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Harry Potter Park Confirmed Opening Spring 2010, Rides, Features Unveiled

Posted by: Melissa
September 15, 2009, 11:11 AM

At today's Wizarding World of Harry Potter event in Orlando, Tom Felton (Draco Malfoy), who was on hand to help with the announcements, confirmed the attraction will be opening in Spring 2010 - and more, as this post gets updated.

UPDATE: Videos are now available for download here in our galleries:
Entire Special Webcast with Tom Felton on Gryffindor Common Set
Map of Wizarding World

The Marauder's Map guide to the park was created by the same people who created the Marauder's Map for the movies.

In a release, J.K. Rowling said, "The plans I've seen look incredibly exciting, and I don't think fans of the books or films will be disappointed."

Hi Res Photos now available!
Map of Wizarding World of Harry Potter
Zonkos Joke Shop
Flying Harry
Flight of the Hippogriff Ride
Hog's Head
Filch's Confiscated Emporium
Dervish and Banges
Dragon's Challenge
Hogwarts Exterior

Birds Eye View Poster of Park

The announcement took place on a Gryffindor Common Room set; Tom Felton said, "I'm not usually welcome in the Gryffindor Common Room," as he sat down.

Park will be more than 22 acres and between current Jurassic Park Lost Continent area and "Dueling Dragons" roller coaster.

The park will begin at an entryway to Hogsmeade, inside of which will be the Hogwarts Express.

Ollivander's Wand Shop will be recreated, featuring "thousands" of dusty boxes lining the shelves and an interactive experience where guests have a wand choose them. This, said Paul Dario, a producer on the park, said came from Jo talking about being on set the moment Harry had his wand chosen. "It was a very special moment," she told them.

Also: Filch's Emporium of Confiscated Goods will be inside the Hogwarts Castle, contain Ministry of Magic and magical creatures and merchandise, including Omnioculars and remote control Golden Snitches.

A new ride, Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey, will travel through the insides of Hogwarts, sweeping up through the castle and has been written specifically for the park (though it has not been revealed by whom). We will see "many parts" of the castle.

The entry gates that were in the sixth film will be recreated outside the castle structure in the park.

On the sides of the Hogsmeade street will be Honeydukes Sweet Shop, Dervish and Banges, Zonkos Joke Shop. Sweets sold in Honeydukes; Dervish and Banges will have items like Remembralls, SpectreSpecs, etc.

The Three Broomsticks and Hogs Head will feature "authentic" fare as well as butterbeer and pumpkin juice, in a medieval setting.

The Owlery will feature owls resting on rafters, and will provide a calm environment to take a break from the rest of the action. Also "owls" will be sent out using an official postmark only available at the park.

All the shops will offer merchandise that can only be bought at the park.

The current Dueling Dragons ride will now be the Dragon Challenge, where you can choose between a Chinese Fireball and Hungarian Horntail.

Another ride, the Flying Hippogriff (probably a reinvention of the flying unicorn that was at the park) will be framed around Care of Magical Creatures Class. Hagrid will instruct on the proper ride of a hippogriff.

Art director Alan Gilmore said the park will be a "completely immersive environment, "completely faithful" to books and films."

According to the NYTimes the park is estimated to cost about $265 million to produce.

Tom Felton: "It's going to blow some serious minds."

Stay tuned to Leaky and our Park Info Page for more.

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471 Points

that video didn’t really show anything!!! oh man, i hope they get it right.

Posted by keltek {WBM!} OoM4 on September 15, 2009, 11:47 AM report to moderator
292 Points

Very cool. This is going to be great. I can’t wait to get to Dervish and Banges.

Posted by Necrotoxin on September 15, 2009, 11:51 AM report to moderator
57 Points

EEEEE!!!!!! CANT WAIT!!!!! Its so exciting!!!

Posted by harrypotter_123 on September 15, 2009, 11:52 AM report to moderator
6690 Points

okkkk i got a little teary eyed! haha! i am so happy they are doing this :}

Posted by levi-OH-sa, not levio-SA [neville♥myhero] on September 15, 2009, 11:53 AM report to moderator
240 Points

Didn’t we already know all this information already? Ok maybe not the specific names for the rides but descriptions of the rides and shops have been on the internet for awhile and the date of spring 2010 is not new that’s been floating out there for awhile. I thought they would at least give a specific date. Why all the hype for info that was already out there. Kind of a disappointment-not the park just the hype of this big announcement which turned out to be a rehash of info.

Posted by mlc on September 15, 2009, 12:09 PM report to moderator
20981 Points

OMG!!! This looks soo wonderful!!!! Squee! I am SO going there, cant wait!!!!!

Posted by LunaLuver on September 15, 2009, 12:12 PM report to moderator
215 Points

OMG!! This is going to be so freaking amazing!!! I can’t wait!!

Posted by PygmyPuff85 on September 15, 2009, 12:14 PM report to moderator
33 Points

Eeeeek, now I can’t decide – do I use my PTO time to take off for the opening or do I hold off and save all of it for Infinitus?

Also, zomg, do I spy (relatively) book accurate Ravenclaw colors in the shop pic with the scarves??

Posted by charminggoats on September 15, 2009, 12:29 PM report to moderator
8316 Points

I’ll SURELY go there!!! Woo hoo….EXCITED!!!

Posted by forgetmenot_007 on September 15, 2009, 12:30 PM report to moderator
123 Points

wow!! looks amazing!!! it’s sounds and seems like everything i imagined the wizarding world to look like for the past 12 years…and it’s here!! i’m sooooo excited can’t wait to go, hopefully soon!! :D

Posted by justanargle on September 15, 2009, 12:39 PM report to moderator
773 Points

OH MY GOD!! i am SO unbeliebably excited for this. i’m going to Florida in 2011 and me and my family are definitely going here!! it’s already planned haha. i can’t wait :) everything about it sounds so amazing, and they’re selling butterbeer :D aaah happy happy happy!

Posted by Sigourney♥ on September 15, 2009, 12:45 PM report to moderator
328 Points


Posted by Hobgoblin 13 on September 15, 2009, 12:49 PM report to moderator
1166 Points

I know what I am doing next spring:)

Posted by JessSnape on September 15, 2009, 12:51 PM report to moderator
16564 Points

Wow I can’t wait!! I gotta save up money!

Posted by Ariel on September 15, 2009, 12:52 PM report to moderator
422 Points

Everyone who diggs this article will get 300 myleaky points if it hits the front page! DO IT :)


Posted by John Dawlish on September 15, 2009, 12:57 PM report to moderator
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