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  1. Great trip report! I was there on Friday, Sept. 25. I think as a an alternative event to Scary farm, it was a very well put together event. Many, many tables so you can spread out. It only feels mildly crowded around the Bird Cage theater and Fiesta village. I enjoyed the magic / comedy act while sitting a the picnic tables. And if you love sugar, wow! So many good options. The cheesecake trifle is fantastic, pumpkin cannoli, and so on. If you need a cheat day, Knott's has you covered. They play music everywhere, have some light fog, and looks amazing at night.
  2. Glad it was a success. Looks like they are expanding the food / outdoor shopping for a few more weekends. "Taste of Knotts"" runs through Aug. 21 - Sept 13.
  3. Wow, sounds great ! Thanks for the info! The exterior facades look pretty good.
  4. Thanks for the report and the review! Hope to get up there soon! A few observations. 1.) There are definitely going to need a barrier by the car, to prevent sticky fingers. The theme of the building is well done 2.) The Underground is still pretty ironically named, pretty open area with little shade. I think some shaded seating is needed before summer hits. The asphalt treatment is well done, but man, black asphalt in high temps. Need cool zones. 3.) The exit landscaping is very well done, really like the use of colors and textures. Hope it inspires further installations of that level i
  5. The quality of the ride footage is so amazingly clear, and to be able to see both sides of the ride is great! Good to see there are a couple of differences between the two sides as well. All in all, once MIckey opens up next year, the transformation of the park over the last few years is pretty incredible.
  6. The street taco place is open apparently by Apocalypse. Lot of empty space currently in the "Underground" area, hope they do theme it out a bit more over the coming month(s).
  7. Well the announcements for MM is no doubt disappointing so far. As always, HH is forgotten about and they need more attractions. For MM, I dont expect a coaster yearly, would have been happy with a tilt o whirl. Honestly, to refer to the new area as the Underground is truly odd, as it is the least shaded section of the entire park. Wildly skeptical about the claims of the events expanding. Hope the work on Apocalypse paid off at least.
  8. This is what I find the most interesting idea. With the massive hub concept, each section has it's own land with own admission gate. It opens up the possibility to a tiered ticketing system. For example, the odds of me wanting to visit a traditional kids section like a Sesame Street / Super Silly Fun land are zero. So my ticket/pass would cover basic admission, plus access to Monsters, Beasts and Nintendo. Or for example, a guest shows up and the one ride in a land is say broken or in refurbishment - why pay to access a land with nothing worthwhile in it? Gives the guests flexibility in price
  9. Must say, really like the announcements so far! Ghostbusters and Killer Clowns are great choices.
  10. I was able to check it this past Sunday, and in addition to the complaints above it now feels very constrained and claustrophobic. Gone is the vista of "Jurassic Park" of the lagoon, makes it seem smaller scale ironically for "Jurassic World" The scene with the I-rex cage is devoid of all action, we just float around and look at basically nothing. The only good improvement is the indoor section before the final drop, I did like design work in there. The Dino Play area was improved, not by huge degrees, as was the Raptor encounter. The Nu bar and Cafe are a nice addition. But for the rem
  11. Thanks for the pic and review. Nice to see the area coming together pretty well! The new Batman ride does look quite good, and props for the extra effort into the theme.
  12. Thanks for the photos, videos and detailed review! Seeing the 600 minute wait time listed, well that certainly shows the passion for coasters at Universal. Lot of pent up demand. In my opinion, they did drop the ball on not keeping Fire & Ice. On the Forbidden Journey ride, Hagrid actually asks the riders about a Dragon. Would have been perfect opportunity to have the Hagrid coaster interact with Fire & Ice. If they really spent the kind of money, and Everest is an much more visually impressive structure for 1/3 the cost, I think they need better project management. On th
  13. I am a member too, and use these few extra minutes to go towards Full Throttle and/or get a refill. Or get the fastlanes, etc, I think the extra time is handy to have actually.
  14. All solid ideas ! Always good to dream. Universal to me can wildly fluctuate between really good ideas and craftsmanship to head scratching what were they thinking type of moments. Their work with the HP was been pretty spectacular world wide. So that is a highlight. Really looking forward to how they execute the Nintendo world.
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