The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Orlando Resort celebrated its grand opening last week with help from Harry Potter film actors Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Tom Felton, James and Oliver Phelps, Matthew Lewis, Bonnie Wright, Michael Gambon, Warwick Davis and thousands of excited fans – officially becoming the only place in the world where the adventures of Harry Potter come to life.
Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey Quick Facts
Storyline: As you venture through Hogwarts, you meet Harry, Ron and Hermione, who convince you to skip a planned lecture and follow them. Upon taking their advice you travel by Floo powder, and soar over Hogwarts, narrowly escape a dragon attack, have a close encounter with the Whomping Willow, get pulled into a Quidditch match and more.
First-ever combination of advanced robotic ride system technology with innovative, immersive filmmaking
Award-winning composer John Williams oversaw the creation of the attraction’s score
Duration of ride: The full attraction experience, including the Hogwarts castle tour, takes about an hour
Number of scenes in the attraction: 12
It has been more than five years in the making. The themed area, inspired by JK Rowling’s stories and characters, features multiple themed attractions, shops and a restaurant – all faithful to the books and films.
Visitors to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter should feel swept into the adventures of Harry Potter. They will be able tour Hogwarts castle, shop in Hogsmeade and dine in the Three Broomsticks. Other adventures will allow them to fly with Harry, ride on a dragon, sample Butterbeer, eat exploding sweets – and experience all the magic and adventure of the Harry Potter books and films.
“I said right at the beginning, either we do it right or we don’t do it at all,” said JK Rowling, author of the Harry Potter series. “The teams at Universal and Warner Bros. have done it right, so I am so happy.”
“I remember when I was shooting the films when I was younger and I absolutely wished this world could be real and that I could be a part of it,” said Daniel Radcliffe, who portrays Harry Potter in the film series. “It’s amazing that people will finally get to do that and realize everything they’ve seen on screen.”