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Re: Universal Orlando's Wizarding World Of Harry Potter

Postby SLUSHIE » Sun Jul 25, 2010 12:24 pm

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

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Re: Universal Orlando's Halloween Horror Nights XX

Postby downunder » Tue Jul 27, 2010 4:22 pm

The Frequent Fear Passes with Express Access are now available, just brought mine.

http://www.halloweenhorrornights.com/orlando/frequent_fear.html

The non-peak FF with express access is $154.98, which is the equivalent cost of 1 night's admission plus 2 non-peak express passess. The FF Express with Fridays included $239.98.

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Re: Universal Orlando's Halloween Horror Nights XX

Postby downunder » Tue Jul 27, 2010 4:48 pm

^I concur, I'm going on Sunday 10/3 and Thursday 10/7 and I always going to get Express Passes - so I saved $74.99 on the second nights admission. Now I've got to figure out the best deals on the rest of my Florida stuff - heading over to Club TPR.

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Re: Universal Orlando's Halloween Horror Nights XX

Postby dammie16@vt.edu » Wed Jul 28, 2010 1:56 am

Eventually I will take weekends off from Halloweekends and see these great events. Heck maybe i'll move to Florida and work for HHN instead of Halloweekends, but that would mean moving my real job lol

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Re: Universal Orlando's Halloween Horror Nights XX

Postby disneyfan1313 » Wed Jul 28, 2010 2:30 pm

Interesting you guys think its a good deal - its actually a bit higher of a price than I thought it would be. I was hoping for around $120 for the normal FF pass with express and $180 for the one that includes Fridays. If either included parking - it would be a slam dunk for me...but as it is - its a little high.
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Re: Universal Orlando's Halloween Horror Nights XX

Postby jedimaster1227 » Wed Jul 28, 2010 2:39 pm

^I was expecting something closer to $180 as well. My thought on the whole thing is that I'll be buying the Fear Pass Plus unless I know someone else that I'll be going with that also has Express on their pass (or has bought it for the night). I can justify it if I'm going to use Express more than once, but between the fact that I don't mind waiting in (reasonable) lines & the fact that I'll be going far too many times this year anyways, it doesn't bother me to save a good deal of money by sticking with the Express-free option.
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Re: Universal Orlando's Halloween Horror Nights XX

Postby downunder » Fri Jul 30, 2010 6:30 pm

My view on the Frequent Fear pass is based on what I am doing - I'm going on 2 non peak nights and I was definitely going to get Express Passes both nights, so it's saving me $74.99 on the second night's admission, which is better than nothing. I wish they had an unlimited Front of Line like USH, that was worth every cent last year, and I'd be prepared to pay $$$ for it because I'm coming from 12,000 miles away so I want to do as much as possible.

I found with the mazes at USH that there was so much you can miss if you weren't in a room at the right time, I did the Halloween maze at USH 18-20 times over two nights and I when I checked out a video on youtube I still missed one (relatively minor) scare.

Adam or Tyler, is it worth making a 2010 Tampa Howl O Scream thread? They have just announced that a band called MyX will be doing shows every night and all tickets are now on sale.

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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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