Universal Orlando Expansion plans

Saturday, January 21, 2012 3:14 PM

Jason Hammond said:
I agree with gonch. That's how I assumed it would be too. I'm not sure why someone would think they're going to require Everyone to buy a milti-pass.

Not require it, BUT..... if you want to see both parts of Potterland AND if you want to ride the train, guess what, you have to have a ticket to the other park.

CHA-CHING! (genius I tell you, honestly the biggest brightest idea in theme parks in years)

We all think we know the (limited?) space involved for the train and the larger expansion plot for Diagon Alley, but think about how much "additional" space is going to be needed in BOTH parks, if there has to be a significant ticketing gate, and also holding pens for one park ticket holders who rode the train one direction, and then have to get back in a queue to ride it back? I don't see that happening. It's going to be one way only, for multi park ticket holders ONLY, sorry folks, moose out front should have told you, get a multi-day ticket.

As it is now, the train is going to be a capacity nightmare (unless there are parts of this we haven't learned about yet). A traditional single tracked, train in a shuttle configuration is going to have minimal capacity and LONG LONG LONG dispatch times. of course, there is still the concept that it's not a "train" at all, but a carefully disguised enclosed shuttle tram on tires, but that's crazy talk.

We all think we know the spaces involved for the train and the expansion land, but think about how much "additional" space is going to be needed in BOTH parks, if there has to be a built-in holding pen for one park ticket holders who rode the train one direction, and then have to get back in a queue to ride it back? I don't see that happening. They can not have that cluster happening. So, multi-day tickets to ENTER the queue for the HW Express, from either park, no exceptions.

Last edited by CreditWh0re, Saturday, January 21, 2012 3:16 PM
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Saturday, January 21, 2012 3:43 PM

CreditWh0re said:
Not require it, BUT..... if you want to see both parts of Potterland AND if you want to ride the train, guess what, you have to have a ticket to the other park.

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So, multi-day tickets to ENTER the queue for the HW Express, from either park, no exceptions.

That was a long way to go to come to the same conclusion I did a page back. ;)

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Saturday, January 21, 2012 5:17 PM

teach me to post without my morning red bull.

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Saturday, January 21, 2012 5:18 PM

I'm just picking. :)

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Saturday, January 21, 2012 9:27 PM

I said require because other made it sound as if by entering either park you would have unrestricted access to both parks and in turn would be required to buy a multipass. Obviously in Gonch's scenario, you would only need the multipass if you wanted to use the train.

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Sunday, January 22, 2012 6:48 PM

I always thought the 3-day both-parks pass to be the best ticket to get at Universal anyways. This would be no exception

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Sunday, January 22, 2012 9:38 PM

Clicked over to the Universal site to check out ticket options and was invited to do a survey, so I accepted. Interesting questions:

"Did you know that Universal is not affiliated with Disney?"

"Did you know -- before you started this survey today -- that Disney tickets cannot be used to gain admission to the Universal Studios theme parks?"

"Would you describe your vacation as an Orlando vacation, or Disney vacation?"

Sounds like they're having an identity crisis...

Anywho, when we were there last year we didn't get the park hoppers. Got 2 day tickets with 1 park per day. I didn't see the value of an extra $20 to go between parks since I planned on spending most of a day at either one anyhow. I still wouldn't pay an extra $20 per person to go on the Dopey Train RideĀ®.

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Sunday, January 22, 2012 10:22 PM

I hear it all the time. I'll casually mention that I worked at Universal Studios, and next thing I know, I am getting asked what it's like to work for Disney.

While I worked there, I kid you not, people would ask me where the Disney rides were. I was a smart ass back in the ol' days...

Uninformed park guest: "Excuse me, sir... Can you tell me where Space Mountain is?"

Me: "Sure can! What you want to do is walk all the way to the other side of the park, and then exit the park and go through Citywalk until you are back at the car garage. Get in your car and get back on I-4. Travel East until you see the signs for Walt Disney World. Just follow the signs to Magic Kingdom. Go through that park's entrance and hang a right when you get to the big castle. Keep going straight, and you can't miss it."

lol

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Monday, January 23, 2012 12:05 AM

lol

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Monday, January 23, 2012 12:37 AM

What makes it really funny is the hand gestures I used and me looking way up and pointing towards where I would be directing them, and not cracking a smile at all until the end. Some people would be miffed, but most of the time they smiled too.

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