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New Harry Potter Coaster Confirmed for 2019 (Dragon's Challenge Closing Sept 4th)

JT3000

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The Hagrid reveal was terrible. All it showed was a slowly moving umbrella. I'm not sure who in Universal's marketing department thought that would be a good idea, but it is what it is. We will find out how advanced it is when the ride opens. Anyone expecting it to be as impressive as Disney's latest and greatest needs to lower their expectations. This is not the park chain that specializes in AA tech. For a long time they had moved away from using them completely.
 

raven

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The Hagrid reveal was terrible. All it showed was a slowly moving umbrella. I'm not sure who in Universal's marketing department thought that would be a good idea, but it is what it is. We will find out how advanced it is when the ride opens. Anyone expecting it to be as impressive as Disney's latest and greatest needs to lower their expectations. This is not the park chain that specializes in AA tech. For a long time they had moved away from using them completely.
You realize that this animatronic was made by the same company that made the one for Avatar, right?
 

andysol

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You realize that this animatronic was made by the same company that made the one for Avatar, right?
This is absolutely incorrect.

All of Disney’s advanced animatronics are fabricated in house. They have an in-house team with WDI. Hondo, The Avatar Shaman, and BatB in Tokyo animatronics were all fabricated by WDI for example.

Secondly- you don’t know which company did the fabrication for Hagrid. It was likely either Lifeformations or Advanced Animations. But the fact we don’t even know which of those two it was makes your statement impossible to make.

Third party companies such as those will be used by TWDC for their less advanced animatronics. I would wager many star troopers will be created by one of those, for example; but the advanced AAs are again, fully fabricated by WDI. And the Avatar shaman was one of those.

Disney will always have better AA tech on their high end animatronics simply because they invest a significantly larger amount of time, R&D and money on them as they place a higher value to them.

That all said, it might be a non-issue due to the speed in which we’ll be passing these animatronics.
 

Tom Morrow

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Yeah, I'm not expecting the quality of the Shaman, but I'm assuming it moves more realistically than the slight movement we saw in the video. I think that reveal video was a bad call - all it does is open comparisons to Disney's animatronics. If they had said nothing then people wouldn't go in analyzing the Hagrid animatronic so heavily.
 
Would it be better to release a video minimizing expectations or video showing motion that will be regarded as promised if in 'B mode"?
 

JT3000

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You realize that this animatronic was made by the same company that made the one for Avatar, right?
I don't, because it wasn't. lol

That all said, it might be a non-issue due to the speed in which we’ll be passing these animatronics.
I believe Fluffy is the only one the ride doesn't slow down much for. We should have enough time to scrutinize the others.

Would it be better to release a video minimizing expectations or video showing motion that will be regarded as promised if in 'B mode"?
Universal doesn't leave their AAs in a B mode. If they stop working, they get fixed.
 

trr1

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Yeah, I'm not expecting the quality of the Shaman, but I'm assuming it moves more realistically than the slight movement we saw in the video. I think that reveal video was a bad call - all it does is open comparisons to Disney's animatronics. If they had said nothing then people wouldn't go in analyzing the Hagrid animatronic so heavily.
who made the Yeti on Expedition Everest
 

celluloid

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I have sources telling me the walls are coming down either friday or Saturday and they are aiming to begin soft openings around may 25
25th may be a tad early for softs. Operation Team Members are not done being trained and the extended queue and loose ends so to speak are not done just yet.
 
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