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Also keep in mind this Saturday will be one of the BUSIEST DAYS OF THE YEAR for HHN. That means the rest of the parks will also be a hot disaster all day Saturday.  Buy whatever skip the line express passes you can or be prepared to wait, a long time, and not get everything done. 

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2 minutes ago, SharkTums said:

Also keep in mind this Saturday will be one of the BUSIEST DAYS OF THE YEAR for HHN. That means the rest of the parks will also be a hot disaster all day Saturday.  Buy whatever skip the line express passes you can or be prepared to wait, a long time, and not get everything done. 

Yes of course, thank you for the helpful reminder :) Going with a passholder and we are getting their early with a game plan and use the express passes on the big waits. Then after we survive universal its time for Hollywood Studios on Sunday to try out Genie.

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Two thoughts as i'm currently at the park...

1. Dudley Do-Rights Ripsaw Falls and Jurassic River adventure are looking tired and dated.

2. Velocicoaster is insane. 

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13 hours ago, Haymaker said:

Two thoughts as i'm currently at the park...

1. Dudley Do-Rights Ripsaw Falls and Jurassic River adventure are looking tired and dated.

2. Velocicoaster is insane. 

I’d have to agree, hit up Velocicoaster twice on Thursday, that coaster still makes me scream for real, and not just for fun. Mostly after the 2nd launch and the barrel roll over the lagoon. 

My partner agrees on the state of Toon Lagoon, hardly anyone under the age of 30 (maybe older) knows who Dudley Do Right, Blondie, and Cathy are anymore. 

This is always the inherent issue with utilizing IPs in the park, unless you get lucky and find an IP with some endless staying power, it’s most likely going to be outdated at some point. And unless you’re willing to invest constantly in updated theming, you’ll be stuck with a land that mainly serves to suck up riders when everything else has too big of a line.

Dudley-do-right was already outdated when the park opened and the show was barely even syndicated on TV at that point. The ride itself is in desperate need of paint, and some of the facade is starting to get holes in it (lol).

While Dudley managed to get a 90 min wait last Saturday, Popeye’s couldn’t even come close, is it capacity that helps the latter? Or is it the fact that everyone now knows you’ll be absolutely drenched from head to toe and not so many people are keen on that idea?

I haven’t had a chance to get on River Adventure for about a month, it was down both times I went. Last Saturday, lots of rides were down: Hulk, Forbidden Journey, River Adventure, two Dr Seuss rides, and Spider-Man were down all at the same time for many hours. And of course Hagrids was on Virtual Wait only so it was completely closed off if you missed your chance. So Flight of the Hippogriff had a 60+ min wait.

Then there’s a whole themed area with zero attractions at the moment, Lost Continent. And the Dr Seuss area which no one seems to care about either. It had hardly had any lines despite massive crowds. 

Have to wait and see what the future brings this park, since they have one new attraction, I’m not really expecting many new updates besides whatever is happening in the Lost Continent. Universal has all their eggs in Epic Universe’s basket so I don’t imagine to many big changes ATM. 

I still have a great time when I go, but I mainly focus on a few rides now.

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Even if it's dated, I will take the swinging gates opening to show you your first dinosaur as the 'Welcome to Jurassic Park' moment and theme music kicks in over floating round a corner and there's a CG aquarium anyday.

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Planning my first ever trip to Universal for January. I will prly just do islands of adventure since I only have one day at the park. My main reason is to ride the 2 new Intamins. Is velocicoaster and Hagrids really not on the express time saver pass?

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59 minutes ago, grsupercity said:

Planning my first ever trip to Universal for January. I will prly just do islands of adventure since I only have one day at the park. My main reason is to ride the 2 new Intamins. Is velocicoaster and Hagrids really not on the express time saver pass?

When in January are you going?  If it's not the first week then I feel you could pull off both parks in one day as long as you have a game plan of what you want to ride.

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2 hours ago, coasterbill said:

River Adventure is perfect. Don’t f*ck with it (even though we all know you probably will).

The ride itself is great, but some of the animatronics were looking "derpy" yesterday. Just needs some refurb I think. 

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1 hour ago, Chiselphane said:

When in January are you going?  If it's not the first week then I feel you could pull off both parks in one day as long as you have a game plan of what you want to ride.

right now I am thinking the second weekend of January 

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1 hour ago, grsupercity said:

right now I am thinking the second weekend of January 

I think you could definitely get most of both parks, but on a weekend, even in January you would probably need express pass. The good news is it will be cheaper on those dates after the Christmas rush is over. Or stay at Royal Pacific. It's the cheapest of the "deluxe" hotels, express pass included, and is totally worth it if you are only there a couple of nights. 

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4 hours ago, coasterbill said:

I haven’t been on Jurassic World but I kind of feel that way too. Honestly, even if the other one is better it’s also selfishly nice to have experiences that are a bit different on both coasts.

We were on it for the first time in August. I really wouldn't say one was better than the other. They are different and both have their pros and cons. Totally agree that it's nice to have two different versions so you aren't just repeating the same thing; let's each park have it's own character.

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I have mixed feelings on Toon Lagoon. Yes, it's dated. Yes, my friend and I had to explain to our kids who Dudley Do Right and Popeye were the first time we took them. Betty Boop was even harder as that was mostly even before my time 🤣 And, yes, they probably will re theme it eventually (although I don't think that is high on their priority list right now) 

On the other hand:

We are doing a December trip and have talked Grandma and Grandpa into going since it is Christmas time and they will enjoy all the references, so it probably still serves a multi generational group fairly well at this point.

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5 hours ago, teacherkim said:

I think you could definitely get most of both parks, but on a weekend, even in January you would probably need express pass. The good news is it will be cheaper on those dates after the Christmas rush is over. Or stay at Royal Pacific. It's the cheapest of the "deluxe" hotels, express pass included, and is totally worth it if you are only there a couple of nights. 

I want the express pass but am I reading it wrong that Hagrids and velocicoaster are not included in it?

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4 minutes ago, grsupercity said:

I want the express pass but am I reading it wrong that Hagrids and velocicoaster are not included in it?

There's no regular express for either, so get to Hagrid's first, it's the clear most popular coaster. 

You can only get an express pass for Hagrid or Velocicoaster if you are in line for the ride at close and it breaks down/you get stormed out. That happened to me 3/4 nights this year's visit. 

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2 hours ago, grsupercity said:

I want the express pass but am I reading it wrong that Hagrids and velocicoaster are not included in it?

As stated that is correct, but if you have express pass for everything else it helps to offset the time for those two rides, particularly Hagrids. I agree with Zach that you want to get there early and rope drop Hagrids. Even the most dignified of us does the running of the bulls occasionally 😉

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Finally made my first visit to this park for HHN yesterday. They were calling for tornados and rough storms all day. Never happened and park was fairly dead except for 9-12ish. Rained for 20 min at 3:00. 

Glad I took Bills advice and made the Bourne show with stay and scream entry. Bourne was incredible. Tech is amazing. Screen and projectors are amazing. No glitches. Wow. 

Had a fun night and did everything. Actually did 15 house walkthroughs since we had express and knocked out most without it first trip around the park. Saw the Fuel show. Good times. 

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On 10/29/2021 at 6:18 PM, tndank said:

Finally made my first visit to this park for HHN yesterday. They were calling for tornados and rough storms all day. Never happened and park was fairly dead except for 9-12ish. Rained for 20 min at 3:00. 

Glad I took Bills advice and made the Bourne show with stay and scream entry. Bourne was incredible. Tech is amazing. Screen and projectors are amazing. No glitches. Wow. 

Had a fun night and did everything. Actually did 15 house walkthroughs since we had express and knocked out most without it first trip around the park. Saw the Fuel show. Good times. 

I thought the tech was amazing, but the show itself was kind of lacking in the writing/action department.  T2 was better IMO.

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all booked. Plane tickets, park hopper ticket and express passes. We are only doing one day at the parks. Its my first trip so I will happily take any tips or tricks you guys have for me!!!!!

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1 hour ago, grsupercity said:

all booked. Plane tickets, park hopper ticket and express passes. We are only doing one day at the parks. Its my first trip so I will happily take any tips or tricks you guys have for me!!!!!

Skip Flight of the Hippogriff (short and lame, like Barnstormer) and Dr. Doom's Fear Fall (S&S Spaceshot with theming). If you dont want to get drenched, skip Ripsaw Falls and Popeye's Bilge Rat Barges. Although Ripsaw Falls wont get you quite as wet as Popeye and is a great flume overall. Ride Velocicoaster as much as you can. Others recommend rope dropping Hagrids, I think because its not on Express Pass. I didnt have it (family of 4, too expensive) and didnt rope drop so cant confirm. If youre prone to motion sickness, pop Dramamine before Forbidden Journey. 🤮

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^if they have express then why on earth are you telling them to skip things especially since it's their first time at the park?!?  Not sure if you are staying on site but If you are, take advantage of the early entry and start with that park.  If not, I would start with IOA as their rides have a greater chance of going down vs the studios, which are mostly indoors.

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16 minutes ago, jarmor said:

^if they have express then why on earth are you telling them to skip things especially since it's their first time at the park?!?  Not sure if you are staying on site but If you are, take advantage of the early entry and start with that park.  If not, I would start with IOA as their rides have a greater chance of going down vs the studios, which are mostly indoors.

I gave my reasons in the post. Plus, they only have one day. 

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