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if those count Journey To Atlantis as a credit than they should count this.

I don't count Journey to Atlantis, so....

 

Question Robb, did you get a chance to try the butterbeer ice cream? I am not sure if you are a fan of butterbeer or not but curious if you had any opinion of the ice cream form?

I did, actually. I'm not a fan of Butterbeer and I'm not a Potter person so I don't quite "get" it. The ice cream was good, but I felt it just tasted like soft serve with a hint of butterscotch flavor. I admit I'm not the target audience, though, so I'm probably not the right person to ask.

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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.   

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Fair enough. It's actually refreshing reading the opinions of someone that isn't a Potterhead like everyone else as it gives a more impartial review of the land/ride/food/etc.

 

Thanks for the reply.

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Question Robb, did you get a chance to try the butterbeer ice cream? I am not sure if you are a fan of butterbeer or not but curious if you had any opinion of the ice cream form?

I did, actually. I'm not a fan of Butterbeer and I'm not a Potter person so I don't quite "get" it. The ice cream was good, but I felt it just tasted like soft serve with a hint of butterscotch flavor. I admit I'm not the target audience, though, so I'm probably not the right person to ask.

 

That's pretty much all Butterbeer is--butterscotch soda (which is OK by me, as I rather like the stuff).

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That's pretty much all Butterbeer is--butterscotch soda (which is OK by me, as I rather like the stuff).

 

You left out one key ingredient -

 

- 1,000 metric f&%#tons of sugar

 

I've had the Butterbeer once and felt like I was gonna die afterward. It didn't taste bad, but I'm pretty sure I went full Wilford Brimley "diabeetus" for the afternoon, and I don't have diabetes.

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I'm a Potterfan but not someone who is overly obsessed with Harry Potter. With Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts...my mom has no clue about anything Harry Potter as she didn't see any of the movies and she absolutely loved the ride. The ride has so many unique elements to it. Also, for the coaster portion...it feels so much faster than it looks. You can hardly see the coaster track at all during the ride. Well maybe if you're in the front but still. This ride tops any ride I have been on. I was so fascinated by all of the effects. The transitions from scene to scene was spot on. The ride was very enjoyable and it was really cool to ride this new innovation. I thought the ride was simply...brilliant!

 

Also, the butterbeer ice cream...it was delicious.

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Also, for the coaster portion...it feels so much faster than it looks.

See, and that's interesting you would say that because I actually felt the coaster section went SLOWER than it looked. Not that I'm complaining, but I when I watched this video (keeping in mind I've only been on the ride once), I thought to myself "I don't remember it going that fast at all!"

 

To me, the coaster section felt a LOT like the drop on Pirates of the Caribbean with a short S-curve. I liked it, but it's not much of a coaster section.

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^ First of all, I think that screaming is way beyond belief. To me.

But the coaster part does look/feel to me like it moves at a

pretty fast pace.

 

But I haven't ridden it, so I really shouldn't say. But the video sort

of convinces me...

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Looks like Vekoma track to me. And since they are the creators of Gravity Max which has a similar tilt drop (except for Gravity Max's is completely vertical and a lot taller), it leads me to believe Vekoma is the track manufacturer.

 

Has Intamin ever manufactured track of that style, though?

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Looks like Vekoma track to me. And since they are the creators of Gravity Max which has a similar tilt drop (except for Gravity Max's is completely vertical and a lot taller), it leads me to believe Vekoma is the track manufacturer.

It's Intamin.

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Also, for the coaster portion...it feels so much faster than it looks.

See' date=' and that's interesting you would say that because I actually felt the coaster section went SLOWER than it looked. Not that I'm complaining, but I when I watched this video (keeping in mind I've only been on the ride once), I thought to myself "I don't remember it going that fast at all!"

 

To me, the coaster section felt a LOT like the drop on Pirates of the Caribbean with a short S-curve. I liked it, but it's not much of a coaster section.[/quote']

 

I was basically on it twice as my first ride broke down right before that second/last launch thing or whatever it is. We were given a free ride once returned to the station. 2 rides from a 45 minute wait in single rider and then we got to ride together second time! Pretty cool

 

Anyway, it could have been I was so excited to try out the new ride that it felt fast to me. I think I was just so into the storyline as I am a fan of Harry Potter that I got really excited for the ride. Do you think it is better in the front car or the back car? Both rides I was in the front car so maybe it was that wind or whatever that felt fast. Mummy also feels really fast to me so idk.

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^ I'm not sure. I only rode in once in the front car. And trust me, that's not a BAD thing that you thought it felt fast. That's pretty much EXACTLY what the ride designers were going for!

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I just watched the night vision video, and to try compare it to Indiana Jones at DL is just shameful.

I would have to strongly disagree. While both rides are very good, there is nothing "shameful" about Indiana Jones compared to Gringotts. First off all, I think while they use similar motion based vehicles, the two rides ARE very different. One uses a lot of 3D media, the other uses all physical sets in a fairly open environment. I also think that Indy continues to hold up VERY WELL considering the original version of the ride is nearly 20 years old now!

 

I think you're totally over-reacting.

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When I watched that night visin POV all I could think was the thing looks A LOT faster than all of the reviews I've read so far. I was really expecting the experience to be a bit "tamer" considering the lower height restriction but the video looks fairly intense. The rock work inside the building looks amazing.

 

I haven't been on either Potter ride yet but have (shamefully) watched POV's of both and the Forbidden Journey just looks like it kind of moves between various screen and scenes where as Gringotts appears to be more of a complete experience moving though one immersive setting. Gringotts looks really good and I can't wait to check it out.

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I can't wait to see the impact this ride has on next years Mitch Hawker poll. It's absolutely not in the spirit of the poll to even include this but if it's on the ballot you kind of have to. In that case I could see this being considered a top 10 steel coaster even though that sounds completely ridiculous.

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^While this ride appears to be one of the best dark rides around, as a coaster, I'd say it's not much more exciting than your typical Arrow Mine Train (at best). To me, this is much more a dark ride with some coaster like elements (like Black Diamond at Knoebels) rather than a coaster with some dark ride like elements (like Verbolten at Busch Gardens). But, then again, that's just my opinion on the matter.

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I can't wait to see the impact this ride has on next years Mitch Hawker poll. It's absolutely not in the spirit of the poll to even include this but if it's on the ballot you kind of have to. In that case I could see this being considered a top 10 steel coaster even though that sounds completely ridiculous.

I'd have to think that most people who vote in the poll would probably lt realize that it's mostly a dark ride than a coaster, and while they would rank it on their coaster lists, I doubt it would be ranked among the top roller coasters in the world. If there was a top dark ride list, that might be a different story, though.

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http://blog.universalorlando.com/whats-new/the-purge/

 

Commencing at the siren, any and all crime, including murder, will be legal for 12 continuous hours…

 

Hearing the sirens and that broadcast just sends chills down my spine.

 

Hi, HHN fans. I’m Lora Wallace, and I’m the Show Director for the street experiences at Halloween Horror Nights. I’m excited to reveal to you our second street experience that will be taking over part of Universal Studios. Prepare yourself as The Purge: Anarchy descends upon Halloween Horror Nights 24 in a new, terrifying scare zone.

 

We were intrigued by the idea of bringing The Purge to our event when we heard about the new film. When we received the script for The Purge: Anarchy, we were immediately sold on the idea. In the film, citizens are acting on their annual right to “Purge” and turning their city into a place of complete chaos and destruction. We instantly knew that our New York backlot provided the architecture and expansive nature needed to make this a reality.

 

We’re actually going to be bringing a combination of both the first movie and the new movie to life in this scare zone, so you’ll be met face-to-face with the iconic masked characters from both films. You’ll find yourself in the middle of the turmoil and chaos of The Purge taking place.

 

Everyday citizens will be transformed into violent psychopaths, chainsaw wielding paramilitary men and an elegant women ready to auction off the unsuspecting during this period of government-sanctioned lawlessness. But be careful… for you might find yourself becoming the target of those looking to Purge.

 

Now, prepare yourself for The Purge and Halloween Horror Nights 24 by seeing The Purge: Anarchy, now in theaters.

 

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http://blog.universalorlando.com/whats-new/face-off-halloween-horror-nights-24/

 

That’s right, fans—in just about nine weeks, Halloween Horror Nights will be back taking over the streets of Universal Studios Florida. And, tonight, as another sneak-peek at Halloween Horror Nights 24, we are revealing the first scare zone.

 

For six seasons now, you’ve seen the most talented up-and-coming makeup artists create gruesome and fantastical characters on Syfy’s hit television series Face Off. And now the most nightmarish creatures they have created will surround you in this year’s Face Off Scare Zone.

 

This new scare zone will feature ten different character creations inspired by the Syfy hit show, including a look designed by Season 5 Face Off winner, and Universal Orlando make-up artist, Laura Tyler.

 

The horrifying characters will inhabit five immersive areas within the scare zone, from eerie scarecrows that go to great lengths to protect a spine-chilling farmland to ghoulish brutes that haunt dilapidated castle ruins.

 

Not only will the scare zone showcase creations from past seasons, the winning look from Season 7, which premieres on Syfy on July 22, will be featured.

 

So, as you prep for this year’s horror and mayhem, make sure to watch the video below and tune in next week to the Season 7 premiere of Face Off.

 

And, of course, mark your calendar for Halloween Horror Nights 24, running select nights from September 19 – November 1 at Universal Studios Florida.

 

 

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http://blog.universalorlando.com/whats-new/from-dusk-till-dawn-halloween-horror-nights/

 

That’s right, Halloween Horror Nights fans. The second house for Halloween Horror Nights 24 has been revealed. And some of you may recognize these deadly creatures…

 

From cult horror film to breakthrough television series on El Rey Network, Robert Rodriguez’s From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series will be taking a bite out of Halloween Horror Nights 24 in an all-new haunted house.

 

You’ll step into the sinister nightclub located above ancient cursed ruins where serpent-like creatures called Culebras thirst for your blood. And if that’s not enough, you’ll have to try and escape from the grasps of the irresistible Queen Vampire herself, Santanico Pandemonium.

 

Check out the video above with Robert Rodriguez and the From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series cast to hear more about what you’ll be facing in this bone-chilling house.

 

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I won't be counting the new ride as a credit. But it is a fantastic new dark ride. Both stations were running today. The lines moves quite fast when that happens. Unfortunately the ride broke down at least three times while I was waiting. I did the full queue, which is highly recommended for your first ride. The wait was just over two hours and 15min. It would have been 90 if it did not break down. I went into the new area about 1 PM. There was no wait to get into the new land.

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Much better than 7 hours.

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The ride is very cool, but it is certainly on the mild side.

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This only took about 30 mins to get through.

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^Wow! There was no wait to get into Diagon Alley at 1PM? It seems as though that crowds are leveling out now. One thing to note though is that FL Residents and Power Passholders are blocked through August 14th.

 

Also, I got to ride it when both stations were running too and there were no breakdowns until the second to last scene of the ride when we didn't do the final launch or whatever happens there.

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The report for my FANTASTIC trip to Orlando is coming soon . . . as soon as I get a couple more days of sleep recovery . . . but I can tell you, my family went to the Magic Kingdom 3 days, Animal Kingdom 1 day, Downtown Disney, CityWalk and BOTH Universal Parks in 1 day with unlimited fastpasses, well worth the bit of extra money for sure, but for now . . . need . . . more . . . sleep . . . zzzzz . . .

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I won't be counting the new ride as a credit. But it is a fantastic new dark ride. Both stations were running today. The lines moves quite fast when that happens. Unfortunately the ride broke down at least three times while I was waiting. I did the full queue, which is highly recommended for your first ride. The wait was just over two hours and 15min. It would have been 90 if it did not break down. I went into the new area about 1 PM. There was no wait to get into the new land.

I find this very interesting. I'm hearing reports that Diagon Alley is not as crowded (other then the ride) as expected. And seeing that the ride is already down to a 90 minute wait in the middle of the day with no issue getting into the area is not what I expected either.

 

Like I said... "interesting..."

 

Oh, and I'm with you in not counting Gringott's as a "credit." I think it has some coaster "moments", but IMO it's a "dark ride" not a "roller coaster."

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I won't be counting the new ride as a credit. But it is a fantastic new dark ride. Both stations were running today. The lines moves quite fast when that happens. Unfortunately the ride broke down at least three times while I was waiting. I did the full queue, which is highly recommended for your first ride. The wait was just over two hours and 15min. It would have been 90 if it did not break down. I went into the new area about 1 PM. There was no wait to get into the new land.

I find this very interesting. I'm hearing reports that Diagon Alley is not as crowded (other then the ride) as expected. And seeing that the ride is already down to a 90 minute wait in the middle of the day with no issue getting into the area is not what I expected either.

 

Like I said... "interesting..."

 

Oh, and I'm with you in not counting Gringott's as a "credit." I think it has some coaster "moments", but IMO it's a "dark ride" not a "roller coaster."

 

Personally I would count it. There are kiddie coasters counted as credits which are shorter as coasters than the relatively minimal coaster sections of Gringotts. For me what sways it is that it the coaster portion is very much coaster like, as opposed to other equally dubious 'blurred boundary' credits. Just my opinion though.

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