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PassPorter Podcast: Episode 112: The Wizarding World of Harry Potter

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Episode 112: The Wizarding World of Harry Potter - (03-07-2012 06:00 AM)


Podcast Description: Join the PassPorter Moms, Jennifer Marx and Sara Varney, as they discuss the Disney news this week, announce listener celebrations and a new contest winner and talk all about Sara's recent trip to Universal Orlando and The Wizarding World of Harry Potter.

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Just to inform you about the complaints as to how small the street and shops are, Universal had no control over those decisions. J.K. Rowling insisted that it be built as if you were really in those streets and shops as she envisioned them. If Universal wanted to make something larger, and she didn't approve, it didn't happen.

As for how small the whole area is, they are planning an expansion. Now that the Jaws ride closed in the regular Universal Studios park, they are planning a Hogwart's Express over to the other park where there will be Diagon Alley and a Gringot's vault ride that they are planning.
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Very interesting stuff, Sara! The wand story was... hysterical, to say the very least.

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Thank you so much for your review. I have a 7 yr old boy who loves the Harry Potter movies and I was trying to decide if we should go to Universal next year for a day or not. Hearing how intense the rides are has made me decide to also wait until he is a little older and has experienced more of the harder rides at Disney first. I've also been hesitant because I heard how crowed it gets there and they don't use free fast pass service which I think is ridiculous, I pray Disney never does that.
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Loved this podcast, and your mention of the Frogs outside of the Royal Pacific reminded me to upload my photos. So i just did that.

But here they are:

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