How to see Harry Potter and Mickey rightTraveling with entire family, mom, dad, 21 and 19 girls, 11 year old boy
From Brooks TaylorJune 20 thru 25, The entire family - mom, dad, 21 and 19 year old girls plus 11 year old brother are going to Disney World and Universal. All are excited about Harry Potter World. what day should we visit each park, and any suggestions on how to see Harry Potter World and a schedule? Are express passes valid for Harry Potter World and are they worth it? What about Disney World express packages?
Posted May 16, 2010 at 12:48 PM
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From Robert NilesThe only way to get an express ticket to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Islands of Adventure is to be staying at one of the three on-site Universal Orlando hotels. If you are, then you are set. If not, be prepared to arrive at the park at least an hour before it opens, then bee-line to your left at the lake, following the crowd to the Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey ride.
Posted May 16, 2010 at 12:49 PM
Be sure to get your tickets in advance, as well, through the Universal website.
Traditionally, Monday and Tuesday have been the most crowded days at the Magic Kingdom, as most Orlando visitors head to that park first during their visit. However, we don't know yet how Harry Potter will affect traffic patterns. The week of your visit will be the first full week that the Harry Potter ride and land are open to the public, so I expect huge crowds at Universal throughout the week.
From Brooks TaylorThanks, enjoy reading your other posts also.
Posted May 16, 2010 at 2:44 PM
From Anthony MurphyTo get in a Disney park early or stay late, you need to stay at a Disney Resort
Posted May 16, 2010 at 8:36 PM
From Pat JohnsonHi, Robert -
Posted May 21, 2010 at 12:12 PM
So staying at one of the 3 onsite Universal hotels provides better access to WWOHP? We wouldn't be able to stay offsite and purchase an Express Plus ticket?
Thanks very much for any advice!
From James RaoOnsite Express Plus is unlimted, purchased Express Plus can only be used once per Express Plus attraction.
Posted May 22, 2010 at 8:48 AM
However, Express Plus will not work with the new Harry Potter Forbidden Journey attraction. Not yet anyway (nor does it work with Rip, Ride, Rockit at Studios - unless that policy has recently changed). However, the pass should work with the other HP rethemed attractions (formerly Dueling Dragons and the Flying Unicorn), so there would be some benefit.
I think you should just accept that the new Harry Potter ride is going to be extremely crowded (and experience quite a bit of downtime due to the newness of the technology) and deal with it. IOA is a big park with lots to do, so while everyone else is waiting in line at Potter, you should have great access to everything else!
From Jake Johnsonwith the problems they are having with the HP ride now, in June after the opening it will be unbearable to say the least.. Might want to try and do Universal- IOA, next year after the problem get worked out and the buzz is down a bit.
Posted May 31, 2010 at 1:59 PM
If you do all the Disney parks that should take all the days you have.. Next year Universal will be less crowed and the bugs worked out of the rides.
ps: there always sea world and bush gardens for a lot less $$..
have fun no matter the plan..
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