The Thea Awards recognized Universal Orlando for the Wizarding World of Harry Potter area and the Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey ride that opened at the Islands of Adventure portion of the park. The Wizarding World area won the awards for outstanding achievement in the “new theme park land” and “thematic integration of retail, food and beverage experiences” categories. The Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey ride received awards for outstanding achievement for “featured attraction” and “technical achievement.”
The nominating committee stated the “grand overview of Hogsmeade Village and Hogwarts Castle” won them over, as did the level of detail found at the Forbidden Journey ride, specifically Dumbledore’s Office, the Portrait Gallery and the animatronic Sorting Hat.
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