Harry Potter theme park to open June 18
OK, Harry Potter fans, start your queues. The event you've been waiting for -- the opening of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Orlando – is scheduled for a June 18 grand opening. In announcing the date, the company also revealed details of the park's signature attractions: Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey.
The attraction is described as "360-degree theme park experience and first-ever combination of live-action, advanced robotic technology and innovative filmmaking." Mark Woodbury, president of Universal Creative, said: “We have created an entirely new way to place our guests into the heart of one of the most compelling stories of our time. What we have done will forever change the theme park attraction experience.”
The attraction will introduce visitors to scenes such as Dumbledore’s office (shown here), while enveloping them in filmed action scenes that move with them through the ride. The full experience -- including the queue -- will take about an hour. Here's the premise for the ride: "As you venture through Hogwarts, you meet Harry, Ron and Hermione, who convince you to skip a planned lecture and follow them. ... Upon taking their advice you travel by Floo powder, and begin your adventure as you soar over Hogwarts, narrowly escape a dragon attack, have a close encounter with the Whomping Willow, get pulled into a Quidditch match and more."