Rumor Alert: Harry Potter Theme Park Based on GoF Time Frame, Custom MagiQuest for Park, New Footage More


Jul 17, 2009

Posted by SueTLC

Several interesting bits of news tonight regarding the Wizarding World of Harry Potter Theme Park currently under construction in Orlando, Florida. First, Central Florida in Demand has a special treat for subscribers with a new video feature on the Theme Park, including new looks at the plans for the mammoth Castle. You can see a preview of the video here, however if anyone can record the full on demand version, please send it in to [email protected]

Readers will recall of course last week Potter film producer David Heyman confirmed that he has been working a bit on the theme park and yes indeed fans will be able to ride through Hogwarts castle on a chair with a moving arm with Harry, also saying there are three rides planned. Chiming in on the ride and more is this rumor from in the know blog Theme Park Insider, which reports on the setting/time frame for the overall park:

Kuka robot arms will power a suspended dark ride through Hogwarts
Castle (think Legoland’s Knights Tournament meets Peter Pan or ET – but
with a much cooler storyline and animated effects.) The timeline will
be in the middle of the book/movie storyline – around the fourth book,
I’ve heard. Dining will be at the Three Broomsticks in adjacent
Hogsmeade, with another more kid-focused attraction in the mix. And
Dueling Dragons will be rethemed to Potter, as well.

Finally, another very interesting rumor from Screamscape, which updates that the popular MagiQuest will indeed be part of the Theme Park. Quotage:

“Screamscape sources tell us that Dueling Dragons may finally be forced
to shut down for it’s final transformation in late August. According to
what we’ve been told the ride will likely be renamed Dragon’s
Challenge, but when it returns it will apparently come back with an
even darker look and theme. No more Fire and Ice dragon either¦ as
apparently even the track colors may be repainted in much darker tones.
Meanwhile the nearby Flying Unicorn is still said to be renamed Flying
Hippogriff as expected.
The big rumored news however is what
I’ve been expecting to be announced¦ and that a custom built MagiQuest
system will be brought into the park. Not only in the Wizarding World
of Harry Potter, but from what I’ve been told little things will be
added all throughout the park’s other lands that will react to the
magic wands purchased by guests. You’ll only have to look out for
little “lightning bolt” symbols here and there to tell you where to aim
your wand.

Related: You can learn more about general Magiquest here and here.

106 Responses to Rumor Alert: Harry Potter Theme Park Based on GoF Time Frame, Custom MagiQuest for Park, New Footage More

Avatar ImageMugglejeff says: coolAvatar ImageDanilicous2010 says: cant waitAvatar Imagegot2lovme says: can't wait to finally see it.Avatar ImageHPNAIV says: Sounds interesting. I imagined the theme park to have more rides though.Avatar Imagegryffindorgurll says: i'm so excitedAvatar ImageThatJordanEdwards says: Holy crap! John was RIGHT about the MagiQuest idea. That guy must have some seer blood in him. Avatar ImageThe Hufflepuff Giraffe says: Squee, I'm so excited! I want a wand!Avatar Imagesinwillys822 says: cant wait it sounds interestingAvatar ImageWolfyWizard says: I can't wait till this park opens!!! I'm sooo excited!Avatar ImageCatherine says: AWESOME!! so cant wait for this!! and John noe was right again! Avatar ImageCatherine says: AWESOME!! so cant wait for this!! and John noe was right again! Avatar ImageNoble Birth Descending says: Fabulous! Avatar Imageoldenoughtoknowbetter says: Brilliant! Can't wait!Avatar Imageng_21 says: i am so excited about this theme park. i say to make it bigger. more fun.Avatar ImageBellamont says: John Noe is in the Beyond! Someone get a pensieve, we need to record what else he knows!Avatar Imagebig_pale says: I'm surprised they didn't just base the theme part on the entire series. There's obviously enough material there. You could have a catch the flying key ride (SS) A roller coaster that features the bassilisk (CoS) A shrieking shack hanuted house (PoA) A hedge maze (GoF) etcAvatar ImageJadeDanielle says: Goodness, I know my chances of getting to go are slim, but all of the news is making me so excited for this! Avatar Imageirving says: Great! That's definitely something worth traveling for.Avatar ImageAga Veneficus says: ^_^Avatar ImageAga Veneficus says: That didn't work. :| Well, anyway, I'm really excited!Avatar ImageBMcFly1 says: One of my fathers friends works in management at the park, so he was able to get my father and I behind the walls to see what was goin on. It's quite interesting but nowhere near completion. Avatar ImagePigwidgeonPwns says: Lucky me that it's in Florida! =D I absolutely cannot wait!!!Avatar ImagePigwidgeonPwns says: Lucky me that it's in Florida! =D I absolutely cannot wait!!!Avatar ImageSorceress25 says: Weere going to be able to buy wands??? thats cool...i probably missed that memo a long time ago, but oh well! Cant wait!Avatar Imageiamnotworriedharry says: We are planning on going. I wish they would set an opening date.Avatar Imagechanman says: Sign me up!Avatar Imagedeadtree says: super exciting! I've never tried Magiquest before, it sounds interesting. Avatar ImageMr. Brightside says: What's with the hand and Harry? Sounds creepy. I wonder if there are going to be any Dementors.Avatar ImageNot Slytherin says: I am soooo going as soon as possible!Avatar Imagehermione97 says: I wish I could see the whole video, but I can't cause I live in Sweden. But I'm still really exited about the theme park!!!!Avatar ImageHarryfan299 says: Man this is so exciting!I remember when I first discovered Harry Potter I was heasitant now it's like OH MY GOD WHEN DOES IT COME OUT! Type of thingAvatar Imagelisajean65 says: That sounds so cool! Get to use wands! Can't wait!Avatar ImageMidnightSun321 says: awesum :)Avatar ImageKissa says: Eeeee, how exciting!! I'm still waiting for information as to when (yes, WHEN!) it will be possible to get married inside the Hogwarts Castle though. ;)Avatar ImageFlower says: Yay! I am so excited! Avatar ImagetheREALGinnyWeasley says: nice!!! i cant wait for it to open!! Avatar ImageFantasy_Gurl says: Wow sounds soooo cool cant wait!Avatar Imagesuperman82 says: Very coolAvatar Imagewandmastercalum says: YES MAGIQUEST LOOKED SO AWESOME!!! Now they've put it into the theme park will just make it great! So excited!!Avatar ImageMushMania says: Is john secretly working on the park or something?! But this isn't the first time he's predicted something correct, maybe he's just psychic!Avatar Imageempressa says: this place is going to be awesome. i want to see hogsmeade the most. can't wait!Avatar ImageParkinsonpansy says: I want to be the first in line for the park! :) Avatar Imagegryffindor1991 says: THAT SOUNDS SO AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Avatar ImageHPandtheDA007 says: this sounds AWESOME!!! i can hardly wait. only, i need to save up money and get some of my friends to go with me =)Avatar Imagebcousino says: it will be grate Avatar Imagekiwimci says: Ah John Noe, how do you do it every so often. I do like the idea of buying your wand from Ollivanders and using it everytime you visit the theme park. IngeniousAvatar Imagelily-evans22 says: Awesome. II really excited about it.Avatar ImageEmilyDeibert says: Oh my God, that's so cool! I can't wait!!Avatar ImageBeAchL0veEr05 says: The only thing I am excited about is the wands.Avatar ImageSierra11 says: I,m so excited, this is going to be so much fun! I have a wand but I'll buy one in the park just to see how the system works.Avatar Image42sk8ter says: awsomeAvatar Image42sk8ter says: awsomeAvatar Imageliv-wa says: INTERACTIVE WANDS!!! That excites me to know end.Avatar Imageliv-wa says: *noAvatar Imagequeequeg says: I thought there was going to be a qudditch ride? Did they axe that ride>?Avatar Imagex_Potter_Lover_Forever_x says: *WOW!* Sounds amazing I can't wait to go one day! yay!Avatar Imageweasleyalltheway says: thats so awesoe hattey are doing alltis stuff, i justreall wish i could go. i think they should make a tiny harry potter park in canada wonderland, that would be so totally awesome!Avatar Imagephoenixes are in ravenclaw says: I just want to see a whomping willow ride that is like hte dumbo ride but instead of riding Dumbo, you ride in a replica of a ford angila!!!Avatar Imagephoenixes are in ravenclaw says: How does John get all of this stuff right??Avatar ImageHP_Flower says: I am so excited! I can't wait!Avatar ImageGTHunter says: It is going to be awesome!!Avatar Imagegeminidreamatl29 says: i heard its suppose to open next june of 2010. my 30th birthday is then so im hoping its true cause i wanna go to celebrate my birthday at universal harry potter.Avatar Imagebeewell says: Cool! Can't wait to go!Avatar ImageAndreaB09 says: Man! i cant wait to go there - ill admit it - i might cry (if it looks that "real")!Avatar Imagekenmarekestrels93 says: that sounds so incredible!! can't wait to go to three broomsticksAvatar ImageCourtneyPotter says: this makes me so excited for the park to open!!!!Avatar Imagefinniguffle651 says: Oh my gosh this is so exciting! I can't believe they're putting in a MagicQuest system! John really is always right isn't he? :P And I'm glad!Avatar Imageericaeeks says: Woo! *turns to channel 300* Avatar ImageErinM says: I'm so going... ;)Avatar Imagelinnie95 says: OMG can't wait soo going to be there!!Avatar ImageRemusRox says: Year 4 was pretty exciting. I hope we see some cool Yule Ball stuff as well. I wouldn't mind being serenaded by the Weird Sisters.Avatar Imagehpxc2011 says: seriously, this would be the coolest thing ever. im so excited!Avatar ImageJrae says: Watched the video! How lucky, Dr Phillips high school students will be able to look across the street from their school and see Hogwarts!! I hope none of the rides go upside down, aside from the existing roller coaster which already does that. I'm too old for those!Avatar ImageJamiesonWolf says: I would LOVE to go to this theme park. I will have to start saving money to go but I will go one day. Can you imagine what it would be like to walk around in the world of HP? Craziness...Avatar ImageAriel says: Wow Can’t wait! :)Avatar ImageHalloweenLimeCat says: So cool!Especially MagiQuest,can't wait to do that.Avatar Imagejoelface says: Excited doesn't even begin to describe how I'm feeling right nowAvatar ImageNot Slytherin says: I want butterbeer.Avatar ImageSsslytherin says: Yay, a good excuse for a holiday in Florida! Lol, looks like John Noe is in the know. :o)Avatar Imagepolyjusposhun says: Too cool.Avatar ImageAliyah95 says: Squee! That wand thing sounds so cool!Avatar ImageLulaL says: "If I want to put my cat out, I will, and be d***ed to your curfew!" Avatar Imagewisemar says: LOL, Harry Potter MagiQuest. In the books every time Ron is joking, it turns out to be true. Just like every time John comes up with some crazy idea or theory it turns out to be true!!!Avatar Imagebiswajit says: GreatAvatar Imagebiswajit says: AwesomeAvatar Imagebiswajit says: Cant waitAvatar ImageMalfoyluva says: AWESOME! I LUV THE WAND IDEA! CAN'T WAIT! <33333333333Avatar ImageTheWanderer244155 says: A theme park would be SOOOO badassAvatar ImageTheWanderer244155 says: I'd stow away, an live there.Avatar ImageTheWanderer244155 says: Bet they'd never catch me with my invisibility cloak. hahaha.Avatar ImageZivlok says: I'm so glad John was right about MagiQuest - gonna be SWEET.Avatar ImageThat-Gryffindor-Girl says: I really really really want to go! I'll have to bug my mum heaps though..... As I live in Australia its not like we can just walk to Florida everyday :( Avatar Imagelau399 says: OMG...I'm sooo exited for this. I can't wait....and John Noe you are a psyche!!!! Avatar Imagepansy parkinson says: I wish this was being built at universal in LA, then I could work there.Avatar Imagedumbledore592 says: OMG I CAN'T WAIT!Avatar ImageWON_TWO says: Can't wait for it to open!Avatar ImageToriWeasley says: ha ha I cant wait dose any one live in Florida?Avatar ImageToriWeasley says: wow!Avatar ImageToriWeasley says: FOLLOW ME ON TWITTER!!: ToriRox101 IM ON TWITTER FALLOW MEEEE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!;]Avatar Imagebrianthepotterfan says: its gonna be awesome! cant wait for leakycon2011!!!Avatar ImageDragonFury says: I am soooo excited for this!!Avatar ImageToriWeasley says: FOLLOW ME ON TWITTER!!: ToriRox101 IM ON TWITTER FALLOW MEEEE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!;]Avatar ImageKiralay says: How is it that John Noe can predict all of these outrageous things! The snitch in the pouch, wands and spells, even the quote by Dan where he makes the same joke about not seeing Dobby in so long. Great plans either way.Avatar Imagemegan_702 says: cool! I hope the wands won't cost too much!Avatar ImageR-for-H says: Very cool!Avatar Imagehermyone08 says: can't wait for the park! :)

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