Hollywood, CA – Alohomora! Calling All Wizards and Muggles! The Unlocking Charm has worked! Universal Studios Hollywood has finally released the official opening date for The Wizarding World of Harry Potter!!
Wizards, Witches and Muggles alike will walk hand-in-hand through the gates of Hogwarts on April 7th 2016, marking the highly-anticipated arrival of the West Coast’s dynamic new immersive experience at The Entertainment Capital of L.A.
Watch as Luna Lovegood herself, actress Evanna Lynch, makes the official announcement:
Now, if that doesn’t make you want to jump on your broom stick and head out to Universal Hollywood NOW…just to camp out….I don’t know what will.
More than five years in the making, and inspired by J.K. Rowling’s compelling stories and characters that were brought to life in the Warner Bros. films, “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter” is being masterfully recreated with impeccable detail as a real-world interpretation at Universal Studios Hollywood. The land will be faithful to the visual landscape of the fiction and films, including Hogwarts castle which will serve as its iconic focal point.
Southern California Potterheads have already spied the work in progress as you can actually see the famous turrets of Hogwarts looming in the distance as you drive past the famous Hollywood studio lot! A rather exciting site to see, indeed!
For those of you not in proximity to the 101 Freeway in sunny CA…some exciting artist concept renderings were previously released to whet our appetites:
“Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey,” is going to be the attraction of the century! An achievement in pioneering theme park ride technology, this ride will make its U.S. debut at Universal Studios Hollywood in hyper-realistic 3D-HD designed to further immerse guests in an already engaging storyline. Guests will sport Quidditch-inspired 3D goggles as they venture through journeys experienced by Harry and his friends, spiraling and pivoting 360-degrees along an elevated ride track on a whirlwind adventure of a lifetime. This is going to be one WILD ride!!
Flight of the Hippogriff™ is a family friendly roller coaster that will open as Universal Studios Hollywood’s very first outdoor coaster!
“The Wizarding World of Harry Potter” will resonate with immense detail, inviting guests to revel in Harry Potter’s world with the opportunity to enjoy authentic food and beverage at multiple locations, including Three Broomsticks™, and Hog’s Head pub, as well as the Magic Neep and Butterbeer™ carts!
I already know…I want to live here. This is the attraction I’m most looking forward to seeing because I’m all about pretending I’m Hermione Granger, on my way to Honeydukes™ for some Bertie Bott’s Every Flavour Beans before I meet up with my pals, Harry (the wizard I should have married) and Ron, for a tall mug of Butterbeer!
Other authentically recreated shops will include: Ollivanders™, Owl Post™, Zonko’s™ Joke Shop, Wiseacre’s Wizarding Equipment, Dervish and Banges, Gladrags Wizardwear and Filch’s Emporium of Confiscated Goods™.
I’m going to need more than one day to explore Hogsmeade Village!~
And don’t wait to shop for your Hogwarts uniforms and wizarding supplies! Universal Studios Hollywood in-park guests can already purchase authentic merchandise, including wands, robes and other collectibles from “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter,” available within the Features Presentation shop, located just inside the theme park’s main entry!
As the countdown to the April 7th opening date continues, Universal Hollywood invites guests to learn more by signing up for the latest news and information at: www.universalstudioshollywood.com/harrypotter/signup.
So mark your calendars and get ready to get enter The Wizarding World of Harry Potter on April 7, 2016!
Lady Anglophile…broomstick in hand and ready to fly toward Universal Studios Hollywood!
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