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Hagrid's Hut at Harry Potter Theme Park to be "Unoccupied Prop Structure"

Posted by: sue
February 16, 2009, 07:49 AM

As we have been reporting, construction is continuing on the Wizarding World of Harry Potter theme park attraction at Universal Studios in Orlando, Florida. Today, the Orlando Sentinel has a short update on the progress, confirming Hagrid's Hut is currently being built, with the paper citing building permits as the source. The article states:

The setting, according to the permits, is being built for Universal by the Nassal Co. of Orlando, which specializes in themed construction projects.

While the permits offer few details, it appears Hagrid's Hut will be mostly for display purposes. The documents suggest the interior of the building will be used for prop storage.

"Hagrid's Hut is an unoccupied themed prop structure," according to one permit description.

You can see recent construction photos of the hut here, and here in our image galleries.

To follow what TLC first reported last year, Screamscape is also reporting that "As far as the “world” itself, I’ve been told that they are planning lots of street atmosphere entertainment, such as building in a system of special effects to allow for ‘wizard duels’ to take place in the streets. Universal is also working with their chefs to come up with lots of new and unique foot items inspired from the books, which will apparently include “butterbeer”. According to a report from someone who claims to have actually tasted a test version of it, the final version may taste a little bit like root beer."  The Screamscape article also has more on the supposed closing of the Dueling Dragons, as they note: "We’ve heard an early rumor claiming that Dueling Dragons will close entirely for it’s final transformation to become part of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter sometime between September and December 2009."

Finally, a last tidbit on the giant Hogwarts Castle, as the Sceamscape author writes: While I know everyone is dying to know more about the major ride inside Hogwarts (which will include an extensively themed and long indoor queue like Spiderman and Dueling Dragons), I’ve been told that Universal is planning on holding back on that information until late 2009.

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1698 Points

well thats a little disappointing. but i could have guessed that. Hagrid’s Hut is to small to have people walking through it all the time.

Posted by HollyHogwarts *Roar* on February 16, 2009, 12:48 PM report to moderator
839 Points

I’m still going, but I have to admit that half the joy of going is gone. I was really looking forward to going inside Hagrid’s hut. I hope that they turn around and include it in the theme park. Sigh :(

Posted by Luce {ROAR!} on February 16, 2009, 12:58 PM report to moderator
6176 Points

Ugh, no more info on the huge ride until late 2009? I’m dying to know! Butterbeer sounds so exciting. Any idea how many rides there are going to be?

Posted by The Silver Doe on February 16, 2009, 01:00 PM report to moderator
1995 Points

It would be cool to be able to peek inside the hut and see some display, but alas. I also wonder what the ride inside Hogwarts will be! Something to do with moving staircases?

Posted by LunaGinevraBlack on February 16, 2009, 01:03 PM report to moderator
174 Points

I can’t wait for The Wonderful World of Harry Potter!!! Its so exciting to hear news about it!

Posted by Leron_Weasley_616 on February 16, 2009, 01:09 PM report to moderator
7524 Points

That’s cool.. but whats the point of it besides looking at it.

Posted by Bradyboy on February 16, 2009, 01:15 PM report to moderator
121 Points

WIZARD DUELS? that will be so tight!

Posted by Great Uncle Algie on February 16, 2009, 01:35 PM report to moderator
942 Points

OMG!!!! I CANT WAIT!!!! forget about Cinderella i want to see dumbledore!!!!

Posted by SammHpTwifan on February 16, 2009, 01:38 PM report to moderator
785 Points

I’m already planning my way to get in to the hut, since it will be closed off…BWAHAHAHA

Posted by sp00kym00ny~happy looks good on you! :] on February 16, 2009, 01:50 PM report to moderator
2420 Points

Pity about Hagrid’s hut, but the restr sounds pormising! I like root beer, so that’s good.

Posted by ligress ROAR on February 16, 2009, 01:55 PM report to moderator
1436 Points

I really was looking forward to seeing the inside of Hagrid’s Hut! Oh well. I guess there will be lot of other exciting things!

Posted by Moody One ♥ROAR♥ on February 16, 2009, 01:59 PM report to moderator
3455 Points

yeh! we have news on the theme park (we dont get to hear much about what is going on)! I wish Hagrid’s Hut would be used for more than just prop or a storage place for other props!

Posted by Catherine ( *SQUEE!*) on February 16, 2009, 01:59 PM report to moderator
514 Points

man… and I was wanting to stand inside Hagrid’s Couldron and scare people as they walk by…

Posted by robijw(Roar) on February 16, 2009, 01:59 PM report to moderator
3463 Points

Wow. Yay! Butterbeer, yum. Only one problem: I wanted to go IN Hagrid’s Hut! Is it definitley just display?

Posted by BeAchL0veEr05 ☼ on February 16, 2009, 02:06 PM report to moderator
354 Points

It sounds like they are planning it out well, i just hope all the hype is up to what the park actually turns out to be.

Posted by Arthur22 on February 16, 2009, 02:37 PM report to moderator
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