Just returned from WWOHPUniversal Orlando: Just a few details about my trip. Hope it helps anyone planning on attending soon!
From Sara MWizarding World Breakdown!
Posted June 16, 2010 at 8:33 AM
Having just returned from a five day trip to WWOHP, I wanted to share my experience! It really is amazing, completely immersive experience.
Overall I think they did a great job. For the serious potter fan in me this was everything I could have expected and more. I’m glad we went when we did because I can only imagine the craze after opening. I would def recommend it.
On other notes, the royal pacific was lovely as always our room was ready for check in by 8am and the islands breakfast did not disappoint. We went to mythos for lunch during our trip as well. We all ordered the cream of mushroom soup and really enjoyed it. I got the buffalo chicken wrap and would it to be quite yummy. Unfortunately they do not let you take anything to go to I left a ton on the plate. Poseidon’s Journey is such an awful ride/show. I will go out there and say I think it may be the worst IOA has to offer. I would rather ride the train in Suess landing all day.
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From David L.looks like you had a great trip. Is the main ride jerky at all? also, is there any main changes in the Hipogrif ride besides the cars?
Posted June 16, 2010 at 9:42 AM
From Melissa DonahueHi Sara,
Posted June 16, 2010 at 9:36 AM
Thanks so much for your detailed trip report! Your experience with the Forbidden Journey was truly unfortunate, but at least you were able to ride it continuously on the third try.
My husband & I head down at the end of this month, and I just can't wait! I'm sure that the crowds (coupled with the Orlando heat) will raise the discomfort level a bit, but I'll just have to suck it up! Sounds like it's everything I'm imagining it to be.
Can you answer one question -- Is the only entrance to WWoHP through the Lost Continent, or can you still reach this area on the Jurassic Park side as well? Thanks!
From April CMelissa, you can enter from Jurassic Park as well. :)
Posted June 16, 2010 at 10:31 AM
Sounds like a great trip!
From Melissa DonahueThanks, April! :)
Posted June 16, 2010 at 11:38 AM
From Brian EmeryThanks for the report…
Posted June 22, 2010 at 1:49 PM
But Poseidon’s Journey is not that a bad..
Can you describe for us the ButterBeer?
From Shannon PriceIs there a time where the crowds thinned out at WWOHP? I'm going next week on Wednesday or Thursday. Also, I really want to go through the castle, but I'm skeptical about the actual ride. I'm not a roller coaster rider or ride anything with drops and flips you upside down. Are there any drops or flips on the Forbidden journey?
Posted June 23, 2010 at 9:48 AM
From Amanda GDid you happen to head over to Universal Studios and if so, did you find it to be less crowded? We're going next Wed. and hoping that everyone is at IOA instead.
Posted June 23, 2010 at 10:00 AM
From Mike SearyI just returned from a 20-22 trip to the Universal Parks and found that yes, in the early hours (before lunch) US was significantly less crowded than IOA. On the morning of the 20th, at approx 9-10 am, the line just to get into the WWOHP (NOT the ride) stretched all the way to the gate between Marvel Island and Port of Entry... was told by staff that the wait time was several hours. When I returned to IOA in the late afternoon/early evening (about 7 or so) WWOHP was walk-in easy, but packed nonetheless. Standard line wait time at FJ was 60-120 minutes (with wait time decreasing the later it got), HOWEVER:
Posted June 24, 2010 at 9:25 PM
SINGLE RIDER LINE WAS NEVER MORE THAN 30 OR SO MINUTES IN THE EVENING FOR ALL THREE DAYS.
Didn't bother with ollivanders, as it seems more of a sales pitch to convince parents to blow money on their kids than an actual attraction. Dragons was the exact same ride, just with a newly potter-ized queue, didn't care about butterbeer or the shops.... JUST FJ.
FJ is AWESOME. it really gives Spiderman a run for the money. That KUKA robot arm business is so smooth in the motions that it enhances the illusion of flight significantly. FJ queue is mostly indoors and really well done, but don't buy the hype about it being "an hour long attraction in itself". Its just a line. Talking paintings, scrim-projections of the potter crew and dumble-guy, and a talking hat. Nicely done, but still just a line.
The ride is probably about 4-5 minutes or so, but LIVES UP TO THE HYPE. Totally immersive experience. Transitions from film-driven scenes to animatronic/prop-driven scenes is NEARLY FLAWLESS. Physical animatronics and props are INSANELY close, film sections utilize both wide screens with scrolling projection and semi-spherical screens which follow the ride vehicles and cover your entire range of vision. Tactile and temperature effects, some unexpected (but not TOO wild) vehicle maneuvers and acrobatics... its in a class of its own.
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