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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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3455 Points

OMG!!! I HAVE TO GO TO THE OPENIGN!!! I SO CANT WAIT! this is to amzing to express in words!

Posted by Catherine ( *SQUEE!*) on September 15, 2009, 05:41 PM report to moderator
2661 Points

This. Is. Amazing. I have no other words. Just incredibly spectacular! :-D

Posted by Wingardium Leviosa ❄WBM❄ on September 15, 2009, 05:54 PM report to moderator
198 Points

Graduation gift from me to me done and settled. LeakyCon 2011, here I come. I’m gonna spend tons of money buying everything, and it’ll be totally awesome.

Posted by NinnyTreetops on September 15, 2009, 06:01 PM report to moderator
539 Points

OMG OMG OMG, I am so happy i moved to georgia now, only about 4 hours away from my new home

Posted by Brianna on September 15, 2009, 06:04 PM report to moderator
4881 Points

Can’t believe it!! it looks so good!! I’d go if it weren’t that far away.. oh well, maybe one day :)

Posted by HBPFan [ITC!] - CatPhoenix14 on September 15, 2009, 06:08 PM report to moderator
2525 Points

Ok i am like soooo going there.*Yelling for mom to come see8

Posted by The Nerd on September 15, 2009, 06:16 PM report to moderator
281 Points

This place place looks beyond cool. I can’t wait to go.

Posted by pixi jo *ROAR* on September 15, 2009, 06:21 PM report to moderator
2570 Points

OMG, cant wait… next 2 years will be amazing… them park part 1 and 2 of 7 and encyclopedia of harry potter

Posted by madman1277 on September 15, 2009, 06:22 PM report to moderator
6165 Points

SQUEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE i sooooooo want to go here for my senior spring break next year ahhhhhhhhhhhhhh im oooooober excited for this haha :)) CAN’T WAIT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by SeVeRuS<3 ツ [ITC] on September 15, 2009, 06:44 PM report to moderator
265 Points

Wow, they are going to make a killing with this thing, even with the downturn in the economy.

Posted by sgreeter8888 on September 15, 2009, 06:58 PM report to moderator
2641 Points

i soooo can’t wait

Posted by TerieB on September 15, 2009, 07:22 PM report to moderator
2890 Points

I REALLY hope that Spring 2009 means before May, because I might be visiting my sister at Jekyll Island in GA in May, and that’s close enough to a day trip to Universal!

Posted by Laura Keaton [WBM!] on September 15, 2009, 07:34 PM report to moderator
622 Points

My mind is already blown. SQUEEEE! :DDDD

Posted by The Hufflepuff Giraffe on September 15, 2009, 07:51 PM report to moderator
3271 Points

OMG!! So many details… its all sounds and looks so real!! :)

Posted by Half-Blood Princess66[ROAR!] on September 15, 2009, 08:00 PM report to moderator
123 Points

OMG OMG OMG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I’m going this spring even if i have to miss school!!!!

Posted by lizzyrc on September 15, 2009, 08:01 PM report to moderator
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