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  1. https://orlandoparkstop.com/news/theme-park-news/capacity-issues-plague-hagrids-magical-creatures-motorbike-adventures-first-week/ Orlando Park Stop did an article on the capacity issues a few days ago. She estimates that Hagrids has only been doing an average of ~4000 riders per day. One of the big issues is that they aren’t opening until “midday” right now (usually around 11-12) and soon after, the daily rainstorms roll in and they have to shut it down. Combine that with technical issues and it doesn’t leave much time to actually run the ride. They’ve also had to install extra AC in parts of the queue where there wasn’t any since people are sitting in there for hours, as well as institute a system to let people leave the line and come back.
  2. Despite it reaching capacity and Disney turning on the virtual queue, it seems like everyone rushed for the Falcon. Reports are that the rest of the land was quite quiet, there weren’t any gate crushing lines to get in, the freeways weren’t clogged, wait times at other rides are still quite low, and now the Falcon is down to a 35min wait.
  3. You’ll be happy to hear that the little bit of Merch that they had put into the Cinema has been removed and they are now testing benches.
  4. I’ve used Downcast for years. It mostly does what I want it to do, but it’s oversights are a bit frustrating (mainly its inability to create custom playlists easily). It does give you a ton of control with its settings and individual show settings though, which I love. I’ve had Overcast sitting on my phone for forever and tried to switch recently for a particular reason, but it was missing so many customization features and had a way of dealing with episodes that I found too frustrating. I’ve never liked Apple’s podcast app. The only reason I’d even consider using it would be for better Siri/Shortcut support.
  5. http://blogmickey.com/2019/06/disney-announces-reservations-for-ogas-cantina-and-savis-workshop-releases-details-for-star-wars-galaxys-edge-operations-for-june-24th-and-beyond-at-disneyland-park/ Disney has released details on how Galaxy’s Edge will operate starting next week. They will be using a same day virtual queue (aka Boarding Pass) when needed through the app or at certain locations in the park. Savis and the Cantina will also continue to operate with reservations, but these look like they’ll be able to be done outside of the land. If you have a reservation to either, you’ll be allowed into the land without a “Boarding Pass”. Savis will also now allow 2 others to watch instead of just one. Savis will charge the full $200 upfront and will not offer refunds for a no-show. Olga’s will have a $10 no-show charge. I don’t see anything about time limits anymore.
  6. The only negatives I’ve heard about Hagrid is frustration with breakdowns and that it has to shut down due to weather. I watched one video where they suffered multiple delays while in line, watched them have to remove a train when they got to the loading area, got stuck during a delay while loading and then during a reride they got due to a shutdown, had the ride shut down again when they were in the middle of the forrest at night in the dark. They did not seem to enjoy their experience. All the launches really do seem to create a different type of coaster experience. One that never has to go up a lift hill, changes speed throughout and stays quite close to the ground. I hope they can get all the trains operating soon.
  7. As for Hagrid, I had read that the wear and tear was higher than they were expecting and that maintenance could be an issue. They also don’t seem to have it running anywhere near full capacity yet due to some issues with some of the trains. Seems like they could have used a bit more time to work out the kinks. I’m not super surprised they’re doing something to allow more work to be done.
  8. For Galaxy’s Edge, I think there is still an expectation that there will be same day Virtual Queues with return times. They may even have a 4 hour “limit” like the reservations have had at DL. We’ll have to see how DL handles things starting next week to get an idea of how WDW might handle it.
  9. Panzer Dragoon analysis starts at 6:52. Nothing major revealed (Spoilers: it looks better and runs smoother than the Saturn version). I think it it looks pretty good. It’s been so long since I’ve played the original, I don’t know if I’d notice a difference in gameplay speed.
  10. The Giantbomb impressions were very..... confused? Unsure? They couldn’t quite figure out what the game was going to be and seem surprised they didn’t have more to show considering it is supposed to be out in less than a year.
  11. Early reviews of Hagrid’s from cast previews and the media event seem overwhelmingly positive. It does look like a lot of fun. A great mix of a low to the ground multi launch coaster and dark ride elements. Universal was reporting a 10 hour wait at some point today.
  12. I haven’t watched/listened to the Phil interview yet either, but am looking forward to it. He’s always as candid as possible in them and always has interesting insights into the games industry as a whole, and how MS fits into it.
  13. Since both the Rift S and Quest both have inside out tracking, and the same controllers, is there any technical reason that Oculus couldn’t make a Quest that has an optional cable to also connect it to a PC? Seems like they could create a single headset that would suit the Quests pick up and play, and the power of the PC. They could call it Oculus Switch.
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