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I'm hoping that Passholder Previews will take place...I will be at the park so fast (I'll be driving at the speed limit however) but you know what I mean! I have been hearing $45 for the interactive wands. Is that the official price?

 

You must be REALLY hoping for that P.Preview. 3 posts about it in the last couple of days. LOL

 

Yeah, yeah... I'm just bitter because I don't live in Florida and can't get be a passholder.

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On the POV of the train, it sounds like Rupert Grint (Ron) was the only actor to reprise his role. Harry only seems to make general sounds (I don't think he says a word) and Hermione's silhouette is clearly not voiced by Emma Watson. Frankly I don't care either way, but if they're spending this much on a massive attraction like this, wouldn't it make sense to get all original actors (or just edit together random lines from the movies).

 

As for the train, how fast does it move? I mean, there's not THAT much of track length between Gringotts and Hogsmeade is there? Or does the train move VERY slow while the images on the screen make the movement seem faster?

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There are an absolute tonne of Potter haters on this forum, so it will be interesting to see if Universal have managed to change their minds with this amazing edition! Looking at the breathtaking pictures and reading the review makes me seriously excited to visit Universal again!

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There are an absolute tonne of Potter haters on this forum, so it will be interesting to see if Universal have managed to change their minds with this amazing edition! Looking at the breathtaking pictures and reading the review makes me seriously excited to visit Universal again!

 

I know for me I am 'won over' in terms of the quality, but would still have preferred it if they hadn't done Potter in both parks. If they were to do it, at least they did it as well as they did.

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Do we know the manufacturer of HP: Escape from Gringotts yet?

 

While nothing will likely be officially confirmed, it is believed that the track and most elements of the coaster were developed by Intamin. There are other elements to the experience that were built in house, and outsourced to specialized companies.

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On the POV of the train, it sounds like Rupert Grint (Ron) was the only actor to reprise his role. Harry only seems to make general sounds (I don't think he says a word) and Hermione's silhouette is clearly not voiced by Emma Watson. Frankly I don't care either way, but if they're spending this much on a massive attraction like this, wouldn't it make sense to get all original actors (or just edit together random lines from the movies).

 

As for the train, how fast does it move? I mean, there's not THAT much of track length between Gringotts and Hogsmeade is there? Or does the train move VERY slow while the images on the screen make the movement seem faster?

 

Daniel and Emma both have been trying to distance themselves from the world of Harry Potter for a few years now. Daniel openly says that he won't do anything Harry Potter anymore. So it is more the actors not wanting to do it than Universal not wanting to get them back. Funny how they completely turned their backs on the franchise that made them who they are today.

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You would think so, but Daniel has really been adamant about not doing great ANYTHING H.P. in interviews in the past two years. Emma just followed suit about a year ago.

 

I also read somewhere (about 2 months ago) that his voice/pictures/video that are used for the promotional stuff is from other recordings done previously (some for Forbidden Journey) that since they were signed off on were able to be used for Diagon Alley.

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Daniel and Emma both have been trying to distance themselves from the world of Harry Potter for a few years now. Daniel openly says that he won't do anything Harry Potter anymore. So it is more the actors not wanting to do it than Universal not wanting to get them back. Funny how they completely turned their backs on the franchise that made them who they are today.

 

Or maybe they're just ready to move on and make a name for themselves with other projects after a decade working on only one. If they don't distance themselves now, when do they ever finally get to move on? It isn't their fault that Universal and J.K. are clinging to it for eternity.

 

(Not that I'm opposed, because I love(d) Potter and I'm 99% sure this new area is going to get me down to Orlando this off-season.)

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Daniel and Emma both have been trying to distance themselves from the world of Harry Potter for a few years now. Daniel openly says that he won't do anything Harry Potter anymore. So it is more the actors not wanting to do it than Universal not wanting to get them back. Funny how they completely turned their backs on the franchise that made them who they are today.

 

Or maybe they're just ready to move on and make a name for themselves with other projects after a decade working on only one. If they don't distance themselves now, when do they ever finally get to move on? It isn't their fault that Universal and J.K. are clinging to it for eternity.

 

(Not that I'm opposed, because I love(d) Potter and I'm 99% sure this new area is going to get me down to Orlando this off-season.)

 

Oh, don't get me wrong, I agree 100%, but you would think that after a decade of massive popularity, consistent work (to make them better actors), and of course a good paycheck, that they would have some level of loyalty even to do some minor bit work for an afternoon or two.

 

My point was just that it wasn't Universal that "dropped the ball" as it was being suggested, but it was the actors just not wanting to do it any more.

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^This isn't too surprising. Many actors need to break free from roles that made them famous to keep their careers moving forward, as Sean Connery did with James Bond.

 

Then again, Connery did return as Bond in Never Say Never Again, but that was after he'd established himself elsewhere.

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^This isn't too surprising. Many actors need to break free from roles that made them famous to keep their careers moving forward, as Sean Connery did with James Bond.

 

Then again, Connery did return as Bond in Never Say Never Again, but that was after he'd established himself elsewhere.

 

Also agreed 100%. But these are just small bit voice-overs of shadows of the Harry Potter and Hermione Granger characters that are already being portrayed and will have Harry Potter fans like my 15 year old a bad taste for them since they, as my daughter put it, "consider themselves to be 'too good' to do the parts." It isn't like it is video or another movie segment.

 

Then again, you would also think that Universal would have access to enough sound clips and such to put together the audio needed to make it a more complete experience.

 

In my career, I have moved upwards quite a bit in the IT field over the past 20 years since college, but there are times where I am called upon to do work like what I did 20 years ago. It isn't anything that I is in my job description, or even remotely in the realm of what my team even does, but I still jump in to get it done. It doesn't help me to "move up" in my career, but it does usually create a positive experience for the person that needed help. It doesn't mean that I am super excited about it, but I don't turn away from it either. Then again, I am in a group that provides support and help to others, so it is engrained in me to do what needs to be done. I would wager that most actors don't have that drive in them.

 

Anyway, we should probably get back on track with this topic. I was just responding to another comment that was blaming Universal for failing to bring the actors back in. The new stuff looks like it is going to be amazing either way.

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Then again, you would also think that Universal would have access to enough sound clips and such to put together the audio needed to make it a more complete experience.

I also thought about that, but maybe they would have to pick those from different films and you would be able to tell the differences in their voices. (or maybe there just wasn't enough for what they wanted)

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^Frankly, I never even noticed the difference, and simply assumed that it was the original actors. Another example: Harrison Ford didn't allow Disney to use his voice or likeness in the Indiana Jones rides, either.

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^That's funny, because I always thought it was him talking at the end! So long as there are other noises and whatnot in the background, I don't think anyone is going to nitpick some slight differences in the voices. It'd definitely be nice to have it be a return of the original cast, or even some repurposed recordings of them, but it won't affect the ride quality or popularity at all.

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^Nope, it was Vaughn Armstrong. The (perhaps apocryphal) story is that Harrison Ford originally agreed to allow his voice and likeness to be used for the ride as long as he didn't have to do any promotion for it, but someone at Disney sent him the script for the Indiana Jones themed Super Bowl halftime show so he backed out.

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^That's funny, because I always thought it was him talking at the end! So long as there are other noises and whatnot in the background, I don't think anyone is going to nitpick some slight differences in the voices. It'd definitely be nice to have it be a return of the original cast, or even some repurposed recordings of them, but it won't affect the ride quality or popularity at all.

 

I agree that it doesn't "hurt" the ride at all. And, as I said, I didn't even notice that different actors were providing the voices on the Hogwarts Express when I watched the video.

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I'm planning on going to both parks at Universal Orlando in February (2015) and I was curious as to how long the lines will be. I've been to Universal Orlando before and loved it, but it was in June and the lines were quite long so I figured February might be a little better. I saw somewhere that February is a great month to visit Orlando because the lines are slower at the parks and the weather isn't as extreme. The downside is that some rides may be closed for rehab and annual repairs because it's sort of the off season for the parks since it's their slow season. Are there a lot of rides closed at Universal in February for repairs?

 

Thanks!

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I am going to the park on July 6th, and I was wondering, I most likely have only one day to go, and this question only applies if there is a soft opening for Diagon Alley, but, should I go to IOA, Uni, or both in one day? I was thinking that one day definintly isn't enough to experience both parks, even if I'm only hitting the major rides like River Adventure, Hulk, Gringotts, etc. So, unless I can go over two days I'm stuck trying to decide which park to go to or even if I could have enough time to go through both in one day.

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