News articles tagged 'The Wizarding World of Harry Potter'
By Andy on 9 December 2011 at 10:21 GMT
Warner Bros. and Universal have announced plans to expand The Wizarding World of Harry Potter theme park by bringing it to Universal Studios in Hollywood. The park in Florida will also be "significantly expanded".
Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling said of the decision, "I am delighted that The Wizarding World of Harry Potter has been so popular with fans since the opening in Orlando last year and I am sure that the teams at Universal and Warner Bros. will bring their expertise and attention to detail to Hollywood to make this new experience equally as exciting."
By Andy on 10 June 2011 at 01:26 GMT
James and Oliver Phelps (Fred and George Weasley) recently visited The Wizarding World of Harry Potter theme park in Florida, a photo of which can be seen below.
By Andy on 9 February 2011 at 10:35 GMT
Check out two photos below of comedian Jon Stewart visiting Zonko's joke shop at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter theme park in Florida.
By Andy on 7 January 2011 at 00:01 GMT
Universal today announced the sale of the millionth Butterbeer inside The Wizarding World of Harry Potter theme park.
To celebrate the milestone, the park, "shared 1,000 complimentary Butterbeers with guests on the streets of Hogsmeade."
By Andy on 29 December 2010 at 03:55 GMT
Tom Felton (Draco Malfoy in the Harry Potter films) recently visited The Wizarding World of Harry Potter theme park in Florida. Check out a photo of Tom (with some Beauxbaton students) below.
Felton also visited the park during its construction two years ago; photos from that event can be found here.
By Andy on 4 October 2010 at 12:17 GMT
In July, Harry Potter Fan Zone reporters David, Toni and Courtney Gras attended Infinitus 2010 in Florida and also visited the Wizarding World of Harry Potter theme park. Our intrepid trio has written reports for both events which we can share with you today.
As is the case with all HPEF conferences, there was a vendor room with fine samplings of Potter clothing, souvenirs, fan trips, books and other such commodities. The Potter Art Room and Common Room were in one large area and were frequented often by conference attendees looking for a comfortable place to relax, sing karaoke, be sorted by the larger-than-life Sorting Hat and admire purchased art work. The mascot for the conference was a large dragon in the middle of the foyer which everyone passed on their way to lectures, meals and other events – these reporters argued if it was the Hungarian Horntail or the Chinese Fireball!
The outdoor setting of Professor Sprout's Greenhouse is bright and lively in comparison to the darkness inside – but wait – if you thought all this was great – Professor Dumbledore has some words of advice for you – and don't hurry by – let others pass you! If all this isn't enough, wait for Harry, Ron and Hermione to guide you the rest of the way from their Defense Against the Dark Arts chamber! Upon seeing the floating candles of The Great Hall, you have arrived – be ready to embark quickly on your ride into the darkness of the Forbidden Journey! Get ready for some tilts and twists on your private car – lots will zoom by you as you follow Harry through many adventures.
By Andy on 19 June 2010 at 11:43 GMT
The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Orlando Resort kicked off its grand opening celebration tonight with help from Harry Potter film stars Tom Felton, Michael Gambon, Bonnie Wright, Oliver Phelps, Daniel Radcliffe, Matthew Lewis, Warwick Davis, Rupert Grint and James Phelps. Hundreds of people gathered in front of Hogwarts castle for a spectacular display of fireworks choreographed to a special performance of music from the Harry Potter films conducted live by renowned composer John Williams. The Wizarding World of Harry Potter will officially grand open to the public this Friday, June 18.
By Andy on 16 June 2010 at 03:21 GMT
With the grand opening of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter fast approaching (only three days!), we've been learning more and more about Universal Orland's plans for Friday's unveiling:
- Universal Orlando has announced via Twitter that legendary film composer John Williams will help grand open the park.
- The actual Knight Bus featured in the films has been shipped from the U.K. and is now on display in the park.
- Fans can watch the grand opening celebrations unfold live at this link.
To learn more about the park, click here! And to all of our readers who are attending the grand opening: enjoy!
By Andy on 31 May 2010 at 12:06 GMT
Emma Watson, James Phelps, Oliver Phelps, Robbie Coltrane and Matthew Lewis recently visited the Wizarding World of Harry Potter theme park in Florida.
By Andy on 3 April 2010 at 05:10 GMT
Universal has sent over a photo of Hagrid's Hut from the Wizarding World of Harry Potter theme park in Florida. Check it out below. The theme park opens on June 18.
By Andy on 26 March 2010 at 11:46 GMT
The Wizarding World of Harry Potter theme park will open at Orlanda, Florida on June 18. Additionally, new information has been revealed about the highly-anticipated Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey ride.
Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey draws you into the excitement and chaos of Harry's life. As you venture through Hogwarts castle, 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 the 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.
The ride will also explore Dumbledore's office, the Defence Against the Dark Arts classroom, the Gryffindor common room, the Room of Requirement and more.
The ride combines, "[a] revolutionary, 360-degree theme park experience and first-ever combination of live-action, advanced robotic technology and innovative filmmaking". Additionally, composer John Williams (who scored the first three Harry Potter films) oversaw the ride's musical score.
You can read the complete information about the attraction by clicking here.
By Andy on 19 March 2010 at 10:38 GMT
The opening date for the Wizarding World of Harry Potter theme park will be revealed on March 25 (next Thursday) at 12 PM EST. Additionally, information about the Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey ride will also be announced.
A preview video can be seen by clicking here.
Stay tuned to HPFZ for more info!
By Andy on 6 March 2010 at 12:39 GMT
Courtesy of Universal, an image of the Hogwarts Express at the The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. From the official blurb:
The Hogwarts Express arrives at Hogsmeade Station as The Wizarding World of Harry Potter continues to develop at Universal Orlando Resort. As guests enter Hogsmeade, they will be greeted by the iconic, smoke-billowing steam engine, made famous in the Harry Potter books and films for transporting students to a world of magic and wonder. Opening in Spring 2010 only at Universal Orlando Resort, The Wizarding World of Harry Potter will feature multiple themed attractions, shops and a restaurant.
By Andy on 15 September 2009 at 15:06 GMT
The Wizarding World of Harry Potter theme park will open in spring of 2010. The announcement was made by Tom Felton (Draco Malfoy in the films). We'll have more news soon, but for now, some goss:
- A roller coaster built around the first task of the Triwizard Tournament (thrill ride)
- A "family ride" built around Care of Magical Creatures and Buckbeak's flight
- A revolutionary ride in the Hogwarts castle called "Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey"
- Enter the park via Hogsmeade and visit a number of shops
- Butterbeer and pumpkin juice will be sold
- A new line of 'Potter' merchandise will be sold
- An eleven-minute featurette with more information will be available on the 'Half-Blood Prince' DVD
By Andy on 7 June 2009 at 22:01 GMT
Numerous photos have recently appeared online which show the construction of the upcoming Harry Potter theme park. The photos show what could possibly be a completed part of a Hogwarts wall, and several buildings that resemble the Hogsmeade area – with artificial snow and all!