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New video of Universal's Wizarding World of Harry Potter

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Published: April 8, 2010 at 2:50 PM

Universal Orlando today released a new video of Universal Creative's Mark Woodbury walking through Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey, opening officially on June 18 and soft-opening who-knows-when:

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From Amanda Jenkins on April 8, 2010 at 3:40 PM
Wow. This may be better than I first thought. It looks like Universal took Disney's idea from Toy Story Mania and is going to allow some interaction while waiting in line. I still may wait another year of so to try it out. Can't wait to hear what those who go during the soft and grand opening think.
From Russell Meyer on April 8, 2010 at 3:51 PM
Very nice, but STILL no shots of the ride vehicles or what will actually occur during the ride.
From Adam Dodds on April 8, 2010 at 9:31 PM
I can see some terrible vandalism ruining that line.
From Manny Barron on April 8, 2010 at 11:15 PM
June 18 can't come soon enough.
From Joshua Counsil on April 9, 2010 at 3:48 AM
Beautiful queue, though I could hardly pay attention while Mark's hands were flailing around.
From Phil B. on April 9, 2010 at 6:13 AM
Marks hands should have been in 3D
From Eric Malone on April 9, 2010 at 10:58 AM
I'm not TOO worried about vandalism. I'm fairly certain that there's going to be no small degree of security in the queue. You can probably slip by with sticking your bubblegum to any number of nooks and crannies, but I'd imagine your chances of sneaking out of Dumbledore's office with a book without getting caught and thrown out of the park are slim to none.

But, to be honest, I'm more worried about the aforementioned gum. Nothing ruins an experience quite like seeing gum stuck to walls and on handrails and such. It's disgusting.

From Robert Niles on April 9, 2010 at 11:43 AM
That's a rule I wouldn't mind seeing imported from Universal Studios Singapore - no gum in the parks. (Chewing gum is, famously, illegal throughout Singapore.) I know from my time at Disney that WDW doesn't sell the stuff, but telling people that they can't even bring it inside any park would be an improvement.
From Eric Malone on April 10, 2010 at 6:45 AM
Only problem with that is that there are always people that ignore the rules, anyway. ;)
From Brandon Mendoza on April 10, 2010 at 8:13 AM
I really wish penalties for tagging and vandalism would be tougher outside of parks. I have no problem with banning chewing or bubble gum at a park... not sure how it would be enforced other than a search at the entrance... and I'm sure people would say something like they're getting their privacy invaded or something like that. Maybe do it along with a search for weapons and anything similar?

I'm glad the four paintings actually interact with guests, but I wonder how much they actually do? I'm assuming it's not like Turtle Time with Crush. I'd hope there was some sort of camera and a computer that recognizes shapes, colors, and other things to spout out canned responses and statements.

Can't wait to see other videos of the attractions!

From 72.95.109.138 on April 10, 2010 at 11:06 AM
Gum in theme parks? Never gave it a thought, but now that you bought it up. One could, in theri excitement choke on gum. It is never allowed in the pools at the "Y" up here in Maine.
For
We enjoyed the picture and flick of the queu at Forbidden Journey.

Way back in SNOWY January we made flight reservations to come to Florida over our 40th Wedding Anniversary April 25th,and it was like jumping through Quiiditch hoops to get approved for vacation to encompass our anniversary!!e. Having kept abreast of all the developments of WWOHP over last fall and winter, we were quite SURE that it would be open by the time we got there.April 19-27. Now the Grand Opening being so LATE, we are just hoping and praying for a SOFT OPENING while we are there sometimes around April 25th, so we can, at least take a walk through the WWOHP.
Have contacted Universal but no response!

Doesn anyone know?? We leave from Bangor, Maine Monday April 19th.

Senior citizen Harry Potter" MAINE-e-acs"
Glenda & Conrad

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