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    Re: Islands of Adventure - Wizarding World of Harry Potter Update

    Quote Originally Posted by Dustysage View Post

    Islands of Adventure...comes the closest to Disney quality of any non-Disney park I've ever visited. However, it falls FAR short of the Disney standard and there is little reason to believe, from what they have released, that Harry Potter Land will be anything other than more of the same.
    I think this sums up my thoughts exactly. We visited IOA for the first time last week, and it didn't seem like there was much to do. Spiderman was a good ride, as was Cat in the Hat, but we felt that most of the rides were missing something. Case in point: I mentioned to NNL that the Cat in the Hat ride was fun, but the spinning seems more to detract from the fact that there simply isn't much to look at ON the ride. More in our upcoming TR, but our general thoughts were that we were glad we did it, but if HP wasn't coming, we wouldn't feel a need to go back anytime soon.

    Also, to be fair, we both felt the horrendous heat might have been a factor in our opinions. Why are so many Universal queues outside?

    The Harry Potter attraction is getting a lot of good buzz, but I hope that it follows through on the promise. It seems like a lot of the buzz falls short in relation to IOA and Uni.
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    Re: Islands of Adventure - Wizarding World of Harry Potter Update

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    Also, to be fair, we both felt the horrendous heat might have been a factor in our opinions. Why are so many Universal queues outside?
    You mean like Disneyland?
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    Re: Islands of Adventure - Wizarding World of Harry Potter Update

    Quote Originally Posted by flynnibus View Post
    You mean like Disneyland?
    But at least Disneyland doesn't have the awful humidity of Florida. It just was unbearable, while DL never seems to be as bad.
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    Re: Islands of Adventure - Wizarding World of Harry Potter Update

    Quote Originally Posted by KevinYee View Post
    The question in my mind is whether Universal Creative in 2009 is capable of same greatness as Universal Creative was in 1999. A bunch of folks are changed over, let go, retired, or contracted out now. I'm not making an argument either way - the jury is still out - but certainly it's not the same creative group as it once was.
    Universal Creative also has Rowling watching over them and as part of the deal elements from the Warner Brothers design team have been brought in too.

    Quote Originally Posted by Dustysage View Post
    For Harry Potter Land, they are really just building one new ride and retheming two rides and some shops and restaurants. Did they hire Paul Pressler to design this "land"? CHEAP!
    Plenty has been torn down and a lot is being built. Rowling has a lot of control over this project. This is not something like Tomorrowland 94.

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    Islands of Adventure - Harry Potter Update

    A video showing off the new construction for Harry Potter can be seen [ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mbLhMIRhF-s"]here[/ame], which ends with a look at some of the castle facade pieces going into place.

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    Wizarding World - Islands of Adventure Construction Update

    A new construction update on the Wizarding World can be found at Orlando Rocks this week.

    Wizarding World of Harry Potter Construction Photos

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