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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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3271 Points

OMG! It all sounds so cool!

Posted by Half-Blood Princess66[ROAR!] on July 05, 2009, 10:13 PM report to moderator
1104 Points

I’m going to Orlando!

Posted by LulaL on July 05, 2009, 10:28 PM report to moderator
205 Points

That is so awesome!!! I can’t until it opens! _

Posted by HP on July 05, 2009, 10:28 PM report to moderator
7239 Points

Canj’t wait! ROAD TRIP!

Posted by Confederate Lady [CL, Rawwrrrr] on July 05, 2009, 10:49 PM report to moderator
484 Points

Great! I wish i can go there if they open it..

Posted by EnricoDc on July 05, 2009, 11:37 PM report to moderator
2408 Points

Yay! I’m excited for this but so does this mean that there is only one thing you can do inside Hogwarts itself? And that’s one “dark” ride? Hmmm so does this mean I can’t just run around say the Chamber of Secrets if I wanted or the Raveclaw common room. I dunno what with the crowds your inevitably going to get at this place I’m not too sure how much it will actually feel like Hogwarts (even if it will be 15 stories high) I love though how all the movies will be represented not just the later ones or the most popular

Posted by KiwiMcI on July 05, 2009, 11:43 PM report to moderator
135 Points

lol – the Hagrid’s hut being built reminded me of something John Noe said on Pottercast once (maybe in the movie commentary tracks) that stuck in my head – something along the lines of how Hagrid’s Hut apparently migrates around Hogwarts as they keep putting it in a different place each time. lol Well, now it is in Florida. ; )

Posted by polyjusposhun on July 05, 2009, 11:49 PM report to moderator
397 Points

This sounds awesome, better start saving to get over to america!

Posted by spiritbound on July 05, 2009, 11:53 PM report to moderator
93 Points

OH GOSH! So awesome!!

Posted by Carmenriots on July 06, 2009, 12:21 AM report to moderator
1290 Points

Oyy! :D
It sounds so cool :]

Posted by Ravonja [WBM♥] on July 06, 2009, 12:24 AM report to moderator
3048 Points

Riding a robocoaster within Hogwarts would provide a thrill that would delight every single Harry Potter fan in existence! As more information surfaces about this theme park, I am increasingly impressed by its fidelity and passion for the original universe conceived by J.K. Rowling! I cannot wait to visit this park when it opens!

Posted by Kirk on July 06, 2009, 12:51 AM report to moderator
2233 Points

That sounds so cool! I cannot wait to go!

Posted by Emily [ROAR] on July 06, 2009, 02:01 AM report to moderator
774 Points

oooh!! i can not wait for this park to open!!!

Posted by iheartpink(ROAR) on July 06, 2009, 02:21 AM report to moderator
123 Points

Mmm wish we could just walk through Hogwarts though but i guess bthat would involve building the entire castle and not just certain rooms. One day maybe…..

Posted by Kay on July 06, 2009, 02:44 AM report to moderator
50 Points

This is great! I am deffinately going to be there!

Posted by Sir Nicholas on July 06, 2009, 02:44 AM report to moderator
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