But the constant ups and downs of the ride for children under 48 inches tall is not fair to this majestic beast. I've heard the are looking to breed this creature for other locations and separate those Hippogriffs from their mother.
Free the Hippogriff
Since I haven't seen Hogsmeade, I probably will go there first. Then I'll go to London.
It does not matter, as long as I am on vacation at Universal...Ahhh All is Good...
On a lot of sites, there's this Disney vs. Universal bashing stuff that goes on...but I'm a Disney fan who is thrilled that Universal has created something that is superior to anything Disney has put out to date. Right now, I think Disney execs are still in denial mode...and they are getting away with telling shareholders that Harry Potter is nothing special.
But they are kidding themselves. And I hope they lose their jobs as a result. Because the Diagon Alley/Hogwarts Express/Hogsmeade combined attractions are going to be the greatest theme park experience around. It's going to be amazing, and my family are not the biggest HP fans. We liked the movies and read all the books as a family...but we don't own any Potter merchandise or anything. BUT, my boys and even my husband are talking about wanting to spend a whole day just going back and forth between London and Hogsmeade. We'll even probably read all the Potter books again in the leadup to going to Universal for the Diagon Alley expansion.
We like to wait a while though, until crowds die down some, so I doubt we'll experience all this until maybe winter of 2014 or spring of 2015...but we are following the project so closely.
I hope and pray that Disney sees the huge increase in sales that Universal is going to have as a direct result of building this amazing and immersive new land. I hope that makes the cheapskates in the TDO offices give Imagineering a blank check for Star Wars, or something even cooler yet undreamed of. Wouldn't it be amazing to have some kind of environment built at WDW that is even more detailed and even more impressive than HP?
I hope I get to see it. And I am so grateful to Universal for raising the bar like this. All us theme park fans end up the winner when there is this wonderful level of competition between the parks.
The fact I will be there at the most lowest of season's I'm sure I won't need to choose and can explore every location at will but if I wasn't this would be my TIP:-Go to the new London part, get a return ticket (I'm sure during the first/busy season they'll do that). Enjoy your day and leave in time to go to IOA to enjoy the bit lesser crowded Hogsmead area. When it's about time (check the wait time for the train) enter the Hogward express to USO and you are guaranteed to enter the new London area without breaking the theme (maybe you are forced to exit but that's ok you can enter at the front of the London façade to enter the Diagon ally area.
Will Diagon Alley, like Potter 1.0, only cover the first four films, or will it incorporate elements from some of the later movies as well? Meaning, will the new land truly "lead into" the events of Potter 1.0 or be subsequent to them? Mr. Niles pointed out that from a narrative perspective folks might want to enter Hogsmeade from London, to which I would agree, but only if the narrative supports that "train" of thought. If the London setting is taken from films 5 - 7b, then from both perspectives (crowds and narrative) IOA would be the best "jumping on" point.
Honestly, though, I just want to ride Spider-Man again! Been too long, old friend!
For one, I'm considering the future, after both have been open and London is no longer considered "new". I think arriving in London, with it being a new area, will be more enjoyable than getting off a train to a place I've been many times before.
So with that caveat out of the way, London --> Hogsmeade will be more fun, as my guess is that if there are any dementors or unusual experiences on the ride, it will be as the train is heading to Hogsmeade. Heading back to London, it kept true to the movies, will be fairly uneventful.
And there's nothing wrong with that. I just think it might be more fun to ride to Hogsmeade after the newness of London has worn off a little.