Welcome to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Orlando Resort
Universal Studios and Warner Brothers made a joint announcement this evening from Leavesden Studios on the set of Dumbledore’s Office to reveal that a Harry Potter theme park is currently in development.
Here’s what we learned from Potter set designer Stuart Craig and a representative from Universal Studios:
– “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Orlando Resort”
– Announcement was made live via internet at 12:01 AM EST today to select media, including MuggleNet.
– Areas of park to include Hogsmeade, Hogwarts Castle, and the Forbidden Forest.
– 20 engineers working on project.
– Universal came to WB looking for authenticity.
– Potter park to be built in “Islands of Adventure” area of Universal.
– Stuart wants to “take his grandchildren” to the park.
– Opening early 2010.
– Universal’s Potter website to be available at this link.
– JK Rowling has been involved “since the very beginning” of the project. Also “supportive and encouraging.”
– Stuart thinks that the park will be better off in the United States.
– Have been in design “for at least a year and a half.”
– “Important that the theme park represents the entire saga from Book 1 to Book 7”
– Official park website now open; visitors can sign up for e-mail updates.
– JK Rowling: “The plans I’ve seen look incredibly exciting, and I don’t think fans of the books or films will be disappointed.”