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article imageHarry Potter theme park to open in Orlando

By Ryan Mahon     Mar 27, 2010 in Entertainment
Orlando - Reuters reports that a Harry Potter theme park will open in Orlando, Florida on June 18. Promoters have released new details of the experience that awaits visitors. The addition cost US $200 million.
Author of the Harry Potter series, J.K. Rowling, created four new characters that will appear exclusively at the theme park, Reuters reports. These characters will appear as live actors, and talking portraits. The park is essentially a recreation of the sets used for the film strung together and assembled in relation to each other to reflect the depictions of those places in the series. One exhibit that includes a live actor, and interactive electronics, will allow visitors to recreate a moment in the film when a wand selects its new owner. The wand illuminates when held by the owner it chooses.
The park includes a roller coaster ride, known as the Forbidden Journey, where riders will sit on what promoters describe as a Gothic bench, and claim will simulate the feeling of flying. Another roller coaster will feature dragons, however, in a clever twist, the visitor selects their dragon rather than the other way around. The park will also sell food items inspired by those in the novels, including an all flavor jellybean, and stew. Visitors will be able to send postcards on site that will be post-marked Hogsmeade. Visitors will also be able to ride the iconic train featured in the Harry Potter films. Universal Orlando is already selling vacation packages. For a family of four prices start at US $1,548.
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