Also. The restaurants I ate at were both awful on my trip there. They had a new desert and not one of the five people working knew what it was when asked.
Are they offering any admission discounts? "Half the price for half the park", or anything like that? Might be a good idea short term.
My idea would have been to build Hogwarts castle as a hotel where guests could actually stay. Locate it on Universal property similar to how Disney has the Grand Californian right there as part of the scenery for that redwoods area of DCA. Guests staying at Hogwarts would have a private entrance into the park, right by where the Harry Potter attractions would be.
In addition to guest rooms in the castle, there would be a signature restaurant designed like the massive dining hall at Hogwarts, with all the tables for the houses. I would even theme the four wings of the hotel to be the colors of the four houses (leaving the most rooms for Griffindor, since that's where most people would want to stay).
I'd build the Forbidden Journey ride close by...and then the village of Hogsmeade and the rest of the Potter area and then from there it would lead into the rest of the park through the Forbidden Forest.
I'm 39 (soon to turn 40) and I can tell you that I would pay just about any price to stay in a Harry Potter themed hotel. My husband would lose his mind. My kids would go NUTS. I bet we would not even think of Disney at all in California if we could stay in a Potter hotel, eat in Hogwarts, and then have VIP access into Hogsmeade like that. It would be amazing and I guarantee you we'd be back as many times a year as we could afford.
Why Universal didn't do this just flabbergasts me.
The park lacked a grandeur that Disney has nailed. Disney also has characters and classic rides that require no improvement to remain attractive to guests. Universal seems to require constant change. To be fair, EPCOT and DHS have the same problem.
My hope is Universal has a plan to fix it's weaknesses to ensure it is more competitive with Disney, but mostly to be a better park.