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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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835 Points

It’s all so exciting! The day has finally arrived! I can’t wait until I can see the park for myself! It’s going to be a dream come true!

Posted by Gryffindor Cutie on June 18, 2010, 12:34 PM report to moderator
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1070 Points

AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHH!!!! O MY GOSH IM HAVING A CONNIPTION!!!

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39680 Points

OMGshhhh that is so awesome!!! I cant wait to go!!!! LOL they had to call Oliver twice x)
Dan and Rupert look so good there!! haha :P
I WANT TO GOOOOO

Posted by chocolaterabbits on June 18, 2010, 03:34 PM report to moderator
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4452 Points

Oh awesoooooome :) Love the VIM – Very Important Muggle

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619 Points

im so mad i cant go!

Posted by ron rocks WBM on June 18, 2010, 08:22 PM report to moderator
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75566 Points

Well I don’t like Florida very much but I guess I will have to go there now.

Posted by Girlraven1 on June 18, 2010, 08:42 PM report to moderator
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64 Points

Where was Evana and Emma?

Posted by Billy Latta on June 18, 2010, 09:12 PM report to moderator
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36 Points

Wow, I really want to go there!:D

Posted by SwedishPotterfan on June 20, 2010, 10:07 AM report to moderator
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4481 Points

Great picture!

Posted by Smitch on June 20, 2010, 09:00 PM report to moderator
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80418 Points

How lovely…

Posted by Won_Two on June 20, 2010, 11:44 PM report to moderator
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3134 Points

WOOT! Let’s all go!!!

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3777 Points

so so so so cool

Posted by ZachBlack [ROAR] on June 21, 2010, 08:10 PM report to moderator
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5388 Points

Oh My God i just cant wait to see everything. I wont be able to go there for quite some time but i think i will faint when i finally get there. its the dream of my life

Posted by Azaad Potter The Chosen One [ROAR] on June 22, 2010, 03:25 AM report to moderator
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5388 Points

Oh My God i just cant wait to see everything. I wont be able to go there for quite some time but i think i will faint when i finally get there. its the dream of my life

Posted by Azaad Potter The Chosen One [ROAR] on June 22, 2010, 03:25 AM report to moderator
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5388 Points

Oh My God i just cant wait to see everything. I wont be able to go there for quite some time but i think i will faint when i finally get there. its the dream of my life

Posted by Azaad Potter The Chosen One [ROAR] on June 22, 2010, 03:26 AM report to moderator
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