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Mmmmmm cake made of clown.

 

And Fast Passes seem to be The Way to do everything

without getting tired, kranky, etc. (kranky?)

 

Great TR of the Media Event. Thanks for sharing it.

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First teaser poster has appeared. Numerous sites posted this yesterday with short articles talking about the announcement being in early 2019 and still leaning towards the theming being of Hagrid's motorcycle and the Forbidden Forest.

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First teaser poster has appeared. Numerous sites posted this yesterday with short articles talking about the announcement being in early 2019 and still leaning towards the theming being of Hagrid's motorcycle and the Forbidden Forest.

 

My sister and I visited USO/IOA on Sunday and we could see track for the new coaster. Looks like Intamin or Mack track. My guess is that Universal will try to beat Disney by opening this a few months before Galaxy's Edge is supposed to open.

 

Also, I found Hulk to be enjoyable. I was actually able to ride it twice back-to-back (the same can't be said for Rockit next door, which isn't easily rerideable). Is the refurbished Hulk a new credit compared to the old one?

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Does anyone else find this poster to be "thematically" a little odd?

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Hear me out...

 

Putting aside that the whole point of this image was to send the message of "we are building a ROLLER COASTER in the Wizarding World of Harry Potter... yes a ROLLER COASTER is what our next attraction will be..."

 

Put that aside for a moment....

 

Does this poster seem a little odd "thematically?"

 

As far as I am aware, there weren't any roller coasters in the Harry Potter universe so seeing an image of roller coaster track with nothing else taking center of attention in this image is really strange to me. The roller coaster track represents the "technology" and the ride system in which the new attraction will be built on, not the actual theme of the ride vehicle itself.

 

Unless of course the theme of this ride is going in the direction of "Harry Potter built a roller coaster in his backyard," seeing an image of what is obviously roller coaster track seems to completely break the theming that Universal and JK Rowling have been so strict about.

 

For example, when Disney released concept images for Flight of Passage, they showed this:

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They didn't show the ride vehicle or the screen or anything "behind the scenes" of what the attraction or ride system is because that would break the theming of the world it is set in.

 

So why do we have a picture of roller coaster track for this new Harry Potter attraction? Unless it literally is a roller coaster themed to a roller coaster in the Harry Potter land!

 

Do you see why I think this is. "thematically" a little strange?

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Hmm--that's an interesting point. A coaster track in the middle of Hogsmeade/Hogwarts does look a bit odd. Why not use an image of what the ride vehicle is supposed to look like flying through the air, or along a path?

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I totally get what you're saying. JK is so strict about the way the IP is presented and seen I'm surprised this is the first thing we're given for the new attraction. Didn't she even outlaw Coke, pizza, and other "non canon" Harry Potter universe items to be in that part of the park? I don't remember a canon coaster

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Maybe it's just simply a reassurance that it's an actual coaster and not a screen ride.

Next time you post here try actually READING THE POST YOU ARE RESPONDING TO before you respond as it will make you sound less stupid to those who are reading your posts.

 

Putting aside that the whole point of this image was to send the message of "we are building a ROLLER COASTER in the Wizarding World of Harry Potter... yes a ROLLER COASTER is what our next attraction will be..."

 

And that being said, if you knew nothing about this attraction, you wouldn't look at this poster here and think "screen ride"

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Or what about this piece of concept art...

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So to your comment, just showing a piece of "roller coaster track" doesn't always mean it WILL be a roller coaster!

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Yeah definitely think it's a bit odd with knowing how strict she is about everything Potter. I'm a casual Harry Potter fan, I've seen the movies and I enjoy the areas in the parks but I really don't remember those blue pixies in any of the forest scenes in the movies but I definitely could be wrong.

 

If this is going to be themed after Hagrid and his cycle or the blue floating car I am surpised they didn't show those in the poster instead.

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If this is going to be themed after Hagrid and his cycle or the blue floating car I am surpised they didn't show those in the poster instead.

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Yes, that was my thought exactly. The coaster side of me is totally "okay" with that poster and I'm happy they are confirming it, but the "theme park" person in me just found it really, really odd that they would use the "ride system" and not the "ride theme" to be the very first official image they release for the new attraction.

 

I'm not complaining about it.. I just thought it was an odd choice given the property.

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Agreed, I really have no doubts that this ride should be a ton of fun. Those pixies cause some chaos and there's so many cool things they can take from the forbidden forest to incorporate with this ride.

 

It's crazy how many awesome new attractions Florida keeps getting. We haven't been able to get down there this year but between this, and everything Disney and the Busch parks have been doing we absolutely have to get a trip in next year.

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Fair enough, I'm not the brightest bulb and I tend to browse while working so I don't always pay enough attention.

 

I hope they spritz you in the face with water at the end of the ride. You know, to be consistent with the rest of the park.

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I hope they spritz you in the face with water at the end of the ride. You know, to be consistent with the rest of the park.

Oh, of course they will!

 

I almost feel like that's a representation of what Comcast does every time people go to these parks

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That's very odd to me as well, and it sort of takes away from the "mystique" of the theme. I can see if they didn't want to add Hagrid's motorcycle or the flying car just yet so they don't give away too much about the experience, but they could of easily just posted an ominous trackless picture of the forest or something and conveyed the same message.

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They could have put a trail of smoke there,

which could be either Hagrid's motorbike's, or the car's eco-friendly exhaust.

Or something else, of course.

 

Wonder how Ms. Rowling reacted when she saw the poster?

Obviously, she agreed to it, since they've posted it. But still.

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They could have put a trail of smoke there,

which could be either Hagrid's motorbike's, or the car's eco-friendly exhaust.

Or something else, of course.

 

Wonder how Ms. Rowling reacted when she saw the poster?

Obviously, she agreed to it, since they've posted it. But still.

 

She has markedly loosened up on her infamous control issues the last few years.

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I did my first Horror Nights last night . It was good. We headed straight to Stranger Things, I have never seen but my friend is obsessed . It was pretty good and had some good scary moments . The we did the houses at the back end of the park and just soaked up the atmosphere .

My highlight was meeting Zombie Boy George, tho the photo I got was quite blurred still was so funny. I really enjoyed the Vamp 1985 NYE show.

 

Overall thoughts on Universal, probably like many others , too many “wear glasses and have a drop of water thrown at you” rides . I’m also over Rip Ride Rockit. I used to quite like it and always choose Beastie Boys or NoDoubt as my soundtrack. However it was rough as anything. It’s also pretty ugly i realised . But hey just my thoughts.

The Mummy remains a fun ride too. And got plenty of re rides

 

I will forever be upset they didnt move Dragon Challenge to Springfield, paint it green and have it themed to Kodos and Kang. But a guy can dream.

Jimmy Fallon ride was a waste of time . Overall had a great day.

 

Sidebar: I still mourn Twister and the flying cow

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Can't wait to check out Universal for the first time this weekend! I'll save HHN for another time as it looks like going on a Sunday evening would still be crazy per the picture above. They days are going to be long as is with 7am-8pm park hours and then all of the bars and restaurants to take in! Not to mention the surrounding places like Fun Spot, Disney Springs, etc. around the corner for evening fun.

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After finally getting the last of the houses in for the first time, I can definitely say that this is one of my favorite years in recent memory for Halloween Horror Nights house-wise. I think my rankings for the year are as follows:

 

  • 1. Poltergeist
    2. Carnival Graveyard
    3. Trick r Treat
    4. Scary Tales
    5. Stranger Things
    6. Seeds of Extinction
    7. Slaughter Sinema
    8. Blumhouse
    9. Dead Exposure
    10. Halloween 4

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