Published: May 13, 2014 at 5:37 AMAre we any closer to knowing an opening date?
Published: May 13, 2014 at 7:36 AMNo inside info (yet) but I'm placing my bet on June 24th. Summer starts June 21st and blockout days for the Power Pass start June 14th. That would give 10 days of soft open and be in the summer time frame they keep saying.
Also no word yet about a team member preview. There was a team member event in Hogsmeade but it was mainly just a pep rally. No real info on Diagon alley.
Published: May 13, 2014 at 8:45 AMKudos to the Universal Orlando team for making the opening of Disney's SDMT a literal non-event.
Disney is and will continue to be the big dog in the Orlando market, but Universal Orlando is crushing them in the attraction development and public relations fields.
Someday, the development of the Universal theme parks and their battle for market share will be used as a case study on how an upstart should take on an industry giant.
Published: May 13, 2014 at 9:02 AMOnly a non-event for the niche enthusiast crowd (us) that moves from one theme park news announcement to the next more quickly than a rabbit...uh, well, you get the picture.
Disney had their moment in the sun at their media event last week, now it is Universal's turn. Next it will be Disney again when SDMT actually opens at the end of the month, then Universal when Harry Potter Part Deux (Electric Boogaloo?) actually opens (late June?). Somewhere in between they'll be other parks like Busch Gardens (Falcon's Fury) and Six Flags Great America (Goliath) that make a few smaller waves as well. Us enthusiasts are like honey bees bouncing from flower to flower, blithely unaware the the rest of the world probably couldn't care less. And TPI regulars are the worst of the bunch since we know all the "news" two years before everyone else!
Published: May 13, 2014 at 9:14 AMSo excited for this section to open. Heading 1,800 miles to Orlando specifically to take in the experience. Special thanks to Robert and this site for its continued reporting on the subject. Quality work.
Published: May 13, 2014 at 12:57 PMAfter re-watching a bit of the film upon which the ride is based, most (if not ALL) of the actual ride footage is from the movie.
Well, that's a real bummer. I feel a bit cheated now. Shucks. I knew it was too good to be true.
So kudos to Universal Creative for good video editing if nothing else, I guess.
Here's a youtube link if you care: HP 7 Pt 2.
Published: May 13, 2014 at 1:01 PMI just looked at the concept and finished product a bit more closely. Other than a couple items, like the front of the car where there is a second light above the large one being removed so the front row has an unobstructed view, these are almost a 100% match.
Still not sure how Robert got his hands on those such a long time ago, but I am convinced the "leak" must have been intentional where they hand picked Robert to break the news.
Either way, it just lends more credibility to TPI. Congrats, Robert.
Published: May 13, 2014 at 1:28 PMI'll just have to wait for the ride video after it opens. I'm relying on you spies out there.
Published: May 13, 2014 at 7:25 PMAgreed... But the rest of the video is just a highlight reel from the film. Universal better deliver the goods or I see a class action lawsuit for false advertising! Maybe they should flash a message on the screen like, "Actual ride footage", during the five seconds of...uh...actual ride footage.
Published: May 14, 2014 at 6:19 AMThe reports of original movie ride footage that I've seen on other sites is apx. 1 minute broken into small snippets.
Published: May 14, 2014 at 8:26 AMWith all the interviews in this two minute advertisement, I doubt seriously that there is a full minute of "actual" ride footage. I think Robert's assessment of about ten seconds of actual footage is a lot closer to correct.
On one hand, I now find the video to be misleading and disappointing, but on the other hand, I fully expect the ride to be wonderful and amazing and am probably happier without the spoilers.
Published: May 14, 2014 at 8:11 AMTo be fair, they never talk about the footage in the video or say that it is ride footage, so it is only an assumption that the footage we see is from the ride.
However, I agree that the video is fairly useless in that it just not give you any real information. The creators talk about how great it is, and then we get a couple seconds of actual moments from the ride. It's just a lot of puffery.
Doesn't make me any less excited about the ride, but the video doesn't add much.
Published: May 14, 2014 at 10:19 AMThe video has enough descriptive information for it be useful. It described the story of Beatrix and Voldemort that runs parallel to the original Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 as a 2.1 sequel. Of course they are not going to reveal much about the attraction itself, but the animatronic bank tellers are quite nice to see. The thing is with the ride running 4 minutes long, you're not going to experience much in that time frame. You have to comfort yourself by getting in that long line and doing it over and over again.
With the bones in place, I wonder if they should update the ride itself with new sequences. Did you know that Harry Potter lives on?
Published: May 14, 2014 at 12:19 PM^The film, inspired by Harry Potter’s Hogwarts textbook, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, will follow the adventures of the book’s fictitious author, Newt Scamander, a Magizoologist. Newt's story will start in New York, seventy years before Harry's gets underway... ZZZZZZZZZZZZ... zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz... huh?...uh...sorry...
The first film of the planned trilogy is set to release on Nov 18, 2016.