Universal Releases Images from Wizarding World Opening Day; Eight Hour Wait to Enter Park


Jun 18, 2010

Posted by EdwardTLC

Universal has released three HQ images from this morning’s grand public opening of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter theme park. Part of our ever growing gallery of images from the grand opening, these images show Dan Radcliffe and Michael Gambon leading the students of the Today Show Wizarding World contest into the park and Mr. Radcliffe and the Phelps twins riding the Forbidden Journey ride with the students. View below:

On a related note, reports are coming online of the kind of crowd levels at the Harry Potter theme park. InsidetheMagic.net notes that wait times could be “up to 8 hours just to enter the Wizarding World of Harry Potter area of Islands of Adventure. Small crowds have been let into Hogsmeade Village periodically and reports suggest crowd control within these small groups is fantastic. Lines for two of the area’s most talked about attractions, Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey and the Ollivander’s Wand Shop, have been reported as only reaching up to 90 minutes, with the Wizarding World’s other rides having little to no wait at all.”

63 Responses to Universal Releases Images from Wizarding World Opening Day; Eight Hour Wait to Enter Park

Avatar ImageravenclawChyna says: can't wait to see all this, especially Hogsmead!Avatar Imagebellaohbella says: i wanna go so badAvatar ImageKimmyBlair says: The picture of Dan on the rollercoaster with the kids is ADORABLEAvatar ImageHPNAIV says: Dan is honestly the cutest guy ever. EVER.Avatar ImageFleur-de- Lily says: i wanna go so badAvatar Imagemoglet says: Much as it might be fun inside, an 8 hour wait to get in would drive me insane! I hope everyone who goes there has a wonderful time, I won't be going as I really don't like being in crowds! But I shall look forward to hearing about everyone else's trips to the park, I shall enjoy it that way.Avatar Imagehar1020 says: I would wait 24 hours to get in if i had to! ahaha, It looks so amazing!Avatar Imagehar1020 says: I would wait 24 hours to get in if i had to! ahaha, It looks so amazing!Avatar ImageWolfyWizard says: this place is amazing! i can't wait to go. and the pictures are really cute with the cast with all the kids!Avatar ImageWolfyWizard says: this place is amazing! i can't wait to go. and the pictures are really cute with the cast with all the kids!Avatar ImageGwynogs_rabbit says: That is so cute that those kids got to be there with Dan and Rupert! I was there this morning and it was NUTSOIDS! People were almost fainting in the line outside of Islands of Adventure, there were no water kiosks or anything to drink or shade once we got up to the bridge, and then when they would let a couple hundred people in to the park at a time, a general stampede would start. Maybe the crowd control in Hogsmeade was fantastic, but outside of that it was horrible. Once people were in the park, the line to be let into the Hogsmeade area stretched back almost to the entrance again! And yeah, they said the wait time is 8-10 hours! I hope people are having fun, my heart broke for them with all the expectaions I know they have, that I had last week and bawled when I stepped through the gate for the soft openings - I want them to have that but they might be dead from the heat before they can get there.Avatar ImageScarStruck says: Fantastic pictures!!! I wan to be there soooooooooooooo bad I dont' care how hot it is, =) Eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeep. 8 HOURS!? O-OAvatar Imagemollywobbles23 says: I'm kinda glad now that we aren't able to go this week. I think I'd like to wait until I don't have to wait all day just to be let into the park.Avatar ImageGwynogs_rabbit says: It would be worth it to go today if they were having entertainment and general opening fiasco and stars and maybe Jo and all sorts of that kind of stuff for everyone, not just VIPs, but it's mainly being like in a long line in the cattle yard till you finally get in - I didn't even try since we live here but just hope the people who were here for today end up having a great time!Avatar Imagekk1712 says: I'm going next week :)Avatar Imageazna70 says: I so wish i could go.It looks fab.:- <Avatar Imagenarglesohmy says: Aww! They're so adorable! The only way I'd wait 8 hours to get in, though, is if I got to spend the day with Dan or Tom. :PAvatar Imagehalfbloodprincesss says: i know dan is short, but in the first picture, he barely comes up to a Phelps twin's shoulder (either James or Oliver, i'm not sure which XD) and he's not much taller than the first graders :)Avatar ImageEmmaline10248 says: omg its amazing did any of you see it on the news???Avatar Imagepudgeerva says: I can't wait to see the park! Anyone else going to Infinitus this summer?? (: Avatar ImageSiriusGirl19 says: I hope the crowds are a bit less crazy in august. I think id go mad waiting in line for 8 hrs! By the way, Dan seems to be getting impossibly cuter and cuter everytime I see him. Avatar ImageHermione Elizabeth says: The images of Dan and all the cast with the kids is so sweet! These kids are so lucky to be there with them and the expressions on their faces is priceless. It would be such a treat to be there now... no matter what the wait lines are or the temperature is... I would still be pleased to be there. :)Avatar ImageGiant Squid says: So excited! Hope there is not much of a wait!Avatar Imagefloridianhp says: aww. there soo cute. dans like taking the lead. :) haha. damn 8 hours!Avatar ImageJillxoxo says: Three truly iconic images that we will no doubt be seeing again - and a memory that those children will cherish forever!Avatar Imageharrypotterfreak101 says: *EEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!!! THAT LOOKS SO AWESOME!* Dan is so sweet to the kids! It's really nice of the twins to ride on the ride with the kids! I can't wait to go there myself! But the amount of time people have to wait is insane!Avatar ImageGwynogs_rabbit says: They just showed people on the local news who have gotten into Hogsmeade from the line, they are soooo happy! The line into Hogsmeade didn't seem to dampen them in the end! :) yayAvatar Imagevicki_the_house_elf says: Those kids must have been so excited to be shown around by Harry Potter himself!Avatar Imagekbabyy says: just amazing. i can't wait for the day when i'll be able to goAvatar ImageErika Melody says: I've just been completely unable to focus at work all day today... I wanted to go so bad but it's on the other side of the Atlantic... :'( I wish I could apparate.Avatar ImageMidnightSun321 says: Aaaaw :) I love how Dan is surrounded by adoring little children :) <3 N'aaaaaaaaaaaaaaw :) It would be funny if he was surrounded by adoring fan girls though ;) :LAvatar ImageSaracaBrownaca says: I actually cried because I want to go so bad... I'll be so close in a week... 3 hours... I WILL convince my parents!Avatar ImageAveryfan says: So strange to see "snow" on the buildings when all the people look like they're really hot and sweaty. Hopefully they got all the bugs out of the rides before the open, and hope everything still works by the time I get to see it (hopefully when it's not sweltering!).Avatar Imagejedisakora says: I want to go so bad. *cry*Avatar ImageThe Stew says: Might be going in July? They should have a screening of all the Harry Potter movies daily...as well as DH. Being in such a place and then watching a Potter movie would be epicAvatar Imagehewy says: To "The Stew [ROAR] screening of the HP movies is a marvelous idea why don't you suggest it to the folks at Universal Orlando!!!!! All the actors were so great with the kids!!! They will remember this and cherish these memories for a long time to come. Many thanks to the cast for their attention to the children for whom this park was created and the rest of us "old" kids who will appreciate it just as much if not more!!!!!Avatar ImageRoseann says: I thought that would happen that why I am not going till next year. It is going to be like this all summer. It was sooo cute that rupert and Dan rode the rides with the children. I feel so sorry for all those ppeople who had to wait all that time. Well I will enjoy it next year that is for sure.Avatar Imagemely05 says: Does anybody know why Emma was not there? is totally not the same without her :( Avatar ImageLittle Light says: That's just adorable! Dan and the rest of the cast having fun with the kids!! Dammit, I'm jealous.Avatar ImageGryffindor Cutie says: Absolutely fantastic! Dan was the perfect host with those kids! And out of all the actors who appeared today at the park, he seemed like the most genuine! He really seemed happy to be there and to be with those kids!Avatar Imagelatsyrhc says: Uhm, when I rode the Forbidden Journey ride a week ago, it was inside the castle. They used to call the ride in the photo the Flight of the Hippogriff. ;-)Avatar Imagejim32809 says: Boy am I glad I decided not to go on opening day. I'll wait for the madness to settle down and maybe for the temperatures to drop a bit. Hmmm, that means I'll probably not be going until October.Avatar Imagetjerriam says: can’t wait to see all this.................Fantastic pictures!!!..oh i hope i have picture with daniel radcliffe..Avatar Imagepottermania97 says: I agree with Christine, Dan is the most adorable guy EVER!Avatar Imagecoolgirl224 says: Lucky little kids! I want to go!!!Avatar Imagepellegrinopixie says: Looks amazing. My friend Krista was there that day. She said the line was incredible. They were still in line to just get into the park at 1 in the afternoon. But she is also threre today and says it's just as crowded but doesn't take as long to get around as yesterday. Avatar Imagephoenixes are in ravenclaw says: I hope the lines die down a little bit in two weeks.... that's when I'm going. :) It would stink to not be able to go in.....Avatar ImageMoose_Starr says: Wow I am loving the pics. I'm guessing that the lines and wait times will get a little easier after the initial excitement eases down? Anyhows everything just looks awesome *squee*Avatar Imagecminmd says: I hope that things will calm down and maybe the kids and I will go in the fall. I see two rides and where you can buy food, but what else do you get to do? It would be cool to see props from the movies like on the traveling tour. I couldn't wait in line for anything. Avatar Imagemollypooh12347 says: I am a proud opening-day-8-hour-waiter!! =) 2 hours outside the park and 6 inside the park =)Avatar ImageLunaLuver says: I'm very impressed how good Dan is with kids.Avatar Imagesanjuangelina says: Oh wow! I think it is so sweet of Dan and Mr Gambon to lead the kids and the Phelps twins to ride along with the others! This is a superb idea and a tribute to the greatest book series ever!Avatar Imagebcfgrg says: HA! It was 8 hours..and that was just to get into the wizarding world. you had to be there extra early at like 5:00a to even get a spot in that line...potter fans never disappoint me with their intensity :) It was SO AWESOME though. and butterbeer tastes so good!Avatar Imagebcfgrg says: HA! It was 8 hours..and that was just to get into the wizarding world. you had to be there extra early at like 5:00a to even get a spot in that line...potter fans never disappoint me with their intensity :) It was SO AWESOME though. and butterbeer tastes so good!Avatar ImageSmitch says: Aw, Dan and kids. Cute! Avatar ImageWON_TWO says: I'll be there...Avatar ImageNot Slytherin says: I'm going at the end of July ... hopefully it won't be quite as bad by then? (I don't mind waiting, but I will be with muggles!!!)Avatar ImageNumeroUnoFan says: totally gnarly for that kid riding with dan on the hippogriff. Avatar ImageDobbyWinkyKreacher says: wonderful pictures :-) would have been a real extra treat to have Harry (Daniel) in his hogwarts robes, and Michael Gambon dressed too :-) Avatar ImageHufflepuffKiwi says: okay, lines opening day main line just to get in 6 1/2 hours ollivanders 3 hours butterbeer cart 1 1/4 hours three broomsticks 3 hours zonkos/honeydukes 2 hours forbidden journey 1/2 hour dragon challenge 5 minutes flight of the hippogriff 15 minutes (maintenence) experience priceless!Avatar Imagelizzysobebear says: Ahhh. I really wish I could go there.Avatar ImageSlytherin Boy 2010 says: I WANNA GOOOOOOOOOOO!Avatar Imagemagicmaniac says: great!!!!!!!!!!!!

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