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A few details to find within Universal's Wizarding World of Harry Potter

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Published: June 21, 2010 at 11:55 AM

Just a few final notes on last week's grand opening of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal's Islands of Adventure theme park. (Again, if you missed any of our coverage, you can read and watch it all at themeparkinsider.com/wizarding-world-of-harry-potter.)

The detail in this new land amazes, and several notes amuse as well. Here are three I especially loved.

First, sign on the stroller parking area next to Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey:

Pram Parking

Inside that ride, on doors that led to backstage areas, there were no clumsy "No Admittance" or even "Team Members Only" signs to break the theme. Instead, if you looked carefully for them, you saw this:

No Muggles

But my favorite detail was not one that you'll be able to see on a future visit to the Wizarding World, I'm afraid. But last weekend, * you could find it hanging around the neck of every credentialed writer and photographer covering the grand opening:

Harry Potter Grand Opening Media Credential

Let's look closer at the inscription on the ribbon:

I Must Not Tell Lies

A brilliant imperative for a journalist, don't you think? (And a rare reference to "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix," too. Most of the Wizarding World's narrative takes place at the time of "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.")

* Update: Universal *is* selling the lanyards. But the joke's simply not as funny unless they're around the necks of 100 journalists at once, is it?

Readers' Opinions

From Joshua Counsil on June 21, 2010 at 11:58 AM
Wow. Excellent detail, especially on the lanyards.
From Vickie Boyd on June 21, 2010 at 12:06 PM
I'm impressed. If they know anything about the die hard HP fans, simple things like that will go over great. If they'd forgotten something simple, there would be a call for heads to roll. Maybe one day I will get down there to see it.
From 71.172.43.122 on June 21, 2010 at 8:51 PM
When I booked my rooms at the Hard Rock for an August stay, I was assured that my room key would get us in the Express line at the Forbidden Journey. I say assured because I had a lengthy discussion with the sales agent regarding how ridiculous it was to not offer the Express pass when the RockIt Roller coaster opened. The woman assured me repeatedly that this was not going to be the case with Harry Potter. Then, I just read that there is no Express pass for guests, only early opening. What a joke.


Thomas Greco
Nutley, NJ

From Rob P on June 22, 2010 at 1:15 AM
Love the humour.
From Melissa Donahue on June 22, 2010 at 7:36 AM
Thomas - When we booked Portofino Bay months and months ago, we were also led to believe that the Express Pass would apply to FJ. We head down next week, but by August, you will hopefully see some relief in the crowds. I guess taking advantage of the early access each day will be our best bet to get in without waiting for hours.
From 97.235.237.54 on June 22, 2010 at 7:53 AM
That lanyard was being sold during soft openings. It is clever but not special.
From Brian Emery on June 22, 2010 at 8:01 AM
Hey Robert,
Sell it on E-bay!!! Probably fetch you some nice bucks..
From 24.73.32.126 on June 22, 2010 at 8:52 AM
I went on Sunday, June 20th, and there was no line or wait to get into the WWOHP from the other parts of IOA. The longest wait was the line for the Forbidden Journey ride in Hogwarts, but the wait was only 50 minutes (sign read 120). The wait for single rider was about 10 minutes. I stayed on-site at the Hard Rock Hotel. Your room key acts as an express pass for select rides, including two in WWOHP but the FJ is not one of them. Still, the wait was not long, and it was great to walk up to many of the rides. Be sure to check it out at night - the entrance the the FJ ride and the Flight of the Hippogriff shouldn't be missed at night. Oh, and the butterbeer and Hog's Head Brew were so good, but go inside the pub (next door down from the restaurant) instead of waiting in the super long line outside. Go for the ambiance. Apparently the machine that makes the frothy head doesn't work so well outside in the heat. Hence, the long lines, which are twice as long as the line inside the nice pub that looks like it's straight out of the books/movies. Cheers!
From Brandon Mendoza on June 22, 2010 at 9:30 AM
Awesome! I like the lanyard a lot... I think a lot of people should wear this, politicians, musicians, CEOs... ex-gf's. HAH.
From 93.144.140.186 on June 23, 2010 at 2:45 AM
it's wonderful...beautiful...amazing

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