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We rode Velocicoaster today! Here's our thoughts on the ride....  

Official Velocicoaster POV released!  

We spent the weekend at Universal/IoA on Sat/Sun/Mon. In that time, we managed 15 rides on Velocicoaster. A handful of front and back seat rides, including a few at night (which is just epic!). 

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Looks superb and I've heard nothing but great things from people who have ridden. Really thinking gunna try to get to Orlando later this year, maybe fall or winter, to snag this. Also Hagrid's which I've not done, (and yeah I think there's no doubt it will never be as good as Dragon's and still makes me sad, but I've processed it lol). 

I wonder when there may be a time that evades crowds but I forgot it's Orlando and there prob isn't really?

 

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Anyone want to guess at lines on this thing this summer?  I think everyone was guessing hours and hours like Hagrids but this things seems to keep it moving.

 

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What excites me is we all figured second half is where it's at, but from both some reviews and now the POV it seems like the first half is no joke either, and as some have mentioned plenty of airtime. Looks like a true winner Universal got here.

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3 hours ago, tndank said:

Anyone want to guess at lines on this thing this summer?  I think everyone was guessing hours and hours like Hagrids but this things seems to keep it moving.

 

I'll play, sometimes it will be long, sometimes it will be short. The morning of opening day will look ridiculous but by the evening it'll be somewhere around or under an hour. Am I missing anything?

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I think Velocicoaster's reliability (due to months and months of testing, I assume), the higher capacity trains, and the month-long soft opening will all alleviate some hype on opening day and make it much less of a clusterf*ck than Hagrid's was. I'm going on the 16th and 17th, and given how smoothly everything seems to be running, I am hoping for at least a couple rides! Can't wait!

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Less than 3 weeks for my visit! Honestly cannot wait. Reading the past few pages hesring 15 rides over a 3 day visit is great. I'll make sure to check out that Bourne show @JRice92

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Memorial Day weekend and great weather here in Orlando.
Hagrids HAD a 90 minute wait before the virtual times ran out.
At the same time, VelociCoaster was 45 minutes! 

I am betting wait times will average 45-90 during the summer. But like I said earlier, I have been able to ride it multiple times in the evening. They usually post a 60 minute wait, but the line moves so fast, it's usually less than that.

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36 minutes ago, pianojohn said:

Memorial Day weekend and great weather here in Orlando.
Hagrids HAD a 90 minute wait before the virtual times ran out.
At the same time, VelociCoaster was 45 minutes! 

I am betting wait times will average 45-90 during the summer. But like I said earlier, I have been able to ride it multiple times in the evening. They usually post a 60 minute wait, but the line moves so fast, it's usually less than that.

Loooooooove this!

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Anyone have bad experiences with the virtual lines? Today was crazy busy and the virtual line was a nightmare. I tried to get Hagrid’s virtual line passes at 2 and 4 and only got into the party size page once, and by then they were out. I guess it’ll be yet another year to ride that one. Velocicoaster also had over a 90 minute wait (also at 120 minutes for a while) so didn’t get to try that either. Got just about everything else but by the time we were by Jurassic park there was a storm coming, so it wasn’t worth it. Overall lesson learned, avoid Orlando Saturday crowds, and when the parks open at 8, use all that time.

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Seeing Twister getting hate is rather disappointing. That was my personal favorite. However, I see why you folks don't like it. The attraction aged horribly, it didn't get proper refurbishments and never got those errors corrected whatsoever. But it was truly was something to experience when it was first brand new. The effects were extremely amazing to behold in person. The power was very unique!
The first thing to state that is kind of a bother was the name. Twister... Ride It Out. It wasn't ride, so it makes sense that people felt ripped off. If you knew any better and knew what the film was. Then that feeling wouldn't be a thought in the first place.
But seeing how Twister rotted away in that area is extremely saddening to see.  Even seeing the specials effects turn into nothing but garbage is truly dumb. Same for the audio. Being too quite and not even holding the power it once held.

I know the topic about twister was like 5 years ago. But I felt like replying because of the harsh throw back against the show. 

Plus, Twister was far better than Jimmy Fallon. That's a fact. Maybe if Twister was taken care of, or turned into an actual ride. Then I am sure the attraction would be enjoyed. 

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Anyone wanna comment on the lines for Velocicoaster since opening day? Is it necessary to get to the park uber-early in the morning to guarantee a ride or are we seeing hour-ish, manageable lines throughout the day? We're heading to the park(s) for the first time tomorrow and Thursday.

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The wait times have been incredibly reasonable. Everyone seems to rush it in the morning and then it’s somewhere between 45 and 90 minutes later on.

Per Queue Times (which pulls data from the Universal App).

Scroll to “Queue times for last week” and ignore the first day which was opening day.

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1 hour ago, coasterbill said:

The wait times have been incredibly reasonable. Everyone seems to rush it in the morning and then it’s somewhere between 45 and 90 minutes later on.

Per Queue Times (which pulls data from the Universal App).

Scroll to “Queue times for last week” and ignore the first day which was opening day.

Yeah I was initially surprised by how reasonable the wait times have been but then if you think about it, at every park in Orlando the most popular attraction is never the most "thrilling" ride there, so really it's kind of normal. Families are still the majority of the business of these parks, and big intimidating roller coasters with vertical drops and barrel rolls over the water  (no matter how good they are) still aint for everybody. 

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I made my first visit to Universal today and managed 3 rides on Velocicoaster. This coaster really lives up to all the hype. The barrel roll over the water is my favorite part, but there also isn't a single dead spot on this coaster. It's a blast from start to finish! Seriously, get to Orlando and ride this!

It is also a capacity monster. The line average around an hour but was often 30-45 minutes too. With four-train operation and 50-second dispatches, the line moved very fast. It also had incredible uptime, and only went down (along with every other ride in the park) for about 2 hours mid-day when a rainstorm passed through.

I also rode Hagrid, which impressed me quite a bit. It was faster and more intense than expected. I never rode Dueling Dragons, so I cannot comment on whether this was a worthy replacement, but it was more popular than VC all day, pulling 90+ minute waits. So the public seems to enjoy it. It's not quite the capacity monster like VC but it didn't go down once during my 90-minute queue time and consistently pumped out trains, so hopefully most kinks are worked out with this coaster by now. It's a great ride and I'm looking forward to riding on the bike since I rode in the sidecar this time.

Hulk was also a HUGE surprise. It was glossy smooth (in the back left seat) and extremely intense and AWESOME. People seem to rave about Kumba but I honestly prefer Hulk. It's not only smoother but also has that sweet launch into the barrel roll and a more unique layout. This may be my favorite B&M looper in Florida - and there is some good competition in that category.

Overall with VC, Hagrid, and Hulk, this park has an unmatchable one-two-three punch for the coaster people, aside from all the other incredible experiences that park offers. We did make it over to the studios park near the end of the day and snagged a ride on Escape from Gringotts (which was loads of fun), but I plan on riding Hollywood RRR and Mummy later this week. Can't wait!

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I am heading down there on Friday June 25th to check out Velocicoaster and we got Express Unlimited for both parks.  How long are the lines for Express Unlimited?  I just remembered I made visit to CP when SV opened and it was 30+ min wait for FL+.  I am wondering if it's the same here at both parks for the major attractions.   

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Just bought my ticket, unfortunately only one day for me. FYI it took about 4 hours for my tickets to email or appear in my account... so don't freak if you don't get your tickets right away.

More excited for Velocicoaster, but can't go there with HHN the same night, as much as I hate what it has become. Hoping for a good year!

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