Vote of the week: Will you visit Universal Orlando's Harry Potter theme park land in 2010?
This is the time of year when I like to start looking ahead to all the new attractions that will debuting at theme parks around the country this year. But this year, really, there's one new attraction that sucking all the attention from everything else:
Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal's Islands of Adventure in Orlando, Florida.
The Kuka robot-arm-driven dark ride through Hogwart's Castle (and, via Floo Network elsewhere in the Wizarding World) promises to be most unique ride system debuting this year, not to mention being the first U.S. attraction based upon the biggest book-and-movie franchise in the world this decade. Obviously interest is high, not just among the regular theme park fans and Harry Potter devotees. This is one of those occasional theme park openings that draws attention from folks who don't normally pay much attention to theme parks.
Which provides a huge opportunity for Universal Orlando to win new customers and build market share. (Universal's already raising some ticket prices, in an effort to ensure visitors stay longer than just a day or two this year.)
But as we wait for Universal to reach out to the general public, what about the industry's most loyal fans? What about you? Are you planning to make a trip to Universal Orlando this year?
That's our vote of the week:
Tell us why, or why not, in the comments. And, as always, thank you for reading Theme Park Insider!
im skipping this year as i have been to orlando for the past 2 years as my main holiday. So most likely 2011.
I will not be returning to Orlando this year because I still am disappointed in Universal Orlando from the way they handled HRRR last year. We planned our trip the second week of August, because I am well aware of issues with new ride systems/technology delaying the opening of new attractions. We stayed on site for a week, enjoyed many of the upscale restaurants offered, and then was repayed by watching an employee only dress rehearsal during regular park hours on the coaster. I felt that it was inconsiderate to all patrons who had been watching the test runs all week long. The coaster had an official soft opening the day after we left Orlando.
I would love to go, but because of finances, I will have to go another year. My son is 4 now, so another year or so will probably be more enjoyable for both of us. I do expect to read some great trip reports though!
I agree with Steve, as I wrote in another thread, Zachary and I won't be going back down to Florida until 2011. Even when we do get there, I'm not sure we'll rush up to Universal to see HP.
Definitely, definitely, and definitely again! Muetti is a big HP fanatic and we have bought out Annual Power Passes to visit UO to see that land!
I defenatley am. My family and I always make a yearly trip to Orlando, but mainly stay at WDW. We've been to Universal a couple of times, and it's great, we've just been holding out going there the past couple of years so we can be there when the Wizarding World opens. I'm excited to see if The Forrbidden Journey makes a better ride than Spiderman, or at least rivals it.
I had to vote Yes because it’s a loaded question… I was going to visit Universal even if they did not have HP….
We are visiting Disney in March and had planned to make the trip to Universal, but the news of the price hike, made me change my mind. I agree they needed to raise the price, but 70%, that was way too much. I rather spend the whole week at Disney where everything is already paid for.
My husband and I are going in late June. Talk about timing -- we decided to purchase our $99 park tickets on a Sunday evening. The very next morning, I read the news about the price increase. How's that for pure luck! I just hope the new ride is operational by then.
I have absolutely zero interest in anything Potter. I may be going to Orlando this year, and I may even get talked into going to IOA, but I don't need ride anything in the section where all the bespectacled fanboys and fangirls will be worshiping.
Gotta agree with the anonymous poster. After that HRRR incident last August, I felt I was treated like a filthy mudblood.
I'd love to, but being that I'm not a huge Potter fan, I'd rather wait and enjoy at my own pace rather than having to put up with the crowds of fans it's sure to draw.
I will be going, but not just for that. I had the worst luck with the HRRR coaster last year as I went to Orlando 3 times last year and everytime I went it wasn't open. I went in April and late June and they still hadn't opened it yet and when I went again in December it was closed the entire week I was there. Hopefully I will be able to ride it when I go this year.
I don't plan on going to Universal this year. Origninally, I had planned on going with my husband and leave our sons behind for a quick trip. The more that I think about it, the more I want to wait and see what the reactions are from everyone. Part of me feels it may be a bit of a letdown from what we are all expecting. I was really excited when first hearing that Universal was doing this. Now after HRRR, I'm a little hesitant to get my hopes up. I think I will wait another year or two before visiting. My kids will be taller and able to ride more and hopefully all the kinks will be fixed.
I'm actually making an effort to go to IOA before Harry Potter land opens officially. I'm hoping to miss some of the crowds since Harry Potter is not big on my list of things to do. I'm hoping everyone else will wait until the land is open to go and I will have a nice day at the park without a crowd (although there will still be more people than I wanted). If I were Cartman I'd by the park and not let anyone else in.... using the you can't come here method.
I am very happy to announce that I will indeed be heading to Orlando in 2010! However, I totally agree with previous posters and suspect that Harry Potter will not yet be ready for prime time when I visit. So, instead I booked a 9-day trip to WDW and will be spending the entire vacation completely immersed in everything Disney (I may make a two-day jaunt down to BGT as well).
If not 2010, I'll be going in '11 for sure. Looking forward to the new coaster, too, haven't done that one, yet.
Skipping this year because of the hefty price increase.
No I would love to ride it but it is just to much money to get there
2011 for me!
We are going in February, but I am not sure if the attraction will be ready. If it is, we will definitely go!
I was only in Orlando in November 2009 and before that in June 2007 so another trip so soon would be a little too costly also too soon for me to return. There are so many other places in the world including in America I would like to see. I was however very disappointed it hadn't opened on my last visit, as when I booked my trip over 18 months in advance there was a possibility it would have been. I would love to see it and may do at some point in the future. In the meantime I will be interested to read the reviews and info on here.
Well, as far as I am concerned, I am 40 in 2011 (yay) so my birthday will be spent at Universal - planning on a 4 week villa stay in the area, so I can completely chill from work, enjoy Harry Potter, Rockit, Manta, Aquatica and HHN21 (hoping it will be a special one).
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Nope. No interest, got other things on tap.
I also will not be visiting, though im looking forward to the new coaster at PKD.
No, we have booked to go in February thinking it would have all been finished by then.
I'm not planning to go in 2010, it will be a zoo.
We went in late August 09, and don't plan on going back untill at least '11. Dueling dragons is our familie's favorite coaster, so we got our fill before the retheming and resulting long lines that Potter-world will bring in. We are big fans of the books, not so much the movies, so we are interested in seeing it, but not enough to fight the initial crowds.
yes! harry potter is not just a ride, it has rides, shows and attractions! im not A huge harry potter fan either but i visit universal all the time and it looks really cool, its huge! so yes, and universal is way more state of the art and up to date than disney, everyone should go to universal unless you have little kids that like the big mouse...and about the price increase, disney is still way more, trust me i live in orlando.
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