Published: April 8, 2010 at 3:40 PMWow. 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.
Published: April 8, 2010 at 3:51 PMVery nice, but STILL no shots of the ride vehicles or what will actually occur during the ride.
Published: April 8, 2010 at 9:31 PMI can see some terrible vandalism ruining that line.
Published: April 8, 2010 at 11:15 PMJune 18 can't come soon enough.
Published: April 9, 2010 at 3:48 AMBeautiful queue, though I could hardly pay attention while Mark's hands were flailing around.
Published: April 9, 2010 at 6:13 AMMarks hands should have been in 3D
Published: April 9, 2010 at 10:58 AMI'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.
Published: April 9, 2010 at 11:43 AMThat'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.
Published: April 10, 2010 at 6:45 AMOnly problem with that is that there are always people that ignore the rules, anyway. ;)
Published: April 10, 2010 at 8:13 AMI 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!
Published: April 10, 2010 at 11:06 AMGum 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.
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.
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