Published: January 14, 2014 at 2:30 AMI rehearse with my band in London, and often pass through King's Cross. After we've played, I come home and then come on here, or other Orlando park sites and see the Florida version. It's quite odd! But cool.
Chances are when I visit Florida in September this year I'll have to start my journey at the real King's Cross.
Published: January 14, 2014 at 12:08 PMUniversal has said that after this phase is completed, they will go back to phase one and do some additions they weren't originally able to due, due to budget constraints. I wonder what they will do?
Published: January 14, 2014 at 12:14 PMI know that Universal Creative has wanted to restore some elements to Forbidden Journey that it cut during its development. And I think that Universal can justify as many new stores and food service in the Wizarding World as it can fit in there, or claim from adjacent areas of the park.
Published: January 14, 2014 at 12:31 PMThe apparent fact that the entrance and exit to the Hogwarts Express is not connected to Diagon Alley has been ignored by many. Everyone must make a choice of either entering Diagon Alley or going on the Express and then going to IOA/Hogsmeade. It seems like there will be no entrance to the train from inside Diagon Alley during normal park operations. However, I expect there will be future hard ticket events solely involving WWoHP sections at IOA & USF when the train is connected to Diagon Alley. I envision these to run at the same time as some Halloween Horror Nights dates.
Published: January 14, 2014 at 12:44 PMI wonder if Universal will do something to fix the visuals in Hogsmeade. Specifically, find a way to either theme or obscure the ugly steel track of the Dueling Dragons and Flight of the Hippogriff. Those steel tracks are so ugly and jolt me out of the theming. I also wonder if they will do something about the odd hodgepodge of visuals caused by the remaining Lost Continent elements that are so close to the Hogsmeade station.
I see pictures of the station, which is supposed to be in the countryside of a magical world where it's cold...but then there are palm trees and Arabian-looking Lost Continent buildings right there. I wish they would turn all of Lost Continent into the Forbidden Forest and theme the whole area to the Hogsmeade kind of environment. Put in either spooky trees or pine trees, but get rid of the Sinbad and Arabian vibe from the area.
Published: January 14, 2014 at 4:38 PMSince Hogswarts will get a train station, does it make sense to have a non-working train at the Hogswarts entrance? It is iconic, but it just seems odd.
Somehow I feel like something is still missing. Perhaps it is an actual show and meet and greet characters that Disney does so well. I would love to have picture opportunities with the Wizards and Harry Potter.
Published: January 14, 2014 at 8:39 PMI think that Hogsmeade is missing something like a Haunted Mansion kind of attraction...so I hope they build the Shrieking Shack one day.
Published: January 15, 2014 at 1:50 AMThis actual Muggle is sitting at a desk at work 10 minutes from Leadenhall Market which was used quite a lot in the films. Its been in quite a lot of films actually... I never manage to bump into any stars though :-(