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Re: Universal Orlando Discussion Thread

PostPosted: Tue Dec 06, 2011 10:36 am
by ernierocker
kenban wrote: But I have to wonder if JK Rowling would even let them build Diagon alley next to Hogsmeade.


Bingo! If she goes so far as to ban all soda products from being sold, then I wouldn't put it past her to have Universal change their original plan to build Phase II in the rest of Lost Continent. I still can't figure out how she let them put Olivander's Wand Shop in Hogsmeade. That has to drive her crazy at night. ;)

Re: Universal Orlando Discussion Thread

PostPosted: Tue Dec 06, 2011 11:12 am
by coasterfreak101
^I wonder if they'll move it over once Phase II is all said and done? Just imagine, the BRAND NEW wand shop - now with six hour lines!

Re: Universal Orlando Discussion Thread

PostPosted: Tue Dec 06, 2011 11:18 am
by COASTER FREAK 11
They would keep both. As it is now, they sell wands all over the place. But the new shop, if there is an actual shop and not just a front, will hopefully be much bigger.

Re: Universal Orlando Discussion Thread

PostPosted: Tue Dec 06, 2011 11:23 am
by coasterfreak101
^If JK has to approve everything Universal builds with Harry Potter, then I can't imagine once Diagon Alley is in place she'll want two Olivanders'. There's plenty of shops that the current Olivander's can be retrofitted as, and still sell the wands - but the experience of your wand "selecting" you moves to the Studios.

Re: Universal Orlando Discussion Thread

PostPosted: Tue Dec 06, 2011 11:31 am
by COASTER FREAK 11
But there is no reason to move it, he can have two shops.

Re: Universal Orlando Discussion Thread

PostPosted: Tue Dec 06, 2011 11:39 am
by ernierocker
^Yeah, due to the insane popularity of it, it is a pretty safe bet that there will be two versions of Ollivander's after Phase II is complete.

One thing I am curious about is if they will eventually add the Ministry of Magic into the new London section. That could be potential for another dark ride if there is room in the expansion. In order to get into it, everyone has to be flushed down the toilet to hold true to the book. :lmao:

Re: Universal Orlando Discussion Thread

PostPosted: Tue Dec 06, 2011 12:00 pm
by Rastuso
The train could easily be doable from a crowd aspect. Have tickets for your train, and multiple loading rooms for different train times. It would be similar to the large groups at Sinbad.

However, I think motion sickness would be the bigger issue. Enclosing people in a train, with fake motion all around them, could be a problem. it could be really cool, with a Dementer attack thrown in for good measure, but it could be a puke machine too.

-RO

Re: Universal Orlando Discussion Thread

PostPosted: Tue Dec 06, 2011 12:07 pm
by COASTER FREAK 11
If the footage if shot with long distances and nothing too close to the camera (like from the movie) then it shouldn't be an issue. And there's really no sever motion going on, just straight and level track mostly.

Re: Universal Orlando Discussion Thread

PostPosted: Tue Dec 06, 2011 12:09 pm
by Electerik
COASTER FREAK 11 wrote:They can build a train on the backstage road. The tracks would be like a street car, when the train isn't there, the road operates as normal. Just like a normal train crossing. Our world doesn't come to a stand still when a train crosses a road or we follow a street car down the street, and it wont here either (if this is the route they take).


Or maybe they'll just build a series of catapults and giant nets.

Re: Universal Orlando Discussion Thread

PostPosted: Tue Dec 06, 2011 12:14 pm
by SharkTums
From the Hollywood Press event just now...

Wizarding World of Harry Potter expansion for Orlando is CONFIRMED!!! No details yet, though.