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Unread 18 Jun 19, 06:35 PM  
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The other reason is due to the lack of maintenance time between opening hours.

Rumour as it is due to people all joining the queue before park close which is resulting guests not leaving the park until 4 hours plus after the park officially closed leaving limited time for all the required inspection and initial shakedown problems.
I wonder if it works better for them to do this so people are riding in the dark and then they can do maintenance etc in daylight in the morning with the delayed start.
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Unread 18 Jun 19, 06:38 PM  
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Is the virtual queue in operation?
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Unread 18 Jun 19, 09:22 PM  
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Originally Posted by lovewdw View Post
No that's what they should have done (also known as soft opening).
Unfortunately, they didn't do that, just fully opened with a grand opening ceremony.
They were behind schedule on the build so couldn't do as much testing with people as they wanted
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Unread 19 Jun 19, 03:11 AM  
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We went on this today. Arrived through the gates of the park just before 11 and went straight to join the queue which was well organised and started in The Lost Continent. Once 12 came the ride opened and the queue moved very quickly to the entrance in Hogsmead. Very well organised and no queue jumping you could get to the lockers and the moved quickly through the outside queuing area. All was going well and we got to about 40 minutes from the ride after about 1 hour when a storm came. Everything stopped for around 2 hours while the storm cleared but again it was well organised and you could leave the queue through the exit to go to the bathroom or get something to eat and rejoin the rest of your party. Once the ride reopened everything moved quickly again and we eventually got on the ride about 4pm. We all agreed that it was worth it though. Great ride and would queue another couple of hours to go it again. Wed already had two days in Universal with express passes and so we went today especially to do this ride so we all left happy in the end. Seems that they are being very cautious with this ride though as all the other outside rides has reopened after the storm and this took another 30 minutes to get going again.

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Having seen the ride videos I personnelly wouldn't bother riding it unless it was a walk on...
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Originally Posted by Lockster View Post
We went on this today. Arrived through the gates of the park just before 11 and went straight to join the queue which was well organised and started in The Lost Continent. Once 12 came the ride opened and the queue moved very quickly to the entrance in Hogsmead. Very well organised and no queue jumping you could get to the lockers and the moved quickly through the outside queuing area. All was going well and we got to about 40 minutes from the ride after about 1 hour when a storm came. Everything stopped for around 2 hours while the storm cleared but again it was well organised and you could leave the queue through the exit to go to the bathroom or get something to eat and rejoin the rest of your party. Once the ride reopened everything moved quickly again and we eventually got on the ride about 4pm. We all agreed that it was worth it though. Great ride and would queue another couple of hours to go it again. Wed already had two days in Universal with express passes and so we went today especially to do this ride so we all left happy in the end. Seems that they are being very cautious with this ride though as all the other outside rides has reopened after the storm and this took another 30 minutes to get going again.
I presume the virtual q isn't running then
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No virtual queue yet but there is single rider
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Having seen the ride videos I personnelly wouldn't bother riding it unless it was a walk on...
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