Took my daughter to UO for her 11th birthday this past weekend and had a wonderful time. It was a bit more crowded than I expected, the various calendars suggested it would be low but they were fairly packed even on Monday, but not to the point where we ever felt like we needed fast passes and it didn't impact our visit much. I think the shine is finally off the apple a bit for me for the park, it's a case of having gone too much too often, but experiencing with my daughter for her visit was great and her excitement was infectious. For example normally I am not a fan of shows and events, I'm at parks for the rides, but she loved the Mardi Gras parade so much that we both really got into it, and the excellent performers didn't hurt any either.
We got to see E.T. with the lights on as it broke down just before our first attempt at boarding, so that was pretty cool to me to get some 'backstage' views. But pretty much everything was standard operation and what you'd expect. Lot of screens, lots of involuntary mini-showering. The new(ish) ticketing system for your stuff seems to work better than the fingerprint style, although the navigability of these areas is still a special little slice of hell.
Clearing work is going strong in back of the JP Discovery Center with a lot of activity going on there. There didn't seem to be as much action on the new HP coaster side but it could just be the work is quieter than heavy earth moving equipment. Also very quiet was the Dudley Do-Right refurbishment which was the one downer of the trip, it's such a great flume and I knew it was going to be closed ahead of time, but still.
So this is random but I’m watching CNBC and Universal Orlando is apparently now running ads promoting Diagon Alley and (a few scenes later) the Jaws ride as if it’s still a thing. Has anyone else seen these?
coasterbill wrote:So this is random but I’m watching CNBC and Universal Orlando is apparently now running ads promoting Diagon Alley and (a few scenes later) the Jaws ride as if it’s still a thing. Has anyone else seen these?
... what the f*ck are they doing?
It's an ad for both coasts. Still a jaws portion on the studio tour. I agree it doesn't separate that well in the commercial though.
BlahBlahson wrote:I think maybe 1 or 2 L*cker locations still use Fingerprint ID when choosing a l*cker, and returning. Most of them have moved on to scanning your park ticket to rent and then return. It's extremely easy to use and free. The only annoyance is not having your cell phone to peruse while waiting if the line is long.
Doesn't not being able to use your fingerprint cause a problem?
The park won't let you bring anything on the ride... because they're afraid that something might fall out and hit someone on the face. So... if there's no way to keep this stuff from falling out, what's to stop your ticket from making its way out of your pocket, and now you have no access to your phone, keys, wallet, etc.? If your ticket is assumed to be safe and snug in your zipper pocket, why can't your phone, keys, and wallet be safe and snug in your closed zipper pockets?
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