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^^I'm not a fan of the Potter series (I've seen the movies, but haven't read the books), and I agree that the new area is very nice visually. However, it's very cramped, and there is no way I would wait an hour or more just for the privilege of entering it. Forbidden Journey is a good ride, but it made me feel pretty queasy (the video sections really got me), and the Dragons Challenge queue isn't even a shadow of what it once was; I like the Butterbeer, though.

 

For me, the worst part of IOA is Tune Lagoon--two great water rides, but the rest is a butt-ugly mess of mostly irrelevant comic strips.

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^I'm not sure if this is just pure coincidence or if the rehab actually did remove the majority of these bad rides, but I rode it about a dozen times when I was in Orlando a month or so ago and every single one of my rides was fantastic. Only one had anything I would even come close to calling shakiness but even then it was awesome. It was quite smooth and sitting in the front had quite a few extreme pops of airtime, mostly into the brake runs. The pop of air into the brake after the crowdsurfer element was probably the best moment of airtime. And the non-inverting loop offered one of the best experiences I've ever had on a coaster in the back seat. I loved this ride. And the lights and music made it that much better to experience. I'm happy it was reopened and running efficiently when I was there.

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From my experiences on the ride, I find the Front row and Back row to be the best option for a "Smoother" ride.

 

Row 3 and 4 are usually absolutely horrible though... and I say "usually" because the last time I rode it (After the refurb) I was assigned the dreaded forth row, but it actually wasn't that bad. Now, I don't know if it was just because of the train I was riding in, or if they actually fixed the joints between the two cars. I haven't ridden it since, so I don't know if it's the same for every train.

 

Another thing I noticed (dunno if it was posted before, but too lazy to go back and look... damn flu), the wheels on the trains... the "polyurethane" wheels before the refurb were the normal white/tanish color... now they're blue? Different material?

 

Edit: Nevermind, they've always been blue.

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Not everyone likes the fantasy genre. It's as simple as that.

 

I guess you would have to avoid the whole park, then. Considering the whole park is fantasy/make believe.

 

And sure it will be busy this year, but it will get better once the hype dies a bit. It is crammed though, for sure. It does not make the area any less impressive from an architecture and design standpoint!

 

And I agree about forbidden journey... I enjoyed the actual set parts, but the video sections were terrible. Made me quite sick as well.

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That's a good observation about Toon Lagoon. Of all the lands at IOA..it is the one that screams "we are the cheapest ip's to license out!". They really did scrape the barrel to find children's characters that had at least some name reconginition, and that would not bring them into conflict with the other media companies. Speaking of mod's, probably time for them to look at switching the entire area over to a singular franchise.

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I guess you would have to avoid the whole park, then.

 

I actually like some fantasy, but not Harry Potter. I'll definitely be seeing The Hobbit movies in the theater.

 

I'm just pointing out that a great deal of people are repulsed by the fantasy genre, probably because they find it hokey. This fairly sizable segment of people are not likely to enjoy the WWoHP. It's kind of like me and country music. A country music performer could be the most talented musician in the world, but I would still hate their music because I cannot stand that genre of music.

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A person may dislike the fantasy genre, but I don't see how that would make the slightest bit of difference here. The area Potter replaced, Merlinwood, was ALSO fantasy. Dragons, wizards, unicorns, the whole kit & caboodle. If you hate Wizarding World because it's fantasy, you should have hated Merlinwood equally, if not moreso, since it represented fantasy in a very generic, stereotypical way. While I'm no fan of the Potter mythos, I can appreciate the fact that it's more creative than what was previously there.

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A person may dislike the fantasy genre, but I don't see how that would make the slightest bit of difference here. The area Potter replaced, Merlinwood, was ALSO fantasy. Dragons, wizards, unicorns, the whole kit & caboodle. If you hate Wizarding World because it's fantasy, you should have hated Merlinwood equally, if not moreso, since it represented fantasy in a very generic, stereotypical way. While I'm no fan of the Potter mythos, I can appreciate the fact that it's more creative than what was previously there.

 

Quoted for truth.

 

All this "I can't believe they did this to Lost Continent!" crap is getting old. If you don't like it, don't go into the area. I don't see how it being transformed into something that is actually *recognizable* to virtually everyone is a "Bad thing". Before the transformation I'd walk into the area and I've heard park guests asking what "Lost continent" was exactly... it's so... open-ended I guess.

 

Dueling Dragons, Flying Unicorn, Enchanted Oak... all very "Basic" names.. all themed to generic "Fantasy figures"

 

So this whole "Oh it's fantasy, It's for twelve year olds, I hate it" argument is complete crap. All you older people need to get over it, it's not changing back.

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I think we need to get back on track here and by that I mean stop talking about it!

 

If there's more news, let's post it, but the constant insults back and forth between the pro and con potter people is getting old.

 

Move along!

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There was a very interseting article in yesterdays New York Times on Universal and Harry Potter, about the over all impact the opening of the land has had on the park itself. The big issues facing Disney. This was in the hard copy not 100 per cent sure, if it was online as well.

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See, I rode it last year and then again this year. Once in the very front, once in the very back. I found the ride to be very intense in some areas with some really crazy pops of airtime.

 

I don't understand how people can have such a vastly different experience on this coaster. Personally, I absoultely LOVE it. I've never found it rough and really love the pacing on it.

 

I also didn't find any difference between the previous version and the rehabbed version. I thought both of them were GREAT! It greatly exceeded both of our expectations. I don't get how so many people seem to have bad rides on it.

 

--Robb "I ranked it #24 in the world last year, Elissa ranked it #15!" Alvey

I will concede that the one ride I had on it was a horrible experience after about an hour wait, so that probably had a lot to do with it. But all I could concentrate on was how much my seat was shimmying the entire time, and then the uncomfortable "crowd surfing" portion that just hung me over the side of my restraint. I'm sure I'll give it another shot whenever I go back, I just hope this time it's better.

 

I was very surprised by the ride. Big pops of air coming onto then again off of the brake runs, especially the last two. Everything about it was good IMO! I rode May '10 in the back seat.

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I rode it for the first time this past Saturday. I fall into the the 'horrible ride' camp for sure. From the bottom of the first drop I could tell that it was going to be a very bumpy ride. I was in the last row for my only ride of the day. The non-inverting loop was a cool element and I would love to ride a B&M or Intamin version. After that however, it was just jerky. There were some positive g's in spots but no real airtime at all. Hopefully I can get back down there sometime and experience it on a good day.

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Fun element...not so fun ride.

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^^

I've ridden it about a dozen times so far... and for the most part, you pretty much summed up the majority of my rides on HRRR... out of the dozen, about 3 were very good... the rest were exactly as you described... my personal worst was actually in the front seat... while I'm certainly glad Universal built the coaster, its not a favorite of mine...

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I thought the ride was decent, not B&M or Intamin glass-smooth, but its not crazy rough. They would have done better to go with the more reliable less ugly B&M and just made a Hollywood Dream clone, however we may not have been able to have our two unique elements.

 

I can only recall experiencing airtime on the NIL. The rest of the ride is just a fun laid back ride to accompany the music, which is what I'm pretty sure they were going for.

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