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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.

 

If you're hitting the major attractions you may be able to do both parks in a day. I usually hop back and forth between the two when I go. If you're doubtful, get the Express Pass as that will help greatly. Now, if Potter 2.0 has soft opened I would presume that you may be in for some lines in that side which will impact that idea.

 

One suggestion I'd have, do single rider lines. If you aren't set on riding with people you're going with and willing to risk riding apart from each other, that is the best thing to do. A 90min wait for Forbidden Journey could end up being a 10min wait through the Single Rider line.

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I have a question for anyone who has ridden Gringotts.

 

**Just a warning this question might have some spoilers**

 

How does the first scene work with the teeter totter thing that has been said to be there? Do two trains do it at the same time, and if it does does the second train have to wait till the other reaches a block?

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I've got a question. If it's already answered, than I'm sorry!

 

In the youtube video down below, around 1.06, you see a huge queue line in the bottom left. Will this be the extended queue line for Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts? If so, it would be a big letdown when there are long lines... Does anyone know?

 

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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.

 

There will definitely be long lines for most of the popular attractions. It's summer in Orlando plus Harry Potter 2.0 will officially be opening just 2 days after your visit. If you only have one day, I would go with the 2 park ticket. ...Either get the Express Pass or use the single rider line to its fullest. Otherwise, it's doubtful you'll get on everything you want to in both parks in just one day.

 

Here's a list of rides with single rider lines that I know of.

 

Universal Studios Florida- Hollywood Rip Ride Rocket, MEN IN BLACK Alien Attack, and Revenge of the Mummy (Also Gringott may or may not have one during softs, if it's in softs for the GP when you're visiting)

 

Islands of Adventure- The Amazing Adventure of Spider-Man, The Incredible Hulk Coaster, Dudley Do-Right's Ripsaw Falls, Dr. Doom's Fearfall, and Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey.

 

It's definitely doable if you get there before opening and either get the Express pass or use the single rider lines. ...Good luck and have fun.

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I know we are in the midst of the Harry Potter madness and the ever-approaching official opening, but I just had a thought. After reading an article online about a real Krusty Krab opening in Palestine, why hasn't Universal capitalized on the success of Spongebob over the past ten years. I'd figure building a real functioning Krusty Krab with actual Krabby Patties to compliment it would be an enormous success for families. Plus adding in a walk-through neighborhood with Spongebob's pineapple, Squidward's Stone Head, and Patrick's rock would also be a great idea. I'm thinking that this would be another mini-land like the Simpsons rather than a full-fledged expansion (although that is also feasible).

 

Here is the real Krusty Krab.

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Very similar to the cartoon version IMO

 

Also to comment on Harry Potter, I'm hoping the crowds start to settle down in a year so I can manage to visit in my already-planned 2015 Orlando Trip

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^There are three world-class water rides at IoA, I'm not sure they need more. That's the same number of get-you-wet rides as all of Disney World (excluding the water parks).

 

 

I think he means "Water rides that don't get you wet" like Pirates and Small World.

Or he's talking about lack of water rides at Universal STUDIOS and not Universal ORLANDO.

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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.

The date we're going has now shifted to July 8th, and we are only going to IOA, hoping that most of the crowd will be in USO trying to experience the new thing, with some Hogwarts express passengers in Hogsmeade, leaving the rest of the park nearly dead. Now, granted, it is a day in a major theme park in July, WITH the opening of an entirely new thing. So now I am asking a new question. What were the crowds in USO around the time of the opening of Hogsmeade? I think both of the openings have about the same audiences (obviously), so I'm wondering if anyone bothered to go to USO in the previous Harry potter opening, and if it'll work almost vice versa. (Yes, I am taking into account there is a link between the two parks now)

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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.

The date we're going has now shifted to July 8th, and we are only going to IOA, hoping that most of the crowd will be in USO trying to experience the new thing, with some Hogwarts express passengers in Hogsmeade, leaving the rest of the park nearly dead. Now, granted, it is a day in a major theme park in July, WITH the opening of an entirely new thing. So now I am asking a new question. What were the crowds in USO around the time of the opening of Hogsmeade? I think both of the openings have about the same audiences (obviously), so I'm wondering if anyone bothered to go to USO in the previous Harry potter opening, and if it'll work almost vice versa. (Yes, I am taking into account there is a link between the two parks now)

 

USO was not that bad when the first Wizarding World was open...it was actually less busy than normal days if I remember correctly. Not sure if IOA will be the same way this year though, considering the train and their existing HP section

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I was at the park on Friday afternoon on what I would consider a fairly busy day. So I decided to grab a beer at Hogsmeade and head to JP. While there, I decided to stroll down to the front of the Discovery Center and not surprisingly, there were no guests down there even though its arguably one of the prettiest areas of the park.

So I started thinking, why aren't they using this are for an attraction?! Especially considering the Triceratops Encounter is out for the count. The area they have to work with stretches from the previously mentioned site of the old Triceratop Encouter to the front of the Discovery Center and over to the Jurassic Park gate to Hogsmeade.

 

My concept is as follows:

(keep in mind this is probably just my sleep-deprived mind running out of control lol)

 

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Just some ideas. Would be an awesome people eating attraction.

- So the queue could start in the Discovery building on the first floor. They could also do a pre-show room with the rotating theater like in the movie.

- The loading station would be in front of the building (outside facing the park entrance). Which would make it look JUST LIKE THE FREAKING MOVIE!

 

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The loading station would be right in front of the Discovery Center, JUST LIKE THE MOVIE!

- The ride vehicle would move out of the station towards Hogsmeade where they could do a really cool outdoor section with some animatronics and some fun off-road hills/bumps/water pools. Then continue back in front of the Discovery building heading towards the Toon Lagoon side. This is where they could use the Triceratop encounter space for a show building (and knowing the magic that Universal Creative has shown us, I'm sure it could be spectacular!)

- The vehicles could return to the side of the Discovery Building and that's where the unloading platform would be. Maybe theme it to a vehicle maintenance shed, since maybe your vehicle was just attacked in the show building

 

So, if anyone at Universal Creative needs some ideas...please DO THIS! It would be much better than King Kong, which does not fit in Jurassic Park in my opinion.

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^^ I like that Idea! Wasn't there suppose to be a rumor of a Jurassic park mine train/dark ride expansion to the park? I wonder what ever happened to that. I still hope it's in the books, cuz I agree, is much rather see that then King Kong.

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According to Universal's Facebook page, the Hogwarts Express is now open. To be specific, it says "boarding today" so not sure if this is just a quick soft opening today only or if it will be open regularly for the next week before the grand opening of Diagon Alley or, in true "soft opening" style, if it will be open on and off over the next week.

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^^ I like that Idea! Wasn't there suppose to be a rumor of a Jurassic park mine train/dark ride expansion to the park? I wonder what ever happened to that. I still hope it's in the books, cuz I agree, is much rather see that then King Kong.

 

Land has recently been cleared between the Jurassic Park River Adventure and Toon Lagoon area, the T-rex photo OP that was there has been moved closer to the Discovery center. Rumors that I have heard include a Jurassic Park coaster/dark ride and a new King Kong ride. By the location I would assume Jurassic Park something. The Disaster ride in the studios park is also rumored to be the next thing to go so that could possibly be the King Kong location.

 

The amount of money NBC is putting into these parks is pretty impressive.

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...leaving the rest of the park nearly dead.

 

 

Just accept your fate, man. Everything will be full. Everything. Invest in a VIP tour.

Yeah, I probably should have seen that coming many, many, miles away, like from Japan to California the long way around.

What I will be doing is geting there opening time early, book it to Hogsmeade, do everything there that doesn't have a single rider line, then ABUSE the single rider lines. Like, abuse the single rider lines to the point where they're near dead.

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