Over the last 14 years, J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series has become a worldwide phenomenon. Due to its success, Universal Studios asked Rowling if she would be willing to let them make a Harry Potter theme park. She generously agreed, and Universal Studios has been working on the HP Park for the past two years. Moving full speed ahead, the theme park will be opening in Spring, 2010, at Universal Studios, Disney World in Florida.
The Harry Potter theme park is guaranteed to truly bring the magic of the books within people’s reach for the first time ever. One of the attractions is Hogsmeade, a wizarding town close to Hogwarts. While visiting Hogsmeade in the park, you can visit many shops mentioned in the HP series including Honeydukes, a sweet store where you can grab any candy from Chocolate Frogs to Cauldron Cakes. Another store you will have the chance to enter is Zonko’s Joke Shop, where many of the prank-toys from the series are in stock. While passing through Hogsmeade, you can even have a wand select you, just as the phoenix wand selects Harry, at Ollivander’s Wand Shop. Before leaving town, be sure to stop by the Owlery, where you can send an owl-delivered letter with an official “Wizarding World of Harry Potter” stamp. Last but not least, pick up your magical souvenirs at Dervish and Bangs.
Another building at the new theme park is the Hogwarts castle itself. Inside Hogwarts you can go on a ride: after all, what are theme parks without roller coasters? Board the “Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey” ride to see all of the characters from Harry Potter come to life right before your eyes. On your way out of Hogwarts look out for actual moving portraits.
Other rides that will be a part of the theme park are “Flight of the Hippogriff,” a roller coaster that soars all over the Hogwarts grounds. Last but not least, is the “Dragon Challenge,” another roller coaster. The “Dragon Challenge” includes aspects of the Triwizard Tournament.
Harry Potter fans are in for an enormous treat after the disappointment of the book series ending. As you can see, the Wizarding World of Harry Potter theme park is including aspects from both the books and the movies. Even if you’re not an enormous Harry fan, the theme park is sure to be entertaining. For more information check out http://www.universalorlandoresort.com/harrypotter/.