Potterwatch: Will the Forbidden Journey open today?*
It's May 28, and we're on Potterwatch
all day here at Theme Park Insider.
This is the first day that folks will be staying at Universal Orlando's resort hotels under the Harry Potter package that the resort began selling earlier this year. As part of the package, visitors were promised admission to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Islands of Adventure.
But will that admission include a ride on the new land's signature attraction, Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey?
If you are inside Islands of Adventure this weekend, use this thread to let us know if you got inside the Wizarding World and tell us what you were able to experience. The more detail, the better! And if you have photos, please e-mail the best ones to themeparkinsider @ gmail.com and I'll post them here, too. (YouTube links, too!)
*Update: Reports say... Forbidden Journey opened, then quickly closed. If you don't have a hotel pass, don't expect to get anywhere near the land, but hotel guests are getting in to the other shops and the restaurant.
Update 2: Some great (okay, totally silly) fake reports on Twitter:
"Rode Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey, ride has Doc Octopus & Green Goblin trying to shoot down guests on broomsticks"
"My favorite part of the Harry Potter ride was the section where they swooped over Sleeping Beauty's Castle"
"Rode Forbidden Journey! Don't want to give it all away, but we flew over San Francisco on broomsticks!"
"I didn't understand the section of Forbidden Journey where hagrid was beating harry with his broom"
"Man, Harry Potter was so AWESOME! I especially loved when Optimus Prime came in and him and Harry fought King Kong."
And my favorite: "Rode Harry Potter, KUKA arm suspends you as giant ape tries to swat you down. Took picture in Harry Potter's hand at the exit."
More, uh, reputable reports have that there are multiple narratives in the Forbidden Journey story, including Dementors, Nagini and Voldemort, so re-rides might be rewarded with a different experience. For that day off in the future will visitors will be able to get on Forbidden journey more than once in a day, of course. ;-)
Personally, I'm not going to hold my breath on this one. I've heard rumors on all ends of the spectrum and I'm not sure who or what to believe anymore. But hey, stranger things have happened.
I'm giddy with excitement! Yes, I'm such a theme park nerd. I can't wait for my visit this summer!
They seem to be really setting themselves up for failure with this land with all this Potterwatch. I am sure that the land will be great and an improvement on IOA, but I am starting to believe it will not meet all the hype and imagination of the Universal Guests.
I read on screamscape yesterday that they started letting team members go in for "test runs" for the Forbidden Journey and there were technical problems so they stopped it. With any new attraction, I'm sure that's normal. Hopefully people will not get too frustrated and keep in mind that Universal wants to put out an attraction that is not only entertaining but safe as well.
Sorry to burst anyone's bubble, but the land is on a day to day basis. So far, even cast members (or whatever they are called at Universal) have had only like 15 minutes before Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey has been shut down immediately after. And the only others being let in are those who reserved breakfast at the Three Broomsticks, but are not allowed anywhere but the restaurant.
If hotel guests who booked the Harry Potter package don't get access to the whole thing, including Forbidden Journey, I can't imagine that those guests wouldn't be demanding some sort of refund or compensation.
I'm booked for the 9th through the HP package so I'm hoping most of the legistics are sorted out by then. I understand forbidden journey having failures but if they dont let me at least wander about i will be quite upset!
This is why we're going as late in the summer as we could.
Any confirmation if those staying in Uni hotels who did NOT specifically book a Harry Potter package are getting in?
BREAKING: Guests are reporting that the best part of the new Potter attraction is the scene where Harry shoots the hippos.
The Frog Chorus is BEYOND GENIUS!
Got our Harry Potter preview info at check in... Will share thoughts afterwards tomorrow.
Saw a post over at another site:
WWoHP is pretty amazingly detailed-- lots of references to the movies and fun kinetics around the whole area (owl popping out on the 1/2 hour, wizards chess pieces battling in a store window, sheet music whipping around an upstairs music room). Capacity (as most expected) is definitely going to be an issue, the quaintness that defines the area is also it's biggest hurdle.
Just met a local who was on "Potter Watch" yesterday and booked a night at the Portofino JUST to preview WWoHP! Bummer FJ was down. Guess that means it's open to all hotel guests.
Do you think that if I go on June 17 I might have chance to ride the forbidden journey if I arrive early in the morning??
June 17 is the one day when I'd guess you have zero chance of getting in of you are not a hotel guest with a confirmed Harry Potter package. That's the media event day.
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