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Details from Private Preview of Wizarding World Theme Park Online (Updated)

Posted by: Edward
May 17, 2010, 10:32 PM

This evening, the attendees of the Orlando International Pow Wow 2010 were able to get a sneak peek at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter theme park at Universal Orlando Resort.  InsidetheMagic was able to attain information from the private event for travel and media professionals and has posted a series of photos, along with new bits of information from the attendees on the ground.  Among the new tidbits, InsidetheMagic notes:

  • Hogsmeade Village store fronts contain interactive elements that include the Quick Quotes Quill and plants that spring to life as you pass by. 
  • The Ollivander’s Wand Shop experience seems to embody the concept of the wand “choosing” you. Guests work with a “shop owner” to determine which magic wand is the best fit. Guests try to cast spells that include levitating flowers or moving a ladder. If the wand is not a correct fit, special music and lighting makes it clear. A gust of air confirms a right choice. 
  • At the Owlry, four different of Harry Potter postmarks are available to choose from. 
  • You enter Dragon Challenge (former Dueling Dragons) through the Champion’s tent and you catch a glimpse of the Triwizard Tournament Cup and the golden eggs from the dragon challenge. Shadows of fighting dragons are seen in the tent above the loading area.
  • Street performers include girls from the Beauxbatons Academy of Magic performing a ribbon dance and guys from the Durmstrang Institute wielding staffs. The Hogwarts frog choir is comprised of live singers with puppets who sing the “Something Wicked This Way Comes” song heard on the third Harry Potter film.
  • At the Flight of the Hippogriff attraction, guests have encounters in some form with Hagrid, Fang, and Buckbeak. Before riding, you bow to a full-size moving Hippogriff.
  • Apparel available for purchase includes an “I served time in Azkaban” T-shirt.
The Wizarding World of Harry Potter theme park is set to have its grand opening on June 18.

Update: InsidetheMagic also let us know of a photo of the safety sign from the entrance of the Forbidden Journey attraction.  The sign, which can be seen right here, describes cautions relating to the "dynamic acrobatics" of the ride.

Many thanks to InsidetheMagic

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3777 Points

so cool i cant wait until i get there next summer

Posted by ZachBlack [ROAR] on May 17, 2010, 11:02 PM report to moderator
15818 Points

AWESOME!!!!! I sooo wish I could go!

Posted by jammjcpotter on May 17, 2010, 11:52 PM report to moderator
1599 Points

ahahah yess!! frog choir is back. it wouldnt be WWoHP without them! ;)

Posted by Nealie Zealbie on May 17, 2010, 11:55 PM report to moderator
266 Points

brb freaking out.

Posted by iceymoon [Cygnus] on May 18, 2010, 12:33 AM report to moderator
266 Points

brb freaking out.

Posted by iceymoon [Cygnus] on May 18, 2010, 12:33 AM report to moderator
3271 Points

WOW! All that info is awesome… I’m so excited to ride the rides and just be in Harry’s world finally. They really seemed to have pulled this off perfectly!

Posted by Half-Blood Princess66[ROAR!] on May 18, 2010, 12:45 AM report to moderator
3455 Points

OMG!! THAT IS SO COOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by Catherine ( *SQUEE!*) on May 18, 2010, 06:40 AM report to moderator
4452 Points

Excited! Can’t wait to go!

3703 Points

I just watched this video and they have their boxes from Ollivander’s :)

It makes me soooo excited! :D

Posted by Christine on May 18, 2010, 08:14 AM report to moderator
734 Points

I like the live performers from Durmstrang, Beauxbatons, and the choir from Hogwarts. That alone would make the trip worth it for me.

Overall, sounding better and better.

Posted by SigmaKnight on May 18, 2010, 08:40 AM report to moderator
3019 Points

Its going to be a great experience! I’m really looking forward to being able to have my own wand!

Posted by Slytherins do it better on May 18, 2010, 08:57 AM report to moderator
75566 Points

Really exciting!

Posted by Girlraven1 on May 18, 2010, 10:34 AM report to moderator
5388 Points

Thats really awesome. I just cant wait to get there.

Posted by Azaad Potter The Chosen One [ROAR] on May 18, 2010, 10:43 AM report to moderator
351 Points

Can not wait untill i go this summer!

Posted by DanFan190497 {ROAR!} on May 18, 2010, 12:01 PM report to moderator
130 Points

Going tonight!!

Posted by HermyGrnger on May 18, 2010, 01:11 PM report to moderator
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