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1. If you have a valid day pass for Universal Studios and plan to attend HHN that night (and have a valid ticket) You can do the Stay and Scream each and every event night. What this means if when the park closes they gather everyone with valid HHN admission into holding areas. They will scan your ticket, give you a wrist band, and then let you roam within the confines of the area you chose to stay in. If doing this I HIGHLY recommend New York as your holding area since it offers the most houses within a short distance. Diagon Alley was an option last year and is a great option as well. Holding will be from 5pm to 6-615pm and then your off to the races ahead of the front gate crowds.

 

2. If not doing Stay and Scream GET THERE EARLY! I cannot stress this one enough! On busy nights like your planned ones will be arriving early is key. Arriving at 5pm vs 7pm is night and day. During peak entry hours 7-9pm it can take as long as 90 mins to park, get through security, and then the turnstiles. YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED!

These two things! Right here will save you HOURS in line. Great advice! I can't tell you how many times I've heard people bitch and complain how they weren't able to do anything at HHN and I ask them "when do you get to the event?" and they'll tell me "Oh, like an hour or so after it opened..."

 

Well, DUH!!!! If you're not doing the Stay & Scream, you HAVE to be one of the first in line. And yes, you might be waiting an extra hour or maybe two on the front end for the event to open, but that will save you so many more hours on the back end!

 

Listen to this dude, HTF. He knows what he's talking about.

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1. If you have a valid day pass for Universal Studios and plan to attend HHN that night (and have a valid ticket) You can do the Stay and Scream each and every event night. What this means if when the park closes they gather everyone with valid HHN admission into holding areas. They will scan your ticket, give you a wrist band, and then let you roam within the confines of the area you chose to stay in. If doing this I HIGHLY recommend New York as your holding area since it offers the most houses within a short distance. Diagon Alley was an option last year and is a great option as well. Holding will be from 5pm to 6-615pm and then your off to the races ahead of the front gate crowds.

 

2. If not doing Stay and Scream GET THERE EARLY! I cannot stress this one enough! On busy nights like your planned ones will be arriving early is key. Arriving at 5pm vs 7pm is night and day. During peak entry hours 7-9pm it can take as long as 90 mins to park, get through security, and then the turnstiles. YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED!

These two things! Right here will save you HOURS in line. Great advice! I can't tell you how many times I've heard people bitch and complain how they weren't able to do anything at HHN and I ask them "when do you get to the event?" and they'll tell me "Oh, like an hour or so after it opened..."

 

Well, DUH!!!! If you're not doing the Stay & Scream, you HAVE to be one of the first in line. And yes, you might be waiting an extra hour or maybe two on the front end for the event to open, but that will save you so many more hours on the back end!

 

Listen to this dude, HTF. He knows what he's talking about.

 

The getting there early thing is a must no matter what but people still show up at like 8 thinking they gonna stroll right in... Yeah no.. This is your future, you decide it! BTW thanks for the kudos Robb!

 

Here is a visual representation of what were talking about...

 

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YOUR EARLY

 

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Your "on time"... Notice its still SUNNY OUT!

 

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YOUR LATE...

 

Ok so the last one is from Woodstock but you get the idea.

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It will be it's own mini land. Expect a small food and beverage stand and a small kiosk type gift shop in the area as well. Surprisingly I do not expect an exit into a gift shop but rather a kiosk instead.

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^^It will really only be a "mini island" off to the side of the Jurassic Park stuff. Think of how the Peter Jackson King Kong movie related to Dinosaurs and you'll get it thematically.

 

^American schools are all going back into session around then or are already back. Early Access will be pretty dead but if you want to sleep just a bit more you should be fine. As always, my recommendation is that Minion Mayhem and Rip Ride Rockit are the two highest priority early morning attractions at the resort. They will always have long lines by midday and the rest of the day.

 

Also, I'm on the arriving Early train for HHN. In Fact, I don't think there is a single regular park event in the entire world that necessitates early arrival as much as HHN, save maybe Tokyo Disney parks. HHN is legitimately NOT WORTH THE MONEY if you show up at 8 pm or later, because you will maybe only do 4 houses, and wait dearly for all of them. This is how HHN house lines work:

 

6:30-5 minute wait to walk through the line or some early guests coming in from Stay-and Scream

7 PM-most houses 10 minutes, Most popular 30 minutes

7:30PM-Most houses 15-20 minutes, Most popular 1 hour+

8:PM-Most houses 30-45 minutes, Most popular 1.5hours+

8:30PM-1030PM Most houses 30-1 hour, Most Popular 2 hours up to 3 hours

11PM-12:30 Follow the 8PM wait times backwards

Whatever Remains until Close: Wait times for 4 or 5 houses dissipate to 10 minutes or less, the most popular down to 30-45 or less

 

So you can see how incredibly Important it is to arrive early and stay late at this event. If you get there at 8, after waiting in a huge parking line you will enter and probably wait 1 hour for your first house, another hour for another house and a bathroom break, then if you want to do one of the most popular houses you are basically screwed into another 1.5 hour wait, for a 3-5 minute experience. If you want to see a show as well or eat or see any of the scarezones you aren't going to do more than 5 houses.

 

Whereas if you arrive early, you can do 3-4 houses an hour in, maybe have 6 done by the second hour (Remember that's just after our 8PM arrival time), and then have 4-5 hours left to do any remaining houses and see a show or two or ride Mummy, MIB, whatever. Or possibly REST and eat and drink. It's night and day.

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Also, I'm on the arriving Early train for HHN. In Fact, I don't think there is a single regular park event in the entire world that necessitates early arrival as much as HHN, save maybe Tokyo Disney parks. HHN is legitimately NOT WORTH THE MONEY if you show up at 8 pm or later, because you will maybe only do 4 houses, and wait dearly for all of them. This is how HHN house lines work:

 

Or a Korean/Asian water-park. Those 180-210 minute wait signs have stopped me from going back to a water park for the last 4 years. If you aren't practically in your swim-suit at the entrance ready to sprint around a park, grab a reservation or 2 and then marathon everything else at 8 in the morning during opening hour, you're not going to have a good day unless you like lining up in 30-36C heat.

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Couple of pics I took last night, sorry about the quality and lighting all I had was my phone for the pics.

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Guest view outside of main entrance to Reign of Kong

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Close Up!

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Another rock feature rising from the earth...

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Sapphire Falls going up quickly

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Do you guys think it is possible for universal to revert the film/motion on the Simpsons ride for BTTF day, it seems the price for entry is higher that day so it must mean something is going to happen

 

No.

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Do you guys think it is possible for universal to revert the film/motion on the Simpsons ride for BTTF day, it seems the price for entry is higher that day so it must mean something is going to happen

 

No.

 

Since it's always set to the day you ride, I can just imagine the Japanese version jumping 0 days into the future. I wonder if since it's dubbed if they can just redub the audio or change the future date so it isn't going back in the time when they say going to the future.

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THIRD ANNUAL “A CELEBRATION OF HARRY POTTER” EVENT COMING TO UNIVERSAL ORLANDO RESORT JANUARY 29-31, 2016

Special Vacation Packages Go On Sale August 19

 

Orlando, Fla. (August 12, 2015) – Universal Orlando Resort and Warner Bros. will host the third annual “A Celebration of Harry Potter,” a special gathering of Harry Potter fans from around the globe. The three-day weekend event will take place January 29 – 31, 2016 and will feature an array of experiences.

 

All general admission park guests will have the opportunity to:

· Attend Q&A sessions with Harry Potter film talent (complete talent lineup will be announced at a later date)

· Experience and participate in the interactive and unique exhibits at the “A Celebration of Harry Potter” Expo, featuring Harry Potter brand partners such as Warner Bros. Studio Tour London, Pottermore, Scholastic, MinaLima, and Harry Potter: The Exhibition

· Enjoy special panels and demonstrations regarding various aspects of the Harry Potter stories

 

Additionally, guests will be able to visit The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Hogsmeade at Universal’s Islands of Adventure and The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley at Universal Studios Florida. Plus, ride the Hogwarts Express between the two lands with a park-to-park ticket.

 

Special vacation packages, including annual passholder packages, will go on sale at noon EST on August 19. On-site hotel packages start at $235 per adult per night and include exclusive benefits such as special guest access to the “A Celebration of Harry Potter” Expo, admission to a private evening reception in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter and special guest access to panels and demonstrations. Packages also include three-night hotel accommodations, three-day park-to-park tickets to both Universal Studios Florida & Universal’s Islands of Adventure, a special welcome parcel and more. For complete package details, visit www.universalorlando.com/celebration.

 

About the Harry Potter Series

Harry Potter continues to be a global phenomenon. Each of the seven books by author J.K. Rowling has broken sales records, with the series to date having sold over 450 million copies worldwide and translated into 77 languages. The Harry Potter films, produced by Warner Bros. Pictures, have grossed more than $7.7 billion to date worldwide at the box office, making Harry Potter the largest-grossing film franchise in history.

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Universal just shared this at their official blog, Hulk will close at Sept. 8 and will stay closed until next summer! They also mention new enhancements to its storyline, ride vehicles and overall experience. Could this be they are actually changing or adding speakers to the trains?

 

 

UNDERGO MAJOR ENHANCEMENT AND REFURBISHMENT WORK

Doug Boemler WareingDoug Boemler Wareing August 14, 201

 

We want to let you know that The Incredible Hulk Coaster will be getting some great, new enhancements to its storyline, ride vehicles and overall experience.

 

That work means we’ll have to close the attraction beginning Sept. 8. It will roar back to life next summer and we’ll keep you posted on the details. In the meantime, be sure to check out the other great, thrilling, experiences at Universal’s Islands of Adventure, including Dr. Doom’s FearFall, Dragon Challenge, Jurassic Park River Adventure and more.

 

I’ve been lucky enough to get a sneak peek at plans for The Incredible Hulk Coaster, and I can tell you the overall experience is going to feel more immersive and high-tech. But don’t worry—the attraction will still have the same “Incredible” personality that makes it one of America’s most popular coasters.

 

We’ll be sharing cool new updates over time, so be sure to subscribe to the blog on the sidebar or sign up here to get emails on all Universal Orlando news."

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THE INCREDIBLE HULK COASTER TO UNDERGO MAJOR ENHANCEMENT AND REFURBISHMENT WORK

Doug Boemler Wareing

August 14, 2015

 

We want to let you know that The Incredible Hulk Coaster will be getting some great, new enhancements to its storyline, ride vehicles and overall experience.

 

That work means we’ll have to close the attraction beginning Sept. 8. It will roar back to life next summer and we’ll keep you posted on the details. In the meantime, be sure to check out the other great, thrilling, experiences at Universal’s Islands of Adventure, including Dr. Doom’s FearFall, Dragon Challenge, Jurassic Park River Adventure and more.

 

I’ve been lucky enough to get a sneak peek at plans for The Incredible Hulk Coaster, and I can tell you the overall experience is going to feel more immersive and high-tech. But don’t worry—the attraction will still have the same “Incredible” personality that makes it one of America’s most popular coasters.

 

We’ll be sharing cool new updates over time, so be sure to subscribe to the blog on the sidebar or sign up here to get emails on all Universal Orlando news.

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I've heard several different rumors about a "lap bar" train, but not sure if that's coming from B&M, another vendor, or just a rumor.

I'd figure B&M would maybe do a floorless train with their new wing rider vest harnesses before seeking a third-party vendor for their own product.

 

Of course, who knows if B&M has much, or any, involvement in this refurbishment?

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This excites me a lot! I was just at the park today and got a front row ride early this morning. The ride was an absolute blast!

 

I already love the Hulk and it seems they are going to make it even better!!!

 

I can see them putting in new track in the launch tunnel for the new motors, new trains, and a high-tech queue line!

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FWIW, Hulk is the highest cycled ride in B&M history. The track has worn out beyond repair welding/bracing per B&M. We are on the verge of the world's first retracked B&M coaster, along with other upgrades as noted. If the rumor round the watering hole is accurate.

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I will say, Hulk has been running every day (minus rehabs) since 1999, with constant 3 train operation. It has a ridiculous amount of wear on it for a coaster of the type I'm sure. There are strong rumors that the entire ride is getting a re-track very very soon.

 

 

Hey, remember when I posted this in April and everyone joined in to laugh in my face about the rumor I had heard? Thanks guys. It may not be the entire track in the end but at least I was on the right vein of thought.

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