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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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888 Points

Can’t wait to go!

Posted by natalia96 on May 18, 2010, 01:12 PM report to moderator
1166 Points

I am so going there next summer! I want to know what my wand will be:)

Posted by JessSnape on May 18, 2010, 01:20 PM report to moderator
6535 Points

Super excited!!!!! I have a countdown up on my computer!

Posted by Scathach on May 18, 2010, 03:14 PM report to moderator
4138 Points

Omg this is amazing!!!

Posted by Calum Wilson (RuneDream54) on May 18, 2010, 03:20 PM report to moderator
4852 Points

That sounds awesome!

Posted by #1 Witch ROAR! on May 18, 2010, 03:57 PM report to moderator
294 Points

cant WAIT<3

Posted by AlecsWeasley on May 18, 2010, 04:02 PM report to moderator
4208 Points

This is going to be such a wonderful experience. I can hardly wiat to go there!

Posted by Fresca ROAR on May 18, 2010, 04:07 PM report to moderator
2422 Points

lol the t-shirt!

Posted by Mr. Brightside on May 18, 2010, 04:31 PM report to moderator
79 Points

i am def getting that shirt for my brother. haha

Posted by sarahkaz on May 18, 2010, 04:37 PM report to moderator
1740 Points

That sounds so awesome! I can’t wait to go there and get my wand! Who HOO!

187 Points

91 days til i get there…this is out of control “Ridiculous”! Can’t wait….!!!

Posted by crikeyhunter on May 18, 2010, 07:20 PM report to moderator
465 Points

AHHH I can’t wait to go!!!!!!

Posted by The Half-Blood Lauma' on May 18, 2010, 07:31 PM report to moderator
264 Points

sooooo excited can not wait

Posted by Roseann on May 18, 2010, 10:06 PM report to moderator
10268 Points

I do hope that Ollivander’s will offer more than just a few different models of wands. It will be really disappointing if you walk out with the exact same wand as every fourth or fifth person who went in.

Posted by WeenyOwl {The Human Deluminator} on May 18, 2010, 10:42 PM report to moderator
112 Points

I want to go so bad. I don’t know when I could go there. But I know someday I will go.

Posted by Hermione Granger -Weasley on May 19, 2010, 12:00 AM report to moderator
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