Second Ollivander’s shop added to Wizarding World of Harry Potter

HollywoodNews.com: Anyone who has had the chance to visit Universal Orlando’s Wizarding World of ‘Harry Potter’ knows that long, long lines are all a part of the experience, and no shop is more a testament to that fact than Ollivander’s Wand Shop. The powers-that-be at Universal must have also realized that, as it is being reported that a second Ollivander’s has been added to accommodate the massive crowds that are eager to find out which “wand will choose the wizard.”

According to Inside the Magic, the second wand shop has been converted from a former employee stock room, and will allow more visitors access to the vast array of wands and other Harry Potter themed merchandise within Ollivander’s. Guests to the theme park, which opened its doors this past June, have been known to stand in line for more than an hour for the experience of being able to choose a wand, just as Harry Potter himself did in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.

The only drawback is that the second store does not allow for the 5 minute wand-choosing “ceremony” that is the draw for the majority of Ollivander’s customers. However, those who are willing to forego the interactive experience will spend less time in line to purchase a wand, which will allow for more exploration of other areas of the park.

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What To Do Next At The Wizarding World of Harry Potter

So to say the Wizarding World of Harry Potter has been an success is a slight understatement.

Universal Studio’s posted attendance increases of 38% meaning the park will return to over 10 million visitors per year from the 2009 slump.

In the first 3 months of launch The Wizarding World of Harry Potter drew an additional 1 million visitors, but how do you keep this level of excitement and buzz alive?

Extension to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter is inevitable and Universal Studio’s are in fact obligated to do this…

The resort’s licensing contract with Warner Bros. requires it to incorporate elements from the final Potter films, the last of which will open in theaters in July.

But what could be added to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter?

Celebs Ride Flight Of The Hippogriff

A great picture taken at Universal’s Wizarding World of Harry Potter featuring Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones and their children, riding the Flight of the Hippogriff.

Flight of the Hippogriff

Thinks this proves regardless of age, everybody loves The Wizarding World of Harry Potter…

Buy Universal’s Wizarding World of Harry Potter Merchandise Online

For the first time every Universal Orlando has launched an online shop to allow fans topurchase Wizarding World of Harry Potter merchandise from the comfort of their own homes.

The online shop allows you to visit the same stores available at the Islands of Adventure, Dervish and Banges, Filch’s Emporium, Ollivanders, Owl Post and Zonko’s are all represented.

The online shop can be visited by clicking here – Universal Orlando Online Shop

Butterbeer recipe just for muggles!

Ever wanted to make your very own Butterbeer!? Well now you muggles can mix up your own batch.

 Ingredients:

  1. 1 cup (8 oz) cream soda
  2. ½ cup (4 oz) butterscotch ice cream for the topping
  3. ½ tablespoon butter

Directions:

 1: Measure butterscotch and butter into a measuring jug. Microwave on high for 1 to 1½ minutes, or until syrup is bubbly and butter is completely incorporated.

 2: Stir and cool for 30 seconds, then slowly mix in club soda. Mixture will fizz quite a bit.

 3: Serve in two coffee mugs or small glasses; a perfectly warm Hogwarts treat for two!

 4: Enjoy!

butterbeer recipe

Wizarding World Of Harry Potter Queue Times

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter opened on the 18th June2010 to a massive media hype and fan anticipation. Harry Potter reviews have been mostly positive, with some negative comments regarding wait times for the rides.

We’ve scoured the internet and spoken to visitors and come up with the following averaged queue time for Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey  since June 2010.

June – 120 mins

July – 60 mins

August – 90 mins

September – 40 Mins

October – 30 mins

November- 30 mins

Have you recently visited the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, how long did you have to queue?

Shop Price’s At Wizarding World of Harry Potter

Wizarding World of Harry Potter Shop Prices

Dervish and Banges

Pins: $9.95
Patches:$6.95
House Ties: $9.95
Omnioculars: $34.95
Stuffed Dragon: $21.95
Remembrall: $12.95
Quaffle Ball: $19.95
Golden Snitch: $14.95
Wizard Robe: $99.95

Sneakoscope: $14.95
Trwizard Cup: $16.95
Bludger Bat & Ball Set: $21.95

Filch’s Emporium
Hogwarts Stein: $34.95
Scarfs: $29.95
Stuffed Phoenix: $24.95
Stuffed Hippogriff: $21.95
Ministry of Magic Mug: $12.95
Stuffed Owl (Hedwig) – $29.95
Marauder’s Map Mug: $16.95

Honeydukes
Fudge Flies: $6.95
Honeydukes Salt Water Taffy: $6.95
Chocolate Frog: $9.95
Chocolate Cauldron: $9.95
Honeydukes Milk Chocolate Bar: $4.50
Bertie Bott’s Every Flavour Beans: $9.95
Clippy’s Clip Joint Clippings: $2.95
Honeydukes Hard Candy: $12.95
Ton-Tongue Toffee: $12.95

Ollivanders Wands: $28.95

Zonkos Joke Shop
Chattering Teeth: $4.95
Screaming Yo-Yo: $9.95
Fanged Flyer: $24.95
Zonko’s Mug: $12.95
Robot Lilliput: $21.95
Duck On Bike: $19.95
Chinese Fortune Sticks: $11.95

The Sorting Hat At Wizarding World of Harry Potter

Whilst queueing for the forbidden journey ride at the WizardingWorld of Harry Potter, the sorting hat is used to give out safety instructions here is its words….

What’s that you say, Sorting Hat?

These benches are not safe for you
If you are still too small.
You must be more than goblin-sized
48 inches tall.

Now rid yourself of objects
That might poke or scratch or fall.
Take jewelry, cell phones or loose change
And stow them one and all.

To keep your treasures safe and sound
Smart lockers are supplied.
Gringotts made them wizard-proofed
For all you need to hide.

Now, a warning:
Do not ride if flying makes you queasy.
If frightened or else sore in back or neck
Then leave. It’s easy.

You’ve come far.
You’re very near.
The waiting’s been long.
But, smoking, drinking and eating while you ride
Are very wrong.

Now thank you all for listening.
Our safety lesson’s done.
We hope you live to tell the tale.
And most of all, have fun.

Source – Orlando Sentinel

Wizarding World of Harry Potter Coming To The UK?

Are Warner Bros gearing up to launch the Wizarding World of Harry Potter to the UK? Reports state that Warner Bros have completed the purchase of Leavesden Studios near Watford, Hertforshire, which has been used to produce all the Harry Potter films. They have also confirmed that the site will be operated partly as a visitor attraction.

The cost of the purchase is said to be £100 million and covers all of the 170-acre site.

What will happen there?

By pre booking tickets, memebers of the public will be offered the ability to tour several of the original Harry Potter film sets at the studio where all eight movies were produced.

Barry Meyer, Chairman and CEO, Warner Bros. said: “Our purchase of Leavesden and our multi-million pound investment in creating a permanent UK film production base further demonstrates our long-term commitment to, and confidence in, the skills and creativity of the UK film industry.

The group has secured permission for its development plans from the Three Rivers District Council. Warner Bros. Studios, Leavesden, will open in mid 2012.