Harry Potter Fans say hello to Universal Studios Hollywood! Today, Warner Bros. and Universal Parks and Resorts announced that the wildly popular Orlando themed entertainment park of Wizarding World of Harry Potter is coming to Universal Studios Hollywood, creating yet another reason for a family vacation in California! Warner Bros., Universal Parks and Resorts and honored guests celebrated the announcement today with an official Butterbeer toast. Not announced today was expected date of opening at Universal Studios Hollywood.
Plans to significantly expand The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Orlando Resort, which debuted in June of 2010 in Orlando, were also announced. Details of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter Orlando expansion and will be released over time.
When my niece Journey and I visited Universal Orlando in August of 2010, we meet the biggest wizard of all at the replica Hogwarts Express, Mark Woodbury, the architect who designed this theme park. At that time, Woodbury spoke about his and his team’s excitement for the entire project. Woodbury’s design team met with Universal Studios and JK Rowlings several times to make sure everyone was on the same page.
My niece Journey and I can most certainly attest to the amazing job the Orlando team did at re-creating the magical world of Harry Potter. In fact, it’s so real that you’ll think you’ve been transported into scenes from J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series.
Reportedly, the Harry Potter theme park project in Universal Hollywood will also entail the same attention to detail as the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Orlando Resort.
In a press release, dated December 6, 2011, J.K. Rowling is quoted, “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!”
The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios Hollywood will be as impressive as Orlando’s experience, and the new theme park is expected to transform tourism in Los Angeles for decades to come. Just as in Orlando, the Hollywood theme park 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.
Pictured above L to R – Tom Williams, Chairman and CEO, Universal Parks & Resorts; Ron Meyer, President and COO, Universal Studios; California Governor, Jerry Brown; Barry Meyer, Chairman and CEO, Warner Bros.; James Phelps, portrayed Fred Weasley in the Harry Potter films; Oliver Phelps, portrayed George Weasley in the Harry Potter films; Zev Yaroslavsky, L.A. County Supervisor
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