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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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4151 Points

cannot wait to go! gonna be so awesome!

Posted by mai {beatnik owl} on July 06, 2009, 02:59 AM report to moderator
1072 Points

It sounds great, now i just have to persuade certain people to come along with me.

Posted by Bockers [WBM] on July 06, 2009, 03:01 AM report to moderator
3463 Points

I wish we could actually walk around Hogwarts, like it was an actual place. And it would almost be like a hotel, too… You could pick you’re common room and then stay in a dormitory… I know this is just a dream but it would still be awesome!

Posted by BeAchL0veEr05 ☼ on July 06, 2009, 03:17 AM report to moderator
256 Points

I’m so excited i can’t wait for this to open!!

Posted by WolfyWizard on July 06, 2009, 05:34 AM report to moderator
879 Points

sounds better with every article!

Posted by deadtree ♥WBM♥ on July 06, 2009, 05:39 AM report to moderator
738 Points

It seems that the Potter World “Hogwarts Castle” is going to be a typical theme park construct — a shell to hold a ride — rather than any representation of the school, with all of its rooms, that we have grown to love from the books (and even the movies). Best if we just look forward to it as such, not hope for visits to specific places, like the Slytherin dungeon common room, etc. The ride might be — and SHOULD be! — an amazing experience all of its own. Let’s hope….

Posted by bettb [ITC!] on July 06, 2009, 06:19 AM report to moderator
161 Points

woot. saw it first. dads helping to build it…

Posted by #1pottyfan:ROAR! on July 06, 2009, 07:29 AM report to moderator
80450 Points

Sounds like fun…

Posted by Won_Two on July 06, 2009, 08:02 AM report to moderator
32 Points


Posted by #01auror on July 06, 2009, 08:18 AM report to moderator
341 Points

I am so exited! I can’t wait til it opens!!

Posted by hermione97 on July 06, 2009, 09:17 AM report to moderator
1372 Points

My friend taylor is going to Universal Studios this summer and she’s going to take pictures of the construction area for me!

Posted by elaphantluv34 on July 06, 2009, 01:03 PM report to moderator
5413 Points

I am so excited for this and so thankful that Universal decided to do this!!! I will be on my way to it as soon as it opens… WAHOO!

Posted by Harry Potter 4 Ever!! on July 06, 2009, 02:07 PM report to moderator
9414 Points


Posted by sakuranbo07 on July 06, 2009, 02:35 PM report to moderator
2616 Points

I can’t wait to take my kids there. I really prefer calm beach vacations, but because it’s HP, I must go!

Posted by danaskeeter *ROAR!* on July 06, 2009, 03:34 PM report to moderator
6690 Points

how freaking exciting!! i am so happy i live in miami! i am going to live in islands when it opens! lol

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