Rumor Alert: Hogwarts, the Ride and More on the Wizarding World of Harry Potter
October 22, 2008, 07:10 PM
Several rumor alerts tonight regarding the upcoming Wizarding World of Harry Potter theme park attraction under construction at Universal Orlando. Screamscape is reporting that the giant castle of Hogwarts will not only serve as the center of the park, but will also be home to a "big new ride [that] will be placed inside the massive Hogwarts castle that is currently under construction." The report also continues to say "Once the ride portion of the castle is finished and walled in, they
will begin to move in the pieces and build it up away from prying eyes
until they are ready to make the big announcement. As for Hogwarts
itself… if the rumors are true this thing will grow and grow. According
to one source the massive castle structure will top out somewhere over
the 200 foot mark, making it bigger than the castle at the Magic
Kingdom (189 ft)."
Also a second piece of news involves a potential Harry Potter show to take place at the theme park. Screamscape states that "one of the Hollywood casting sheets has posted a
rather interesting casting choice looking for a SAG actor for a
“Project Strongarm” shoot for a “Theme Park Attraction”. The shoot will
only last 1 day in mid November, but they’re looking to shoot a British
professor role (Male 50s – 70s) who will be “A friendly, welcoming
professor who greets new students enthusiastically. This character
appears as one element of a Harry Potter theme park attraction.” This also follows a report they have that the current Sinbad show will evolve into a Harry Potter show. Readers will recall that back in March, we at TLC had a report regarding casting beginning for "all the major parts for the characters in the books,” in
addition to others such as “a wand instructor for the kids. They
basically show kids how to do wand magic tricks.” Others “will be
traveling actors through the park playing the parts of wizards that
come together in duels. They have specific spots in the park that this
happens for special effects. For example, one wizard throws a spell at
the other, the other reacts, does stunts and the places around, or
behind them, bursts into flames or there is an explosion.”
As exciting as all of this sounds, please keep all of this very much in the rumor category for now. The Wizarding World of Harry Potter theme park is set to open in 2010. Thanks to UHP for mailing!
wow this is the first time ive made a comment and im first!
i cant wait for the theme park its gonna be awesome
I am so looking forward to the opening of the park! As soon as the Official Opening is announced … I’ll be making my reservations!
that sounds sick, especially the random duels happening in the park
whoa im so excited! i cant wait for it to be open, i want to go so bad! its like, every fans dream come true to walk inside the castle…….(: goodness im getting chills just thinking about it!!!!
thank goodness for season passes. go florida :P
I can’t believe I lived in Orlando for 6 years, and now that I’m in Oregon, I’ll have to visit like a tourist(expensive!). I could have WORKED there! FYI, though, the summer is hot and stormy, so visit in the winter…I think that would fit the snowy Hogsmeade village theme anyway.
Hmmm, seems like the right thing to do. Incorperate a ride with the castle experience. That way they can control the flow of people better. Id suppose the castle will be a HUGE attraction and people will stuff inside like sardines! Clostraphobia anyone?
Ooh, they should have like a Hogwarts version of a “Dream Suite” in the castle, and then randomly select a guest to stay there each night!
im so excited!!! i cant wait for it to come!!! this is AWESOME!!!!!!
I’m so pumped for this!!! Thank goodness I go to Florida like every 5 minutes =/ but now I’ll actually be happy to go haha
im so excited. i live in florida and go to orlando all the time. i hope they let audience members participate in the dueling parts.
I can’t wait! My hubby and I are taking our kids on a vacation to Islands of Adventure in Feb. They don’t know! I can’t wait to see how much of the HP Theme park they have done in Feb!!!!!! I just love HP!!!!!
My dreams have now come true. A ride inside of Hogwarts?
This is great! I know it’s still “in the rumor” stage. @Chad and ihartpink: I think the whole “duling” thing will, most likely, will be like the “cowboy stunt shows” at Knot’s Berry Farm. Except they may just be random,“spur of the moment” instead of “special advance timed”. Also, if they are going to do “pyrotechnics” along with them, they will, for safety reasons, be set, where visitors can’t get hurt…Surprised, yes. “In the way”, nope. Too dangerous. Could be pretty neat. Just remember: Theme Parks usually work these things out with safety, plus visual, in mind. I like the “walking around the park” character thing. Probably like ‘Cinderella’ and ‘Snow White’ at Disney. No “papier mache” heads [or do they use fiberglass] That would be “ridiculus”! Can’t wait! Some friends and I, already have a “road trip”, from South Carolina, planned!
Hey guys what do you think of this: This theme park will open sometime after Deathly Hallows comes out and it will attract many more people to Harry Potter. With that much excitement and popularity, surly JK will change her mind and pick up the story again with Harry and Ron’s kids. Surly enough people will write to her, begging her to continue the story with the new generation. Even though Voldermort is dead, there will always be somebody who wants to become the most powerful wizard. I’m sure that after Dumbldore defeated the other Dark Wizard, every one in that world thought that evil had been defeated once and for all, but wait, here comes Voldermort.