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    IOA Crowds on 10-09-10



    So I played tour guide today at IOA, and I have to say that Holy Crud! So 2 hour wait for Olivandra's, 75 minute wait for FJ, 50 minute wait for Dragon Challenge, 25 minute wait for Flying Hippogriff.

    Every shop had a line. 15 minute wait for Butter Beer. The rest of the park was full, and seemed like summer, but with better weather.

    I am still floored seing people wait in long lines so that they can just hand money to a cash register, but it is exciting at the same time.

    So big kudos all around.

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    Re: IOA Crowds on 10-09-10

    I'm really hoping this is for the Columbus day weekend, and crowds have relented by next week when I'm there. I've heard there was a torrent of Scottish visitors in town. It appears the Scots are on autumn break

    I believe many of the English schools may be on break as well, so I'm expecting for higher crowds than usually projected for October for next week as well.
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    Re: IOA Crowds on 10-09-10

    Thanks for the info Jimmay! There were a lot of people from across the pond there! Well even if you have to wait 75 minutes for the FJ it is worth it! You don't want to feel rushed through hogwarts. The attraction really is an hour long. Enjoy your time on your tour!

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    Re: IOA Crowds on 10-09-10

    I was at IOA on Monday Sep 27 and Wednesday Sep 29.

    On the 27th, The wait for Forbidden Journey was at 70 minutes just before lunch time, but hovered around 20 minutes on the 29th. The rest of both Universal parks attractions were generally walk-ons most of the day.

    Even on that busy day, returning just before park closing allowed to ride again with almost no wait.

    How does this compare to Disney? Hard to say. Toy Story had two-hour plus wait times posted (keeping in mind of course that Fastpass plays a role there), and the Disney parks were easily busier than Universal's. I truly hope Universal is rewarded for what they've done with Harry Potter. It's the best attraction, in Orlando's best theme park, at the moment imo.

    @Jimmay: as Eric said, Harry Potter is worth the wait, and my experience is the rest of the park doesn't get the same level of crowds, so you'll be able to do everything you want to do when you visit. Go to Olivanders first thing, if it interests you. I did so on the Wednesday and only had to wait a few minutes. It's a well-done little show.
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    Re: IOA Crowds on 10-09-10

    Thanks guys. I'm honestly not that worried about the waits for Potter. With a queue as immersive and detailed as Forbidden Journey's appears to be, having to spend time in line is hardly a punishment. Ollivander's, while it looks like a neat little show, is expendable as far as I'm concerned, and it seems as busy as it ever gets back there, Dragon's Challenge never has too long of a wait.

    If I have to wait 30 minutes for Butter beer on the other hand. . .

    The only thing I'm really worried about is Halloween Horror Night's. We're tentatively going 10-17 and 10-21, and I'm really not too crazy about the prospect of shelling out another 80$ for express passes to see every house.

    Particularly, I'm worried about 10-17, a Sunday. I want to stay in IOA that day until it closes so I can see Hogsmeade at night (the park is open until 8 p.m. versus 6 p.m. the rest of my trip). But that means I won't get over to the studios side for HHN until after then, which is much later entry than anybody seems to recommend. But seeing the streets of Hogsmeade and Hogwarts all lit up at night is too tempting to miss.

    Still, lines or no, its going to rock.
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    Re: IOA Crowds on 10-09-10

    Quote Originally Posted by jimmay View Post

    If I have to wait 30 minutes for Butter beer on the other hand. . .

    The only thing I'm really worried about is Halloween Horror Night's. We're tentatively going 10-17 and 10-21, and I'm really not too crazy about the prospect of shelling out another 80$ for express passes to see every house.

    Particularly, I'm worried about 10-17, a Sunday. I want to stay in IOA that day until it closes so I can see Hogsmeade at night (the park is open until 8 p.m. versus 6 p.m. the rest of my trip). But that means I won't get over to the studios side for HHN until after then, which is much later entry than anybody seems to recommend. But seeing the streets of Hogsmeade and Hogwarts all lit up at night is too tempting to miss.

    Still, lines or no, its going to rock.
    Ok so if there is a line for Butter Beer, my personal recommendation is to plan to do a meal lunch or dinner at the Three Broomsticks. You still might have to wait in line (15-20 minutes) but you will be escorted to a seating location, and you can have your butter beer with your meal (try unfrozen before you try frozen). That being said if you end up loving butter beer (like me) you will end up waiting in line all the same, but the first time you might as well make your time as efficient as possible.

    Ok so my thoughts on HHN arrival times. While 6pm is great for getting some houses out of the way, there is NOTHING like going into HHN after dark. Especially this year with the amped up fog, and fire you want to get lost in it.

    Hogsmede, Hogswart and IOA is gorgeous at night, and until this year you rarely ever saw it at night. Seuss landing becomes a bit more whimsical at night... le sigh.

    If you can go to HHN 2 nights then you should be able to hit all the houses, and still arrive late.

    You are going to have an amazing time!

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    Re: IOA Crowds on 10-09-10

    Quote Originally Posted by KingEric View Post
    Ok so if there is a line for Butter Beer, my personal recommendation is to plan to do a meal lunch or dinner at the Three Broomsticks.
    The food there is pretty basic, I'd recommend Mythos instead. Sit-down restaurant with reasonable prices. Go before noon to snag a table or make a reservation.
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    Re: IOA Crowds on 10-09-10

    Quote Originally Posted by BC_DisneyGeek View Post
    The food there is pretty basic, I'd recommend Mythos instead. Sit-down restaurant with reasonable prices. Go before noon to snag a table or make a reservation.
    Yeah but no Butter Beer. lol

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    Re: IOA Crowds on 10-09-10

    Quote Originally Posted by KingEric View Post
    Yeah but no Butter Beer. lol
    Passing on Mythos in order to eat standard theme-park food, just to avoid the Butter Beer line, is not worth it imo.

    Oh, and I'll echo what you said earlier. Skip the frozen Butter Beer, at least the first time. The slushy version isn't "authentic", and just isn't the same.
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    Re: IOA Crowds on 10-09-10

    Oh I'll eat at Mythos either way. We went there in May for the first time and quickly agreed it would be a tradition any time we visited the resort. . .damn good food, especially for a theme park!
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