Published: January 20, 2014 at 5:06 PMUniversal should give the option of a round-trip without getting into the other park to avoid paying for two parks. But they are greedy, so they will not do such thing.
Published: January 20, 2014 at 7:20 PMBut that would give someone a second trip on the ride without having to go through what promises to be a substantial wait. So there's that, too.
Published: January 20, 2014 at 11:07 PMThey're not greedy. They're a business selling a product that is in demand and something people are willing to pay for. Doing that isn't an act of greed! I hate this misuse of that word in today's society.
Businesses have a right to sell products to make money!
Published: January 21, 2014 at 6:14 AMI think it's brilliant to have an exiting fun ride that everyone can do and that actually transports you to anther park.
I love both parks, not only Harry Potter, but the many fun things they have to offer and I'll always have a 14 day multi park pass when I visit so I'm have no problem with it.
Actually Disney is doing the same when they offer a Be our Guest restaurant at MK and a meet and greet at Epcot or a Little Mermaid ride at MK and a show at Disney Hollywood Studios or a Nemo show at AK and a ride at Epcot. But you have no themed ride between those parks to make it a complete fun experience.
Published: January 21, 2014 at 9:26 AMIs there any word on whether or not wheelchairs can go on the train like they can with the monorail at WDW?
Published: January 21, 2014 at 9:42 AMFirst off, I have to say I love the concept of this ride, I think it is brilliant.
But, I have real questions about this thing having a 4 hour line for a 10 minute train ride. There are so many red flags this thing is throwing up for me. The first of which is the loading procedure is sure to be slow, especially if they have some sort of ticket check (to make sure your ticket allows you into the other park), and with the fact tat this ride will be immensely popular. Next, how many trains will they run? My guess would be 2 riding on the tracks, while 2 are loading (one in the Hogsmeade loading station, one on the way to London, one in King's Cross, one on the way to Hogwarts.) But, if I am right, then each train will likely be slow, and the "turn around" time might be a few minutes (as each station is rumored to have a turntable to turn each train around for the return trip.)
I have faith that this will not be a huge mess in the long run, but Universal is trying something that no one has tried before, and I don't know how this will all work out. I do think it is a fantastic idea, one that I love, but man, there are so many questions on how this thing will actually work...
Published: January 21, 2014 at 11:04 AMSuper pumped for this. I'll be making the 1,800-mile journey back solely to see the expansion. I'll spend four or five days at Disney and two at Universal, but the primary reason driving the vacation will be to see the new Harry Potter area.
Published: January 21, 2014 at 11:43 AM"But that would give someone a second trip on the ride without having to go through what promises to be a substantial wait."
I propose a train restaurant where the guests can get the equivalent of a fastpass and they can enjoy a nice beverage or lunch, on their dime of course. Or they board a bus that will return them to London. Ooops, train ticket rejected. Go back to London.
The last alternative is a walking path to New York.
Perhaps they should only allows park to park passholders to go at first to prevent overcrowding. All train passengers must upgrade. Bummer for those who are too cheap or poor.
Published: January 21, 2014 at 12:51 PMI love the concept for this and really like the idea of being able to go from park to park without walking all the way around, but I can not see how they are going to get a high volume of people on this ride. I think that on slow days this thing will never be less that a 1 hour wait and on busy days it may be 2-3 hours. That is unless they have come up with some way to get 2000 or more people an hour on these trains but I don't see how that's possible on something like this. But I am sure with the popularity of the WWOHP they know what kind of ride capacity on this they would need. So I will give them the benefit of the doubt on this until the wait time says 120-180 mins every time I go to try and ride it.
Has anyone heard how many people each train will hold? I have seen the train sitting on the tracks and they do not look that big to me but I could not tell how many people they would hold.