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Love the fisheye lense, hate to see Jaws in the state that it's in. But at least they are moving along rather quickly. The remorse is already leaving as the curiosity inside me settles in. Thanks for the update. (Love Minion Way)

 

BTW, the fifth picture is sideways. Don't know if that was intentional, accidental, or is that to make it more exciting?

 

EDIT: Got it! Just making sure you knew.

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BTW, the fifth picture is sideways. Don't know if that was intentional, accidental, or is that to make it more exciting?

I'm aware. It's our stupid forum which is incompatible with the Exim information the iPhone spits out. Fixing it would require me to re-do almost the entire update as I didn't catch it until the end.

 

I was on my way out the door so it was either leave the sideways picture or not get the update posted until tomorrow.

 

As for the Fisheye thing it's the new GoPro I was testing out for photos. Funny, I'm actually not a fan of fisheye lenses at all, and for POV video it works well, and I guess for this it's nice too, but I personally find fisheye photos a bit too distorted for my tastes. Glad you guys liked it though!

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I knew there was a lot of available space with Jaws out of the picture, but after seeing those pictures with the land cleared out, I didn't realize it was that much!

 

Going to be a lot of space for Muggles and wand-waving and the what-not.

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Just curious if anyone has ever seen the wait for the dragons longer than a few minutes? I have no idea why that is not more popular even before they ruined it by taking away the dueling. That is going to be a very big area for the new expansion. I had no idea jaws took up so much space.

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The area they have for this is quite large, and even though I'm not much of a Potter fan, I'm very excited to see what Universal has up their sleeves! It is hard to see a classic like Jaws go, since that was an iconic attraction at the resort.

 

Universal's WWoHP Part 2 vs. Disney's Avatarland?

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What's the for the Dragon Challenge about? At a 15 minute wait time you can ride it more often in one day!

That's awesome, yes! The sad face is that for some reason that ride got the love from the GP it deserved.

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I am pretty sad to see Jaws go even though I only rode it a few times when it first came out way back when. I know this was an older ride but it still was a fantastic fun experience. I wonder with the amount of land that it took up, was it only time before they did the demo and capitalized on the amount of land that jaws took up? Or was it more of a popularity dated issue with the ride? I would think that this is premium land for Universal and Jaws had been on the chopping block waiting for something like Potter

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^ I have heard a number of stories, one of them being that Jaws was considered to be removed a couple of years ago for a project that never happened, another that it's gone now because, the original Potter expansion that was supposed to go where Poseidon/Sindbad/Mythos is now, was given the thumbs down by Miss Potter herself because the two worlds the attractions are based on are not near each other, and therefore they could not be near each other in the parks.

 

Universal took note - and figured it would be a great (if not evil genius) idea to have Potter in BOTH parks, which basically forces Potter fans to buy a two-park ticket to get the "whole Potter experience."

 

Now we just have to hope that Potter has enough staying power to keep people clicking through the turnstiles now that the books and movies are done, otherwise in 10-15 years it will all be gone again!

 

--Robb

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Thanks for the update Robb, as you said it's very sad to see Amity in pieces. I was lucky enough to take my first trip to the park literally weeks before the destruction began, was a fantastic ride but i suppose we look forward. Maybe im asking a question that has already been answered, but have any plans been drawn for a possible replacement on that site?

 

Also, excellent pictures. Thanks for putting the effort in.

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I can't believe how massive that piece of land looks. I haven't been on Jaws since I was a kid but I never remember it having a footprint like that. Wow. I'm not a Harry Potter fan at all but I welcome a new roller coaster anytime! The IOA Harry Potter section was cleary a huge success, overcrowded often, so this expansion seems very logical. I have seen some of the films but I don't recall a scene in a bank/vault.. What movie will the new coaster be themed after? I'd like to watch the scene in question to see what kind of show sets we might expect.

 

Robb, I agree with your comment about hoping these attractions will "last" so to speak 10 years down the road. I imagine they will still be popular two decades from now, Jaws was still quite popular as an attraction and the film came out a long time ago. I saw Jaws part 1 maybe once, in bits and pieces and it was.. ok to me, maybe I would have appreciated it more when I was a kid. The ride, however, was awesome to me just for the sheer excitement and elaborate set design. I have a feeling the high-tech 3d dark ride and the indoor roller coaster they will build will still be wildly popular down the road, even if the next generation doesn't appreciate Potter the way kids do nowadays. I hope so anyways, I wish Universal all the luck in the world with this project, but I know they don't need it.

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Robb, I agree with your comment about hoping these attractions will "last" so to speak 10 years down the road. I imagine they will still be popular two decades from now

 

Just throwing something out there, but Potter's been around since the 90s, which is a pretty long time for a series of books/movies to keep their popularity. If Potter didn't have staying power, it wouldn't be as popular as it is now.

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^Yeah, I don't think Potter's "staying power" in much in question, whether you love or hate the series. (Hell, Lord of the Rings has been around a lot longer, and it wasn't even a big hit when the books were first published.)

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Remember that rumor I posted back in January about Universal Orlando making some kind of big change to the Universal Express system? This was followed up by a survey from Universal in Mid-March asking about possible names for a new version of Universal Express that would feature a hand-held reservation unit of some kind? Well… check out the little yellow gadget hanging from the belt of a crew member at Islands of Adventure that was sent in over the weekend.

If you’ve never seen one before, that is a Q-Bot, a nifty little wireless ride reservation system device. You don’t need to go to the attraction to use it, you can put yourself into the virtual queue and select your ride time from anywhere within the park and just show up when its your time to ride. I’ve used them myself at Six Flags and Dollywood and they work very very well. So looks like either Q-Bot is coming to Universal… or at least Universal is testing out the system for consideration.

 

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^Not just their own system, but their own, better system. I would rather have a paper ticket to skip lines without waiting than hassle with a q-bot and wait for reservations all day. This could remove a lot of the advantage of HHN express...

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^Disagree. Q-bots make everything so much easier.

 

Same. QBot is by far my favotie "skip the line" system used at any park. Especially when you can upgrade them for shorter wait times. I'd love to see these rolled out at Universal, as well as every other major park. It just makes it so much easier to spend a day at a park and get on all the attractions you want without stressing about it.

 

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