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A New Harry Potter Attraction, & Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge | HHL 5.23.18

A blogger named Alicia Stella (from Orlando Park Stop), who Kory was actually was close friends with in high school, wrote a piece for the Unofficial Universal Orlando Podcast this week that has gone viral. The article is PACKED with details about what Universal is doing to the old Dragon Challenge coaster site at Universal Orlando’s Islands of Adventure.


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Kory (Intro Topic One): Wanna talk about a small world? A blogger named Alicia Stella (from Orlando Park Stop), who I actually was close friends with in high school, wrote a piece for the Unofficial Universal Orlando Podcast this week that has gone viral. The article is PACKED with details about what Universal is doing to the old Dragon Challenge coaster site at Universal Orlando’s Islands of Adventure. The post says, in part, “While we still do not know how the coaster trains will be themed, we do know that the ride manufacturer will be Intamin. They were the company behind Escape from Gringotts, (as well as countless other coasters around the world.) Some of the track will be flat while others will appear as triangle sections, similar to Cheetah Hunt at Busch Gardens Tampa. …the new Potter Coaster will feature several launched sections rather than traditional lift hills.”

She continues, “The old queue building from Dueling Dragons/Dragon Challenge is remaining, as we had speculated prior. The interior has been almost completely gutted to make way for an entirely new immersive queue that will be fitting for the Wizarding World. Both of the old stations for Fire(Chinese Fireball) and Ice (Hungarian Horntail) are being utilized as well. They will be connected together and the old Fire station will become the new ride’s load platform, now facing the opposite direction. The old Ice station will become the unload platform for the new ride. The track will be joined together where both dragons used to start the ride, to make one complete circuit.

The load and unload stations will utilize a moving platform, similar to Forbidden Journey or Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit. Guests will load onto the train as it slowly proceeds through the station. As with other attractions that use a continuously moving load platform the conveyor belt will be able to be stopped momentarily for accessibility reasons, but all passengers will likely be required to transfer out of their wheelchair to ride. The ride begins with our train exiting the building through the opening where the Fire dragon used to end its run.”

The article continues with a ton of spoilers that we will leave out, but the detail is really interesting, she even has a rendering of the rumored track layout.

We did offer to have Alicia on the show herself to discuss the article, but east coast to west coast scheduling conflicts made that impossible this time. We hope to have Alicia on the podcast in the near future. The article is fascinating, and you can read it in full on the Run Sheet at NoMidnightPodcast.com.

LINK: https://uuopodcast.blogspot.com/2018/05/the-rumor-mill-details-for-new-harry.html?m=1

Topic 1: 10-15 minutes.

  • What are we hoping for in this new attraction?
  • Are we disappointed that it’s another Hogwarts based attraction, and not the rumored Fantastic Beasts attraction?
  • There is a rumor of some work happening on the lower lot at Universal Studios Hollywood, perhaps this attraction will have a west coast twin?
  • JACK: Facebook comments?
  • Plug OPS, and link on site.

Topic 2: 10 mins

  • Kory: This week, Disney announced the openings for Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge at Disneyland and Walt Disney World. According to Disney Parks Blog, “Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge will open in summer 2019 at Disneyland Resort and in late fall 2019 at Walt Disney World Resort, when guests will land in the middle of the action as they live their own Star Wars stories.”
  • Any surprises in the opening dates?
  • Expectations (crowds, AP changes, crowd flow changes, etc.)
  • JACK: Facebook comments?

LINK: https://disneyparks.disney.go.com/blog/2018/05/opening-season-just-announced-for-star-wars-galaxys-edge/?CMP=SOC-DPFY18Q2wo0517180523180027C

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One comment

  1. Super cool to hear you guys talk about the new attraction and my article! Sorry I couldn’t be on this time, hopefully soon though! And just to clarify – no screenz… As far as I’ve heard, the character will be an animatronic figure for that part of the ride. Yay!

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