Harry Potter theme park coming to Orlando
Harry Potter fans will soon have a new way to relive his adventures: the "Wizarding World of Harry Potter," a theme park area opening in spring 2010 at Universal Orlando Resort. According to a webcast by Universal officials, the park will include a Hogwarts Castle and other landmarks of J.K. Rowling's books.
Rides will include the high-tech Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey, the Dragon Challenge twin roller coaster and the family roller coaster Flight of the Hippogriff, according to Universal. And what's a theme park without stores to unload your money? Don't worry, there will be plenty of Potter-themed merchandise, including chocolate frogs and "Bertie Bott's Every-Flavour Beans," magic wands and Butterbeer.
It should look good. Park designers are consulting Rowling about their plans, and Universal is using experitise from the hit Potter movies, hiring production designer Stuart Craig and art director Alan Gilmore to help create the park.