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Harry Potter Lines

Has anyone heard about Harry Potter lines these days? I think we're going in march and while I doubt we'll have time to make it over there, I'm starting to feel out of the loop. I haven't seen HP land nor have I ridden the Rip-Ride-Rockit.

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According to the themeparkrangers blog, lines are very short everywhere this week and are likely to be next week. The Harry Potter ride is still one of the (relatively) longest though at about 20 mins when Rip-Ride-Rockit was virtually a walk on.

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I have been wondering the same thing! I would love to go to IoA and maybe Universal Studios when I go in September, but I'm reluctant to pay extra for the express pass so would like to know how bad the queues would be if I went. I guess September is supposed to be a relatively quiet time to go, but I thought Harry Potter was still supposed to have huge queues. Glad to hear they've calmed down a lot! Maybe I will go to IoA then biggrin That Rip-Ride-Rockit thing sounds incredible. I saw you can get a 1 day pass to get into 2 parks, and I'm wondering if in September there would be small enough queues to allow time to go to both in one day...

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Its good to hear the crazy is dying down a bit..although I am sure its the season rather than the actual desire to go there.

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I think I'm more excited to try RipRideRockit than HP at this point.

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oo it does look amazing!

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I just hate to commit $$ and a whole precious day to something non-Disney. Sigh...I wish someone would GIVE us tix. On the other hand, I am really looking forward to all the changes/new stuff at Fantasyland.

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I think that's one of the worst parts of Harry Potter. Before HP land it seemed like you could get Universal Tickets quite cheaply. Maybe we just found a good sale when we went, but they were pretty cheap. I think we got a weeks tickets for about the cost of a day at Disney World. Now they cost about the same as Disney I think.

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Actually they cost even more now I think! And that's before factoring in the price of an express ticket (if you are getting one. If I go to Universal again I certainly won't be forking out any more than the gate admission).

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Pegosaurus wrote:
Actually they cost even more now I think! And that's before factoring in the price of an express ticket (if you are getting one. If I go to Universal again I certainly won't be forking out any more than the gate admission).

Is the express ticket the thing where you get a fastpass for everything? I think we got that last time and it wasn't really worth it since there weren't many lines to begin with.

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Actually they cost even more now I think! And that's before factoring in the price of an express ticket (if you are getting one. If I go to Universal again I certainly won't be forking out any more than the gate admission).

Is the express ticket the thing where you get a fastpass for everything? I think we got that last time and it wasn't really worth it since there weren't many lines to begin with.

Yup, that's the one! I am very much opposed to parks making these passes an extra cost, particularly when the cost is that high - people already pay enough to get into the parks to begin with, so it's unfair that only those who have more money to spend should be able to skip the queue.

And there is my moan for the day. I'm done now. Smile

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Ohh magical Harry Potter made free Universal ti ckets hard to come by...my my.

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I've waited in the line for the ride when the time said 60 minutes and 45 minutes. It did not seem that long on either occasion. The castle is full of neat stuff to see, so that helped out too. I think the next couple of months is the time to go. If you are going to wait in line, at least it won't be as hot. As for the Rip Ride and Rockit, it's similar to but not as cool as the Maverick at Cedar Point, but the soundtrack bit is worth it. Especially if you really like the tracks or the hidden songs. I suggest the Immigrant Song (#113 on the hidden audio screen).

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That sounds cool, but if it isn't as cool as Maverick, I don't know how much I would be interested. Maverick was SO much fun when I went on it (but not as much fun as Millennium Force)!

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OMG we where there for Prez Day week.
I think we went Feb 23.......can you say CROWDED. They where giving out fast passes by 1100 just to get into Harry Potter land. They were giving people a piece of paper with a time to come back to get into the HP area .....about a 3 hour wait. The line up for Harry Potter Ride was posted as 60 mins.
We where in the bag line. Very confusing. I have to say that the best way to ride the ride is bagless. They will make you put your belongings into a locker and you get it back after the ride. Man they need to take a lesson from Disney muchlove
We used our AirMiles points to get tickets for Universal and Harry Potter was our goal. We got there at opening. Kids road the Dragon Challenge, waited 30mins for butter beers waiting shopped in Honey Dukes, checked out the windows and Owlery. The line up for the Wand Shop had to be about 300 people. It was absolutely CAHRAZZY!!! We left Universal at 1:00 saw enough, waited enough and battled the crowds enough whew.....it will be a while before I head back.

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Thanks for the report. Oh and welcome to WDWFG awesome

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Thanks for the info! I'm so torn as to whether or not to go there in September. I love Harry Potter and haven't been to IOA since they made WWOHP, but I really don't fancy the ridiculous-sounding crowds

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Peg we are going Sept 8th

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Wow... that just sounds crazy. Im glad our family isnt into all of that. I enjoy the movies, but I dont need to go to the park.

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okay, what is Rip Ride Rocket?

We have two days planned for IOA in October, so is that to many?

I really only want to see Harry Potter, but we love thrill rides and they have more of those over at IOA.

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KristiA wrote:
okay, what is Rip Ride Rocket?

We have two days planned for IOA in October, so is that to many?

I really only want to see Harry Potter, but we love thrill rides and they have more of those over at IOA.

Depending on when you are going - one day at IOA is probably enough. I have gone twice and they were both during the week, in an off-peak time and I got to ride every single ride I wanted to go on (basically all the thrill rides). If you are going on a weekend or during a busy time - you probably need two days.

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I agree with Caitie, if the crowds aren't bad you can probably get your fill in one day, of course there's also the rest of Universal.

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JustCar wrote:
Peg we are going Sept 8th

I'll be in FL by the too so won't be checking the net for updates!

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