Saturday, March 27, 2010

harry potter and hogwarts comes h-alive??

Universal Studios Orlando unveiled photos and concept art for "The Wizarding World of Harry Potter." That's right, a whole theme park based around the Hogwarts and all the other cool places described in J.K. Rowling's books. Plus, details about the park's signature attraction: "Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey" --> have been revealed for the first time.

The "Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey" attraction is set inside Hogwarts castle overlooking the park. Guests will enter through the main gates to explore the grounds and interior of the castle.

The attraction will feature a 360-degree immersive experience that will combine live action, robotic technology, and newly filmed footage with the cast of the "Harry Potter" movies.

Guests will journey through iconic locations straight from the films, such as the Room of Requirement. This detailed scene is where guests board the ride and are drawn into the excitement and chaos of Harry's life.

When passing through the Portrait gallery, visitors will encounter several magical talking portraits created exclusively for The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, including the four Hogwarts founders.

Guests will also pass by the regal Griffin statue on their way to Dumbledore's office. Set designers and decorators from the films have worked to recreate the movies' settings to the last detail.

The first attraction, "Dragon Challenge," features a twin high-speed roller coaster with many visual elements from the Triwizard Tournament in "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire."

"Flight of the Hippogriff" is a family coaster simulating a Hippogriff training flight over the grounds of Hogwarts castle.

As guests enter Hogsmeade, they will be greeted by the smoke-billowing steam engine of the Hogwarts Express, made famous in the Harry Potter books and films for transporting students to a world of magic and wonder.

Guest will get to explore the village of Hogsmeade, home to a host of merchants taken directly from the pages of the books. You can shop for wands a Ollivander's, sweets at Honeydukes, and jokes at Zonko's.

Ollivander's wand shop is an interactive experience where the wand chooses the wizard.

With the assistance of a live actor along with special effects, Ollivander's shop guests will experience firsthand a moment from Harry Potter's life -- a wand will choose them.

The Three Broomsticks and adjacent Hog's Head pub will feature traditional British fare and drinks including Butterbeer and pumpkin juice.

Here is an early conceptual rendering of Hog's Head, located in Hogsmeade.

Across from Three Broomsticks is The Owlery, where owls roost and await their next delivery.

Honeydukes, located in Hogsmeade, is full of treats like Chocolate Frogs and Bertie Bott's Every-Flavour Beans.

Completing Hogsmeade is Dervish and Banges, the magical instruments and equipment shop featuring Quidditch equipment, Triwizard apparel, Spectrespecs and Remembralls.

Although still very much a work in progress, Hogwarts castle is beginning to take shape above Hogsmeade as work continues on The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. The public grand opening is set for June 18.


P.S., disclaimer: images + text courtesy of Yahoo! Movies


kenwooi said...

wow.. this is SUPER cool! i wanna go as well! =D

shelbybaby said...

kenwooi: yar hor!! man... have money will go hogwarts

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