A round-up of sneak previews of Universal's Wizarding World of Harry Potter
Universal Orlando allowed attendees at the recent travel industry "Pow-Wow" to walk through the Wizarding World of Harry Potter
this week. Here's a round-up of write-ups: (FYI, no photos or video were allowed, so no one has any.)
St. Pete Times
From a mom's perspective on Potter for toddlers
Concerns about accessibility for larger riders
Thanks to TPI reader Pyra Dong for the initial link.
Psst. Thanks for the link but that review of the Harry Potter park is the Whoa Momma blog by the St. Petersburg Times, you have it as the Tampa Tribune.
Whoops. Sorry for the coding mix-up there. Links are fixed now.
YAY, thanks for the thanks Robert!
Nice to hear the perspective of different people. Most of them said that the area is a bit smaller than they thought it was gonna be. We know the forbidden journey will have a long wait but getting into the wand shop or buying a butterbeer will be time consuming as well. Universal better have a crowd control plan set. You don't want the line to get into a shop or to buy pumpkin juice get in the way of the main street.
Thanks Pyra, you are very sweet. And I agree Manny, I'm a bit worried we will all be a victim of our imaginations. We want this huge sprawling world and it's really just a corner of Universal. It's three rides, the castle, food in the Three Broomsticks and shopping -- a half-day at best, I think, so we should lower expectations a little. But that said, the set design is really top notch. I recommend that when you do go, make sure you enter through the main entrance, not through the Juraissic park side entrance. You really want that through-the-archway experience.
Some good stuff there. I'm almost glad they didn't allow for ride previews of the main attraction yet. It forced the writers to focus on other details. The concept of bowing before the Hippogriff is a great idea for the children's coaster. They'll get a kick out of that.
I read that article too and I’m in agreement Joshua, but I will leave it at that as this tends to be a touchy topic and I don’t come around these parts with the intention of rubbing people the wrong way. I was kind of turned off when he included himself with people who are actually inflicted or are physically incapable, to make his point, when his issue seems to be more of a lack of self control.
We always count on crowds where ever we go. The reason we are waiting until August 2011 to go is because we imagine it's going to be a mad house for at least this year.
@Joshua, I have read and re-read the blog post about larger riders not fitting on Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey, and I don't think it's fair to characterize it as a complaint or say that he was talking discrimination. He never said he was being discriminated against. In fact, he said he understands the limitations of the rides, and that Universal had probably sized the seats that way in the interest of safety. It seems to me that he was simply spreading the information, since it will affect many visitors' experiences at the Wizarding World. And other thrill rides with over-the-shoulder harnessing systems, such as the Hulk coaster at the same park, Manta and several Busch Gardens coasters, do have larger seats on some of the ride cars to accommodate larger people, so the experience of not fitting on the ride could be surprising to larger visitors.
It looks as if Universal is building yet another ride large people can't enjoy. Thanks, Universal, for spending two years getting me excited with your marketing and then pulling the rug out from under my feet a few weeks before the ride opens.
A few thoughts:
"I was kind of turned off when he included himself with people who are actually inflicted or are physically incapable, to make his point, when his issue seems to be more of a lack of self control."
And your anonymous post reveals your inability to stand behind any comment you make.
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