Published: January 25, 2010 at 2:42 PMI can't wait for this to open - we are trying to plan a vacation accordingly!
Published: January 25, 2010 at 3:12 PMBeautiful in itself, but very out-of-place in the park. All of the other islands, with the exception of Jurassic Park, feature bright, colorful landscapes and backdrops. Jurassic Park does not, but, unlike Hogwarts, has no structures that can be seen all around the park.
This was a major design concern with Disney's parks, and one of the things that can genuinely trick you into believing your surroundings (it has, though, been somewhat ignored in recent years - see Soarin' backdrop from Canada pavilion at Epcot).
Published: January 25, 2010 at 3:42 PMLet me take another view: I've always been a bit disappointed with the way that the various land at IOA have blended together. To me, they *should be* separate "islands," visually distinct from one another. That's what makes the park "Islands of Adventure." So I'm glad to see Universal finally doing something to realize that original concept.
Published: January 25, 2010 at 5:08 PMUniversal is by far my favorite theme park empire,and FINALLY completeing the castle is another step towards the openning of WWHP.Also I just came back from UO and the castle is truly amazing.
Published: January 25, 2010 at 6:02 PMabsolutley stunning, makes me very excited and i can not wait to go back to florida! planning my next trip for 2011
Published: January 25, 2010 at 8:08 PMIt is so amazing that I am almost considering adding a few days for Universal during my May visit to Orlando. If it just hadn't been for that RRR fiasco last year....
No, I cannot waver. I will visit in 2011 after everything is running smoothly. It is just too expensive to plan a visit when no firm opening dates have been announced.
Still, the castle looks wonderful.
Published: January 25, 2010 at 9:38 PMThe castle does look great. Looks like they aren't skimping on this. They are clearly aiming to make Potter one of their key draws for years to come. Hopefully the ride itself will live up to expectations.
Published: January 25, 2010 at 10:36 PMRobert -
Published: January 26, 2010 at 3:52 AMWow it actually looks like the artists renderings.. thats damn impressive!
Published: January 26, 2010 at 4:05 AMI agree with Joshua on this one. It could have been disguised a little. Not only would it then not impact on other areas of the Park by providing an unwanted backdrop but it might also have added to it's own mystique.
By the way I do still have that passport. Could I scan it and post it here on TPI for those interested or would it breach copyright ?
Published: January 26, 2010 at 9:23 AMArthur: Camelot!
Sir Lancelot: Camelot!
Sir Robin: Camelot!
Sherpa: It's only a model.
(Couldn't help myself).
Published: January 26, 2010 at 2:25 PMI wonder how big this Hogwarts castle is compared to the Magic Kingdom...
Published: January 26, 2010 at 6:49 PMi heard that the first 10 riders on the new harry potter ride get a date with maggie smith
Published: January 27, 2010 at 5:38 AMMy Dad once danced with Maggie Smith at a party at the Old VIc theatre !!
Published: January 28, 2010 at 7:18 AMOn another note: our very own Mr. Niles was quoted not once, but twice, in today's article about the Harry Potter expansion in the USA Today! Kudos to our founding father for his ascension into stardom!
Published: January 31, 2010 at 10:47 AMIm so excited for it to open but i was wondering would you be able to stay inside the castle/Hogwarts? Like you can stay in the cinderella castle overnight, are you going to be able to do that at Hogwarts?