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Wizarding World of Harry Potter Soft-Opens at Universal Studios Hollywood

Wizarding World of Harry Potter Soft-Opens at Universal Studios Hollywood

February 12, 2016, 7:29 PM · Shortly before 3 this afternoon, the Wizarding World of Harry Potter soft-opened to visitors for the first time at Universal Studios Hollywood.

A crowds of about 300 visitors had gathered in a holding area, some waiting there since the park had opened at 9am. Those waiting were given the first entry passes into the new land, with other park guests admitted after that. Which resulted in wait time throughout the park evaporating as thousands of fans rushed into Hogsmeade. Keep reading...

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Where to Eat: Lunch at Disneyland's New River Belle Terrace

February 11, 2016, 11:07 AM · Disneyland's River Belle Terrace reopened yesterday as a table service restaurant with a new Southern-inspired menu. Disney's not make any structural changes to the River Belle for this switch — the tray slides and serving stations inside the front of the restaurant remain. But now, hosts lead you directly to your table, while waiters take your order and retrieve your food from the serving station. Time will tell how the River Belle performs without the forest of supervisors present yesterday watching, but on this first day, the new River Belle was on point. Keep reading...

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Universal Orlando Raises Ticket Prices; Matches Magic Kingdom

February 10, 2016, 3:49 PM · Universal Orlando Resort today raised its prices for admission tickets, increasing the price of a one-day, one-park ticket to the $105 charged by Disney for the Magic Kingdom. That's the highest price in America for a one-day ticket to a single major theme park.

Admission prices rose for other ticket combinations, as well. Follow the link for the new prices... and reaction. Keep reading...

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What Does the Perfect Theme Park Queue Look Like?

February 10, 2016, 10:46 AM · One might think that an easy question to answer — "It's empty!" But in practice, an empty queue is an operational disaster. Let's take a look at why, and from that, get a better understanding of why major theme parks are doing what they do with the wait areas for their rides and shows.

Here's the irony — an empty queue doesn't always mean "no wait." Theme parks keep their overall waits to a minimum when its attractions are operating at peak capacity. That means fully-loaded ride vehicles dispatch with minimal load time, and fully-loaded theaters start their shows with minimal wait between performances. Here is how parks design their queues and ride reservation systems to make that happen. Keep reading...

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