Quick question about layout and lockers

2 quick things:
1: When I enter USF and IOA, it seems the WWoHP is always toward the back. How is the crowd control in Universal? I plan on beelining to WWoHP at opening in whatever park doesn’t have early entry each of the two days, and I am wondering if people run or stampede or anything, or if with a little hustle we’ll make it without being trampled.

2: Can I wear a fanny pack/waist bag on Forbidden Journey? I know they don’t allow ANY bags at all or even phones, but did read that if it was attached to your body, they didn’t make you put it in a locker.

  1. When we were there, we found it smart to head to WWOHP first thing. Crowds don’t generally pick up until around noon because MOST people are just doing things in the order they come and eventually make it back there. For those who are focused on hitting HP first, I don’t recall there being much in the way of runners or anything. We were always there at opening (not early entry) and just walked there with purpose, but not necessarily rushed. But we were also there during a slow week. (CLs from 2 to 4.)

  2. Yes, if it doesn’t interfere. But lockers are available for free as you enter the queue area, so if you aren’t sure, just ask an employee and they can confirm. While using the lockers is a little annoying, it isn’t TOO annoying because they are conveniently placed and, as I mentioned, free. Having said that, I have been on Forbidden journey with a waist pack.

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Thanks, @ryan1.
I like beelining to the stuff that is the highest priority first. To me, that’s seeing WWoHP, even if it means I have to physically drag my daughter past Seuss Landing, which she will love.

Well, yes. It is cool just to walk through, though…builds excitement to return there later (after HP).

BUT, if it is a concern, you could always head to WWOHP by heading left upon entry instead of right. It is a much longer walk, but bypasses Seuss entirely. :wink:

When taking the path to WWOHP, as you pass through Seuss land, I suggest staying close to the water to not only shorten your walk, but to give the least amount of temptation to your daughter. (See the path in red, encircled in blue.)


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That is a very high tech map you have there. :joy:
Will do. The shorter the path, the better.

Oh, and one more advantage of going that path along the water is you get to see the Zax. And, for those who care to know, the Zax is my favorite Dr. Seuss story of all time, with implications to today’s political/social climate as much today as it did when Seuss wrote it.


I wear a small fanny pack every time I go to Universal, and have always been able to wear it on Forbidden Journey. The lockers over there can tend to be a total disaster because instead of sending one person to use the locker, I have seen entire families, including children sitting on the floor playing on cell phones, in the area taking up space.


It was cool enough for light jackets this week so I carried what we needed in the zippered pockets. I thought the locker situation sounded annoying. That being said as long as the pack is under your clothing you should be fine. We went at early opening and although the main entrance was crowded the walk over to WWOHP was fine.

rebeecky can you please share with us a link or a picture of what that small fanny pack looks like? Can I bring it in the hulk and the other big rides? I heard there is a metal detector so you can’t bring anything with you other than the lanyard with the tickets. Thanks!

For rides like Hulk and Rip Ride Rockit, they are quite strict about what they allow, and there are metal detectors. BUT, the free lockers they have are fairly easy to use and quickly accessible, so it isn’t a big deal. (I DO recommend having something to keep your lose change in, however, since otherwise you are just emptying lose change into a locker, which is annoying.)

I haven’t been, but I imagine Hagrid’s will have similar enforcement. Other rides are less strict, so as long as you can ride without inhibiting the restraints, you’re good. A VERY small fanny pack is fine, or, as I’m known to prefer, cargo pockets!

Thanks Ryan1

Sorry, I am FINALLY looking at this at home so that I can take the pictures. Here is the fanny pack I have been using for decades.


And now I have whipped out my awesome modeling skills so that you can see what it looks like on for a better size perspective.


Wow that is more that I was expecting to get, thanks a lot :slight_smile:

I thought every one in this forum was a guy lol. I wasn’t paying that much attention to the meaning of the usernames.

I’ll get me one like yours but maybe with pocket for a water bottle

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Ha, ha! Nope, there’s a lot of us ladies here! But I know what you mean. Most names don’t infer male or female, so I often have a vision of my head of what someone looks like and I’m always shocked when they turn out to NOT be a man/woman.

Be aware that a bigger fanny pack that would hold a water bottle would probably not be allowed on rides and you would have to take it off.

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Good point, and they will probably interfere with the harness. Thanks

It is confusing, since @rebeecky looks just like Severus Snape. :wink:


Love the Harry Potter shirt!


Thank you! Me, too! It seemed appropriate for a demo on this forum.

:rofl: :rofl: