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Wizarding World's Hogwarts Castle Feels "about 700 feet tall;" More on Butterbeer at the Park

Posted by: Edward
January 30, 2010, 01:19 AM

Additional details from the recent reveal of new information about the Wizarding World of Harry Potter theme park have come online via two new reports via MTV.  First, the subject of the towering Hogwarts Castle is discussed here by Thierry Coup,VP of Creative Development at Universal, who relates that "I can tell you when you stand in front of it, it appears to be about 700 feet tall. Truly, you cannot tell how big it is, it's just impossible.  The castle itself, of course we couldn't make it 700 feet tall, but it's definitely about 15 stories tall. It just feels like it goes forever. It's gigantic."  The article goes on to mention collaborative efforts with the Harry Potter films' production designer Stuart Craig and art director, Alan Gilmore, who worked closely with the Universal team.  Quoteage:

The rooms are supposed to be very accurate representations of the interior of Hogwarts — so much so that most of the props used in the rooms are the actual props from the films and are on lease from Warner Bros. Later releases from Universal will tell which rooms are going to be included in the castle — and whether actual actors will be recreating the scenes promised for the Forbidden Journey ride.
The report continues:
The castle houses the ride Universal is being most hush-hush about: Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey. According to yesterday's USA Today article, the ride "uses robotic arms to move passengers in various ways as they pass through scenes from the movies."  
Coup told us, however, that the waiting line for Forbidden Journey will offer as much excitement as the ride itself. When we asked him how young children would feel about some of the rides, he said even if they don't want to ride Forbidden Journey, the walk through Hogwarts castle would be worth it because they would be able to "visit all the iconic rooms" described in the "Harry Potter" books and movies.
The second article contains a small note about the creation of butterbeer for the Harry Potter theme park, which features Mr. Coup saying:
"It was really fun to be a part of the whole tasting different [attempts at butterbeer] to try until J.K. Rowling really felt, okay, this is it, this is what I always thought butterbeer should taste like.  It was a very exciting moment to see her smile and actually taste it. It's a delicious thing, first of all. It's everything you expected it to be."

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2890 Points

I can’t wait to be able to walk into the Three Broomsticks and order a butterbeer and not have anyone look at me like I’m crazy.

Posted by Laura Keaton [WBM!] on January 31, 2010, 02:09 PM report to moderator
2525 Points

I soo want to go!!!

Posted by The Nerd on January 31, 2010, 03:09 PM report to moderator
2422 Points

Woohoo! Butterbeer is Rowling approved! I must raise money!!

Posted by Mr. Brightside on January 31, 2010, 03:25 PM report to moderator
10592 Points

yes ohya oh ya i am now going to florida

Posted by Kristine *ROAR* on January 31, 2010, 05:01 PM report to moderator
10592 Points

I think I wet myself

Posted by Kristine *ROAR* on January 31, 2010, 05:04 PM report to moderator
34 Points


Posted by AidenWeasley on January 31, 2010, 06:04 PM report to moderator
171 Points

When are the Road to Hogwarts results announced??!

Posted by eagleblue on January 31, 2010, 07:07 PM report to moderator
545 Points

ooohh! The rooms! Getting to see this irl will be the most awesome thing… Wow!

Posted by Nicci Weasley on January 31, 2010, 07:55 PM report to moderator
4056 Points

I really want to taste that Butterbeer! :)

Posted by fifi ~::~ ıɟıɟ {WBM!} {ITC!} on February 01, 2010, 12:32 AM report to moderator
689 Points

omg, i can’t hear about this! we just went to florida last year as a graduation present for me and now im pestering my parents to take us again. ahhhh this castle is going to be amazing and the Forbidden Journey ride sounds fantastic

Posted by HPandtheDA007 on February 01, 2010, 03:09 AM report to moderator
8876 Points

This gets better and better and, just when I think that it cant possibly get any better, it just does squee
I just love watching the Wizarding World featurette on the HBP DVD, it’s so exciting … lol

Posted by Moose_Starr on February 01, 2010, 05:08 AM report to moderator
1842 Points

This looks like a very exciting place to be this spring.

Posted by Bara on February 01, 2010, 05:49 AM report to moderator
357 Points

YAY! I’m going on my birthday in June! :)

Posted by Rose Lane (roar!) on February 01, 2010, 07:04 AM report to moderator
256 Points

oh my gosh i am literally bouncing up and down right now!! this is going to be EPIC!! eeeek! haha cant wait! hurry up with the release date people!!!!!!!

Posted by GennaPotter(ROAR!) on February 01, 2010, 07:54 AM report to moderator
461 Points

i cant wait

Posted by LilLadySnape on February 01, 2010, 11:00 AM report to moderator
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