Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey

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"The Wizarding World of Harry Potter" at Universal Studios Hollywood

“The Wizarding World of Harry Potter” at Universal Studios Hollywood

On Tuesday, it was announced that The Wizarding World of Harry Potter would open in the spring of 2016 at Universal Studios Hollywood.

Within the world a ride called “Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey” would be the most technically advanced that they had yet developed claimed Marc Woodbury president of the creative side of the vast Universal empire. It would be in “hyper-realistic 3D-HD” and has taken five years to bring about.

Like the attraction in Florida, Hogwarts is the centre of the attraction. But there the similarity ends. In Hollywood, the ride will take visitors alongside Harry, Ron and Hermione where they will travel by floo powder above Hogwarts, join in a quidditch match ( and wear quidditch googles), flee a dragon attack and meet the Whomping Willow. The ride uses a developed robotics system timed to operate with filmed action sequences so you will pivot 360-degrees along an elevated ride track.

The ride obviously will not be the only feature but it probably is the most technologically advanced in any theme park. There will also be the Flight of the Hippogriff which will be the first outdoor ride at Universal Studios Hollywood. You’ll be able to wander through shops like Honeydukes, Ollivanders, Owl Post, Zonko’s Joke Shop, Wiseacre’s Wizarding Equipment, Dervish and Banges, Gladrags Wizardwear and Filch’s Emporium of Confiscated Goods and then can relax and enjoy food and drink at the Three Broomsticks or and Hog’s Head pub. If you prefer there will be food carts scattered throughout the attraction called Magic Neep and Butterbeer carts.

But all that is a year away. What is available and new this year at Universal?

Based on The Simpsons television series, The Simpsons Ride has been updated and, according to the press people at Universal, visitors will have “the pleasant sensation of being hurled through their television sets!” Pleasant?

Furious 7, the latest in the Fast & Furious franchise is being released this year and a new ride, “Fast & Furious – Supercharged” is opening which will be the finale to the beyind-the-scenes tour that you can take in Hollywood.

Fnally the night studio tour has been upgraded as well and 20 different locations on the back lots will be lit with studio lighting and special effects so that visitors can see how the studio creates night out of day. To top that off, Universal says that stars who found success at their studios will make cameo appearances from time-to-time.

Universal – the slogan should be, the attractions where there is always somethng happening every season.




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