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Wizarding World of Harry Potter

Hi!

Now that so many of you have been to TWWOHP, please share your reviews! What rides/attractions did you go to? What was it like? Are all the rides really fast or is there a slow one? Were the restaurants friendly to people with different dietary needs? What advise would you give to others? What would you do differently next time you go? Should we create a comm for this? :)

ETA: if you've reviewed the park in your own LJ, please share the link!
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miss_bowtruckle
Jul. 19th, 2010 01:23 am (UTC)
http://miss-bowtruckle.livejournal.com/80021.html is where I wrote about our first visit to the park.

We're locals so we've been several times, but we've still never managed to get into Dervish and Banges or Ollivander's, just because there was no way I was waiting an hour or more with two hot kids.

I do know that the later times we've gone, we've waited until after 4 or so, which seems to weed out a lot of the crowds.

If you're in the market for a wand, Ollivander's is the only place they sell the show, but 2 of the 4 times we've been there, we've seen a travelling cart selling wands without the 'choosing', which is okay too.
drinkingcocoa
Jul. 20th, 2010 01:13 pm (UTC)
Here's what I wrote in my LJ:

"Night of a Thousand Wizards" was worth it. The Wizarding World of Harry Potter attraction is extremely impressive and the level of authenticity and detail is just right. This is the Hogwarts and Hogsmeade that a fan would find right. I cannot say that the Universal Studios marketing department has the same sense of pitch. [rolling eyes] I'm sure others will report on their inane strategy to use the Infinitus attendees as marketing ambassadors to the world or whatever horrible phrasing they probably used around the conference table.

There is a major, major, major bug in the main ride, the "Forbidden Journey" through the (extremely impressive and wonderful) castle. It is perverse and sad. Before you get in line, you have to get Sorted. It's not to choose your House. It's more like deciding who is a Squib and doesn't get a Hogwarts letter, only it's who is too big to fit into the ride seats. There's the added lovely touch that you have to do it in front of everyone. I know this has been on the news, so it's apparent to everyone that this is a really appalling mistake that needs to be fixed. If you get sorted as a Squib, you can still go through the castle, and that is totally worth doing in every way. I adored the original dialogue in the filmed bits, especially the interaction between Ron, Harry, and Hermione. But you don't get to go on the ride. It made me think: I guess my problem with it is where they put the size limit. Would there be a cut-off point where I'd think "yeah, unfortunately, that's the way it is"? Yes. But the cut-off point with the current seats excludes a great many people, way more than feels acceptable to me. Many friends from my daily life wouldn't be able to fit into the seats. Furthermore, this is going to create unhappy feelings in groups of park-goers where some members of the group can go on the ride and others can't, and everyone has to deal with the feelings. Sorry, Petunia. No Hogwarts for you!
nuclearpolymer
Jul. 20th, 2010 01:14 pm (UTC)
I would recommend for the castle ride (Forbidden Journey) that as you leave the locker area, ask the staff for the "castle tour" line (which means you are not going on the ride, just seeing the castle). That allows you to go through the castle at your own pace, with almost no one else in your line, so you can linger and really appreciate the scenery and film clips and moving portraits. This line exits right before the ride. Then, go back in, ask the staff for the "single rider" line, and move through the line for the ride really quickly. The problem with the normal line for the ride is that it takes forever getting into the castle and the interesting scenery, and then the line starts moving along really quickly and you get pushed past all the interesting parts.

Although this ride is not a roller coaster, it can certainly cause motion sickness.

The Dragon Challenge is the big roller coaster, and the Flight of the Hippogriff is the small roller coaster. They are more HP themed rides, but the castle ride is an amazing immersive experience into the HP world.
whitemudfounder
Jul. 21st, 2010 12:21 am (UTC)
missyandalice
Jul. 22nd, 2010 05:59 pm (UTC)
The only "ride" we got to was the Forbidden Journey/Hogwarts ride. We had to use the "child swap" feature, to pass my 15 month old back and forth, since she was far, far too small for the ride. But it was great! I got a little dizzy/motion sick, but thoroughly enjoyed myself. ^^

We also got to see the Ollivanders mini-show, and it was adorable. :) Probably not worth waiting in line for an hour, but... and I loved that there was someone outside Dervish and Banges stamping postcards with a Hogsmeade stamp. That was amazing.
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