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Hi all,

 

I have plans to visit Universal Studios Florida on either the 28,29,30th of this month, I know its a horribly busy time but I really want to experience Diagon Alley. I see that the park opens at 8AM on all 3 days, Should my first stop be Gringotts? Or does the line for that get shorter later in the day? Also, I was seriously considering Express unlimited, But the $150 price tag seems very steep. I have been on every ride at USF before except for Gringotts and Transformers, so those 2 are my priorities, and since the regular express pass is only 1 ride on everything I am leaning more to express. I seem to recall USF having a queue bot type system? Do they still have that system available? I looked online and saw no mention of it, and if anyone knew the price for that, that would be great. Any advice is helpful, thanks.

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A quick little update from my trip to the park this morning!

 

-King Kong looks massive and amazing! It appears that they are already building the exterior facade of the attraction based on the way the steel beams are strange looking, crooked, etc. It looks so big! Can't wait for whatever kind of ride it is to open in the near future!

-Lots of dirt moving around for the Sapphire Falls Hotel.

-Lots of dirt moving around in the area between I-4 and Cabana Bay (Rumored to be a water park???)

-You can tell that they are expecting big crowds as they set up an exterior queue for Diagon Alley and a much larger one for Transformers than they already have for it.

-Hulk now has the same policy as Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit where there are tons of workers outside the entrance yelling at people to empty everything out of your pockets to put it in a locker. I was asked at the entrance, before going into the building, once more in the queue building, and then at the station. It is very annoying as they really seem to yell at people.

-Mummy operations were kind of slow...they were running one side of the station which they usually do...but were loading really slowly. I waited about 10 minutes for about a 3 train wait.

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  • 2 weeks later...

Now how has this not been reported here yet?

 

(the link from the local news is trying to make this sound like a HUGE deal):

 

"Riders had to be RESCUED!!!!! from Escape from Gringott's ride"

 

OMG. .the HORROR. . . my feet fell asleep after a 1/2 hour!

 

sheesh.

 

 

http://www.clickorlando.com/news/riders-stuck-on-harry-potter-ride-at-universal-orlando-ofd-says/30440226?hpt=us_bn8

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They were 7ft from the ground!! Not sure about you but that would've scared thew sh*t out of me! I'm sure their lives flashed before their eyes! Hopefully they were compensated with free hotel stay and comp tickets. That's the least the park could have done for their inconvenience.

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I was enjoying people on my FB sharing the stories with notes of "Why is this news?" "I am not sure why people even report on this stuff" "You've got to be kidding me". All of those contained links to news stories and videos. Guess what that does people? That makes people click it, increase viewership on said stories and makes those news outlets think those are big stories so they will post it again and again.

 

If we see these stories going forward, don't share the links to the story. That way it won't spread like wildfire on the internet.

 

*End rant

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SO WHY WAS THIS NEWS?!?

 

Being stuck 1.3 Feet taller than an average human being is SCARY! BIG news story! How could this not be news!

 

This world is very strange sometimes.

 

 

and dispatching a helicopter to fly over a building where inside, people are being evacuated!!!! (omg.. hope they had a ladder handy).

 

just the funniest damn thing I saw today.

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I was enjoying people on my FB sharing the stories with notes of "Why is this news?" "I am not sure why people even report on this stuff" "You've got to be kidding me". All of those contained links to news stories and videos. Guess what that does people? That makes people click it, increase viewership on said stories and makes those news outlets think those are big stories so they will post it again and again.

 

If we see these stories going forward, don't share the links to the story. That way it won't spread like wildfire on the internet.

 

*End rant

 

 

hey, gotta share it HERE. . . that's part of what makes TPR great: the snark.

 

and if one can't be snarky about THIS story?

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Catch the end of that report:

 

"according to the Fire Department, No one was injured or had to be treated"

 

 

 

SO WHY WAS THIS NEWS?!?

 

I've never understood how/why fatal traffic accidents can happen every single day and it never gets mentioned, but a ride stoppage that ended with an evacuation without any injuries at all whatsoever gets multiple headlines and a helicopter overhead.

 

Way to go after what's really dangerous news media.

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I'm planning a trip the second weekend of May and I was wondering if anyone knew what the lines for some of the classic rides like Hulk, Dragons, Spiderman, Simpsons, Mummy and others are usually like. Do some of them get up over an hour? I understand some of the newer rides, especially Harry Potter, will have lines. I'm just trying to decide if it's worth staying at one of the Deluxe resorts to get the express pass or if I can get everything done in two days just staying at Cabana Bay.

 

Thanks for any help

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I'm going to Universal Resort on January 30th, 31st. Which park should I go on which day?

 

I would do IOA Friday, Universal Saturday. IOA has a lower park capacity so when weekend crowds come to the resort, they affect Islands more heavily. Basically, a busy Saturday at IOA is much worse than a busy Saturday at USF.

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