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Re: Universal Orlando's Halloween Horror Nights XX

Postby disneyfan1313 » Mon Aug 02, 2010 10:15 pm

I'm pretty excited that the Legendary Truth stuff is starting up again. I love ARGs and this could prove interesting - especially with how early it is starting up. I say we start up a Team TPR to figure all the stuff out! :)
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Re: Universal Orlando's Wizarding World Of Harry Potter

Postby dandaman » Tue Aug 03, 2010 1:38 pm

Another day, another informed article, but at least this guy has a weight-loss goal, so kudos to him.

ORLANDO, Fla. — One man, who weighs 300 pounds, is now using a theme park's size restrictions as motivation to lose weight.

Usually, people are tuned away from theme park rides and roller coasters because they are too small. At the new Wizarding World of Harry Potter, some people are too big to ride, according to Universal Orlando.

The roller coaster, Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey, has size restrictions.

Universal said all the seat restraints on the ride require three clicks from the safety bar. If the bar does not click three times for someone, the patron is asked to get up.

Banks Lee, who was turned away from the new ride, launched his own blog, called "Three Clicks," to motivate weight loss.

"And it just blew up. People said I was positive motivation, saying I am inspiring them. It's such a breath of fresh air that people are not complaining or suing, because it is my fault — because I'm overweight," Lee said.

Lee said he is determined to get back on the ride and hear those three clicks by the end of the year.


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Re: Universal Orlando's Wizarding World Of Harry Potter

Postby Jakizle » Tue Aug 03, 2010 1:59 pm

SLUSHIE wrote:I found the ride pretty disappointing. The video sections of the ride are incredibly blurry and I think ruin the whole experience. It's paced way too fast and way too much stuff is going on. The 2nd day I rode it the effects on the dragoin weren't working and since it doesn't move or anything it looked really bad just sitting there with the sprinklers sticking out of its mouth. Spider-man is a way better ride.

The crowd control is pretty bad too but at least they are working on it. The first time I went we had to get in a line that went though Jurassic park to get a pink ticket, then get in another line and had our pink ticket to somebody to get in the area. The 2nd time on a week or so later we were given a receipt with a time to come back later, like a fastpass or something.

The line for the ride also needs to be worked on. The line extends way out the entrance because of people having to put stuff in fluffy, fluffy bunnies filled with medicine and goo. People can just go in the gift shop at the exit (which I admit to doing) and skip the whole first half of the line. There is hardly any wait for the single rider line though


Really? I am sort of surprised to hear this...I'm not even a Harry Potter fan at ALL and I thought the ride was absolutely amazing. I though every single scene was very nicely done and the story was really good for an amusement ride. For how quickly it moves the ride is pretty long as there is a TON of stuff that goes on. Admittingly I did notice new things every time I rode, but that just goes to show how much there really is.

Also, I'm curious when you visited. I went on a Sunday (July 11th) and anyone could walk into The Wizarding World at any time all day. I do agree that the fluffy, fluffy bunnies filled with medicine and goo are extremely cramped and it is really dark in there but at the same time I like them...feels like you are down in a castle.

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Re: Universal Orlando's Wizarding World Of Harry Potter

Postby palmerleeberry » Tue Aug 03, 2010 5:36 pm

A quote that was submitted from dandaman:
One man, who weighs 300 pounds, is now using a theme park size restictions as motivation to lose weight.


Well, good for him; I did the same thing for another attraction and I am happy to announce I was able to ride that ride I couldn't ride the year before.

I think that this could be the newest trend in the world of weight loss: either lose that big fat :butt: or lose your seat. Your choice.

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Re: Universal Orlando's Wizarding World Of Harry Potter

Postby Tmcdllr » Tue Aug 03, 2010 8:40 pm

stellaclose wrote:OFD officials said one rider called 911 when the roller coaster stopped Friday night because he thought he was upside down. However, Universal officials said the Forbidden Journey ride doesn't go upside down.


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Re: Universal Orlando's Wizarding World Of Harry Potter

Postby Not For Sale » Tue Aug 03, 2010 9:00 pm

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Re: Universal Orlando's Wizarding World Of Harry Potter

Postby dandaman » Tue Aug 03, 2010 10:34 pm

^ For some reason I seem to recall his name being mentioned somewhere on the site. Good on him.
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Re: Universal Orlando's Wizarding World Of Harry Potter

Postby neovortex2k » Fri Aug 13, 2010 5:13 am

Am flying over from Ireland next week to try out this place.
Cant wait. Have been hearing mixed reports but hopefully it'll live up to the good ones. The pics i've seen look amazing. Any current updates or tips?

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Re: Universal Orlando's Wizarding World Of Harry Potter

Postby dandaman » Fri Aug 13, 2010 8:11 pm

Just got back from HP and it was every bit as awesome as the majority of the people here have claimed, save for the 2.5-hour line due to a 45-minute breakdown. Frozen Butterbeer? My new favourite drink. Ever.
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Re: Universal Orlando's Wizarding World Of Harry Potter

Postby jarmor » Sat Aug 14, 2010 12:14 am

My very short review...

I took my god son to UO and IOA for the first time. He's 6 but barely 44 inches tall so most the thrill rides were out for him. As far as the WWOHP he was blown away. He's only seen 1 movie (I think...i've only shown him the first one) and he seemed to reconize everything especially the candy store. He didnt like the actual hippogrif lol and he never gave a reason for not liking the "bird" as he called it. We didnt even look twice at the wand shop! I wonder if the people waiting in that line actually know what they are waiting for...

We walked thru both the forbidden journey and dragon challange ques since he wasnt tall enough for each one. I did manage to get 2 rides in on the forbidden journey and I have to say it was a solid ride. I personally, kinda like spidey more but the crowd seemed to think it was better than slice bread. As far as butter beer it was really REALLY good. We did the non frozen one first and it was very tasty. We later tried the frozen and that blew the regular out of the park! I even tried to give him regular after drinking a frozen one and he didnt like it lol. I tried pumpkin juice...it was alright but im not a fan of pumpkin. I did manage to get some pictures of him experiencing the worlds first harry potter themed park section.
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His butterbeer stache...
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He reconized the castle...
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