Looking forward to hearing more reports from folks who were there!
You mention Gringott's had 3 trains running. Is this the maximum the ride can support or can it handle more?
If everything is running as planned, whats the anticipated hourly ride capacity of Gringotts? What's the ride/hour capacity for HPATFJ?
Also I got to go into DA last night and it is absolutely amazing. The level of detail is off the charts and there is much more space inside DA than in Hogsmeade which is really nice. Of course Gringotts wasn't open but I could spend hours just walking around DA.
If this site is correct, HPATFJ can handle 2,000+ riders per hour.
@Robert: Or you could build a giant land on a movie that no one remembers.
Do we know why Universal is running the attraction at reduced capacity? 450 minute waits can ruin a lot of good will....
IMHO, no ride is worth a 450 minute wait. Heck, I can't think of a time when I waited even 50 minutes for an attraction, let alone 450!!! Yikes. Who has that much excess time on their hands? Don't people understand that "this is your life, and it's ending one minute at a time"?
I have ridden all the latest theme park rides around the world with the exception of Ratatouille and Escape From Gringott's. My favorites are Journey to the Center of the Earth (which I believe is or WAS your fave) and Mystic Manor. Does Escape From Gringott's reach those heights??
Harry Potter and the Escape from GringottsJourney to the Center of the EarthThe Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man (after the 4K upgrade)Transformers: The Ride 3DPirates of the Caribbean (any version but Orlando's)Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey (would be higher if everything worked)Splash MountainPhantom ManorTower of Terror (Tokyo)Sindbad's Storybook Voyage
I haven't been on Mystic Manor, which I suspect would be in my top 5. And I'm likely forgetting something that I love here, which is why I hate doing these lists. ;^)
Update: Here's a breakdown of how many of my top 10 are in each market:
Japan - 6, about to be 7Orlando - 5SoCal - 3Paris - 2Singapore - 1
Gotta save more money for another trip to Japan!
Good news, though, there's little wait for the other attractions in Diagon Alley right now... people should go get some Butterbeer Ice Cream instead!
But then the train you're on will be speeding passed him -- as the Everest attraction is still operating and doesn't break down after guests have stood for hours and hours and hours waiting in a queue and watching a row of Chuckie dolls cycling over and over and over and over again.
Mr. Moody's assertion that Gringotts is not ready for prime time is looking more and more likely. But I am still hopeful that the folks behind Universal Creative (who are, I am sure, frantically scrambling 24 hours a day to get this beast working) will figure out a solution soon....
One group of goblin family members told Reeta Skeeter that they have decided to spend the rest of their holiday at Walt Disney World -- saying "The Seven Dwarfs Mine Train may not have all of that 3D stuff. But at least the damned thing works!"
But to back you up, Rob, it is being reported by other onsite sources that Universal is running max today with both loading platforms. So hopefully the throughput will increase soon....
And that 750 number was widely mentioned the past two days.... so either everyone just ran with it, or it has some validity. The slow-as-molasses pace of the line would seem to indicate that the number was at least close.
"Gringotts is loading both sides but only dispatching every ~90sec, estimate 1000 riders per hour."
But as you said, these things will get worked out in time.... Crowds will die down and technical issues will get fixed. It'll all be good by the time N B gets there in 20 days!
There is a fair amount of negativity in the Twitterverse related to Gringotts right now which could have been avoided had Universal approached things a bit more conservatively. Rushing to complete something so advanced is admirable, but if the result is 300 - 400 minute waits because the attraction is down more often than it is up, then what have you gained?
But hey, it doesn't impact me, cause by the time I get back to WDW and USO, it'll be 2015 and both the crowds and bugs will be under control.
FYI - Several Gringotts evac tweets are being posted now. Seems to be the trend.... *Sigh*
As for the train... the waits have been minimal most of the time (15 - 20 mins). Same for Ollivander's (no wait), and pretty much everything else but the ice cream joint. I wonder if the waits would be longer if everyone wasn't trapped in the Gringotts queue?
Pre-selling packages will ensure people are there for the opening, which is not always guaranteed. Plus, hotel rooms are filled and restaurants are full.
On the rides breaking down, that's par for the course. Nothing works perfectly. To assume that ANY park will get things right prior to a grand opening is not serious. Real world conditions is different than a testing phase. Even a soft opening is no assurance. Since we can be sure Universal is no spring chicken with grand openings, I assumed they knew what will happen and it did. Still, they are no more ready today than July 8th.
The people that visited now cannot wait for the inevitable break in period. That's the risk that take for being there first.
I hear there are a total of 9 trains, but I don't know if they can all run at once or if one is a spare. Today they had 5 or 6 running (couldn't tell for sure), which I think is the most they've been able to do so far.
From what I'm told, the goal is a 40 second dispatch rate, which would equal a 2160 THRC. Even 45 sec dispatches would give them 1920.
For comparison, FJ's max hourly capacity is a little over 2000.
You'll have to let us know how things are looking a month from now when things have simmered down a bit.
@Anon There is a huge difference between things working perfectly and things not working at all. One can expect that a top notch operation charging upwards of $140 to visit Diagon Alley (with the park-to-park up-charge) would at least be able to run their headliner attraction at full capacity on opening day. Obviously, Gringotts wasn't quite ready for prime time on July 8th...or 9th...or 10th. We'll see what happens tomorrow.
Update @7:40 EDT - Gringotts is rolling at open. Line is moving slow, but at least folks are getting on right now. No word on how many trains or how many loading platforms that I can find yet. And I gotta work today, so good luck all you folks in Orlando. Have fun!
As for the ride it was a five second "ROLLERCOASTER", and the rest of the ride was a trolley ride that ocassionally turned, it was DISAPPOINTING CONSIDERING the time we waited, while hoping that it would be something equal to or better then the MUMMY. The ride designers really missed an opportunity to make a great ride when you go down that First drop. It could have been like the Munny with a track that sends riders down into the lower levels of the vault, complete with dragons, the illusion of a missing track and all the good and evil characters fighting each other as the train continued speeding up and down the twisting and turning track. The train could have stopped for a few moments to show riders the dragon being used against Valdamort, and with the wave of a wand riders are sent back to safety.