Report: Second Harry Potter Theme Park Slated for Universal Studios Hollywood (Updated)
November 30, 2011, 07:19 PM
The Wall Street Journal has just issued a report that the Universal Studios Hollywood will be the site of a second Wizarding World of Harry Potter type theme park in the coming years. The article sites persons familiar with the plans and says an official announcement is due next week. They report:
NBCUniversal is planning to expand its Los Angeles theme park with a section devoted to the "Harry Potter" franchise, according to people familiar with the matter, hoping to repeat the success of a similar attraction at NBCU's Orlando, Fla., resort.
The new "Harry Potter" addition in the Los Angeles park, Universal Studios Hollywood, will likely resemble the one in Florida, these people say, which includes a Hogwarts Castle, roller coasters, and several Potter-themed restaurants including the Hog's Head tavern, which serves butterbeer, as in the books.
The WSJ goes on to make mention of the fact that if this second park does come to Hollywood, this might open the door for the other Universal Parks to look into adopting the Harry Potter theme park model as well.
While this is indeed exciting news, we have yet to receive official confirmation on expansion plans but we are working to confirm the news to you. Developing...Update
: Thanks to the ever awesome Jamie, we now know of a report from the LA Times
which reports that the contract securing the deal is about to be signed, and "new attraction is expected to open at Universal Studios Hollywood no earlier than 2015."
SAWEET!!! and first post! I wanna visit both Wizarding Worlds of Harry Potter!!
you guys know, that japan universal studios is ALSO having HP come too. I saw them at HP one day, and the employees told me too.
Awesome! It’s probably a little silly to be this excited when the opening date is 2015, but still! The world can always do with more Harry. And Butterbeer. :D
Hmmm… I hope this will not adversely affect the expansion of the Orlando park.
saving up to travel just to go visit HP theme parks, now I’ll just travel in 2015 if God willing and just visit every single one :D
NO No no!! Why don’t they just build a whole new park totally devoted to HP. That way only real fans will attend and understand what it is. PLus it’ll be much bigger than merely adding a little section of the uni park already there. Same mistake they made with Uni studios here in FL.
Actually they need to build one in Scotland, yes I am a purist…keep it real people!!
We all want one, don’t we? If they have them in Florida and Southern California, then the Northeast needs to be next on the US list. We can even provide real mountains as backdrop, and the snow on Hogsmeade won’t always have to be plastic. And Butterbeer could truly be a warming drink!
Now I have to visit both. lol
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Super awesome! Hopefully, I can seriously go to both theme parks. Because I know both are going to be amazing!
I JUST WANT THE PARK TO BE IN THE FRICKEN UK!!! HARRY POTTER CAME FOR HERE SO WHY NOT!!!!!!!?!?!!?!?!!?!?!?!?
Rant over :D I know it would be expensive for the UK and there isn’t really much places they could put it but I’m sure it wouldn’t be hard and it doesn’t need to be that big!
THAT IS AMAZING!!! GAH, IT’S CLOSER TO WHERE I LIVE!!! :DDD
Awh its a bit ironic that they’re buliding them all over the world but not in England where it was actually set haha!! Come on guys! BUILD ONE IN THE UK! :D
WeenyOwl – there are lots of mountains in So Cal! :)
Woohoo! Less than an hour away, this park, I’ll take it! Oh, and yes, about the SoCal mountains… I live in them! It’s 28 outside right now and we just got 7" of snow yesterday. So yeah sure – bring Hogsmeade right on up here!