We Went To Universal Orlando!

Robb & Elissa's first trip back after re-opening!
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Re: We Went To Universal Orlando!

Postby cfc » Thu Jun 18, 2020 5:59 am

It's good to see the "classic" TPR video make a comeback--you get a better sense of the day than someone walking around with a phone at arm's length.
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Re: We Went To Universal Orlando!

Postby Garet » Thu Jun 18, 2020 6:31 am

SharkTums wrote: I actually hope to see a system like this used for Rise of the Resistance. Instead of opening up all of the spots at park opening, they just randomly add them throughout the day so you don't have to show up all at once.


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Everland's sort of developed a system like that since they updated the mobile app. They release a bunch of fast pass slots in the morning and then the greyed out ones become available later. However, instead of being random, you can tap the greyed out times and it will tell you when they are released.

They've got a tiered base point system where rides are anywhere from 1-5 EP. Once you scan in the park I think you get 1 point straight away and then you're rewarded an extra point after every half hour. So people who go early or at opening are rewarded because they'll be the only ones who have enough points at around 11:30-12:00 to book 1 of the headline attractions at 5EP on the two open earliest slots (the two in the picture that were open) but people who arrive later aren't punished either because if the mornings are sold out they can check the grey slots to see what time they can play and chances are people who took the earliest slots will need some time to rebuild their points.

If there's any downside, it's the app caps at 5EP and then the 30 minute point timer won't start until you spend some points. In theory, it's to stop people booking up all the headliners over and over and give later people a fairer chance on later slots but I feel the limit should be 1 or 2 points higher than the cost of the biggest rides because you lose out on potential points if you max out too early and can't spend any yet because you can't risk missing the next fast pass deadline on the 5 point T Express or safari rides.
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Re: We Went To Universal Orlando!

Postby Blue Turbo » Thu Jun 18, 2020 7:17 am

Commented on YouTube, but wanted to also to say something here.

While I had seen some of your POVs, I consider finding the Coaster Expedition videos my first real introduction to TPR. They were so fun and showed off why we people love going to theme parks. They focused on how theme parks are more than just the rides, they are great for having a fun day with friends (which is what I feel is the spirit of TPR anyways). I will probably keep going back to watch those videos over and over, and will forever associate certain songs with different parks! I also appreciate how well they were produced, especially all of the little details in the editing: the cuts tied to the music, specific clips to match the lyrics, etc.

I'm really happy to see a new video in this style!
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Re: We Went To Universal Orlando!

Postby RAWKIN_coaster38 » Thu Jun 18, 2020 9:28 am

LOVED your video! Definitely way more entertaining than traditional vlog videos. I could never have the patience to watch one of those things in entirety. Never too late to coin a term for your unique style! And I made sure to like and comment on YouTube as well.

Also, glad to see that the park's safety policies are being followed pretty well. I can't imagine wearing a mask on some of those water rides, though. Walking around with a damp face smelling like ride water... just another reason to bring more than one mask to the park, I guess.
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Re: We Went To Universal Orlando!

Postby CaptainUnknown » Thu Jun 18, 2020 11:11 am

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CaptainUnknown wrote:Elissa, I remember that you either don't have a Universal pass or were questioning whether or not to renew. Was this trip worth the cost in your opinion?

I'm not Elissa, but I don't think any "single visit" is worth a $350 pass. We will see how things go over the year of the pass and then let you know then! :Pr


$350 for one day? :omg: That feels...excessive. :|

And since I didn't say this earlier: Really liked the video, thanks for posting! :b
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Re: We Went To Universal Orlando!

Postby robbalvey » Thu Jun 18, 2020 11:56 am

I think my personal favorite part of the video is the fact that there is only 21 seconds of Harry Potter land in it! :P

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Re: We Went To Universal Orlando!

Postby robbalvey » Thu Jun 18, 2020 12:11 pm

CaptainUnknown wrote:$350 for one day? :omg: That feels...excessive. :|

I don't think you quite understood the exchange in conversation there. They asked if based on our first visit if buying the annual pass was worth it. I responded by saying that no single visit is worth the cost of the pass.

Meaning, the pass was $350 for a year. We won't know if we got our $350 worth until after that year is up. Obviously we didn't spend $350 just to go to the park one time.

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Re: We Went To Universal Orlando!

Postby Guy T. Koepp » Thu Jun 18, 2020 12:27 pm

IMHO, not a bad deal if you go more than 5 times in a year. If I lived as close as they do to the park, that would be a must buy for me.
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Re: We Went To Universal Orlando!

Postby Jason Maier » Thu Jun 18, 2020 12:57 pm

So I watched the video. As much as I like POV's, these "day in the park videos" are cool.

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Re: We Went To Universal Orlando!

Postby Jpw2512 » Thu Jun 18, 2020 6:03 pm

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Canobie Coaster wrote:Were other rides switched onto the virtual queue over the course of the day? I've seen Mummy, Kong, and Forbidden Journey as rides that could operate with a virtual queue.

Huh. Not that we saw. There was no signage anywhere or anything on the app that would have suggested this was even a possibility.

Canobie Coaster wrote: really like Hagrid's and I feel awful for saying this, but I do prefer it to Dueling Dragons.

You're dead to me. Hagrid's is trash compared to Dragons. Seriously, every time I ride that coaster is makes me wonder how so many people are coming away from it saying it's so damn good. It spends most of its time meandering around a bunch of shrubs at mediocre speeds, you barely see any of the "theming" (if you can call it that) and the BEST part of the ride is the launch after the drop-track where just as it starts to get good... it ends!

The the piece of theming you get to stare at the longest is that HORRIBLE "Party City" looking unicorn at the end of the ride! OMG, that animatronic is a joke!

Seriously, I don't "get it." That ride is just so "average" in every way that it hurts my brain when people keep saying how amazing it is.


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