Hollywood 411's Tanika Ray takes you on the rides at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter! Check out the Dragon Challenge, Hungarian Horntail and the Chinese Fireball! She also buckles in for the Flight of the Hippogriff and the Forbidden Journey with 3D simulation of Harry's world at Hogwarts:
Universal Studios has just released the first look website for the new Harry Potter Theme Park, The Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Oralando. Although the park isn't scheduled to open until this spring, this offers fans a great first look at the site:
Here is one of the first look videos from the site!
Muggle fans of Harry Potter will be excited to know that Universal Studios has announced that they will be building a Harry Potter Theme Park in Orlando! Universal plans to open the park in 2009!
According to the Today Show:
"Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. and Universal Orlando Resort plan to open The Wizarding World of Harry Potter within Universal's Islands of Adventure theme park in 2009, Tom Williams, chairman and CEO of Universal Parks and Resorts, announced Thursday on TODAY. The “theme park within a theme park” is the first fully immersive Harry Potter-themed environment based on the bestselling books by J.K. Rowling and the blockbuster feature films."
J.K. Rowling, says "The plans I've seen look incredibly exciting, and I don't think fans of the books or films will be disappointed."
Expected to open in late 2009, the new environment will feature immersive rides and interactive attractions, as well as experiential shops and restaurants that will enable guests to sample fare from the wizarding world's best known establishments. Also debuting will be a state-of-the-art attraction that will bring the magic, characters and stories of Harry Potter to life in an exciting way that guests have never before experienced.
The Academy Award-winning production designer Stuart Craig, who has worked to bring the world of Harry Potter to life in all of the feature films to date, leads the creative design for the area to ensure it remains faithful to the look and feel of the films.
"Our primary goal is to make sure this experience is an authentic extension of Harry Potter's world as it is portrayed in the books and films," said Craig. "I am very excited to be working closely with the Universal Orlando team to bring the area to life."