Harry Potter theme park opens Friday, June 18
This week Harry Potter fans finally get a chance for their dream vacation: the opening of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter theme park in Orlando. The park has opened on a limited basis in recent weeks, for special tours, but the grand opening is Friday, June 18.
The New York Times offered an entertaining look at the Universal park on a press tour. Too bad the reporter wasn't prepared for the full extent on Harry-mania. He almost was trampled by fans rushing to the theme park's highlight: a ride called Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey.
You can read more comprehensive coverage at the Orlando Sentinel. (Update: Here's a link to photos of the Harry Potter theme park.) Meanwhile, some fifth graders from Centreville Elementary School in Virginia will be getting a free trip to the park; they were among the winners in a contest. Here's a look at their contest video.