Published: March 11, 2014 at 10:43 AMI am more excited for the show! I'm hoping that it will be more extravagant. As for the queue, I'm glad universal is learning from their mistakes and improving the massive waits for an average show. I just hope I don't geek out again like the first time I visited Hogsmead...
Published: March 11, 2014 at 11:03 AMLooking forward to the Diagon alley Ollivanders. I never got to see the shows in Hogsmeade since the lines were always long. These should be considerably shorter with the triple capacity.
Published: March 11, 2014 at 11:47 AMWe visited in 2011 and entered an hour early into the park and went straight to Olivander's wand shop. We waited 30 min. and to my daughters shock she was chosen from the crowd. It was a very special experience that will not be forgotten and I hope many other can experience it without the dreaded wait.
Published: March 11, 2014 at 3:08 PMWe were admited to WWOHP 1 hour before park opening in October 2010. We had complimentary breakfast in the Three Broomsticks and then queued for Ollivanders. We were one of the first families in that day and both my sons were picked out. They are huge HP fans and were age 6&8 at the time, it was a fabulous experience for them and one they won't forget!
Published: March 11, 2014 at 4:17 PMYou're right Robert. They must be hauling in the dough there, because we're not huge souvenir buyers, but who could pass up buying the wand while visiting Wizarding World? We couldn't.
We bought the 10-year old a Hermione wand back in 2012, but we got it from the street cart at the exit from Hogwart's rather than from inside Ollivander's. We still stood in line to see the "show" though (one of the longest lines all week, I might add), and even though our daughter didn't get picked, we enjoyed it very much. Later, near closing, when the line wasn't as long (and when there weren't any other youngsters in it so she stood a very good chance of being chosen), she wanted us to try again, but then it started to rain, so we took off and missed our chance. She might never forgive me for that.
Published: March 12, 2014 at 12:47 AMRobert, you are really outdoing yourself with all of these columns on Diagon Alley. No one else has this information, and I love how you are presenting it, a little at a time. It's wonderful. Keep it up!
I think that Gregoravitch's could just be a store, without the "wand chooses you" production. I think it would be great to have a place there to buy wands and things without having to get in line and see the show if you don't want to be a part of that. So maybe Gregoravitch's will fit that bill for people who just want a quick retail transaction but Ollivander's will be for those that want to see the "wand picks you" experience.
Published: March 12, 2014 at 9:25 AMI had always written off going to Ollivander's due to the wait (Muggle by name, muggle by nature after all).But two years ago I couldnt believe my luck, I had been on Forbidden Journey twice, no wait, then we were called over to see if we wanted to walk right into the very next show.
Published: March 13, 2014 at 1:33 PMAlthough we've never seen the show due to the lines, my son still buys a wand every time we go. He's got four so far!
Published: March 13, 2014 at 1:40 PMAlthough we've never seen the show due to the lines, it hasn't stopped my son from buying a wand every time we go. He's got four so far!