More details emerge about Harry Potter in Universal Orlando

Posted Monday, December 16, 2013 9:24 AM | Contributed by Jeff

Universal Orlando unveiled details on a handful of restaurants planned for CityWalk on Thursday -- plus it confirmed an expected one for the Wizarding World of Harry Potter expansion set for Universal Studios theme park. A Leaky Cauldron eatery will be part of the Universal project, as well as a train between the two parks. The project is scheduled to open in summer of 2014.

Read more from The Orlando Sentinel.

Thursday, December 19, 2013 2:04 AM
Lord Gonchar's avatar

Makes sense. It'd be an attraction one could experience from either park. That's unique.

Of course, I'd be inclined to make it an attraction one couldn't experience unless they had a two-park ticket. I get the impression that it wouldn't be an issue for a large majority of the guests and it's a hell of an upsell for the outliers.

Whatever. I suppose some assemblance of crowd control is needed regardless of the scenario.

Twelve of one, a dozen of another.


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Thursday, December 19, 2013 4:45 AM

At least at EPCOT you can hang around in the parking lot and use the bathroom if you want.

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Thursday, December 19, 2013 8:09 AM

I'm inclined to think it'll operate more as a "not allowed to ride without a two-park pass" rather than "ride it, then get back on" for a few reasons

- Making someone ride a themed attraction back-to-back is a bit different than a monorail going around a loop (different scenery/roads to look at at least). Plus, people might not understand that it is different the second time. I'd think you'd also need to offer a walking option to get back to the original park.

- Related, what if little kids (or people prone to motion sickness, etc) don't WANT to ride it again? Thrill rides don't sit as universally on all types of people as sitting in a monorail would (presuming there are some sort of effects on-board?)

- Back-to-back riders would inadvertently line cut those wanting to ride on at the opposing side. Presuming they don't have to get back in line... might be an issue regarding adequate bathroom, food options within the station. Again, related to children/families

Overall, it just seems easier to say "no" rather than "yes, but ____". Since the thing is located at the back of both parks, I don't see how it could operate giving people options if they don't want to ride it twice... even if stated up front, people might not get it ("oh, this isn't where we started??")

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Friday, December 20, 2013 7:20 PM
LostKause's avatar

Make the train stations like a park gate, and do not allow entrance to the other park without a two-park ticket. That's what I was getting at. I guess I didn't word it right or something... It makes the most sense.


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Friday, December 20, 2013 7:38 PM
sws's avatar

"He did not say how the parks would handle a one-park ticketholder who wanted to board Hogwarts Express or if a two-park ticket would be required."

They should make the park patrons walk headfirst into Platform 9 3/4. If they pass unscathed, they should be allowed access to both parks. If not, it would be hilarious to watch.

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Friday, December 20, 2013 8:25 PM
rollergator's avatar

Lord Gonchar said:

Twelve of one, a dozen of another.

You're being generous - I've always heard "six of one, half a dozen of the other."

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Friday, December 20, 2013 9:26 PM
sws's avatar

He's not generous. He's just bigger than most. ;)

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Friday, December 20, 2013 9:30 PM
Lord Gonchar's avatar

I'm no Huey Lewis...


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Friday, December 20, 2013 10:59 PM

No, but you got all the news.

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