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

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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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137 Comments

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It’s gonna be sooooo great. Their grand opening is going to have to be like a month long to fit all of us fans inside. Lol.

Posted by Shane [WBM] on February 17, 2009, 05:41 PM report to moderator
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163 Points

that sucks

i wanted to be able to party with hagier

Posted by yzzi111 on February 17, 2009, 05:45 PM report to moderator
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I agree with WeenyOwl back on page six that when they say Hagrid’s Hut will be an unoccupied “prop structure,” they mean the hut ITSELF is a prop. If crowds can walk all the way around it and see it from all angles, the front door will probably be a locked, but working door so maintenance can get in there and fix the roof or windows if need be. If it’s in an area where the general public can’t walk all the way around it and see it from all angles, it still might have a door, but it might be a concealed one in the rear of the hut that’s painted to look like the rest of the hut. I doubt it would store anything, as that would mean it would have to be up to some sort of ‘occupation’ code that would make it safe for general park employees to be going inside it on a frequent basis.

Posted by SarahW (Poet) on February 18, 2009, 12:33 AM report to moderator
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I can’t wait until the opening.

Posted by Abby-Sian Lestrange on February 18, 2009, 04:22 AM report to moderator
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3371 Points

oh this is going to be great! i can’t wait!

Posted by Lady of the Lake on February 18, 2009, 08:32 PM report to moderator
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I’m so excited! I’ll difinitely be taking a trip to Florida when this opens. I wonder if Hogsmead is going to be all snowy? It’s Florida! :p

Posted by on February 18, 2009, 10:32 PM report to moderator
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Butterbeer better surpass all of my expectations for tasting it

Posted by KiwiMcI on February 19, 2009, 12:12 PM report to moderator
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386 Points

the theme park will be sooo cool!!!

Posted by calliet2b4g on February 20, 2009, 07:00 PM report to moderator
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386 Points

the theme park will be sooo cool!!!

Posted by calliet2b4g on February 20, 2009, 07:02 PM report to moderator
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386 Points

the theme park will be sooo cool!!!

Posted by calliet2b4g on February 20, 2009, 07:02 PM report to moderator
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386 Points

the theme park will be sooo cool!!!

Posted by calliet2b4g on February 20, 2009, 07:02 PM report to moderator
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386 Points

the theme park will be sooo cool!!!

Posted by calliet2b4g on February 20, 2009, 07:03 PM report to moderator
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I love Hagrid’s Hut. I wish we could go in.

Posted by Melinae ♥Squee♥/Professor Truffle on February 20, 2009, 07:41 PM report to moderator
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Awww! They should have it as a walk through house where all of Hagrid’s weird animals jump out at you!!!

Posted by Neil in Scotland * ROAR! * on February 22, 2009, 09:39 AM report to moderator
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omg i just can’t wait! next time i go to Florida I’m going to universal for like the time. i can’t wait to see the castle and the stores. definitely going to get a wand, a marauders map if they have one and a scarf.

Posted by jonfrog {ROAR} on February 22, 2009, 05:17 PM report to moderator
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