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Wizarding World - Diagon Alley Discussion - Part 3

Discussion in 'Wizarding World - Diagon Alley' started by Brian G., Jul 4, 2014.

  1. Teebin

    Teebin Legendary Member

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    Does anyone have the link for the sculptor who created the dragon among many other WW statuary? I have completely forgotten his name.
     
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    That guy should get banned from the park.
     
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    If I recall, it was me or someone else who posted that on the "This is why we don't get nice things" thread; actually a while back.

    It's..angering, as a word.
     
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    Bryn Court! Great person. I met him while he was (I believe) heading rockwork art direction at VB.
     
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    Wild. I had no idea that he was involved on the VB project. Thanks!
     
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    So much for everyone back to school! (although it is a holiday weekend)

     
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    I know with Globus Mundi it was formerly an extra Ollivanders space, but it amazes me that places like this can just pop up out of nowhere. Was there always a space inside there? Was that set of swinging doors always there or retrofitted?
     
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    Looks like it might have been a storage space/closet and the doors were cut and counter added.
     
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    Universal should seriously considering having a Tunnock's meringue fresh cream cake to their list of food options.

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    Bought out the factory today, 2 for $1.25.
     
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    Yes! They already carry their caramel wafers in the Wizarding World.
     
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    Can’t forget cans of Tennents for that authentic train journey experience.
     
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    Seems as if Spring Break hit virtually over night in Orlando. I bring that up because Diagon was extremely crowded today and the Dragon wasn't breathing fire for quite awhile. Of course, everyone still stands there with their phones out, waiting for it to happen (seriously, this is probably a more satisfying moment for most guests than the Hogwarts projection show). With everyone just standing there, the main path clogs up and half the people don't even know why they're standing there with their phones out.

    At the same time all of this is happening, Gringotts is at a 15 minute wait because everyone in the land is waiting for the damn dragon. When it finally went off you would've thought you were at an intense sporting event. And then of course it turned into rope drop all over again.

    The only way to describe it is through the words of a guest I overheard: "Wow, this is a Cluster****" :lol:
     
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    Touring Plans has this time as 10 out of 10 for UOR.
     
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    I've been in Diagon more days than I can count, and....I'm still awed and amazed every time the dragon fires up. One of the very best iconic scenes in any theme park. People are just mesmerized by it.
     
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    Based on what I experienced, I don't doubt it.

    Yup, people love it. It's a definitive "wow" moment. And I agree, it's one of the most unique sights in a theme park anywhere.
     
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    One of my favorite things to do for EPA is to stand with my back at the door of Wheezley's and watch Michael do his thing for Leaky and the people coming though the wall. Many of them are onsite guests and the first timers all have this look of wonder on their faces. Reminds me of opening day and how I felt even though I had been in during softs.
     
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    Michael is the shorter, portly guy right? He's been there forever and he's great.

    Seriously, Diagon Alley still is my top bar for themed lands and I love it so much. Going to WDW and DLR the past month just reminds me more and more how great it is.
     
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    Yes. Diagon Alley is 'far' above any other area operating at this point in time.
     
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    Michael is the wizard looking wizard with the book and the feather writing implement outside the Leaky entrance. When the dragon does her thing he uses the feather as a wand and with impeccable timing mimes causing her to fire. Has been there since opening and really plays the role.
     

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