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

Posted by: sue
July 17, 2009, 10:41 PM

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

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.

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Posted by Mugglejeff on July 17, 2009, 10:55 PM report to moderator
204 Points

cant wait

Posted by Danilicous2010 on July 17, 2009, 10:59 PM report to moderator
312 Points

can’t wait to finally see it.

Posted by got2lovme on July 17, 2009, 11:00 PM report to moderator
3703 Points

Sounds interesting. I imagined the theme park to have more rides though.

Posted by Christine on July 17, 2009, 11:04 PM report to moderator
31 Points

i’m so excited

Posted by shelby on July 17, 2009, 11:07 PM report to moderator
304 Points

Holy crap! John was RIGHT about the MagiQuest idea.

That guy must have some seer blood in him.

Posted by Jordan Edwards on July 17, 2009, 11:12 PM report to moderator
622 Points

Squee, I’m so excited! I want a wand!

Posted by The Hufflepuff Giraffe on July 17, 2009, 11:15 PM report to moderator
159 Points

cant wait it sounds interesting

Posted by sinwillys822 ROAR on July 17, 2009, 11:26 PM report to moderator
256 Points

I can’t wait till this park opens!!! I’m sooo excited!

Posted by WolfyWizard on July 17, 2009, 11:28 PM report to moderator
3455 Points

AWESOME!! so cant wait for this!! and John noe was right again!

Posted by Catherine ( *SQUEE!*) on July 17, 2009, 11:34 PM report to moderator
3455 Points

AWESOME!! so cant wait for this!! and John noe was right again!

Posted by Catherine ( *SQUEE!*) on July 17, 2009, 11:34 PM report to moderator
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Posted by Noble Birth Descending on July 17, 2009, 11:40 PM report to moderator
23113 Points

Brilliant! Can’t wait!

Posted by oldenoughtoknowbetter♎ROAR♎OoM1, CW on July 17, 2009, 11:59 PM report to moderator
52 Points

i am so excited about this theme park. i say to make it bigger. more fun.

Posted by ng_21 on July 18, 2009, 12:33 AM report to moderator
1459 Points

John Noe is in the Beyond! Someone get a pensieve, we need to record what else he knows!

Posted by Bellamount on July 18, 2009, 12:34 AM report to moderator
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