James Rao

Published: May 31, 2010 at 11:49 AM

Thanks for the ongoing updates. I am happy and jealous at the same time. I guess I am "Hapilous." ;)
Bob Miller

Published: May 31, 2010 at 11:50 AM

Jason, keep up the great report and photos.
Deidre Dennis

Published: May 31, 2010 at 1:53 PM

Thanks for the report. Did you ride the Forbidden Journey?
Jason Read

Published: May 31, 2010 at 8:00 PM

Spoke to a very nice TM at the Hogs Head Pub while sipping Hogs Head Brew (yeah, 10am is a little early for a beer, but I had to try it!) who said that she's been scheduled to work a full day every day for a public soft open after hotel guests leave, but each day it's been canceled. According to her, they will only start soft openings after HPatFJ meets certain targets.

Take that with a grain of salt if you wish but what really struck me is that she described working in Hogsmeade as her dream job and it's clear that all the WWoHP team members can't wait to open to the general public. Pretty cool.   

Robert Niles

Published: May 31, 2010 at 10:31 PM

I always get freaked out by a wait time sign with three digits. It's an admission that wait time of more than an hour and 39 minutes is normal enough that they've just gone ahead and designed the wait time sign for that. Definitely not a ride that you want to walk up to for the first time more than 15 minutes after the park opens.
Jason Read

Published: June 1, 2010 at 5:24 AM

Frozen Butterbeer > Regular.

I'll peck out a review of Forbidden Journey on my long flight from Orlando to Burbank, CA this morning.

Ali Salem

Published: June 1, 2010 at 11:42 AM

Excited to hear your review Jason! I think it's interesting to look at why Universal chose to not use 3-D on this given the growing trend. Overall I tend to doubt it affects the experience at all but I'm interested to hear other opinions. Especially the lucky few who have ridden!
Jason Read

Published: June 1, 2010 at 2:41 PM

@Ali -- all the screens are domes that completely cover your peripheral vision, so while it's not 3D, you don't miss it much. Also, for me at least, because there's so much physical scenery, I enjoy getting to see it without the dark glasses.
Ali Salem

Published: June 1, 2010 at 4:35 PM

@Jason: Gotcha. Wow that sounds really cool. I'm a big fan of including real figures along the way. Are there a lot on the ride? And does it feel short at all?