- HP overhyped? I’ve been going to WDW and Universal for a very long time. I’ve experienced the opening of ToT, Rockin’ Roller Coaster, AK, Expedition to Everest, IOA and a host of other attractions - and I’ve enjoyed them all and been thrilled with a lot…but NOTHING compares to HP. If you didn’t read the books, if you’re not interested in the movies, if you are looking at it as just another “ride” - then you might use the word “over-hyped”. HP was designed for HP fans. Go with the attitude that this woman seems to have - and yes - you will probably have a miserable time. Go with the excitement of seeing Hogwarts, Hogsmeade and everything magical and you will be blown away. Every single detail of this attraction had to have JK Rawlings approval. That should be enough for anyone.
I am not a fan. I could care less about Harry Potter and Harry Potter land.
As such and as a fan of the original IOA, I’m actually pretty disappointed.
There is really only one new ride. Dragon Challenge? All they did was rename Dueling Dragons and I bet the hidden Mickey is still in the queue as well, showing its origin as a coaster for the unbuilt AK. Most of the rest is just walk throughs. It doesn’t hold much interest to me. In fact, for all the hype, I expected more than one new ride and the inclusion of stuff that has been in the park since opening.
But what a ride it is!!
Easily the top of the class in central Florida. Standing on the shoulders of Spiderman and using a robot arm coaster as its ride system, this is something to be ridden again and again and honestly, there’s nothing in a Disney park today that comes close. This is the distillation of 100 years of amusement technology in one package. It IS the state of the art!
Too bad there isn’t more. They hyped Harry Potter Land as if it was a whole new park, a third Universal park. Instead, all it is, is one of the islands of adventure in a park where the best island is still Marvel Superhero Island.
IOA AND UNIVERSAL STILL NEED MORE RIDES!!!
To the hotel express pass, with only three hotels and less than 2500 rooms, the hotel guests should not be making that much of a difference. It isn’t like WDW with something like 30,000 rooms. Plus Universal also has their own free express pass as well as a paid premium express pass. None of these allow guests to get to the front of the line on the Rip Ride Rocket coaster or Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey.
Nice tip about jumping the single rider line in the exit gift shop where the lockers are located Llama.:ninja: