Details from Private Preview of Wizarding World Theme Park Online (Updated)


May 17, 2010

Posted by EdwardTLC

This evening, the attendees of the Orlando International Pow Wow 2010 were able to get a sneak peek at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter theme park at Universal Orlando Resort. InsidetheMagic was able to attain information from the private event for travel and media professionals and has posted a series of photos, along with new bits of information from the attendees on the ground. Among the new tidbits, InsidetheMagic notes:

  • Hogsmeade Village store fronts contain interactive elements that include the Quick Quotes Quill and plants that spring to life as you pass by.
  • The Ollivander’s Wand Shop experience seems to embody the concept of the wand “choosing” you. Guests work with a “shop owner” to determine which magic wand is the best fit. Guests try to cast spells that include levitating flowers or moving a ladder. If the wand is not a correct fit, special music and lighting makes it clear. A gust of air confirms a right choice.
  • At the Owlry, four different of Harry Potter postmarks are available to choose from.
  • You enter Dragon Challenge (former Dueling Dragons) through the Champion’s tent and you catch a glimpse of the Triwizard Tournament Cup and the golden eggs from the dragon challenge. Shadows of fighting dragons are seen in the tent above the loading area.
  • Street performers include girls from the Beauxbatons Academy of Magic performing a ribbon dance and guys from the Durmstrang Institute wielding staffs. The Hogwarts frog choir is comprised of live singers with puppets who sing the “Something Wicked This Way Comes” song heard on the third Harry Potter film.
  • At the Flight of the Hippogriff attraction, guests have encounters in some form with Hagrid, Fang, and Buckbeak. Before riding, you bow to a full-size moving Hippogriff.
  • Apparel available for purchase includes an “I served time in Azkaban” T-shirt.

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter theme park is set to have its grand opening on June 18.
Update: InsidetheMagic also let us know of a photo of the safety sign from the entrance of the Forbidden Journey attraction. The sign, which can be seen right here, describes cautions relating to the “dynamic acrobatics” of the ride.
Many thanks to InsidetheMagic!

48 Responses to Details from Private Preview of Wizarding World Theme Park Online (Updated)

Avatar ImageNumeroUnoFan says: so cool i cant wait until i get there next summerAvatar Image29puppy104 says: AWESOME!!!!! I sooo wish I could go!Avatar Imagenealiezealbie says: ahahah yess!! frog choir is back. it wouldnt be WWoHP without them! ;)Avatar Imageiceymoon says: AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!! brb freaking out. AAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!Avatar Imageiceymoon says: AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!! brb freaking out. AAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!Avatar ImageHermione Elizabeth says: WOW! All that info is awesome... I'm so excited to ride the rides and just be in Harry's world finally. They really seemed to have pulled this off perfectly!Avatar ImageCatherine says: OMG!! THAT IS SO COOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Avatar ImageMidnightSun321 says: Excited! Can't wait to go!Avatar ImageHPNAIV says: I just watched this video and they have their boxes from Ollivander's :) It makes me soooo excited! :DAvatar ImageSigmaKnight says: I like the live performers from Durmstrang, Beauxbatons, and the choir from Hogwarts. That alone would make the trip worth it for me. Overall, sounding better and better.Avatar ImageTheRealSlytherinHeir says: Its going to be a great experience! I'm really looking forward to being able to have my own wand!Avatar Imagegirlatty1 says: Really exciting!Avatar Imageazaadpotter says: Thats really awesome. I just cant wait to get there.Avatar ImageGinnyFan190497 says: Can not wait untill i go this summer!Avatar ImageHermyGrnger says: Going tonight!!Avatar Imagenatalia96 says: Can't wait to go!Avatar ImageJessSnape says: I am so going there next summer! I want to know what my wand will be:)Avatar ImageScatach says: Super excited!!!!! I have a countdown up on my computer!Avatar Imagewandmastercalum says: Omg this is amazing!!!Avatar ImageGiant Squid says: That sounds awesome!Avatar Imageigo2pigfarts says: cant WAIT<3Avatar ImageFresca says: This is going to be such a wonderful experience. I can hardly wiat to go there!Avatar ImageMr. Brightside says: lol the t-shirt!Avatar Imagesarahkaz says: i am def getting that shirt for my brother. hahaAvatar Imageharrypotterfreak101 says: That sounds so awesome! I can't wait to go there and get my wand! Who HOO!Avatar Imagecrikeyhunter says: 91 days til i get there...this is out of control "Ridiculous"! Can't wait....!!!Avatar ImageI love my Spectra Specs says: AHHH I can't wait to go!!!!!!Avatar ImageRoseann says: sooooo excited can not wait Avatar ImageWeenyOwl says: I do hope that Ollivander's will offer more than just a few different models of wands. It will be really disappointing if you walk out with the exact same wand as every fourth or fifth person who went in.Avatar Imagejessi09 says: I want to go so bad. I don't know when I could go there. But I know someday I will go.Avatar Imageakcorr says: I hope I can get there this year :(Avatar ImageOddRavenclaw222 says: I hope the Muggles that work there do something awesome for September 1!! I 'll most likely go in winter of either this year or next yearAvatar ImageFresca says: I really want to go and see this! I am not good on rollercoasters, but for the Duelling Dragons, I will make an exception! Ollivanders sounds like fun, and I will definitely need the ATM at Gringott's for all the wonderful items on sale.Avatar Imagehewy says: This makes waiting for Sept sooooooo difficult! The pictures were amazing and one would hope no one gets into trouble for them. The one of Hogwarts Castle through the trees is amazing. I am so looking forward to this experience!!!!!! Avatar ImageHermyGrnger says: WOW It was amazing! The Butterbeer and pumpkin juice is so good!! Going through the castle was the best part, even if I didn't get on the Forbidden JourneyAvatar Imageledieu says: "I served time in Azkaban" What a shirt!Avatar Imagejhangelgurl says: This is soo awsome! I love hearing more about it. Avatar ImageTyqwando416 says: I'm going next weekend! My friends and I bought the vacation package. I can't wait!!!Avatar Imagesusb8383 says: Reserved a place to stay but can't go. If anyone can use it, IM me.Avatar Imagemagicmaniac says: sweetAvatar ImageHPIsLegit says: This is where I am celebrating my 25th birthday this year ! Super Stoked !Avatar Imagecerizesicat says: i wish i could go T.TAvatar Imagechanngalambeatrice says: Wow!Avatar Imagecheeserpleaser says: I cannot wait to visit this park for myself, whenever that does happen! In the meanwhile, I hope everyone else enjoys it! Universal Studios certainly seems to have succeeded in replicating the Potterverse in a manner that will satisfy all fans.Avatar Imageclawtooth35 says: This will be awesome. Still, I won't be able to see it until Leakycon 2011, so I want a lot of pictures etc. I still want a cauldron cake. My brother wants me to bring him back one of everything and I'm like "I won't be allowed out of the country!" That seems very interesting about the wand choosing the wixard stuff, if done right it should be awesome. I'm looking forward to this soooo much it's unreal!Avatar Imagejhangelgurl says: I liked the sign totaly something umbridge would say. Avatar Imagemagicmaniac says: AWESOME!!!!!! :)Avatar ImageJackMeggers says: i doubt i could get more excited!!!

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