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June 13, 2010

Harry Potter theme park opens Friday, June 18

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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.

Posted by Dave Rosenthal at 7:18 PM | | Comments (3)


It's not a theme park, it's PART of a theme park. The Wizarding World of Harry Potter is an "island" in Universal Studio's Island of Adventure

Would you call Tomorrowland a "Theme Park".

You do not have to pay extra to get into Tomorrowland. So it is not quite the same thing.

It is exactly the same thing as Tomorrowland at Disney - once you are inside the Universal Orlando theme park, you can go into the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. Where is all this misinformation coming from?

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Dave Rosenthal came to The Baltimore Sun as a business reporter in 1987 and now is the Maryland Editor. He reads a wide range of books (but never as many as he'd like), usually alternating between non-fiction and fiction. Some all-time favorites: A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole; Wind, Sand and Stars by Antoine de Saint-Exupery; and anything by Calvin Trillin or John McPhee. He belongs to a book club with a Jewish theme.
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