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Re: Universal Orlando's Wizarding World Of Harry Potter

Postby jedimaster1227 » Sun Apr 18, 2010 9:27 pm

On Friday I went back to Islands of Adventure to check up on the latest progress and, as has been with my last few visits, even more visible work has been completed since my previous trip.
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One of the walls near the greenhouse has been replaced with a slightly themed wall.
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A closer look...
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The greenhouse has been given an aged and dirtied look as well as some queue line fencing.
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Potted plants can be seen hanging from the rafters of the greenhouse.
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Construction workers could be seen inspecting the area...
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Taken with uber-zoom in the Jurassic Park smoking area.
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Additional switchbacks have been added to the side of the greenhouse.
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Over in the line for Dueling Dragons, not too much has changed externally.
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I'm gunna take a wild guess and say that this will be an attraction sign for Dragon Challenge.
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A clearer look at the flag structure at the new entrance to Dragon Challenge.
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The entrance and drawbridge look far less menacing than they used to.
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One more look at the castle detailing now that the tarps are down entirely...
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I was sent down this hall last week to get to the ride... Now guests are directed into another section of the old queue... And this one has been stripped of the old theming too.
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You can tell something used to be here.
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There was definitely something here before too.
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It looks like the only change here is that the view behind the bars has been covered up...
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Nothing changed here.
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Detailing work on Hogwarts has essentially wrapped up.
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Flight of the Hippogriff has been completed as well.
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What's this?
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Vegetation has been added to the Hogwarts rock work.
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An overview of this side of Hogsmeade...
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And a random ladder...
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The restaurant's chefs could be seen exploring the balcony area.
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Its not to say that I don't like the look of Hogsmeade, but I certainly miss the view of the Enchanted Oak Tavern.
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Speaking of the Enchanted Oak, here are the rethemed remains of the former quick service location.
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I guess we're getting closer to the date that this gate will open for soft previews...
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I'm sure you've seen this sign in pictures too many times already.
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Thanks to the uber-zoom, we can see the winged hogs near Hogwarts.
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Here's another look at the new statues to close this report.
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Re: Universal Orlando's Wizarding World Of Harry Potter

Postby Henrick » Mon Apr 19, 2010 7:12 am

Great pics, jedimaster. Thanks =)


Guys, have you read this?

Writer describes new Harry Potter ride as ‘Spiderman meets Soarin” – Ride’s length given
Apr 172010 Filed under: Islands of Adventure, Movies, Travel, Universal Orlando Author: Matt

An article by Lisa Oppenheimer in the May edition of AAA Car & Travel reveals some new information about the new Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey ride at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Islands of Adventure. The story gives the length of the ride (four minutes) and tells other details such the appearence (visual or audio?) of Moaning Myrtle.

From Harry Potter Heads to Universal Orlando:
“One of the most detailed lines winds through Hogwarts Castle, past the Portrait Corridor and through Dumbledore’s office to Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey, a cutting-edge contraption that has caused speculators no end of agony trying to guess its contents. It would be a shame to give it away, but here is the CliffsNotes’ version: a four-minute ride flies (sort of Islands of Adventure’s Spiderman meets Disney’s Soarin’) and interacts with characters, as well as—the ride host does warn you it might become too intense—heights, speed and, heaven forbid, spiders.”

Although AAA is a reputable source, keep in mind these details haven’t been officially released by Universal.



To read the full story: http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/aaa_ny/ct_201005/?WT.MC.ID=10081388#/0



Actually, I don't know what to think. 4 minutes only? Hm. I was expecting something around 10 minutes (due the lenght of the line). I'm kinda dissapointed. Let's wait.

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Re: Universal Orlando's Wizarding World Of Harry Potter

Postby PCman » Mon Apr 19, 2010 10:20 am

Does anyone Have an idea when we might see a "Soft Opening"

I have a annual pass that expires in mid May and only renewed it because of the "Spring opening " of HP land and the Rocket

the pass was only around $119 but haven't used it yet since my renewal

When I go I stay on site at the Royal Pacific so don't know if that matters or can get in being a guest

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Re: Universal Orlando's Wizarding World Of Harry Potter

Postby manakin » Mon Apr 19, 2010 11:27 am

I don't like the word "spiders" :(
I'm aracnofobic and the idea of see some big spiders (like aragog) during the ride make me very...well, very nervous.... :(

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Re: Universal Orlando's Wizarding World Of Harry Potter

Postby Henrick » Mon Apr 19, 2010 12:31 pm

I don't like the word "spiders"

Neither do I. I hate spiders and I'm aracnofobic too. :(

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Re: Universal Orlando's Wizarding World Of Harry Potter

Postby Mr. Starr » Mon Apr 19, 2010 3:57 pm

The covered sign on the bridge to Dragon Challenge is a Hogsmeade sign, I believe it said "Welcome to Hogsmeade" or something like that. On the first day that Dragons opened back up, the sign was uncovered and the queue was open without tarps, but that quickly changed (not before someone got pictures, though ;) ) I can't find the picture now, but a lot of people were mad at the fact that there was a little "TM" near the bottom of the sign next to the word Hogsmeade.
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Re: Universal Orlando's Wizarding World Of Harry Potter

Postby Dr.Shadey » Mon Apr 19, 2010 4:23 pm

Things like "TM"s do tend to take away from the magic of it all, but I would guess is probably a requirement.

Awesome photots by the way!

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Re: Universal Orlando's Wizarding World Of Harry Potter

Postby alpengeist04 » Mon Apr 19, 2010 4:29 pm

I can't find the picture now, but a lot of people were mad at the fact that there was a little "TM" near the bottom of the sign next to the word Hogsmeade.


...And so it begins. ;)

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Re: Universal Orlando's Wizarding World Of Harry Potter

Postby Mr. Starr » Mon Apr 19, 2010 5:03 pm

It was actually pretty funny to see all the potter/IOA fanboys freak out!
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Re: Hollywood Rip, Ride, Rockit at Universal Orlando in 2009

Postby traincrossin » Mon Apr 19, 2010 7:24 pm

^Maybe it's for another ring? :p
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