Orlando trip: June 17-20, 2010

What would you like to read about from the Orlando-area parks on Theme Park Insider?

From Robert Niles
Posted May 10, 2010 at 12:06 PM
I'll be in Orlando next month, from June 17-20, mostly to cover some new ride that's opening on the 18th.

But since I'll be in town for a couple other days, what else would you like to see me write up when I am there? Especially for those folks who won't be making it to Orlando this summer, what would you like to read about from the Orlando-area parks on Theme Park Insider? And for those who are planning a later visit, what advance tips/notes would you like to me to publish?

From Anthony Murphy
Posted May 10, 2010 at 12:27 PM
The "new" Downtown Disney

From Nick Markham
Posted May 10, 2010 at 4:00 PM
Maybe you could check out Busch GArden's new Safari of Fun land even though in Tampa or any progress of contruction at Legoland Florida. Perhaps there is also the construction at Fantasyland at the Magic Kingdom as well as the new Omaka Rocka slides at Aquatica!

From steve lee
Posted May 11, 2010 at 5:53 AM
I'd prefer you just have a good time.

From Manny Barron
Posted May 11, 2010 at 11:35 AM
Wonder what Universal is gonna do on the day of the opening, June 18. It will be fun to see what they have in store for park guest that day. Hopefully they are more than prepared for the HUGE crowds starting that day throught the Summer.

From Bruce Lane
Posted May 11, 2010 at 9:28 PM
If you have time and funds, I would appreciate hearing an update from the Discovery Cove Aviary.

Happy travels.

From Deidre Dennis
Posted May 13, 2010 at 6:54 PM
I'm sure everyone and their mama will be visiting and posting reports on Harry Potter, but no one does it objectionably the way you do, Robert. We plan to go but not until 2011 when the mania has (hopefully) died down a little bit. Excited to see and hear about it.

From Pyra Dong
Posted May 13, 2010 at 7:13 PM
For sure...
- Harry Potter a la Robert Niles style
- Busch Garden's Safari of Fun (I can't believe I haven't experienced it yet)
- The other "new" changes going on in Busch Gardens.
- Yes, I know Busch Gardens is not in Orlando
- Pictures!!!

From Melissa Donahue
Posted May 14, 2010 at 3:57 PM
Well, like Deidre said, everyone and their brother will be posting and blogging and commenting about the WWOHP during its grand opening, but your reports are clearly the best!

We head down to Universal Orlando at the end of the June, so I'll be following soon after you. I'm really interested in finding out how the Express Pass will work for all Universal hotel guests in the new land. I've been led to believe that there is no express line available for the new ride... Is this true?

Also, how are they handling the crowds amidst all of the new shops? I can't imagine the ridiculous wait just to step foot inside of the wand shop or the candy store. Any tips on tackling the crowds or scoring early access to IOA would be most appreciated! Thank you!

From Robert Niles
Posted May 14, 2010 at 10:47 PM
I don't think we're going to have any good answers on guest flow through WWOHP until July, at the earliest.

I anticipate the first soft openings might be happening by next weekend (one week in advance of the hotel guests getting access). But you don't really know how guests flow through a new land until it's wide open, all day, to anyone, and has been for a few days.

Again, if you are one of those who happen to get in before the 18th, we would love to hear your report here on Theme Park Insider! Either post it to the front page, or e-mail me, using the Contact the Editor link at the very bottom of the page.

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