride, which most likely means being in the sidecar. If that's where you want to sit anyway or you don't care, then go right ahead! But if you want to be sure you can ride the motorcycle, I think you have to stick to the main line.If you leave the line, they give you a card at the start of the line, to use the restroom and for us, to get cups of ice water. If you are by yourself, I would hope those around you would save you a spot. And no, you are not to leave line to go to locker, as those with bags, wands, creatures or other that cannot be secured, were pointed to the lockers that are a bit before the start of the line. The team members continue to remind about the lockers and keep asking that only one family member go, as it looks like a very busy place. Most of the times I saw a team member at the start, stopping anyone that needed a locker, and pointing them to the lockers.
Oh, and I will say, if you are alone, the single rider line is much faster, and the only thing you miss in line is what I consider a cute video, but did not need to be held in line to wait until the group watching it leaves the room.