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More on Ride Inside Hogwarts Castle at Wizarding World of Harry Potter Theme Park

Posted by: sue
July 05, 2009, 07:09 AM

The Orlando Sentinel has an article online today, with more details on the upcoming Wizarding World of Harry Potter theme park attraction currently being built in Orlando, Florida. Readers will recall we've posted before regarding rumors and reports of a possible ride inside the giant castle of Hogwarts which will serve as the center of the new park at Universal Orlando. Today the paper states:

The castle will also house what is expected to be the Wizarding World's signature attraction. Several people familiar with the project, including one person directly involved, said the ride will be what's known as a "robocoaster" — a ride system in which guests sit in seats suspended from a robotic arm that can swivel and swoop in multiple directions while it advances along a track.

Plans show the track snaking through more than a dozen scenes, though what those scenes will be remains a mystery. The attraction, according to the people familiar with it, will also feature an elaborate pre-show queue with special effects such as floating candles and snow falling indoors.

Other new details about the park which is expected to open early next year include a mention that Hagrid's Hut is being built along with plans "to re-create the Forbidden Forest, an ominous setting from the books that's home to creatures such as centaurs, unicorns and spiderlike "acromantulas." Finally, notable quotes come from discussion on what rides the park may include:

 There is little yet to indicate what rides will be included in the Wizarding World beyond the Hogwarts "dark" ride. Part of the Wizarding World is being built in the Lost Continent section of Islands of Adventure, and documents indicate that two existing attractions there — Dueling Dragons, where riders choose between two intertwined roller coasters, and the Flying Unicorn, a children's coaster closed last year as part of the Potter construction — will be incorporated into Harry Potter's world.

Both rides are expected to be re-themed with Potter story lines. Records show, for instance, that Universal plans to add a large tent at the entrance of Dueling Dragons, which fans have speculated will ultimately be converted into a re-creation of a wizarding tournament from one of the books in which one of the events involves stealing eggs from dragons.

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Posted by Just As Loony As Luna x on July 05, 2009, 11:31 AM report to moderator
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First comment!! It is gonna be amazing, just gotta pursuade my mum to take us there on a family holiday all the way from the UK…

Posted by Just As Loony As Luna x on July 05, 2009, 11:34 AM report to moderator
4138 Points

This sounds awesome!!!

Posted by Calum Wilson (RuneDream54) on July 05, 2009, 12:14 PM report to moderator
674 Points

Sounds amazing! I can’t wait to go!!!!

Posted by joelface on July 05, 2009, 01:10 PM report to moderator
2573 Points

I’l be booking my flights as soon as we hear an opening date!

Posted by ErinM {Roar} on July 05, 2009, 01:10 PM report to moderator
243 Points

OMG! This sounds so amazing! I have definitely got to go!

Posted by Huffleclaw65 on July 05, 2009, 02:08 PM report to moderator
246 Points

I can’t wait for this place to open! I want to live there lol.

Posted by ElVampiro9878 on July 05, 2009, 03:40 PM report to moderator
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4630 Points

This sounds great! I can NOT wait to go there :]

Posted by Live Laugh Love Potter ♥ROAR♥ on July 05, 2009, 03:48 PM report to moderator
24135 Points

super exciting..i can’t wait until it opens! :)

Posted by hermyone*ROAR* on July 05, 2009, 03:54 PM report to moderator
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What Zigggy about the robocoaster being the Grand Staircase would be a great idea. I hope you can walk around the inside of the castle and visit places like classrooms, Gryffindor Tower, and the Great Hall. It would also be cool and creepy if they had an anamatronic Filch moving around wheezing. I also hope they open up Zonko’s jokeshop. It would be cool if the had Diagon Alley on the other side of the park so we could go to Weasley’s Wizard Wheezes and Quality Quidditch Supplies and go inside Gringotts.

Posted by Gryffindor1991 {ROAR!!!} on July 05, 2009, 04:47 PM report to moderator
105 Points

eeeek. I am so excited. I hope I can go on opening day, even if it will be crazy packed with people.

Posted by SayMorsmordre on July 05, 2009, 05:58 PM report to moderator
328 Points

That sounds awsome but “robocoaster” isn’t very Harry Potter-ie
They should have an apparation ride where you go in like this lift thing that takes you to the other side of the park!!

Posted by Hobgoblin 13 on July 05, 2009, 06:02 PM report to moderator
586 Points

Can’t wait to go!

Posted by HermioneRon4ever on July 05, 2009, 07:02 PM report to moderator
865 Points

…Will be begging my husband to take me there for my anniversary present!

Posted by RavenSmith {[WBM]} on July 05, 2009, 08:22 PM report to moderator
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