Universal Studios Hollywood announced that The Wizarding World of Harry Potter is opening on April 7th 2016! Here is what is coming to #WizardingWorldHollywood:
- Harry Potter & The Forbidden Journey
- Flight of the Hippogriff
- Ollivander’s Wand Shop
- Frog Choir
- Triwizard Spirit Rally
- Owl Post
- Zonko’s Joke Shop
- Dervish and Banges
- Filch’s Emporium of Confiscated Goods
- Wiseacre’s Wizarding Equipment
- Gladrags Wizardwear
- Three Broomsticks
- Butterbeer Cart
- Magic Neep Cart
The Wizarding World of Harry Potter is more than just about Hogwarts. The land will include many of the iconic shops and restaurants you have seen in the Warner Brothers films, including attractions.
As a Harry Potter fan, I am so excited for #WizardingWorldHollywood to open. I never got a chance to fly out to Orlando to check it out there, so Hollywood will my first time experiencing Potter in a Universal theme park.
Obviously I am ecstatic that soon I will be able walk in front of the majestic Hogwarts Castle that was prevalent in all 8 Harry Potter films. I have NOT seen any footage or pics inside of the Forbidden Journey queue so I can feel it for the first time, as I’ve already been spoiled by other Universal attractions prior to their opening. To me, as a graduating high school senior who has read all seven books and eight films, this to me is like my HS graduation present from Universal Studios Hollywood (haha).
I honestly cannot believe that #WizardingWorldHollywood was announced 4 years ago, and with today’s exciting announcement, I can officially run the #PotterWatch countdown clock to grand opening in 2016.
Wrapping my head around that Potter is opening in a mere couple of months makes me feel very emotional, and I can’t wait to step foot inside of Hogsmeade Village and Hogwarts Castle.
I won’t be getting a wand until I get picked in Ollivanders (want that authentic experience), although I probably won’t get picked for a long time (haha). After rewatching all eight films recently, my expectations for The Wizarding World of Harry Potter is pretty high, and I am sure that they can meet my expectations when it opens!
Well that’s all I have to say, so here is my favorite quote from J.K Rowling:
“Whether you come back by page or by the big screen, Hogwarts will always be there to welcome you home.” – JK Rowling
Here is the official press release from USH:
Universal City, California, December 8, 2015 – It’s official: “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™” will open at Universal Studios Hollywood on Thursday, April 7, 2016, marking the highly-anticipated arrival of the West Coast’s dynamic new immersive experience at The Entertainment Capital of L.A.
This eagerly-awaited news coincides with the launch of the destination’s spellbinding campaign, which is stylistically designed to sweep guests into the land’s magical world through the lens of imagination.
The campaign is anchored by a new television spot designed to build suspense and enthusiasm while evoking a sense of wonder and succinctly capture the magical appeal that “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter” has for cross-generational consumers as it announces the April 7 opening date.
In making the exciting announcement, Universal Studios Hollywood illuminated the land’s Hogwarts castle to signal the arrival of today’s momentous news.
To see the new campaign spot including a glimpse of the new land and today’s news, please click here.
More than five years in the making, and inspired by J.K. Rowling’s compelling stories and characters that were brought to life in the Warner Bros. films, “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter” is being masterfully recreated with impeccable detail as a real-world interpretation at Universal Studios Hollywood. The land will be faithful to the visual landscape of the fiction and films, including Hogwarts castle which will serve as its iconic focal point.
From its snow-capped roofs and cobblestone streets to the historic British sensibilities that characterize the whimsical look and feel of the land, “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter” will transport guests of all ages to the very places they read about in the stories or watched on the silver screen.
Upon entering the land through the archway, Hogsmeade will bustle to life with the same vitality of a quaint local village: merchants hard at work, a train conductor welcoming new arrivals and a pub packed to the gills with hungry patrons, but with the added element of enthusiastic guests intent on experiencing them all, including the land’s signature ride, “Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey,” and the family outdoor coaster, “Flight of the Hippogriff™.”
An achievement in pioneering theme park ride technology, “Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey” will make its U.S. debut at Universal Studios Hollywood in hyper-realistic 3D-HD designed to further immerse guests in an already engaging storyline. The multidimensional thrill ride features a groundbreaking robotics ride system, fused with elaborate filmed action sequences and immersive visceral effects. In this updated adaptation of the ride, guests will sport Quidditch-inspired 3D goggles as they venture through journeys experienced by Harry and his friends, spiraling and pivoting 360-degrees along an elevated ride track on a whirlwind adventure of a lifetime.
Also within “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter,” the enchanting family coaster, “Flight of the Hippogriff™” will open as Universal Studios Hollywood’s first outdoor roller coaster.
“The Wizarding World of Harry Potter” will resonate with immense detail, inviting guests to revel in Harry Potter’s world with the opportunity to enjoy authentic food and beverage at multiple locations, including Three Broomsticks™, and Hog’s Head pub, as well as the Magic Neep and Butterbeer™ carts.
A foray through the shops will add to the authenticity of the land with eight retail venues and locations, including Honeydukes™, Ollivanders™, Owl Post™, Zonko’s™ Joke Shop, Wiseacre’s Wizarding Equipment, Dervish and Banges, Gladrags Wizardwear and Filch’s Emporium of Confiscated Goods™.
Currently, Universal Studios Hollywood in-park guests can experience and purchase authentic merchandise, including wands, robes and other collectibles from “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter,” available within the Features Presentation shop, located just inside the theme park’s main entry.
As the countdown to the April 7th opening date continues, the website invites guests to learn more by signing up for the latest news and information at www.universalstudioshollywood.com/harrypotter/signup.
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