Wait time for new Potter ride: 450 minutes
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - Lines to get on the new Harry Potter ride at Universal Orlando Resort were more than seven hours long Tuesday - enough time to watch a couple of Harry Potter movies or for a fast reader to get through a Harry Potter book.
Folks on Twitter were tweeting pictures of a sign listing the 450-minute wait time outside the ride, called Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts.
Universal spokesman Tom Schroder confirmed the long lines, though he noted that wait time varied throughout the day. Universal workers were handing out tickets with return times printed on them to ease congestion.
The new park zone is called The Wizarding World of Harry Potter-Diagon Alley. Universal's original Harry Potter park, called The Wizarding World of Harry Potter-Hogsmeade, opened in 2010.
NJ theme park finally opens drop ride
JACKSON, N.J. (AP) - A New Jersey theme park finally opened what it calls the world's tallest and fastest drop ride.
The Zumanjaro: Drop of Doom ride began operating July Fourth at Six Flags Great Adventure in Jackson.
Riders are hoisted 415 feet in the air and dropped back to the ground at 90 mph. Adding to the thrill: The park's Kingda Ka roller coaster trains hurl toward riders on Zumanjaro at speeds of up to 128 mph.
The ride initially was scheduled to open Memorial Day weekend.