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P. 602: Universal Holidays & Velocicoaster photo report posted!

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^ I'm with you on the single rider line.

 

It just amazes me that they've come up with 30 different scenerios, 30. I mean, if people think the staff is confused now, just wait until they roll out multiple pricing points(yeah, I know it won't be 30, but more than 1 is enough for me ). It looks like it would be based on crowd estimates for the day, I'd hate for the price to be one thing at 9am and something different at 2pm.

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I like how they build a roller coaster in the same time it took them to built new lockers for Harry Potter.   

On Sunday I ventured out to the Universal Orlando Resort for a chance to see the new holiday offerings at the two parks. This year is a little different thanks to COVID-19, but Universal has still man

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Universal Orlando has sent us a press release regarding their upcoming holiday offerings at the Universal Orlando Resort.

 

There’s no better place to enjoy the Holidays with your family this year than at Universal Orlando Resort. It’s the only place you can come face-to-face with The Grinch and the Whos from Whoville, watch a cheerful holiday parade filled with big, colorful Macy’s balloons and sing along to the classic sounds of the season as you stroll through a holiday-trimmed theme park with your loved ones.

 

The Holidays fanfare runs from December 3, 2011 through January 1, 2012, offering guests incredible entertainment themed for the season at both Universal Studios Florida and Universal’s Islands of Adventure.

 

At Islands of Adventure, adults and children alike will be entertained when the popular Dr. Seuss book “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” is brought to life in Grinchmas. Guests can see the heartwarming live stage show, “Grinchmas Wholiday Spectacular,” starring The Grinch and the Whos from Whoville with an original recorded musical score by Mannheim Steamroller. Guests will also have the opportunity to meet The Grinch and the Whos, and on select dates, purchase a spot at a special character breakfast with the mean, green one himself.

 

At Universal Studios, the Macy’s Holiday Parade will celebrate its 10th Anniversary of partnership with Universal Orlando by filling the streets every evening with some of the same iconic elements seen winding through New York City each year at the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. The beloved event features colorful holiday characters, fantasy-filled floats – including one specially-designed to commemorate the 10-year milestone – a tree-lighting ceremony by Santa Claus and dozens of larger-than-life balloons. The Macy’s Holiday Parade also welcomes select park guests to participate in the procession as real balloon-handlers guiding the helium giants, a truly unique and exclusive experience to Universal Orlando.

 

Returning this year with more concerts than ever before is Mannheim Steamroller – the masters of Christmas music with more than 40 million albums sold worldwide. The acclaimed musical group will take to the Music Plaza stage in Universal Studios six times this year to play their memorable holiday hits for guests, performing on December 3, 4, 10, 11, 17 and 18.

 

Also at Universal Studios, guests can enjoy special holiday-themed versions of their favorite shows, and nightly a capella holiday music in the nearby Holiday Village, which is filled with hand-blown glass ornaments, caramel apples, hot chocolate, roasted chestnuts and a cupcake decorating location.

 

The celebration continues at Universal Orlando’s three on-site hotels – Loews Portofino Bay Hotel, Hard Rock Hotel and Loews Royal Pacific Resort – all of which will glisten with holiday decorations. Hotel guests will be immersed in the spirit of the season with tree-lighting ceremonies, special musical performances, holiday pool-side "dive-in" movie presentations and holiday buffets and dining events. Loews Portofino Bay Hotel kicks off the season on Friday, November 25 with 'Holiday Harbor Nights', a wine tasting, food and jazz celebration on the piazza, along with a tree lighting ceremony. Hard Rock Hotel welcomes Santa to The Kitchen restaurant on Fridays in December and Loews Royal Pacific Resort rings in the new year with a family-friendly dinner and celebration.

 

All holiday entertainment – including the Mannheim Steamroller concerts – is included as part of any annual pass, two-park or multi-day admission to Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure. There’s never been a better time to start a new family tradition at Universal Orlando’s Holidays event, as guests can take advantage of these special Florida resident offers:

 

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For more information on Universal Orlando’s holiday celebration and Florida resident offers, guests can visit http://www.UniversalOrlando.com/holidays.

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I'm going to the park in 2 weeks, and I'm so excited! I haven't been since February when I turned into a massive tourist by buying a wand, butterbeer mug, and WWOHP t-shirt. But can someone tell me how to use this nonexistent single-rider's line? I would really appreciate it since it'll probably be really crowded when I go.

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For Forbidden Journey I presume?

 

Right, go inside the castle, then take the first left. The corridor has a sign of a silhouette person with 1 hand and finger in the air.

It's pretty obvious but could be missed if your not thinking, just take look around (in the dark ) and you should be able to see it!

 

It's pretty awesome, I never wait more than 5 minutes, even when the queue is a couple of hours. Yay!

 

 

EDIT: If your looking for the singles line for Dragon Challenge, there... kind of isn't one but...

You can miss the long walk (themed line) by walking up the exit of the ride (behind Ollivanders), taking a left along the corridor when you get 'into the castle' and there is a metal door on the right hand side, it's usually open as it's a "chicken escape" so you can go through there and skip 3/4 of the queue.

I usually go on second row on fire and the middle / back on Ice, they seem to have the lowest queue lines for some reason. It's rarely very busy though. Hope that helps!

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...there is a metal door on the right hand side, it's usually open as it's a "chicken escape" so you can go through there and skip 3/4 of the queue.

 

That open door comes in real handy for re-rides. This past Tuesday I was able to ride Fire 6 times and Ice 5 times in about 65 minutes. Of course, it was when the park first opened. ...So while everyone else went to Forbidden Journey, I went right to DD. They were also running 2 trains on each side, so I was getting off one train and getting right back on the same train when it pulled up to the loading station.

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@kidcoaster 2

 

It'll be very quiet this time of year, especially on a Friday (i'm pretty assured of that but, you NEVER know).

 

I still suggest you turn up for opening to get the credits in real quick but, as a single rider, I can do BOTH parks in one day and get every credit more than once, it's awesome.

I think the fast passes would be a bit of a waste unless your in a big group who pay for their own tbh imo...

 

And yes alpengeist04, that door is awesome. It also scares people walking along the line when you pop in from the side which is awesome haha.

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My school's Harry Potter club did! If they allowed Freshmen to join the club, I would've had tons of pictures for you guys. But no, upperclassmen only

 

Haha whattttttttttt

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My school's Harry Potter club did! If they allowed Freshmen to join the club, I would've had tons of pictures for you guys. But no, upperclassmen only

it's kinda pathetic that a club about kids books has a minimum age limit. You should totally go anyway and crash their party...or nerdfest...or whatever it is they're doing there.

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It is only a rumor, but I wouldn't be surprised or sad to see it go, then again I'm not one of those people screaming TAER IT DOWN either.

 

I have mixed feelings on that ride, on a leisurely day I'll enjoy it, but when I'm with my family and we're all being uptight and they're all screaming "how do we get here" at me, well, we end up skipping it.

 

Also if they were to replace it with anything, I'd assume they'd just gut the entire amity section.

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I'm hearing rumor that Jaws is closing for good in January??? Anyone else hearing this?

 

Time to start the "Save Jaws" Facebook page!

 

Seriously, I would be sad to see this ride go; then again, I'm a sucker for cheesy rides like this.

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^ Agreed. And Universal Orlando just doesn't have many rides like this. Dare I say a "classic", outdoor, ride that can accommodate a whole family as it has no height restriction. But then again, I'm not exactly sure what Universal Orlando is doing these days, so who really knows what's going on....

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I like the Jaws ride, but if this is were they are going to put Orlando's version of transformers in that spot, than I am perfectly okay with it.

 

Also with Jaws you have the mostly unused Fear Factor arena right next to it and if you combine the two would be a massive plot of land for expansion.

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^^I kinda doubt they'll get rid of the Fear Factor theater since they use it for Bill and Ted show during HHN but I could be wrong.

 

I like Jaws, but it seems like the only time I ride it anymore is during HHN. If they remove it and install something new and awesome I probably won't miss it that much. I've said this before and I'll say it again, I do admire Universal for not being afraid to remove fairly old dated attractions that are still fairly popular in exchange for something new. I wish Disney would do the same at times, I feel like there are about 5 or 6 rides at Disney they should just completely remove, free up the space, and start from scratch, but they never seem to do that.

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I like the Jaws ride, but if this is were they are going to put Orlando's version of transformers in that spot, than I am perfectly okay with it.

So wait...let me get this straight. You would be "ok" with them to take out a ride, that they don't have anything else like it in either park, for them to put in Transformers, which they pretty much have the same exact ride at IOA?

 

Sorry, that makes absolutely no sense to me.

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