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Old 12-06-2011, 08:53 PM
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Post Wizarding World coming to Universal Studios Hollywood, Orlando park expansion

Universal Studios sent the official announcement that the Wizarding World of Harry Potter will be heading to Universal Studios Hollywood in California in the coming years. James and Oliver Phelps were on hand in Los Angeles to announce the unveiling with numerous Warner Bros and Universal execs; SnitchSeeker was on-hand for live coverage, which can be read here.

Specific information, including an opening date, will be announced in the coming years.


Warner Bros. and Universal Parks and Resorts to bring The Wizarding World of Harry Potter to Universal Studios Hollywood

Significant Expansion Also Planned for The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Orlando Resort


Warner Bros. Entertainment and Universal Parks and Resorts today announced a partnership to bring The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – the enormously popular themed entertainment environment which debuted in Orlando in June 2010 – to Universal Studios Hollywood.

The two companies also announced their plans to significantly expand The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Orlando Resort.

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios Hollywood will be as impressive as what has been created in Orlando – and is expected to transform tourism in Los Angeles for decades to come. It will be a fully immersive environment for the entire family that brings the stories of Harry Potter to life and is faithful to the visual landscape of the films, including a majestic Hogwarts castle to serve as the centerpiece of the themed environment. The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios Hollywood will be created with the same commitment to authenticity and the same level of talent and resources as its Orlando counterpart.

“I am delighted that The Wizarding World of Harry Potter has been so popular with fans since the opening in Orlando last year and I am sure that the teams at Universal and Warner Bros. will bring their expertise and attention to detail to Hollywood to make this new experience equally as exciting,” said J.K. Rowling.

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Orlando Resort opened in June 2010 and immediately captured global attention. It is a spectacularly themed land that includes Hogwarts castle, Hogsmeade and multiple themed attractions. Specific details of its expansion will be announced over time.

“The announcement of our partnership with Universal to bring The Wizarding World of Harry Potter to Hollywood and expand what already exists in Orlando is probably the best holiday gift we could give to the legions of Harry Potter fans worldwide,” said Barry Meyer, Chairman & CEO, Warner Bros. “Everyone involved with these projects is committed to continuing the enchantment of J.K. Rowling’s masterful books as they were brought to life on screen in our eight films and dedicated to extending the magic of the experience for generations of fans to come.”

“This is an incredible moment for Universal Studios and the millions of guests who visit our theme parks,” said Ron Meyer, President & COO, Universal Studios. “The Harry Potter stories are some of the most powerful of our time and we are honored to expand our Orlando experience and bring The Wizarding World of Harry Potter to Hollywood, forever changing family tourism in Los Angeles.”

“The Wizarding World of Harry Potter is an entirely new level of themed entertainment that brings the stories of Harry Potter to life in incredible ways,” said Tom Williams, Chairman and CEO, Universal Parks and Resorts. “We are thrilled to be able to share this experience with our guests in Hollywood. And we are thrilled to take what has been created in Orlando to even greater levels.”
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I wonder if they're going to have a similar ride to Forbidden Journey, and if they do, how they're going to get the actors to come back and film the segments for it. They've all more or less gotten on with their lives, some of them putting Potter completely behind them as though it were a painful breakup.
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WOw! I wonder if I"ll get there to see it. I visit my son and his wife in Santa Monica. They are going this month to the one in ORlando. I am excited for them waiting for a present and pictures
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I wonder if they're going to have a similar ride to Forbidden Journey, and if they do, how they're going to get the actors to come back and film the segments for it. They've all more or less gotten on with their lives, some of them putting Potter completely behind them as though it were a painful breakup.
It's safe to say they're going to re-use the footage they shot for the Forbidden Journey ride and Hogwarts tour from Orlando. They won't be able to get Dan, Rupert, Emma, Tom, etc for that.
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That's awesome!!!! I have yet to go to the one in Orlando though. *Face smack*
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I am SO excited! I live much closer to LA than I do to Orlando. And since I don't see myself going to WWoHP anytime soon anyways (need to save money ), I might just wait for the opening in LA. *does a dance*
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I just came back from the one in Orlando not to long ago. They're expanding?! Now I have to go back, but I live in LA so this is GREAT news! Can't wait! Now I don't have to cross the country to get Butterbeer...
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Rumors are, they're supposed to make Diagon Alley, including Olivanders. They will also have Gringotts, WITH A RIDE! Hopefully the cart ride, -fingers crossed -


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THE HOGWARTS EXPRESS (hopefully also an interactive 3D or 4D ride), THAT WILL TAKE YOU OVER TO HOGSMEAD AT ISLAND OF ADVENTURES!!!


Such great news for the potterfandom! I'm actually happy about Cali getting it, but with this expansion...I'M EVEN MORE HAPPY!
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I hope the area is a little bigger so it can accomodate more people. It's gonna be so great!
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Cannot wait for the expansion! I was hearing rumors that the park in LA would be a replica, almost, of Orlando, which makes sense.
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I wish I could be there to see when they announced this. How awesome would it be to get to meet the stars!!!!
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Awesome! Diagon Alley!!!!!!
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