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Rumor Alert: Harry Potter Theme Park Based on GoF Time Frame, Custom MagiQuest for Park, New Footage More

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Posted by: sue
July 17, 2009, 10:41 PM

Several interesting bits of news tonight regarding the Wizarding World of Harry Potter Theme Park currently under construction in Orlando, Florida. First, Central Florida in Demand has a special treat for subscribers with a new video feature on the Theme Park, including new looks at the plans for the mammoth Castle. You can see a preview of the video here, however if anyone can record the full on demand version, please send it in to staff@the-leaky-cauldron.org.

Readers will recall of course last week Potter film producer David Heyman confirmed that he has been working a bit on the theme park and yes indeed fans will be able to ride through Hogwarts castle on a chair with a moving arm with Harry, also saying there are three rides planned. Chiming in on the ride and more is this rumor from in the know blog Theme Park Insider, which reports on the setting/time frame for the overall park:

Kuka robot arms will power a suspended dark ride through Hogwarts Castle (think Legoland's Knights Tournament meets Peter Pan or ET - but with a much cooler storyline and animated effects.) The timeline will be in the middle of the book/movie storyline - around the fourth book, I've heard. Dining will be at the Three Broomsticks in adjacent Hogsmeade, with another more kid-focused attraction in the mix. And Dueling Dragons will be rethemed to Potter, as well.

Finally, another very interesting rumor from Screamscape, which updates that the popular MagiQuest will indeed be part of the Theme Park. Quotage:

"Screamscape sources tell us that Dueling Dragons may finally be forced to shut down for it’s final transformation in late August. According to what we’ve been told the ride will likely be renamed Dragon’s Challenge, but when it returns it will apparently come back with an even darker look and theme. No more Fire and Ice dragon either… as apparently even the track colors may be repainted in much darker tones. Meanwhile the nearby Flying Unicorn is still said to be renamed Flying Hippogriff as expected.
  The big rumored news however is what I’ve been expecting to be announced… and that a custom built MagiQuest system will be brought into the park. Not only in the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, but from what I’ve been told little things will be added all throughout the park’s other lands that will react to the magic wands purchased by guests. You’ll only have to look out for little “lightning bolt” symbols here and there to tell you where to aim your wand.

Related: You can learn more about general Magiquest here and here.

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Ah John Noe, how do you do it every so often. I do like the idea of buying your wand from Ollivanders and using it everytime you visit the theme park. Ingenious

Posted by KiwiMcI on July 18, 2009, 11:54 AM report to moderator
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Awesome. II really excited about it.

Posted by LilyEvans22 on July 18, 2009, 12:10 PM report to moderator
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Oh my God, that’s so cool! I can’t wait!!

Posted by Emily [ROAR] on July 18, 2009, 12:38 PM report to moderator
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The only thing I am excited about is the wands.

Posted by BeAchL0veEr05 ☼ on July 18, 2009, 12:53 PM report to moderator
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I,m so excited, this is going to be so much fun! I have a wand but I’ll buy one in the park just to see how the system works.

Posted by Sierra11 on July 18, 2009, 01:07 PM report to moderator
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awsome

Posted by ravenclaw_girl42 on July 18, 2009, 01:12 PM report to moderator
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awsome

Posted by ravenclaw_girl42 on July 18, 2009, 01:12 PM report to moderator
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INTERACTIVE WANDS!!! That excites me to know end.

Posted by Olivia Elaine a.k.a Agent Pomplamoose on July 18, 2009, 01:16 PM report to moderator
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*no

Posted by Olivia Elaine a.k.a Agent Pomplamoose on July 18, 2009, 01:16 PM report to moderator
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I thought there was going to be a qudditch ride? Did they axe that ride>?

Posted by queequeg on July 18, 2009, 01:28 PM report to moderator
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WOW!

Sounds amazing I can’t wait to go one day! yay!

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thats so awesoe hattey are doing alltis stuff, i justreall wish i could go. i think they should make a tiny harry potter park in canada wonderland, that would be so totally awesome!

Posted by weasleyalltheway(rrooaarr!) on July 18, 2009, 01:41 PM report to moderator
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I just want to see a whomping willow ride that is like hte dumbo ride but instead of riding Dumbo, you ride in a replica of a ford angila!!!

Posted by phoenixes are in ravenclaw on July 18, 2009, 01:53 PM report to moderator
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How does John get all of this stuff right??

Posted by phoenixes are in ravenclaw on July 18, 2009, 01:57 PM report to moderator
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I am so excited! I can’t wait!

Posted by hp_flower {WBM} on July 18, 2009, 02:58 PM report to moderator
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