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Wizarding World of Harry Potter Soft Open Report RoundUp

Posted by: Edward
June 01, 2010, 11:47 PM

As readers will recall, this past weekend saw a soft opening for the Wizarding World of Harry Potter theme park at Universal Studios Orlando Resorts.  In the following days, a myriad of reports, videos, and photos have made their way online from inside the park itself.  Here is a brief roundup of some of the latest from the Harry Potter theme park.  First up, Attractions Magazine has a report online which details the Forbidden Journey ride, as well as the experience and atmosphere leading visitors into the actual ride.  This report also features a video of the ride itself, in addition to a POV video from the Flight of a Hippogriff ride.

Next, word has come online regarding selected merchandise from the Harry Potter attraction being available at the Official Universal Shop at Orlando International Airport. is reporting that the two stores in the airport "have been almost completely taken over by the Wizarding World. Decorations include owl cages, stacked dusty books, and displays with brooms to pose for pictures with. Available merchandise ranges from character magic wands (including Harry Potter’s, Hermione Granger’s, Ron Weasley’s, Dumbledore’s, and even Voldemort’s) and Hogwarts shirts to Remembralls and Honeydukes lollipops."  Photos of the many products contained in the shops can be found right here.

Finally, be sure to keep watch of Leaky's Image and Video Galleries for all the very latest photos and videos of the park.  Our expanding collection now encompasses images from the soft opening of many of the character-inspired guides at Wizarding World, Ollivanders, Honeydukes, and more.  New videos include Parade Magazine's Sneek Peek at the Forbidden Journey ride and a Hogsmeade walkthrough.

Readers who are able to capture their own videos or images from the park are encouraged to email them to  The Wizarding World of Harry Potter is slated to have its grand opening on June 18.

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264 Points

Can not wait to go Roar

Posted by Roseann on June 02, 2010, 12:06 AM report to moderator
1542 Points

Love to visit.

Posted by Beatrice Jean Granger on June 02, 2010, 12:15 AM report to moderator
3455 Points


Posted by Catherine ( *SQUEE!*) on June 02, 2010, 12:24 AM report to moderator
1385 Points

I want to go so bad! I’ll probably end up using all my money on the merchandise, though :)

Posted by Katie_Lily on June 02, 2010, 12:57 AM report to moderator
1373 Points

Anyway the PotterCast report is the best! Waiting for the Part 3! :)

Posted by Pollytomat on June 02, 2010, 01:35 AM report to moderator
1373 Points

Plus, I like the way the marketing campaign for the WWoHP is organised: lots of merchandise (not only for children but for teens and for adults, too), the using of social netwotking of all kinds (Facebook, Twitter, official sites), all these games and special offers. Great job!

Posted by Pollytomat on June 02, 2010, 01:42 AM report to moderator
49 Points

They now need to soft open for annual pass holders. ;-)

Posted by DodgeRules on June 02, 2010, 02:18 AM report to moderator
5439 Points

Love to visit.

Posted by Fleur-de- Lily on June 02, 2010, 07:41 AM report to moderator
3777 Points

im so stoked

Posted by ZachBlack [ROAR] on June 02, 2010, 11:08 AM report to moderator
157 Points

I NEED to go there. Like NOW!

Posted by IHeartHarryPotter on June 02, 2010, 12:22 PM report to moderator
4208 Points

Thia looks amazing! I loved the video of Hogwarts castle even though it was very dark at times. The rolloercoaster had a wicker head on it, I wonder why?

Posted by Fresca ROAR on June 02, 2010, 01:33 PM report to moderator
62 Points

i saw the attractions magazine article/vids i have to go!

Posted by Steenyb6 on June 02, 2010, 01:50 PM report to moderator
179 Points

Can’t wait to go!! XD

Posted by Ravenclaw65 {WBM} on June 02, 2010, 02:09 PM report to moderator
130 Points

Truly the most amazing experience of my life, can’t wait to go back and do the ride :)

Posted by HermyGrnger on June 02, 2010, 02:18 PM report to moderator

So very cool! I hope I can get there sometime.

Posted by Xyra44 on June 02, 2010, 03:09 PM report to moderator
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