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Re: The Wizarding World of Harry Potter: Diagon Alley

Mon May 12, 2014 8:37 pm

Here is a sneak peek video, released by Universal of the new Hogwarts Express ride
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=5gmSf4R2Ac4
 
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Re: The Wizarding World of Harry Potter: Diagon Alley

Tue May 13, 2014 12:42 pm

Here are some details on the Gringotts ride, although most of it had already come out through HTF on Orlando United it has now been more officially confirmed

http://www.orlandounited.com/forums/showthread.php/8942-Harry-Potter-and-the-Escape-from-Gringotts-(SPOILERS!)

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Re: The Wizarding World of Harry Potter: Diagon Alley

Tue May 13, 2014 1:09 pm

Universal have just released this on FB
Sneak Peek Escape From Gringotts.....wooooo
https://www.universalorlando.com/Rides/ ... 5219907406
Enjoy.
So excited for this ride \:D/
 
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Re: The Wizarding World of Harry Potter: Diagon Alley

Wed May 14, 2014 12:54 pm

Found some cool images on Theme Park Insider of shots inside the Gringotts building

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Re: The Wizarding World of Harry Potter: Diagon Alley

Wed May 14, 2014 3:05 pm

Skubersky on OU has just left the following

It's official! I just received my invitation to a "Media & VIP preview" of Diagon Alley for June 17-20. Note that it doesn't say "grand opening," hopefully they won't pull a 7DMT and keep the public out until July...


Exciting times since it will be open in just over a month!
 
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Re: The Wizarding World of Harry Potter: Diagon Alley

Wed May 14, 2014 5:31 pm

Just been reading up more on this and found some interesting stuff:
- 'riders will feel a sensation of being launched, shaken and dropped.' Could this hit to a freefall section and launched?
-the animatronic goblins will talk to people, asking things like 'would you like to open a savings account'.
- project managers said that for this ride they have toned down the sudden movements like there is on forbidden journey.
- they also said that unlike forbidden journey, there will not be a weight restriction.

It says the feeling of dropping that would lead me to believe in a free fall drop, however saying they have toned down sudden movements maybe it's something else. Either way I'm so looking forward to this!!

Source: https://finance.yahoo.com/blogs/daily-t ... 42658.html

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Also found this, a competition being held and the prize is a visit to the grand opening of Diagonal Alley. It says it will notify winners some time during May! Which means they must have an idea for an opening date now! Also there's some concept art of the new shops.

Source: http://www.snitchseeker.com/harry-potte ... may-97707/
 
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Re: The Wizarding World of Harry Potter: Diagon Alley

Wed May 14, 2014 5:50 pm

As roodles has said before, the drop bit is a teeter totter effect and its a similar sort of setup as spiderman except on a rollercoaster track, so thats how it will do the shaking.
 
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Re: The Wizarding World of Harry Potter: Diagon Alley

Wed May 21, 2014 11:26 am

Here is an article from USA today after they were given an exclusive look round DA

http://www.usatoday.com/videos/experience/america/videos/2014/05/16/9086811/

ORLANDO -- It's a peculiar feeling, locking eyes with a goblin. Especially one sporting a custom-tailored suit complete with tarnished-brass cuff links.

On one hand, you feel in awe of the craftsmanship. Bushy eyebrows dominate the deep crags of his forehead. Gray nose hairs peek out like periscopes. On the other hand, it's quite unsettling. Although his black eyes are animatronic, they're quite lifelike.

And he's not alone. In all, there are nine animatronic goblins that greet guests at the start of Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts, the marquee attraction at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter — Diagon Alley at Universal Studios Florida.

They look every bit like the goblins from the Harry Potter movies. And it's no wonder.

"We worked with the film team," says Thierry Coup, Universal Creative's senior vice president. "And we actually took the mold of the goblins from the film."

In fact, "I spent about 2 1/2 years working on these guys," adds Eric Hunt, creative producer with Universal Creative.

Last week, USA TODAY was the first to tour the 20-acre themed land, which is scheduled to open this summer. Not only is it jampacked with a high-tech train ride, elaborate shops and dining experiences, "everything is totally true to what was in the films or the books," Coup says.

'Way beyond' a coaster

Plus, there are plenty of bonuses not originally part of the series. For instance, inside Gringotts bank, after guests pass through the grand lobby, there's a hallway with magical portraits and armor fit for goblins and trolls.

Turn the corner, and you realize you are in the office of Bill Weasley, who greets you in a similar way that Dumbledore does in Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey at Universal Orlando's Islands of Adventure. Then, you board souped-up elevators that make you feel as if you are going deep into the cavernous vaults.

Once you exit, there are massive stalactites above and 12-person ride vehicles, each with its own steam-pumping chimney. That is impressive in itself, but what about the ride?

"Is it part roller coaster, part 3-D-motion-based ride?" I ask.

Not exactly.

"It would be a real understatement to call it a roller coaster, because it does so much more," Coup says. "It's way beyond that."

Here's how it works: Riders put on 3-D glasses and race through a labyrinth of underground vaults, where they encounter the villainous Bellatrix Lestrange and Lord Voldermort, Harry's archrival.

At one point, "a troll grabs the vehicle and starts shaking it," Coup says. At another point, hot lava surrounds guests just as the villains reappear in a full, 360-degree scene. It's all thanks to 4K digital high-definition animation, state-of-the-art 3-D Infitec projection systems and live special effects.

It's clearly very different from Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey, a wildly popular ride at Hogsmeade. The distinguishing factor: Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts "is thrilling and dynamic, but not as dynamic as Forbidden Journey because we wanted everyone to be able to ride it."

After all, Harry Potter's fan base is broad, from bespectacled 8-year-olds to wand-wielding tweens to soccer moms and dads. A huge chunk of the fan base, of course, is the young-adult crowd.

"People my age are the ones who literally grew up alongside Harry," says Kara Brown, 21, a St. Petersburg, Fla., college student, who plans to visit on opening day. "So it is kind of like going back and visiting your elementary school again when you are older. I just can't wait to see all of it."

Which is music to Stuart Craig's ears. As the production designer for the Potter films, creating Hogsmeade and Diagon Alley were dream projects.

Craig and the team set out to knock the socks off of Potter fans in every way possible, with theming that begins even before you enter. For starters, the parklike area in front of the London facade houses the three-story Knight Bus from the films. And, yes, there's a shrunken head that talks with onlookers.

Then, in true Potter fashion, you must transition from the real world to the magical world by traveling through the brick wall at King's Cross station.

"It's a very cool trick," Gilmore says. "One at a time, you do your run. It's basically so insane. Everybody's going to want to do it many times."

Cruise down Diagon alley

Inside, to your left is the Leaky Cauldron, a sit-down restaurant that will serve British favorites such as fish and chips and bangers and mash. Just steps past that is Knockturn Alley, a dark and menacing place with dancing skeletons, a ceiling lit like a foreboding night sky and more wisecracking shrunken heads.

The entrance to Gringotts is farther down, along with The Magical Menagerie, which offers plush toys including ravens and chubby, white rabbits that transform into silk top hats. Nearby is Florean Fortescue's Ice Cream Parlour, which serves unusual flavors such as Earl Grey and lavender, sticky toffee, and clotted cream.

In a final stroke of brilliance, there's the Hogwarts Express, which transports parkgoers from Hogsmeade Station to London's King's Cross Station and back.

As you trundle along, you are treated to a four-minute Harry Potter movie made for this ride. Each carriage is "basically your own little audio theater," Gilmore says. "The characters are all around you in this experience."

Robert Niles, editor of ThemeParkInsider.com, is intrigued. "I can't think of a theme-park project I've ever been more excited to see for myself than this one," he says. Author J.K. Rowling "is the queen of back story ... creating an imaginative world that practically begged to be re-created in film and, now, theme parks."

Indeed. As I sat in a train carriage on the Hogwarts Express, with the sound of the engine rumbling and smoke bellowing outside, I started to feel less like a Muggle and more like a wizard.
 
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Re: The Wizarding World of Harry Potter: Diagon Alley

Fri May 23, 2014 9:17 am

Universal are now booking Harry Potter packages from the 29th June 2014, from what I have found online suggestions are being made that the launch date will be the 20th June. Will keep you posted if I see or find out anything else. :clap:
 
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Re: The Wizarding World of Harry Potter: Diagon Alley

Fri May 23, 2014 9:44 am

The media preview event is 17-20th which would suggest maybe the 21st as the launch date. One of the users on Orlando United who is usually pretty spot on with what he says reckons softs could start 6/7 June
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Re: The Wizarding World of Harry Potter: Diagon Alley

Sat May 24, 2014 9:26 pm

So the dragon has finally arrived. Wow.

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Re: The Wizarding World of Harry Potter: Diagon Alley

Sat May 24, 2014 10:47 pm

That was added a few days ago, it looks brilliant! :)
 
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Re: The Wizarding World of Harry Potter: Diagon Alley

Sun May 25, 2014 1:23 am

Well not really a few days since it was only put up on 24th ;)

Here is another pic

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Re: Exclusive: The Wizarding World Of Harry Potter Aerial Up

Sun May 25, 2014 6:37 am

Well, we decided to take to the air again this past Saturday (05/24/14) with the news of a dragon. In fact, a dragon was mounted to the top of the "Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts" ride.

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For even more photos please visit Pixels At The Parks at --> Universal Orlando Resort Diagon Alley Aerial Photos from 05/24/14

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Re: The Wizarding World of Harry Potter: Diagon Alley

Sun May 25, 2014 11:50 am

An amazing photo from HTF on OU from yesterday evening

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Re: Exclusive: The Wizarding World Of Harry Potter Aerial Up

Mon May 26, 2014 6:21 pm

Many thanks for the share Bob, It's really great to see this amazing new land coming to life!
 
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Re: The Wizarding World of Harry Potter: Diagon Alley

Fri May 30, 2014 7:04 pm

Diagon Alley food list released
Some good old fashioned English grub on here

http://blog.universalorlando.com/whats- ... 0_25005056
 
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Re: The Wizarding World of Harry Potter: Diagon Alley

Sun Jun 01, 2014 7:01 pm

The wings for the dragon look to be being installed this weekend.

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Plus the return ticket machines have also been installed.

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The fences have also been moved back by Hogsmeade Station revealing a little more of the new landscaping

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(Credit for images to Attractions Magazine and Orlando United Twitter)
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Universal 5th Hotel and Waterpark (WonderSea)

Wed Jun 04, 2014 10:29 pm

Back a few years ago Universal registered the name Wondersea and now it looks like they will be using it for a new waterpark

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Rumour has it that the center piece will be a giant volcano, also note that Universal has the following ideas patented which could make an appearance.

Articulated waterslide

System and method for generating waves in multiple directions

System and method for providing water park beach visual effects

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