More on Ride Inside Hogwarts Castle at Wizarding World of Harry Potter Theme Park


Jul 05, 2009

Posted by SueTLC

The Orlando Sentinel has an article online today, with more details on the upcoming Wizarding World of Harry Potter theme park attraction currently being built in Orlando, Florida. Readers will recall we’ve posted before regarding rumors and reports of a possible ride inside the giant castle of Hogwarts which will serve as the center of the new park at Universal Orlando. Today the paper states:

The castle will also house what is expected to be the Wizarding World’s
signature attraction. Several people familiar with the project,
including one person directly involved, said the ride will be what’s
known as a “robocoaster” ” a ride system in which guests sit in seats
suspended from a robotic arm that can swivel and swoop in multiple
directions while it advances along a track.

Plans show the track snaking through more than a dozen scenes, though
what those scenes will be remains a mystery. The attraction, according
to the people familiar with it, will also feature an elaborate pre-show
queue with special effects such as floating candles and snow falling

Other new details about the park which is expected to open early next year include a mention that Hagrid’s Hut is being built along with plans “to re-create the Forbidden Forest, an ominous setting from the
books that’s home to creatures such as centaurs, unicorns and
spiderlike “acromantulas.” Finally, notable quotes come from discussion on what rides the park may include:

There is little yet to indicate what rides will be included in the
Wizarding World beyond the Hogwarts “dark” ride. Part of the Wizarding
World is being built in the Lost Continent section of Islands of
Adventure, and documents indicate that two existing attractions there ”
Dueling Dragons, where riders choose between two intertwined roller
coasters, and the Flying Unicorn, a children’s coaster closed last year
as part of the Potter construction ” will be incorporated into Harry
Potter’s world.

Both rides are expected to be re-themed with Potter story lines.
Records show, for instance, that Universal plans to add a large tent at
the entrance of Dueling Dragons, which fans have speculated will
ultimately be converted into a re-creation of a wizarding tournament
from one of the books in which one of the events involves stealing eggs
from dragons.

53 Responses to More on Ride Inside Hogwarts Castle at Wizarding World of Harry Potter Theme Park

Avatar ImageLunaLovegoodx says: cool!!Avatar ImageLunaLovegoodx says: First comment!! It is gonna be amazing, just gotta pursuade my mum to take us there on a family holiday all the way from the UK... Avatar Imagewandmastercalum says: This sounds awesome!!!Avatar Imagejoelface says: Sounds amazing! I can't wait to go!!!!Avatar ImageErinM says: I'l be booking my flights as soon as we hear an opening date!Avatar Imagelisajean65 says: OMG! This sounds so amazing! I have definitely got to go!Avatar ImageElVampiro9878 says: I can't wait for this place to open! I want to live there lol.Avatar ImageDiamondWings says: cool!!!Avatar ImageLivelaughlovepotter says: This sounds great! I can NOT wait to go there :]Avatar Imagehermyone08 says: super exciting..i can't wait until it opens! :)Avatar Imagegryffindor1991 says: What Zigggy about the robocoaster being the Grand Staircase would be a great idea. I hope you can walk around the inside of the castle and visit places like classrooms, Gryffindor Tower, and the Great Hall. It would also be cool and creepy if they had an anamatronic Filch moving around wheezing. I also hope they open up Zonko's jokeshop. It would be cool if the had Diagon Alley on the other side of the park so we could go to Weasley's Wizard Wheezes and Quality Quidditch Supplies and go inside Gringotts.Avatar ImageSayMorsmordre says: eeeek. I am so excited. I hope I can go on opening day, even if it will be crazy packed with people. Avatar ImageMushMania says: That sounds awsome but "robocoaster" isn't very Harry Potter-ie *They should have an apparation ride where you go in like this lift thing that takes you to the other side of the park!!*Avatar ImageHermioneRon4ever says: Can't wait to go!Avatar Imageravensmith says: ...Will be begging my husband to take me there for my anniversary present!Avatar ImageHermione Elizabeth says: OMG! It all sounds so cool! Avatar ImageLulaL says: I'm going to Orlando!Avatar Imageaarbear says: That is so awesome!!! I can't until it opens! ^_^Avatar Imagecallicott3 says: Canj't wait! ROAD TRIP!Avatar ImageEnricoDc says: Great! I wish i can go there if they open it..Avatar Imagekiwimci says: Yay! I'm excited for this but so does this mean that there is only one thing you can do inside Hogwarts itself? And that's one "dark" ride? Hmmm so does this mean I can't just run around say the Chamber of Secrets if I wanted or the Raveclaw common room. I dunno what with the crowds your inevitably going to get at this place I'm not too sure how much it will actually feel like Hogwarts (even if it will be 15 stories high) I love though how all the movies will be represented not just the later ones or the most popularAvatar Imagepolyjusposhun says: lol - the Hagrid's hut being built reminded me of something John Noe said on Pottercast once (maybe in the movie commentary tracks) that stuck in my head - something along the lines of how Hagrid's Hut apparently migrates around Hogwarts as they keep putting it in a different place each time. lol Well, now it is in Florida. ; )Avatar Imagespiritbound says: This sounds awesome, better start saving to get over to america!Avatar Imagecarmenriots says: OH GOSH! So awesome!!Avatar Imageravonja says: Oyy! :D It sounds so cool :]Avatar Imagecheeserpleaser says: Riding a robocoaster within Hogwarts would provide a thrill that would delight every single Harry Potter fan in existence! As more information surfaces about this theme park, I am increasingly impressed by its fidelity and passion for the original universe conceived by J.K. Rowling! I cannot wait to visit this park when it opens!Avatar ImageEmilyDeibert says: That sounds so cool! I cannot wait to go!Avatar Imageiheartpink says: oooh!! i can not wait for this park to open!!!Avatar ImageKay says: Mmm wish we could just walk through Hogwarts though but i guess bthat would involve building the entire castle and not just certain rooms. One day maybe.....Avatar ImageNCC524 says: This is great! I am deffinately going to be there!Avatar Imagemaimiaa says: cannot wait to go! gonna be so awesome!Avatar ImageBockers says: It sounds great, now i just have to persuade certain people to come along with me.Avatar ImageBeAchL0veEr05 says: I wish we could actually walk around Hogwarts, like it was an actual place. And it would almost be like a hotel, too... You could pick you're common room and then stay in a dormitory... I know this is just a dream but it would still be awesome!Avatar ImageWolfyWizard says: I'm so excited i can't wait for this to open!!Avatar Imagedeadtree says: sounds better with every article! Avatar Imagebettb says: It seems that the Potter World "Hogwarts Castle" is going to be a typical theme park construct -- a shell to hold a ride -- rather than any representation of the school, with all of its rooms, that we have grown to love from the books (and even the movies). Best if we just look forward to it as such, not hope for visits to specific places, like the Slytherin dungeon common room, etc. The ride might be -- and SHOULD be! -- an amazing experience all of its own. Let's hope....Avatar Image1pottyfan says: woot. saw it first. dads helping to build it...Avatar ImageWON_TWO says: Sounds like fun...Avatar Image01auror says: AwesomeAvatar Imagehermione97 says: I am so exited! I can't wait til it opens!!Avatar Imageelaphantluv34 says: My friend taylor is going to Universal Studios this summer and she's going to take pictures of the construction area for me!Avatar Imagebengtson_98 says: I am so excited for this and so thankful that Universal decided to do this!!! I will be on my way to it as soon as it opens... WAHOO!Avatar Imagesakuranbo07 says: CoolAvatar Imagedanaskeeter says: I can't wait to take my kids there. I really prefer calm beach vacations, but because it's HP, I must go!Avatar Imagelevi-OH-sa not levio-SA says: how freaking exciting!! i am so happy i live in miami! i am going to live in islands when it opens! lolAvatar ImageMona-momo says: I have goosebumps!!! I am so freaking excited I can't wait. I want to go now. It is going to be so busy there the first day it opens holy comoly. Avatar ImageDolemite says: I'll be one of the first ones there!Avatar ImageJTEL99 says: Wow, this park is going to be loads of fun!!!Avatar ImageKC Nox says: who wants to move here and get a job?Avatar Imagepepprock says: ya i don't get it what is a robocoaster can someone owl me? thanxAvatar Imagehermionerules1844 says: I really hope my parents will take me there. I can't wait to go.Avatar Imagesuzane says: Was in Orlando last month and went over to Universal to get a look at this as I'm a serious HP fan. I was so excited to see the builders. Then when I saw the roller coaster tracks I nearly passed out. I've got tons of pics and keep looking at them in anticipation of opening day. My kids hate HP, so when I go back in the Spring, it'll be by myself. http://www.journeyidea.comAvatar Imagesuzane says: Was in Orlando last month and went over to Universal to get a look at this as I'm a serious HP fan. I was so excited to see the builders. Then when I saw the roller coaster tracks I nearly passed out. I've got tons of pics and keep looking at them in anticipation of opening day. My kids hate HP, so when I go back in the Spring, it'll be by myself.

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