New Images of Signs at Hogsmeade, Rumored Costume Choices for Wizarding World Staff

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Feb 22, 2010

Posted by EdwardTLC

There are a few updates to bring you today regarding the continued construction at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter theme park at Universal Resorts Orlando. Thanks to BrianOrndorf.com, new images of the Hogsmeade areas of the park show us a plethora of new signage now hanging before the shop fronts which read “Tricks & Jokes” outside Honeydukes, and shops which appear to be named “Spintwiches” and “Tomes and Scholls.” These images and more are part of our ever expanding Wizarding World section of Leaky’s Image Galleries.
On a related note, new rumors have hit the web which relate more about the possible costumes Wizarding World employees might wear at the park. Screamscape reports:

It seems some of the first costumes have been put on display at Universal’s wardrobe facility and they are said to be quite detailed and impressive. Amongst the costumes on display were those for “Hogwarts Students” as well as the “Dragon Handlers”, which is what they are calling the ride ops on Dragon’s Challenge. Apparently the costumes were all made to JK Rowling’s specs¦ though one insider has already commented that JK must have never visited Orlando in the summer, because some of the outfits may end up being a bit too much to handle in the hot muggy summers.

The post goes on to relate more about the many kinds of wands which are rumored to be available at the Olivander’s Wand Shop attraction. Quoteage:

We’ve also heard quite a bit about Olivander’s Wand Shop. I’m told that over 20 actors have been hired to act as the shop keepers, and have been told that they will be given a “wand bible” written up by JK Rowling to memorize, detailing the names and descriptions of around 400 different wands. I’ve been told that the various wands up for sale will range in price from $25 up to $150 per wand. Apparently the more expensive your wand¦ the more things it will actually be able to do. For example, some wands are rumored to have a light up tip if activated the right way. Other wands are rumored to have uses beyond the park, possibly being Bluetooth enabled or allowing for you to plug them into your PC and download some special functions into them from the internet. If true, one such wand is said to work as a TV remote control.

While these are indeed interesting development, this information falls squarely into the rumor category until official word comes from Universal.
The Wizarding World of Harry Potter is slated to open this Spring.





40 Responses to New Images of Signs at Hogsmeade, Rumored Costume Choices for Wizarding World Staff

Avatar ImageAudreyLouiseLovegood says: WOW looks fantastic!!!Avatar Imagelunaisawesome says: hey 1st!!! and i must get my hands on this "wand bible"!!!!Avatar Imagebellaohbella says: oh so cool cant waitAvatar Imagetaylor819 says: I want a wand!! My homemade one isn't holding up too well...CAN'T WAIT!!Avatar Imagegingerr_kat says: wow. this is amazing. i love how they are getting jk rowling's approval for everything Avatar ImageHattFerg says: I want the wands SO MUCH!!!Avatar ImageHermione Elizabeth says: OMG! A wand can be a TV remote... WOW! I'd pay $200 for one... I don't care the cost! :) Can't wait to visit down there and see everything!Avatar ImageI love my Spectra Specs says: I'm SOOOOOOOOO EXCITED to get a wand!!!!!!!Avatar ImageNumeroUnoFan says: awesome about costumes and wands i cant waitAvatar Imagecheeserpleaser says: Wow. These wands sound like they will provide great amusement. Based on the reports about the costumes, we can safely deduce that Universal Studios has done everything possible to replicate the actual experience of being transported to within the books.Avatar ImageGiant Squid says: The wands.......wow. Thats all I can say. Wow.Avatar ImageRustedovertones says: ask and ye shall receive.... a want to control the tv http://www.thinkgeek.com/electronics/home-entertainment/cf9b/Avatar ImageSproutMdme says: Are those GREENHOUSES that I saw in those photos???? They sure look like greenhouses! Well, if they are, I would be ecstatic!Avatar Imageleigia says: Costumes and wands...so many choices to choose from.Avatar Imagepottersocks says: iiiiiii waaaaant to goooooooooo!!!!!!Avatar ImageKiwiBrian says: "descriptions of around 400 different wands". I wonder if this is a misprint. By my calculations there are 13 types of wand wood and 3 common cores. This equates to 39 combinations. I would say that "around 40 different wands" is more likely right.Avatar ImageTheHeirOfSlytherin2 says: I really want to go! I think I'm getting a custom wand or Dumbledore's wand (the elder wand). They'd either be normal or have a light up tip. I don't think I need ones that act as a bluetooth. :) That would be SOO AWSOME!Avatar ImageLoveTomRiddle says: COOL!Avatar ImageLoveTomRiddle says: AWESOMEAvatar ImageLoveTomRiddle says: Awesome!Avatar Imagebettb says: Oh, I'm just so in love with the village, with its pointy gables and crooked chimneys and snowy roofs! I'm going to be beside myself to stand in the "street" in Hogsmeade and take it all in. Squeeeeee!Avatar ImageMr. Brightside says: Lmao a remote wand! I want one!Avatar ImageMr. Brightside says: Lmao a remote wand! I want one!Avatar Imagesgreeter8888 says: man, the wands are so expensive!Avatar Imagejhangelgurl says: oh man i want a wand that lights upAvatar ImageAll Was Well says: I WANNA WANDAvatar ImageHorcruxalej says: i wish i lived in orlando at times like these.. gotta just keep saving money and when leakycon comes around its going to be awesome!!!Avatar Imagenicoooola_ says: aweeesome! :DAvatar Imagenatalia96 says: it is in Orlando right? :DAvatar Imagejodgomex says: Very cool! I wish the wands wouldn't be so expensive...I'm gonna have to save up all my money! But i guess they have to get money back to pay off for all the construction and stuff...maybe if a lot of people buy wands, they can lower the prices! Lol...cant wait! I am proud to be a Central Floridian..so close to this amazing theme park!Avatar ImageBriannaWazHere says: I'm about to get my money ready, this is going to be wicked, i want a bluetooth wand lol Avatar Imagealicia00 says: cool cant whateAvatar ImageLauraKeaton says: i totally want a wand i can wave at the tv to make the channels change...i'm such an uber dorkAvatar ImageFrauSnape says: oh man oh man oh man i have to go!!! i'm going to go!! lolAvatar Imagebubba says: That is going to be one fun family trip Avatar ImageMoose_Starr says: The new pics are awesome. I love the Honeydukes sign and the Hogwarts Express. Everything just looks so awesome :) It's going to feel just like being there for real :)Avatar Imagehewy says: Can not wait till September when we get to go there on vacation for a whole week. Wand I want a wand!!!!!!!!!! Have heard about the one to use on the tv but am sure that would not go over well in this household. This is going to be awesome!!Avatar Imagewhscameragal says: I WANT ONE OF THOSE WANDS! My wand is made of paper, paint, hot glue, and a whole lot of finish spray! I want a wooden one! This summer I am going to NYC and there is supposed to be a toy shop that has a wall called diagon alley and they sell ties and scarves and all of that and they apparently sell wands too! but if i go to this theme park (which i most certainly WILL someday) I am going to have to bring my life savings because i am buying EVERYTHINGAvatar ImageMadeye Carl says: If they have one that is a lighter, that would be cool enough. The make lighters out of everything else. Although I doubt it would be a wooden tip.Avatar ImageKayWeasley says: The idea of controlling my television or any of my electronics that use a remote with a wand would be fabulous. I want to turn my car on from a distance with a wand. Use my camera. Turn my stereo on. Yes, I need a wand that can do all those things.

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