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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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It is going to be awesome!!

Posted by GTHunter [FTC!] on July 18, 2009, 02:58 PM report to moderator
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i heard its suppose to open next june of 2010. my 30th birthday is then so im hoping its true cause i wanna go to celebrate my birthday at universal harry potter.

Posted by geminidreamatl29 on July 18, 2009, 03:14 PM report to moderator
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Cool! Can’t wait to go!

Posted by beewell on July 18, 2009, 03:41 PM report to moderator
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Man! i cant wait to go there – ill admit it – i might cry (if it looks that “real”)!

Posted by AndreaB09 on July 18, 2009, 04:02 PM report to moderator
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that sounds so incredible!! can’t wait to go to three broomsticks

Posted by kenmarekestrels93 {{ROAR}} on July 18, 2009, 04:31 PM report to moderator
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this makes me so excited for the park to open!!!!

Posted by ღ Courtney {R0aR} ღ on July 18, 2009, 05:15 PM report to moderator
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Oh my gosh this is so exciting! I can’t believe they’re putting in a MagicQuest system! John really is always right isn’t he? :P And I’m glad!

Posted by Sarah on July 18, 2009, 05:26 PM report to moderator
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Woo! turns to channel 300

Posted by ericaeeks on July 18, 2009, 06:11 PM report to moderator
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I’m so going… ;)

Posted by ErinM {Roar} on July 18, 2009, 07:00 PM report to moderator
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OMG can’t wait soo going to be there!!

Posted by Lady Grey OoM2,CW*ROAR* on July 18, 2009, 07:11 PM report to moderator
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Year 4 was pretty exciting. I hope we see some cool Yule Ball stuff as well. I wouldn’t mind being serenaded by the Weird Sisters.

Posted by RemusRox on July 18, 2009, 07:46 PM report to moderator
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seriously, this would be the coolest thing ever. im so excited!

Posted by hpxc2011 on July 18, 2009, 08:03 PM report to moderator
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Watched the video! How lucky, Dr Phillips high school students will be able to look across the street from their school and see Hogwarts!! I hope none of the rides go upside down, aside from the existing roller coaster which already does that. I’m too old for those!

Posted by JRae on July 18, 2009, 08:51 PM report to moderator
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I would LOVE to go to this theme park. I will have to start saving money to go but I will go one day. Can you imagine what it would be like to walk around in the world of HP? Craziness…

Posted by JamiesonWolf on July 18, 2009, 08:56 PM report to moderator
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Wow Can’t wait! :)

Posted by Ariel on July 18, 2009, 10:25 PM report to moderator
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