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article imageThe Wizarding World of Harry Potter opens Spring 2010 in Orlando

By KJ Mullins     Feb 15, 2010 in Travel
Orlando - In the Spring of 2010, the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Orlando Resort will open. The theme park promises to give guests "the adventure of their lives."
The Wizarding World of Harry Potter is set to open this Spring in Orlando. The new attraction is within the Islands of Adventure park and cover more than 20 acres of land. There will be shops, restaurants and attractions taken from the film. Of course the park's true star Hogwarts Castle towers over the area.
Al Gilmore is the art director behind the newest park and has been there from the beginning of the project. Paul Daurio is the show producer, making sure that the park is true to the tales of Harry Potter.
Daurio promises that they have created an environment where guest will be able to do incredible things and that Harry's adventures 'will become their own.'
Gilmore said that they are transforming the images from the book and allow people to touch, taste and have the adventure come to guests.
Hogwarts Exterior
Hogwarts Exterior
Universal Studios
Visitors enter just like Harry and his classmates did in the movie adventures at Hogsmeade station. With shops to purchase magical keepsakes and places to relax or eat Hogsmeade station gives guests the perfect setting to set the mood and begin their adventure.
Three Broomsticks
Three Broomsticks
Universal Studios
Three Broomsticks and Hog's Head is where you can grab a traditional English meal and a drink of Butterbeer.
The Owlery will feature owls ready to deliver messages across the world.
Ollivanders
Ollivanders
Universal Studios
Ollivander's Wand Shop where guests are fitted for their own wand, one that choices you.
Leaving Hogsmead you will find the Dragon's Challenge. Two high-speed roller-coasters await the brave.
At the edge of the Forbidden Forest guests are trained on how to care for the magical creatures they will see in an adventure packed ride. Flight of the Hippogriff will give families the adventure of a Hippogriff training flight over the grounds of Hogwarts castle.
From there the real adventure begins, the actual Hogswarts Castle looms. Here visitors will get to experience Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey.
Tom Felton Live Webcast - Sept. 2009
Tom Felton Live Webcast - Sept. 2009
Universal Studios
Tom Felton, who played Draco Malfoy in the Harry Potter series, spoke about his take on the new park.
"It's going to blow some serious minds."
Felton has worked with many of those who are behind the scenes during production of the movies. He said he was blown away with the scope of the park.
Felton was given the privilege of announcing that the park would be opening in the Spring 2010 in September 2009.
"This Universal Creative and Warner Bros. team shares an incredible passion and commitment to making this destination an exceptionally immersive environment that will touch the lives of our guests," said Mark Woodbury, President, Universal Creative.
Hogwarts Castle
Hogwarts Castle
Universal Studios
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