Hagrid’s Hut at Harry Potter Theme Park to be “Unoccupied Prop Structure”


Feb 16, 2009

Posted by SueTLC

As we have been reporting, construction is continuing on the Wizarding World of Harry Potter theme park attraction at Universal Studios in Orlando, Florida. Today, the Orlando Sentinel has a short update on the progress, confirming Hagrid’s Hut is currently being built, with the paper citing building permits as the source. The article states:

The setting, according to the permits, is being built for Universal
by the Nassal Co. of Orlando, which specializes in themed construction

While the permits offer few details, it appears Hagrid’s Hut will be
mostly for display purposes. The documents suggest the interior of the
building will be used for prop storage.

“Hagrid’s Hut is an unoccupied themed prop structure,” according to one permit description.

You can see recent construction photos of the hut here, and here in our image galleries.

To follow what TLC first reported last year, Screamscape is also reporting that “As far as the “world” itself, I’ve been told that they are planning
lots of street atmosphere entertainment, such as building in a system
of special effects to allow for ˜wizard duels’ to take place in the
streets. Universal is also working with their chefs to come up with
lots of new and unique foot items inspired from the books, which will
apparently include “butterbeer”. According to a report from someone who
claims to have actually tasted a test version of it, the final version
may taste a little bit like root beer.” The Screamscape article also has more on the supposed closing of the Dueling Dragons, as they note: “We’ve heard an early rumor claiming that Dueling Dragons will close
entirely for it’s final transformation to become part of the Wizarding
World of Harry Potter sometime between September and December 2009.”

Finally, a last tidbit on the giant Hogwarts Castle, as the Sceamscape author writes: While I know everyone is dying to know more about the major ride inside
Hogwarts (which will include an extensively themed and long indoor
queue like Spiderman and Dueling Dragons), I’ve been told that
Universal is planning on holding back on that information until late

138 Responses to Hagrid’s Hut at Harry Potter Theme Park to be “Unoccupied Prop Structure”

Avatar ImageiLoveDolores says: yay first comment. i can't wait to go to the theme park. i hope they include some cool technology in the hut, even if it is for prop storage. its going to be sooo cool. see you all at infiniuts 2010 :DAvatar Imageforthejokes says: I somehow need to get enough money to get to America for the opening of this theme park. Especially now it has Hagrid's Hut. The thing we always hear about first :PAvatar ImageProf_Tofty says: Ooh, what will they keep in Hagrid's Hut? For the shows, do you think?Avatar ImageChrissyPuff says: Thats too bad! I guess it would have been a bit small for people to just go inside though. Oh well... we cant have everything! Avatar Imageravenclaw1028 says: While I was hoping for an inside of teh hut, i guess it is too small. I'm just happy they are keeping it!Avatar Imageravenclaw1028 says: While I was hoping for an inside of teh hut, i guess it is too small. I'm just happy they are keeping it!Avatar Imageautumninbethany says: it would have been nice to be able to peek in the windows and see hagrid sat by the fire with fang at his feet.. or maybe norbert hatching or something.. but never mind! I'm sure there'll be enough other fun things to keep us occupied! xAvatar ImageCourtneyPotter says: This makes me so excited! I can't waite till the theme park! :)Avatar ImageA Chocolate Frog says: The special effects and wizard duels sound awesome!! I'm sad about Hagrid's hut, though, I would have loved to go in and visit him. And I really hope they change the butterbeer...I hate root beer. :(Avatar ImageDeliaDee says: The park sounds like it's going to be fantastic but I really did want to go inside the hut. It would have been so cool with the oversized decor. Ah well. It'll still be great, I'm sure.Avatar Imageomgitslouise says: I'm so excited for the theme park!! Every new bit of news makes me want to go even more ^__^Avatar ImageBre Sartain says: Wizard Duels!!! Avatar Imagesunlitdays says: ick i hope that report on the root beer is wrong. yuck i dont like root beer at all. i was hoping something along the lines of carmely or honey hot chocolate. cuz butterbeer is supposed to warm you up, but root beer is cold. ah well we'll find out soon enought Avatar ImageHopelaa93 says: I am going to love the Harry Potter theme park. I saving for it know, I'll propably be a student by the time I get to go, but I can't wait. Avatar Imagegreatpetie83 says: foot items :D, I think you mean food items in the 6th paragraph?Avatar Imagefirekeeper says: Wow they are putting alot a great things in this Theme Park and I so want to go when it opens.Avatar ImageNoble Birth Descending says: I was hoping that Hagrid's Hut would be along the lines of the buildings in Disney's Toon Town. Butterbeer like rootbeer? In my opinion, it would be closer if it was cream soda based. And, dualing in the streets is akin to apparating directly into someone house to me.Avatar Imagehp29 says: i can not wait! it all sounds so awesome!! Avatar Imagehp29 says: i can not wait! it all sounds so awesome!! Avatar ImageDobbyandWinky says: OOOOHHHHHH Want that NOWAvatar ImageHPGENIUS says: at least give us a fake pumpkin patch!!! PLEASE!!Avatar Imagesavingharry says: I think hagrid's hut being a storage place is a good idea. Other than maybe seeing some unicorn hair, what do we really expect inside? It's more the idea that "hey, there's hagrid's hut" that makes it cool, in my opinion. As to the butter beer, sunlitdays, I think that it being like root beer makes sense. The "beer" word made me think of rootbeer. It should warm you up, but perhaps not be warm itself, you know. I expect maybe somewhere between root beer and a cream soda, with a bit more buttery taste. A drink like that would warm the insides, I think. Of course, really, butter beer should have just a bit of alcohol to be accurate to the books (how else could winky get drunk off it?), but somehow I doubt they'll include that detail. As Ron says, "it's not strong, that stuff," the sort of thing that, in the HP universe, they wouldn't have a problem giving to wizard kids, because it probably has so little alcohol as to do nothing besides give a tiny bit of warmness to it. But hey, butter beer anyway sounds delicious!Avatar Imagesavingharry says: Yeah, Noble Birth Descending. Like I said, maybe somewhere in between?Avatar ImageEmilyDeibert says: I can't wait!!Avatar ImageJohnB says: Well that's a bummer, I can understand that they would try and not have an actor there {who could the get to equal or surpass Coltrane?}, but I would have liked to be able to go in and look around. I also like Emily McKenzie idea of being able to look in a window at a puppet {made in Coltrane's image of course} doing something in there. As for the Butter Beer, whereas I do like Root Beer, I was hoping for something else, like Cream Soda with a bit of a Butter flavor and maybe some Carmel too. Oh well, it will be, what it will be, but whatever it is I am sure it will taste good, I do not think I have tasted anything that came out of places like that, that I flat out did not like. John B.Avatar ImageHPNAIV says: wow i can't wait!! this is really exciting :DDAvatar ImageGinevra86 says: well... that's a downer. I was kind of hoping that Hagrid's hut would at least be a gift shop, small food vendor, museum.... something! I was also hoping that butterbeer would taste like butterscotch (even though I don't like butterscotch). It's just how I've always imagined it to taste... oh well!Avatar ImageLucia Meadows says: Maybe they'll build and rebuild Hagrid's Hut just like they do for the movies ;) I can't wait to see some of these street duels. I hope there are lots of sparks.Avatar Imagecheeserpleaser says: It is a pity that tourists will not be able to enter the actual hut! Still, the more we learn about the theme park, the keener I am for it to open as soon as possible.Avatar Imagehpikjdjg says: I'm really looking forward to seeing this park! It will be so awesome to be able to walk around and pretend your in the books! Avatar ImageMelissaRochelle says: I want to go someday, but not right when it opens. It'll be too busy and I'm not keen on 3 hour lines. I hope the butterbeer doesn't taste too much like Rootbeer because I think it's gross! And not at all like how I imagined it would taste.Avatar Imagelborealis says: So excited. Not surprised about Hagrid's hut, but I hope there's a hippogriff outside of it that I can pose with. Can't wait to go! My best friend just moved back down to Orlando and already expects me on his couch for the opening. AND my nephews live down there. It will so great to experience it with an adult HP fan, then with children who are HP fans. Squeee!Avatar ImageAccioCloak says: Pity it's just for show! Then again, it could be a bit of a crush if too many people are trying to get into Hagrid's Hut!! Theme park sounds great though!Avatar Imagewizardinventor says: I wish that we had been able to enter the hut! :( But I am sure that it will still look cool!Avatar Imagehermione_g_1 says: That's interesting news about the butterbeer - somehow, I've always imagined it tasting butterscotch-y, and being warm, if not hot.Avatar Imageheatherx123 says: I need to start saving so I can get here when it opens.Avatar ImageAutumnWizard says: I have to figure out a way to get to the park and spend hours!Avatar ImageLauraKeaton says: This park is going to be so cool. I wish we could go inside Hagrid's Hut though. And I really want to try butterbeer.Avatar Imagegaminette says: Is it 2010 yet?Avatar Imagelilyjames says: uh i can not wait to go to this! im gunna try to convience my parents to go on a vacation ha!Avatar Imagehericus says: I cant wait for this either. Going to have to get to america somehow =[ need more money!! I'll find a way in hagrids hut... Just you wait =PAvatar ImageSTARZOE says: omg!!!!!!!!!! wow!!!!!!!!!!! im saving already!!!!!!!!!!Avatar ImageKaraDawlish says: Omg i remember wen i went to universal Right wen they started working on it i aproached one of the employees& asked them about it they were misinformed and told me they ran into a problem and construction would not begin for 3 more years!!! I flippppped lol!!!Avatar ImageHermioneMoreThanJustBrains says: So, no Hot tub then? :(Avatar Imagesquibcloakmaker says: I am sure they will have so many cool things!!! I am excited to go! It will probably be more like 2011 for me, but can't wait! Too bad Butterbeer will taste like rootbeer cause I don't like root beer, but I will probably try it any way, my husband likes rootbeer. Avatar Imagehermy65 says: i can't wait to see all of it!! and duels in the streets--AWESOME!!!!Avatar Imagedehonestiss says: well thats a little disappointing. but i could have guessed that. Hagrid's Hut is to small to have people walking through it all the time.Avatar ImageNicoleC76 says: I'm still going, but I have to admit that half the joy of going is gone. I was really looking forward to going inside Hagrid's hut. I hope that they turn around and include it in the theme park. *Sigh* :(Avatar ImageThe Silver Doe music says: Ugh, no more info on the huge ride until late 2009? I'm dying to know! Butterbeer sounds so exciting. Any idea how many rides there are going to be?Avatar ImageLunaGinervaBlack says: It would be cool to be able to peek inside the hut and see some display, but alas. I also wonder what the ride inside Hogwarts will be! Something to do with moving staircases?Avatar ImageLeron_Weasley_616 says: I can't wait for The Wonderful World of Harry Potter!!! Its so exciting to hear news about it!Avatar ImageBradyboy says: That's cool.. but whats the point of it besides looking at it. Avatar ImageGreat Uncle Algie says: WIZARD DUELS? that will be so tight! Avatar ImageSamm2011 says: OMG!!!! I CANT WAIT!!!! forget about Cinderella i want to see dumbledore!!!!Avatar Imagesp00kym00ny says: I'm already planning my way to get in to the hut, since it will be closed off...BWAHAHAHAAvatar Imageligress says: Pity about Hagrid's hut, but the restr sounds pormising! I like root beer, so that's good.Avatar ImageMoody One says: I really was looking forward to seeing the inside of Hagrid's Hut! Oh well. I guess there will be lot of other exciting things!Avatar ImageCatherine says: yeh! we have news on the theme park (we dont get to hear much about what is going on)! I wish Hagrid's Hut would be used for more than just prop or a storage place for other props!Avatar Imagerobijw says: man... and I was wanting to stand inside Hagrid's Couldron and scare people as they walk by...Avatar ImageBeAchL0veEr05 says: Wow. Yay! Butterbeer, yum. Only one problem: I wanted to go IN Hagrid's Hut! Is it definitley just display?Avatar ImageArthur22 says: It sounds like they are planning it out well, i just hope all the hype is up to what the park actually turns out to be. Avatar Imagecantspellathing says: I was really hoping to see the inside of the hut. They could have put so much detail into it if they had wanted to but then I suppose they would only have been aloud to let in a few people at a time and the line to get in would be to long. Avatar ImageWill Weasley says: That's a bummer but oh well. Avatar ImageHermioneRon4ever says: I can't wait 'til this opens! 2010 is going to be awesome: the theme park and DH part 1!Avatar Imagecoweatyou says: Is there a practial reason why hagrid's hut is always the first thing to be built? I just thought it was a movie thing.Avatar ImageIWannaBeAWeasley says: I love how even for the theme park, one of the first things we hear about is Hagrid's Hut. Just like the movies!Avatar ImageTyman28962 says: It's a shame we won't be able to see the interior of Hagrid's Hut, but the part about Wizard Duels in the streets sounds really exciting!Avatar Imagekayzz says: squee!! butterbeer! i totally have to get there. in 2010. i'm so excited! that'll be amazing. Just think of all Potter fans there to meet and Hogwarts rides and Hogwarts-like food. yay!! and the cool thing is it'll be around forever, it won't just be like a premire or something. squee squee squee!Avatar Imagecdewson says: that kinda sux u can't go inAvatar Imagemugglemom4 says: I can't wait to taste the butterbeer. I wish they could have done more with Hagrids Hut. Avatar ImageBadallona says: I suppose we're lucky it won't taste like feet, as it's supposed to be one of the new foot products. *L* Avatar Imagelyra0126 says: This is going to amazing! I'm glad that they are back on track and have a time line for the construction! I can't wait to be there opening day! Avatar ImageHPNAIV says: I always imagined butterbeer chocolate-y, not root beer! But oh well. Oh, and that's sad how Hagrid's Hut will just be on display :( I would like to go in it, but again, oh well. I'm really excited about the duels. Man, that sounds SO cool! I can't wait to go! And oh my, HOGWARTS. How awesome that would be. I'll cry :)Avatar Imagebookmonster79 says: I cannot wait. I am soo saving up for this trip. Avatar ImageRightLeftMiddle says: I'm really excited for the park to open because I want to see all the sets. PS...I a little new (aka, i joined a while ago, but haven't been on in ages) and whats up with the points??Avatar ImageHeavenly_Horcrux says: I can't wait to see Hagrid's Hut!Avatar ImageErinM says: My family is planning a trip to Florida in Spring of 10. We held off for a whole year just to make sure that we were able to see this theme park! It's Harry first and Walt's Mouse second for this family!!Avatar Imagehermyone08 says: I'm disappointed that you won't be able to go into Hagrid's Hut :(Avatar ImageTami says: I can't wait for them to finish the theme park I really want to go. I have been to island of adventures before and I am curious to see how they will transform the dueling dragons ride. I wonder if the ride inside Hogwarts will be sorta like the spiderman ride where you are in a cart but there are lots of effects, that would be pretty cool.Avatar ImageTami says: RightLeftMiddle - You now get house points for doing stuff around leaky. It's all a part of MyLeaky which just launched not all that long ago. You can read the FAQ on points at http://www.the-leaky-cauldron.org/myleaky/secure/pointsAvatar Imagegrednforge7 says: Storing props in Hagird's hut! That's lame. We should be able to step inside and enjoy what every building has to offer. Besides Hagrids Hut should have a hot tub by now. They upgrade it every year. That's awesome they are incorporating themed food! That would be so fun to try them, but I don't imagine butterbeer tasting like root beer. I think it should be a thicker cream soda. It should be smooth tasting, not peppery.Avatar Imageraven_puff says: thats too bad that Hagrid's hut is only going to be a prop. There are so many things they could do with it! But I am very excited to try butterbeer!!! I am deffinatly going to Florida when it opens!Avatar ImageLP Dantas says: Oh well, you can't have everything, I guess... Those wizard duels however do sound intriguing! Oh, this park is going to be amazing!Avatar Imageravenclawguy1972 says: kind of a shame Hagrid's hut willbe used for storage but it would be cool to have an animatronic BuckBeak ..I mean Wither Wings next to it Avatar Imagelittlefurlo3 says: OMG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! OMG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! OMG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! OMG!!!!!!!!!!!!!! WIZARD DUELS!!!!!!Avatar ImageBuffyXO says: I hope that it is worth the waiting and anticipation. I know that when I was 3/4 of the way through the final book I was sad, since all of the waiting would be over and I could never have the delicious anticipation that came from another count down ticker. While all of the islands (in Islands of Adventure -- where the theme park will be located) are well themed, they do not change very much. In fact the additional of this island is the first major update the park has had in almost 10 years. I am not complaining about this new and exciting outlet of fandom, but I love Disney since it is never complete and things are always changing (without losing too much of what does work). I just hope that this island has the repeatability factor and more of the Disney-ish magic.Avatar ImagePrincessofBooks says: YAY! Just imagining this park makes my so excited and every time I hear more about it I just get really happy! Avatar Imagemuzic823 says: I like root beer, but I want something different for butterbeer. It's not supposed to tasted like anything we muggles have ever had, right?Avatar Imagesiriuslysirius11 says: I wish you could go inside, but oh well. The park sounds like it will be amazing!!!Avatar ImageWeenyOwl says: I don't see how anyone deduced from the words "unoccupied themed prop structure" that Hagrid's Hut will be a place to STORE props. It could just mean that the building has no function but to serve as a prop ITSELF - a bit of stage scenery. That would be unfortunate. As for butterbeer, I will be very disappointed if it's just some kind of soda, on the assumption that that's what all Americans want to drink. And if it is carbonated, it shouldn't be an overly sweet or fizzy kiddie drink. I've always thought of it as something like a cream ale with lots of body, lots of malt & not much hops, little carbonation, a very low alcohol content (like what is or used to be called "small beer" in Britain), a "buttery" head & a good dose of ginger to make it warming, like ginger beer.Avatar ImageThe Hufflepuff Giraffe says: Wow, this is almost as exciting as the first photos of Hagrid's hut for filming! I am excited, though. Only a year-ish to go! Squee!Avatar ImageThe Hufflepuff Giraffe says: Wow, this is almost as exciting as the first photos of Hagrid's hut for filming! I am excited, though. Only a year-ish to go! Squee!Avatar ImageDolemite says: I'm in Orlando every Thanksgiving - too bad it won't be open this year.Avatar ImageLis Lovegood says: Oh man! I was so looking forward to the butter beer but I hate root beer!Avatar ImageAlice Weasley says: Yeah there's a typo- I'm so excited to taste the "foot" items! :D I really am excited about this park tho!!!!Avatar ImageAga Veneficus says: Ooh, I'd love some foot items! :PAvatar ImageSir Nicholas says: I would have liked to go into Hagrid's hut to see Fang.Avatar Imagejenbabe705 says: I'm SOOO excited. I can't wait to wait in line in Hogwarts!!! I've never been excited to wait for a ride before. I'm really bummed about Hagrids hut though.. I agree with Emily about wanting to peek in and see him doing something funny.Avatar Imagelnh92 says: YAY Hagrids Hut.Avatar Imagecamsammom1 says: It is a shame that we will not be able to go inside the hut. It would have been great to see everything "Hagrid size"Avatar Imagelevi-OH-sa not levio-SA says: street duels!?!? amagashhhh....btw they better not cop out of the butter beer and give us root beer..Avatar Imagetheonlysong says: florida here i come!Avatar ImageFelipe_Q says: SO, SO, SO, SO, SO, SO, SO, So, SO ,SO ,SO ,SO, SOSOSOSOSOSOSO excited for this to open! Gah! Can't wait!!!!Avatar Imageclashcityrocker13 says: oh sooo excited! Avatar Imagejfrancis04 says: This park is going to be AMAZING! I've actually been to Islands of Adventure quite often and the park is absolutely superb. The rides are top-notch, the food is great, and the overall atmosphere is incredibly immersing. You guys will not be disappointed! Avatar ImageSarabi says: I seriously can't wait for this place to open already! I'll have to start saving up for my Florida trip earlyAvatar ImageKatieK says: I can't wait to go!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! It sounds awesome already!!!!!Avatar Imagebadger666 says: I want to go to the theme park now! Avatar ImagePrenz13 says: Wow!! I can't wait for the theme park to open...hopefully I'll be able to come!! And I'm glad they're keeping Hagrid's Hut in the park, even if it is just for storage. I mean, a display would've been cool, but this is better than no hut at all.Avatar Imageangelac123 says: Wow! I can't wait for the opening! It sounds amazing!!!! :)Avatar ImageSally_Zaar says: i like the sound of wizard duels :DAvatar ImageFancyPants says: Wow, we (I mean the TTWs) really need to go to this in 2010Avatar Imagecallicott3 says: Great catch, greatpetie83! LOL. Well my comment is this....I CAN'T WAIT! I would imagine, also, that there will be other places that will be "back stage" areas, as well. Disneyland has such places, but you'd never know it! I hope they don't make Diagon Alley's streets quite as narrow, as they appear, in the movies. I imagine they won't. This gets more and more exciting, as the months tick by!Avatar Imageangie weasley says: im still gutted the opening is 2010, I was hoping it would have opened for the original date Oct 2009 as Im going then! The rides have got to include some quidditch or broomstick flying ride but its Honeydukes that i,d love all those yummy sweets they cud invent... I'm just going to have to save to go back...Avatar ImageSophie Treklemmer says: Words can't explain how excited I am for this theme park!! I started to dance half way through reading this xD I'm just so.... SQUUEEEE!Avatar Imagemugglemom4 says: I too am really excited for the opening of the park, I am sad it is opening in 2010 instead of 2009, but it will give me more time to save up to go. Avatar Imagemhaeyemhaeye says: Aww... I wish they made it more than a prop then we can have tea with Hagrid and Fang. :(Avatar ImageNoella_Mansrot says: "under his beard"? That's the only picture I found... But cool, Hagrid's Hut! I hope I get to go to the park!Avatar ImageThe Niffler says: Aw. I would have liked to go into Hagrid's Hut, but I'm sure the park will be great anyway!Avatar ImageMcGiggles92 says: cool.Avatar ImageGarden State Geek says: Maybe they'll eventually turn the hut into a ride or attraction eventually. Avatar ImageShane says: It's gonna be sooooo great. Their grand opening is going to have to be like a month long to fit all of us fans inside. Lol.Avatar Imageyzzi111 says: that sucks i wanted to be able to party with hagierAvatar ImageSarah Wilkes says: I agree with WeenyOwl back on page six that when they say Hagrid's Hut will be an unoccupied "prop structure," they mean the hut ITSELF is a prop. If crowds can walk all the way around it and see it from all angles, the front door will probably be a locked, but working door so maintenance can get in there and fix the roof or windows if need be. If it's in an area where the general public can't walk all the way around it and see it from all angles, it still might have a door, but it might be a concealed one in the rear of the hut that's painted to look like the rest of the hut. I doubt it would store anything, as that would mean it would have to be up to some sort of 'occupation' code that would make it safe for general park employees to be going inside it on a frequent basis.Avatar ImageAbby Lestrange says: I can't wait until the opening.Avatar ImageLady of the Lake says: oh this is going to be great! i can't wait! Avatar Imagestevenk12468 says: I'm so excited! I'll difinitely be taking a trip to Florida when this opens. I wonder if Hogsmead is going to be all snowy? It's Florida! :p Avatar Imagekiwimci says: Butterbeer better surpass all of my expectations for tasting itAvatar Imagecalliet2b4g says: the theme park will be sooo cool!!!Avatar Imagecalliet2b4g says: the theme park will be sooo cool!!!Avatar Imagecalliet2b4g says: the theme park will be sooo cool!!!Avatar Imagecalliet2b4g says: the theme park will be sooo cool!!!Avatar Imagecalliet2b4g says: the theme park will be sooo cool!!!Avatar Imagemugglemom4 says: I love Hagrid's Hut. I wish we could go in. Avatar ImageNeil in Scotland says: Awww! They should have it as a walk through house where all of Hagrid's weird animals jump out at you!!!Avatar Imagejonfrog says: omg i just can't wait! next time i go to Florida I'm going to universal for like the time. i can't wait to see the castle and the stores. definitely going to get a wand, a marauders map if they have one and a scarf. Avatar ImageMarauder says: lol to the "new and interesting foot items"Avatar Imagerhamanshaman says: I'm going to Orlando next week, Maybe I'll be able to sneak a peak.

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