Harry Potter at Universal Opening June 18th

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The Wizarding World of Harry Potter Opens June 18

Universal Orlando just announced that The Wizarding World of Harry Potter will open on June 18th–providing only a two day cushion for fulfilling their promise to open in “Spring 2010.”

Universal also released details of the signature attraction, “Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey.”  According to their official website:

The Story
Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey draws you into the excitement and chaos of Harry’s life.  As you venture through Hogwarts castle, you meet Harry, Ron and Hermione who convince you to skip a planned lecture and follow them. Upon taking their advice, you travel by Floo powder, and begin the adventure as you soar over Hogwarts, narrowly escape a dragon attack, have a close encounter with the Whomping Willow, get pulled into a Quidditch match and more.

“Guests will experience firsthand a completely new adventure featuring the iconic characters, amazing creatures and recognizable locations they’ve only read in the books or seen in the films,” said Thierry Coup, creative director for The Wizarding World of Harry Potter.

The website goes on to proclaim that this new attraction is unlike any other theme park experience.  It is described as a “revolutionary, 360-degree theme park experience and first-ever combination of live-action, advanced robotic technology and innovative filmmaking.”

The entire experience, including the queue, will take about an hour.  It has 12 scenes and the creation of the score was overseen by John Williams.

“The Wizarding World of Harry Potter” is an additional “land” inside the Islands of Adventure Theme Park and will sit alongside the other lands, including Jurassic Park, Toon Lagoon, Seuss Landing, The Lost Continent, Marvel Super Hero Island and Port of Entry.

The announcement has caused a bit of a stir among guests who have already purchased tickets and travel plans to arrive during the Spring of 2010 but before the opening date of June 18.  Rumors have been flying on internet travel sites making all kinds of claims from “you’re just out of luck” to “they will allow you into the Harry Potter land with a soft opening.” I will keep you posted as I discover more.

Here’s a brief preview:

http://media.universalorlando.com/harrypotter/videos.php

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