I was able to get Leiandra over to the PTR before the PTR server was even up. Was even able to download the entire patch before the realms were up as well. Of course, when it went up, there was me and about a million other people all checking out the new area. So, I didn't stay long. I figured I'd deal with the crowds once the initial shock wore off or just when it's rolled out for everyone.
So, that said... the whole premise of this post could be based on some false information. I had logged out in Shattrath, so that was obviously my starting point. I know it's been a great place for almost everyone to have their hearthstone these days since it allows you to "easily" travel between the old cities and the new. But when asking directions to Sunwell Isle on the PTR, a kind soul told me to port to Iron Forge and then fly on up to Sunwell (with the flight path already having been discovered somehow).
Now playing a mage, that isn't too big of a deal to me. I'm sure they'll have an Inn there where I can set my home, and then just port all over like I normally do. But this may be one of the first times, that I know of, where the Horde has a clear traveling advantage of Alliance. Port to Silvermoon, and a quick flight to Sunwell Isle is a heck of a lot faster than Iron Forge and flying over 6 zones. Granted, they've had the advantage with Ghostlands and ZA as well, but it seems slightly "unfair" to continue to punish the Alliance like this.
Speculation might say that as the defenses and whatnot continue, that the Aldor and Scyer mages will figure out how to open a portal out there... here's to hoping. If not... well... I guess I'll just have to play more Rock Band while I'm flying out to Sunwell. See? It's not all bad.