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Re: Universal Orlando's Wizarding World Of Harry Potter

Postby Brad » Fri Jun 11, 2010 11:09 am

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SharkTums wrote:I don't think it would be as much of an issue if the land was bigger and had a better capacity, but from the TR's so far it seems like the place just gets SLAMMED with limited entry. What is it going to be like when it opens for real? Or during the holidays?

Yeah, the size of the place alone makes me wanna avoid it for awhile until the hype dies a bit. It's like A huge new ride and a Harry Potter themed strip mall in miniature scale. At least that's what it seems like anyway.


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Or Squishees!

I can see the idea behind not having sodas in the WW, but from a logistical standpoint this makes absolutely no sense. Are they not going to serve Coke-branded bottled water either?

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Re: Universal Orlando's Wizarding World Of Harry Potter

Postby Hercules » Fri Jun 11, 2010 11:11 am

Or at least Duff.

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Re: Universal Orlando's Wizarding World Of Harry Potter

Postby dandaman » Fri Jun 11, 2010 11:23 am

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Re: Universal Orlando's Wizarding World Of Harry Potter

Postby jedimaster1227 » Fri Jun 11, 2010 12:04 pm

The Wizarding World was open for most of the day yesterday (it closed at 6:00 pm) and today it was open to general guests and was still open when I left. The secondary entrance wall is now down completely allowing unlimited access from both sides to the area. Some new stages, lighting rigs, videography kits and more have been set up in anticipation of the grand opening next week. Sorry for the lack of photos, but I didn't bring my camera with me today. I'll be back on Sunday to take some more.
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Re: Universal Orlando's Wizarding World Of Harry Potter

Postby Erik Johnson » Fri Jun 11, 2010 12:22 pm

^ Do you think it will actually soft open this Sunday?
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Re: Universal Orlando's Wizarding World Of Harry Potter

Postby CD » Mon Jun 14, 2010 9:40 am

I just got back from my first soft opening visit of the WWoHP. Not really too much to add, but here are some details I noticed that I haven't seen mentioned before:

- In Hogsmeade, the right shop window on the 2nd floor of "instrument building" (the name has escaped me) has a paper vortex that goes off about every 10 minutes. Paper flies all over the window in vertical circles (I have no idea what this is in reference to).

- In HPatFJ, inside the defense against the dark arts room portion of the queue (where Ron, Hermoine, and Harry are) they do a spell that makes it snow all over the queue. You really can't see where the snow is coming from and the effect is done very well.

-As far as the actual ride is concerned, I LOVED it! I got 4 rides in today and I didn't have to wait more than 15 minutes. The queue is as superb as everyone says. IMO it truly is a revolutionary attraction. After reading reviews and seeing the poorly shot video I was worried it wouldn't meet my expectations... but it really did! The video screens are amazing in the fact that they completely surround you so and you cannot see anything else (unlike Soarin when you look down or to the sides). The rides movements are fluid, the animatronics are great (it is amazing how close you get, and the dementors are actually kind of scary) the transitions could be better but I'm not complaining. The dementor sucking your soul effect is pretty cool too! My only complaint with the ride is that the story really is hard to follow at first. the first time I rode, I recognized everything but I had no idea what was going on... The more I rode the more I enjoyed the ride and got the story.

Overall I think that HPatFJ is one of the best attractions I have ever been on!

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Re: Universal Orlando's Wizarding World Of Harry Potter

Postby drewelap » Mon Jun 14, 2010 10:13 am

I would like to be the first and tell you all that there is a hidden mickey in the HPFJ queue! Look near the sorting hat :mickey:

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Re: Universal Orlando's Wizarding World Of Harry Potter

Postby testtrack321 » Mon Jun 14, 2010 11:12 am

SharkTums wrote:
(And it doesn't have SODA!!!!!) :devil:


But JK doesn't make any royalties off of Coke like she does Butterbeer! :p
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Universal Orlando's Halloween Horror Nights XX

Postby jedimaster1227 » Mon Jun 14, 2010 11:46 am

This is the official Universal Orlando HHN XX: Twenty Years of Fear thread!

HALLOWEEN HORROR NIGHTS XX: A NEW AGE OF DARKNESS

For 19 Years, Something Has Been In Control -
And This Year, We Learn What It Is

All New Experiences Mark the 20th Year of the Nation's
Best, Most Intense, Halloween Event

ORLANDO, Fla. (August 26, 2010) - There is more to paralyzing fear than a scream in the darkness or a cool breath on the back of the neck. Or the grip of the undead.

Fear that truly consumes us comes from deep inside our souls, stirred by something we don't always understand and rarely have the chance to confront. Until now.

Halloween Horror Nights XX is about Fear himself. He is the Master of everything Halloween Horror Nights has ever been and will become. His weapons: Chaos, Death, Sacrifice, Mythos, Vengeance. His pawns: a clown, a storyteller, a caretaker, a director, an usher...and you.

For 24 nights beginning September 24 and running through October 31, Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Orlando Resort will reveal Fear as he has never been seen or experienced before. Fear and what he has created have horrified people for 19 years. And this year, he will be more real than ever.

"Everything we have done for the past 19 years, everything we have learned, leads to this moment," said Jim Timon, senior vice president of entertainment for Universal Orlando Resort. "This year's Halloween Horror Nights is not about the past. It is about the future."

Halloween Horror Nights XX is not an anniversary event. There may be glimpses of the familiar, but those glimpses may not look the same as guests remember. And the familiar will quickly give way to the new.

This year, Halloween Horror Nights will feature eight all-new haunted houses, new scarezones and
live shows. And everything Fear touches will never be the same.

For a detailed listing of each haunted house, scarezone and show featured at this year's event, see below.

Halloween Horror Nights runs September 24-25, September 30-October 1-3, 7-10, 14-17, 20-24 and 27-31. Advance tickets are now on sale for $74.99 plus tax. For tickets and event information, visit http://www.HalloweenHorrorNights.com. Due to the event's popularity, tickets for weekend nights are expected to sell out and should be purchased well in advance.

Daily updates and exclusive details on Universal Orlando's Halloween Horror Nights are also available on the event's official Facebook fan page: http://www.facebook.com/halloweenhorrornightsorlando or search on Facebook for "Universal's Halloween Horror Nights - Orlando OFFICIAL."


HALLOWEEN HORROR NIGHTS XX: AN OVERVIEW
EIGHT ALL-NEW HORRIFYING HAUNTED HOUSES


Horror Nights: The Hallow'd Past - Halloween Horror Nights. The name brings with it millions of tales, each filled with thousands of screams. Now, you have the opportunity to travel into a realm where Horror Nights isn't just an event, but a reality.

The Orfanage: Ashes to Ashes - Ashes to ashes, forever now dust. For years she has existed in the shadows, never getting her due. Misunderstood by all around her, she has had enough of her playthings at the Good Harvest Orphanage - now is the time for vengeance. This burned out shell contains the souls of the forgotten and the lost who all scream one name: Cindy.

Hades: The Gates of Ruin - Hades bids you welcome. Make your way into the Underworld, and come face to face with the most terrifying creatures of legend as you cross through the Gates of Ruin.

Psychoscarepy: Echoes of Shadybrook - The truth, as they say, is far stranger than fiction, and in this instance they happen to be correct. Although Shadybrook's doors have indeed been closed for the last 15 years, the place is still very much alive with all of the criminally insane souls that have ever walked its halls.

Havoc: Dogs of War - Ten years ago, the Shadowcreek Enterprise was tasked with developing an elite corp of soldiers. They succeeded. Through an inhalant that includes a compound of testosterone, adrenaline, and other anesthetics, Shadow Creek's latest run of volunteer test subjects are ready for inspection. The project name: HAVOC. The subjects are known simply as the Dogs of War.

Catacombs: Black Death Rising - During a plague of Paris and Marseilles in 1534, thousands died due to an undisclosed viral outbreak. A group of doctors took it upon themselves to quarantine the most infected citizens of the city. They had no way of knowing that the townspeople would betray them, sealing them into their doom. They have been unable to escape for almost five hundred years. Now that the dead inside have found a way out, they are rising to take their centuries old vengeance on any living being that dares to enter the Catacombs.

Zombiegeddon - The United States government has re-taken the continental United States, and is actively engaged in clearing the remaining infested pockets of Canada. The government also licenses and sanctions private companies to capture "un-live" subjects and use them as practical targets during these training sessions. Dozens of independent training consultant "companies" spring up, promising the best training that money can buy...and then there's ZAP...The Zombie Awareness Program.

Legendary Truth: The Wyandot Estate - The Spirit Seekers have come up with a machine that actually gathers spirits toward it. The group has decided to do a live broadcast from inside one of the most reportedly "haunted" sites in the entire United States, The Wyandot Estate, built in the 1920's in Carey, Ohio by the entrepreneur Malcolm Wyandot and his wife Lydia. The house has been rumored to be haunted since Malcolm brutally killed 13 dinner guests and his wife Lydia before committing suicide on October 30, 1929. The team is about to get more than they bargained for as the murdered hear their call and answer with terrible violence.


SIX INESCAPABLE SCAREZONES

HHN: 20 Years of Fear - Step into the shadows of the last Twenty Years of Fear. Move toward the lantern, and encounter the most frightening characters of Halloween Horror Nights past.

Fear Revealed - The souls of Chaos, Death, Sacrifice, Mythos and Vengeance - He created them and gave them terror. Each with a part to play, they fulfilled their tasks. Their malice provided him bone, their rage gave him blood, and their terror fulfilled his soul. What has been 19 cycles for some have been eons for him. He's waited patiently for the final piece, and now on the 20th cycle... HE IS REVEALED.

Zombie Gras - This Mardi Gras parade has gone severely off course. Infected by the North American zombie infestation, the undead walk among us, searching for their next meal...

Esqueleto Muerte - Revel in the seductive taunts of Death as you wind through a glowing skeletal nightmare.

Saws 'n Steam - Enormous trenches in the earth's crust have opened below its vast oceans, exposing them to intense heat. Steam power is essential to the inhabitants of New Yorkshire, but diminishing oceans have put the city in jeopardy, forcing the citizens to evil lengths. Beware upon entering the city, as the water in your body is now a coveted resource. And the citizens will stop at nothing to get it.

The Coven - The Cult of the Raven has unsettled spirits, and its Sirens are screaming throughout the witches' realm. As you creep past their obelisk, beware their spells. For those who don't believe will be condemned to death.


TWO OUTRAGEOUS LIVE SHOWS

Bill & Ted's Excellent Halloween Adventure - Party on as those two most excellent dudes return to skewer the biggest names in entertainment and pop culture.

Brian Brushwood: Menace and Malice - Experience two realms of bizarre magic by one of the country's most outrageous illusionists.
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Re: NEWS: Tickets now on sale for Halloween Horror Nights 20

Postby piers » Mon Jun 14, 2010 12:30 pm

This makes me sad as Im not going this year but happy because I can deal with missing a reunion year!
Weird that they are expecting to sell out weeknights so soon though, you can always get hold of those tickets on the day...

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