Universal Orlando Resort has released more information regarding the Harry Potter Attraction that is currently in the works. Universal’s Wizarding World of Harry Potter, the new theme park area opening in the Spring of 2010, will feature “Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey” as its signature attraction. The ride, as described in a webcast by Universal officials, will take guests through scenes and rooms from the blockbuster movies inside a richly detailed remake of Hogwart’s Castle. Rumors suggest it will take passengers on some sort of a simulated flying ride, although nothing was confirmed during the webcast.
Visitors who travel to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter will enter through a station archway named for Hogsmeade, the magical village near Hogwarts. The experience will be an immersive environment in which nothing outside is visible after guests pass into Hogsmeade Station.
Other rides planned for the Harry Potter themed area include the Dragon Challenge and Flight of the Hippogriff. The Dragon Challenge, which will be a redesigned concept of Island’s of Adventure’s Dueling Dragons, will be themed after the Triwizard Tournament. The Flight of the Hippogriff is a family-friendly roller coaster that is named for a creature from the Harry Potter books. This attraction is a redesign of the Flying Unicorn coaster that was previously at the park.
Universal Orlando Resort wants to create a theme park experience unlike any other. Therefore, they are also creating dining and shopping environments that envelop guests into the world of Harry Potter. From The Three Broomsticks, which will serve Butterbeer, to Hog’s Head, a British Pub, to Honeydukes, which will serve chocolate frogs and Bertie Bott’s Every-Flavour Beans, the concept will provide Potter fans a way to explore a world in which they’ve only been able to imagine.
A wand shop, called Ollivanders, is also planned, as is a joke shop, Zonko’s, that will sell oddities like the Sneakoscopes. Other projects for the Wizarding World of Harry Potter include The Owl Post, an actual working U.S. Post Office from which guests will get to send letters and cards certified with a Hogsmeade postmark.