Hey Thrill Seekers,
Not sure if you’re aware or not, as its been kept really quiet… 😉 but Universal will be launching the second phase of their massively popular Wizarding World of Harry Potter later this years, the new land featuring Diagon Alley and London will find a home at Universal Studios meaning that Islands of Adventure will have Hogsmeade and Universal Studios will have Diagon Alley… both connected by a working and rideable Hogwarts Express!!!
The phrase “a sure thing” has never been truer when it comes to how popular the new expansion will be, the hunger for all things Potter hasn’t subsided and with Universal’s OCD like attention to detail we’re pretty confident that 2014 will be dominated by Diagon Alley. Recently Universal held a webcast to reveal a few details , you can read about what they told us here.
Today we’ve been thinking about what we would like see added to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter after Diagon Alley opens. Here’s what we came up with…
Universal already offer some great shows including the Horror Make-Up Show at Universal Studios, wouldn’t it be cool if they did something similar for Potter. Imagine being able to enter a Defence Against the Dark Arts lesson where us Muggles are taught by one of Hogwarts teachers…
Not just this lesson but what about watching a lesson where we see two Wizards dualling or Professor Snape teaching us potions? This type of entertainment would be great, the books offer tons of ideas for how these lessons could be scripted and the cost to Universal would be minimal. Win Win.
We’ve mentioned this before on another post, but we’d love to see the Wands you can purchase from Ollivanders actually do something within the Wizarding Worlds. We’re not technical in any but we’re pretty sure you could make the wands RFID enabled very similar to the Disney Magic Bands and Tickets, so that they could link certain items around the Wizarding World to make them interactive, for example a suit of armour could collapse,dance or levitate.
Perhaps you could even pay for things in the park by linking your wand to your debit card, a flick and swish and that Butterbeer is yours?…
Imagine the delight on childrens faces when their wand actually does something! 🙂 #amazeballs
In the Potter books the Shrieking Shack is a notoriously haunted house found just outside of Hogsmeade. We think it would be pretty interesting to incorporate a house that would be similar to the houses offered at Universal Halloween Horror Nights, maybe not as scary as those but a walk through scare house.
Between The Whomping Willow and those tree’s that walk in the Lord of the Rings, I think I’ve easily covered the most violent trees ever written about. The Whomping Willow is pretty iconic in the Wizarding World. The image of the tree trying to smash anything that comes within range lends itself pretty easily to an attraction based on it.
In my mind it could be a mixture of Samurai and Rush at Thorpe Park, giving the rider a mixture of shaking and spinning caused by Samurai and the long sweeping belly turning movements of Rush…
So there you go four ideas that Universal can use if they want to, I’ll accept my usual cut of 50% 😉
What would you like to see added at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter?