So we all knew it was going to happen, but yesterday Universal Studios confirmed that the next Wizarding World of Harry Potter will open in Los Angeles at Universal Hollywood.
No actual opening date was touted but insiders believe 2015 is a realistic time scale.
Universal Studios Hollywood’s Wizarding World of Harry Potter will mirror the Orlando version and will include the flagship ride Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey dark ride, and will be housed in a large-scale recreation of Hogwarts Castle. At present its has not been confirmed if other parts of the Florida version , such as its Hogsmeade Village and Olivanders, will be included.
Where the Wizarding World will be situated within Universal Studios Hollywood is also yet to be confirmed. The company will need to find room for the new land on the site, either by removing existing attractions or by expanding into the studio’s backlot area.
Harry Potter’s creator J.K. Rowling, who has final approval of the designs for the new land and anything Potter related, said of the deal:
“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.”
Ron Meyer, Universal Studios’ President, said:
“This is an incredible moment for Universal Studios and the millions of guests who visit our theme parks. The Harry Potter stories are some of the most powerful of our time and we are honored to expand our Orlando experience and bring The Wizarding World of Harry Potter to Hollywood, forever changing family tourism in Los Angeles.”
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