Universal continues to struggle with lines and crowds at Harry Potter theme park

HollywoodNews.com: On the first day Hogwarts opened its castle doors to Muggles for the first time ever at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter theme park in Orlando, the lines wrapped around three islands and resulted in over twelve hour waits. Now, over a month later, the crowds still haven’t died down, and Universal is scrambling to accommodate the thousands of guests streaming into the park per day.

Amidst reports of hurried restocking of sold-out merchandise and other crowd control issues, the Miami Herald states that Universal is now issuing paper tickets to prevent line-cutting and adding more outdoor merchandise and food carts as a response to congestion, and stopping the sale of alcohol in the Hog’s Head pub in order to speed up service times. Additionally, park officials are advising visitors to arrive at the park later in the day rather than first thing in the morning as a deterrent against early morning crowds.

These measures come in light of several criticisms as to Universal’s lack of a large-scale response to the stunning sheer number of visitors to the just-opened park, resulting in many irate guests. While the wait to get into the park hasn’t died down much yet, intended visitors to the wizarding world will be happy to know that lines are expected to be slightly more manageable later in the year once summer holidays have passed. For now–arrive either very, very early or very, very late, and be prepared for a lot of standing around. Luckily, chilled Butterbeers await.

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