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Wizarding World of Harry Potter Opens to Public Today; HP Cast Open Archway to the Crowd (Update)

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Posted by: Edward
June 18, 2010, 08:20 AM

At long last, muggles will be able to walk through the gates and enter the Wizarding World of Harry Potter theme park at Universal Orlando Resorts this morning.  Grand Opening activities have been taken place all week and will be topped off starting at 9 AM EST with a grand opening to the public.  This event will be streamed live online from 9:00 - 9:30 AM EST via the Universal website right here.  

Update: The final grand opening ceremony has just commenced.  Here is a brief rundown of events of this morning:
  • The Hogwarts conductor notes that the Hogwarts Express is about to arrive with some special guests and extraordinary students from across the country.
  • A VIM, Very Important Muggle, Bill Davis for Universal speaks to the crowd.
  • The Hogwarts Express arrives with Dan Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Warwick Davis, Bonnie Wright, James Phelps, Oliver Phelps, Tom Felton, Matthew Lewis, and Michael Gambon.
  • Radcliffe speaks to the crowd, notes they are "very, very, very exited to be [there] today."
  • Cast meets with students from one of the winning schools.
  • James and Oliver Phelps set off Zonkos firework to open park.
  • Snow falls in Orlando (or at least the Wizarding World) as the crowds enter.
Leaky will be covering the event as it happens via our Twitter account.  We will also update throughout the day with the very latest from the public grand opening of the theme park.

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61 Comments

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114 Points

D: Nooo! They can’t just keep going! They have to fix their cameras!!!

Posted by nargles, oh my! on June 18, 2010, 09:42 AM report to moderator
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87 Points

oh the joys of livestream…..I just got a “server not found” error…..they better replay this thing.

Posted by Gryffindor51 on June 18, 2010, 09:42 AM report to moderator
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1373 Points

it’s working!!!!

Posted by Pollytomat on June 18, 2010, 09:43 AM report to moderator
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5610 Points

Eeep I got it!!

Posted by Peace.Love.Potter ♥ on June 18, 2010, 09:43 AM report to moderator
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87 Points

oh wait there it is…Phelps Twins about to fire off something…uh-oh

Posted by Gryffindor51 on June 18, 2010, 09:43 AM report to moderator
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60 Points

I didn’t get it…

Posted by elf_ville on June 18, 2010, 09:44 AM report to moderator
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5610 Points

We seem to have trouble lighting the match.LOL
Group picture.Squee!!!
It’s amazing!!!!! =D
Awww they’re going in!!!
Awwwwwww I want to be there soooooooooooooooo bad right now!!!! O-O

Posted by Peace.Love.Potter ♥ on June 18, 2010, 09:46 AM report to moderator
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60 Points

AHAH I GOT IT NOW! It looks AMAZING :D

Posted by elf_ville on June 18, 2010, 09:46 AM report to moderator
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5610 Points

If I was walking in right now my mouth would be hanging open and I would either be crying or screaming my head off. =DDDDDD

Posted by Peace.Love.Potter ♥ on June 18, 2010, 09:48 AM report to moderator
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234 Points

..oh..i’m so exited to0 see it..i wish i can go there soon..

Posted by tjerriam on June 18, 2010, 09:49 AM report to moderator
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478 Points

that was pretty lame…i expected more…like JKR cutting a ribbon or something…..

Posted by ProfessorAlice on June 18, 2010, 09:50 AM report to moderator
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562 Points

Well, they totally botched the live feed of the opening!! I refreshed just in time to see the Phelps twins light a very large rocket that fizzled out then everyone started looking around as though something else was to happen but never did! Hey Universal, thanks for nothing!

Posted by Phoenix1946 on June 18, 2010, 09:50 AM report to moderator
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60 Points

And they’ve gone in. I wish I was there right now, too :D

Posted by elf_ville on June 18, 2010, 09:51 AM report to moderator
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5610 Points

Kinda lame.Oh well it’s still amazing!! Eeeeep.Wish I’d stayed up to see the live feed with John Williams and everyone on Wensday (?) night.But it’s ok at least I saw some if it. =)

Posted by Peace.Love.Potter ♥ on June 18, 2010, 09:54 AM report to moderator
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1373 Points

And the techs of the livestream get a bad-bad-very bad mark! They could have tried before the opening and not do it in the last minutes before the ceremony!

Posted by Pollytomat on June 18, 2010, 09:55 AM report to moderator
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