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Re: Universal Orlando Resort (USO, IOA) Discussion Thread

Postby Canobie Coaster » Thu Oct 03, 2019 6:15 am

coasterbill wrote:To be fair, there’s nothing uncommon about this.


This is different. Hagrid is a caretaker for creatures. He should be able to keep the bees under control.
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Re: Universal Orlando Resort (USO, IOA) Discussion Thread

Postby coasterbill » Thu Oct 03, 2019 6:38 am

Canobie Coaster wrote:
coasterbill wrote:To be fair, there’s nothing uncommon about this.


This is different. Hagrid is a caretaker for creatures. He should be able to keep the bees under control.


He teaches care of MAGICAL creatures. This type of muggle bullshit is not a part of his job description. :lol:
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Re: Universal Orlando Resort (USO, IOA) Discussion Thread

Postby Chiselphane » Thu Oct 03, 2019 6:44 am

The implications of a magic-infused bee are interesting. You'd be lucky to remain the same shape after being stung.

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Re: Universal Orlando Resort (USO, IOA) Discussion Thread

Postby Canobie Coaster » Thu Oct 03, 2019 6:53 am

coasterbill wrote:
Canobie Coaster wrote:
coasterbill wrote:To be fair, there’s nothing uncommon about this.


This is different. Hagrid is a caretaker for creatures. He should be able to keep the bees under control.


He teaches care of MAGICAL creatures. This type of muggle bullshit is not a part of his job description. :lol:


Silly me. :lmao:
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Re: Universal Orlando Resort (USO, IOA) Discussion Thread

Postby Canobie Coaster » Thu Oct 03, 2019 6:53 am

Also about Hagrid's, I hate myself. I feel dirty saying it, but I liked it more than Dueling Dragons. It's not perfect (mainly because of how fast you blow by the detailed animatronics), but we were smiling ear-to-ear and it was our favorite ride at the resort.

That being said, I wish they found a way to keep both Dueling Dragons (or even the non-dueling Dragon Challenge) and Hagrid's. I made sure to wear my Dueling Dragons shirt to the park and even the employees shared the same sentiments. :lmao:

teacherkim wrote:Canobie, please let us know how it goes with the line. We will be there less than a week after you and while the main purpose of our trip is to do HHN for the first time, we certainly do want to get on Hagrid's as long as we are there. Trying to decide if we need to get up early which is not attractive with the late HHN nights or just get there when we get there and take our chances.


Where to begin with the line for Hagrid's?

The park map now has a warning that the queue for Hagrid's will close at 3 pm. Normally, I'd rope drop the brand new ride. However, I wasn't willing to waste walk-ons at other rides for a coaster that I noticed didn't always open with the park. That being said, it did appear that Hagrid's opened with the park both days per the app.

We ended up entering the queue around 1 pm on Monday. It was almost entirely filled. There is a single rider line approximately 1/4 of the way through the queue. It was tempting, but we decided to skip it for two reasons. One, there is no way to tell how long the single rider line is. Two, you're pretty much guaranteed to get the side car (more on that later).

The queue moved quite fast and there was a good amount to look at (not as much as Dragons though). After an hour, we had reached the second to last room. Then Hagrid's went down for a "short delay". That short delay then turned into an "extended delay". We stuck it out for an additional two hours. People were asking the employees what was wrong and they said this happens every day. I feel sorry for the employees because it's not their fault the ride basically skipped the testing phase.

It's also worth noting that Universal was giving out bathroom passes for anyone that needed to leave and re-enter. To re-enter the queue, at least one person in your party had to remain in line.

We weren't going to leave that line. Since it was now 4 pm, it was entirely possible Universal wouldn't reopen the queue. And we didn't want to wait until our last day to ride it. But then Universal announced the ride was closed indefinitely. To say the crowd was pissed was an understatement. However, Universal did compensate everyone in line with 2 free express passes. One was valid for Hagrid's. One was valid for everything else.

Now here's the odd part. Hagrid's was testing while they cleared out the queue. We decided to stick it out and sure enough, Hagrid's reopened a mere 15 minutes later. And then the masses flooded back in. :omg:

It would have been smart to use standby, but we weren't chancing the ride going down again. So we booked it through the Express line. We beat everyone in standby, but had a few Express people ahead of us. And since there was no one immediately behind us, Universal allowed us to wait an extra train for the front. This is something they said isn't possible if there's any sort of queue.

After we got off, we immediately got back in the standby queue. That way, both Emily and myself could try the motorbike. Our wait started in the room after the preshow (which is pretty far back I might add) and we were boarding in about 30-40 minutes. We contemplated going again, but they had already closed off the queue by the time we exited. If you're keeping score back home, they only kept the queue open for about 45 minutes after it was reopened.

We also speculated that only having one motorbike would cause some frustration among guests. I saw in at least two instances guests asking the greeter if they could ride in separate rows so they could both get motorbikes. Universal said no. I found the higher elevation of the motorbike to be really unique and I think 90% of guests would prefer the motorbike if you asked them. Thankfully Tron is coming in 2 years.

The ride's current operating state is embarrassing. I'd almost say they should take the ride down to get these issues sorted out, but they really can't with all the advertising they've done for Hagrid's. It really is a no-win situation right now for both guests and the park.
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Re: Universal Orlando Resort (USO, IOA) Discussion Thread

Postby ernierocker » Thu Oct 03, 2019 8:35 am

Hmm, if you were able to get on the ride in an hour or less, then why do they shut down the line at 3? Is it more of a maintenance reason? I originally thought they had to shut the line down early since the ride got such ridiculously long lines that they were still having people in line well after the park closed.

This is what drives me crazy about Universal and why I find no need to go every time I'm in Orlando (which is becoming yearly now). They did the same thing with the water park; opening before all the kinks were worked out so they could compete with whatever Disney was introducing at the time. We noticed the same thing when we stayed at Cabana Bay several years ago. That thing seemed to be built faster than a Chinese skyscraper and you could notice imperfections and design flaws all over the room.
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Re: Universal Orlando Resort (USO, IOA) Discussion Thread

Postby coasterbill » Thu Oct 03, 2019 8:41 am

That sounds like a complete shitshow.

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Re: Universal Orlando Resort (USO, IOA) Discussion Thread

Postby cfc » Thu Oct 03, 2019 8:44 am

^^^
Your account has stripped me of most of my desire to ride Universal's new coaster, no matter how good it is.
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Re: Universal Orlando Resort (USO, IOA) Discussion Thread

Postby Canobie Coaster » Thu Oct 03, 2019 9:06 am

ernierocker wrote:Hmm, if you were able to get on the ride in an hour or less, then why do they shut down the line at 3? Is it more of a maintenance reason? I originally thought they had to shut the line down early since the ride got such ridiculously long lines that they were still having people in line well after the park closed.


It looks like a completely full queue holds about 90 minutes worth of people assuming (big assumption) there are no breakdowns.

I'm guessing they're trying to spin the closures as capacity since that looks a heck of a lot better than saying we screwed up and rushed the ride open.

coasterbill wrote:That sounds like a complete shitshow.


Oh it was. It was also stunning to hear the amount of pre-recorded messages they had for delays. We counted at least 5 different ones- bikes need more tuning, class is delayed, Hagrid is caring for creatures, etc. :lol:

cfc wrote:^^^
Your account has stripped me of most of my desire to ride Universal's new coaster, no matter how good it is.


I'm sure it'll improve eventually (I mean it can't get worse), but I have no clue how long that will take.

I also think I was higher on the coaster than most enthusiasts. I think most people will still prefer Dueling Dragons.
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Re: Universal Orlando Resort (USO, IOA) Discussion Thread

Postby Coastard69 » Thu Oct 03, 2019 2:39 pm

Masquerade wrote:https://www.mynews13.com/fl/orlando/attractions/2019/10/02/universal-orlando-hagrid-coaster-bees

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