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New Details Emerge for Wizarding World Attraction: Forbidden Journey Ride, John Williams' Involvement, and More

Posted by: Edward
March 25, 2010, 11:34 AM

More information has now come online regarding the Wizarding World of Harry Potter theme park, which will have its grand opening at Universal Orlando Resort on June 18, 2010.  In a press release from Universal, more details about the many elements of the park and its features have been revealed.  Adding to our report from early this morning, the release notes:

"The attraction's newly created ride system envelops guests in filmed action scenes and moves those scenes with them as they travel through the ride, allowing more time in the center of the adventure and with their favorite characters.  This fusion of robotic technology and filmed scenes has never been achieved until now.  In some cases, technology had to be invented to achieve the highest level of guest experience.   The combination of pioneering, state-of-the-art technology, innovative filmmaking and surprises around every corner make this attraction the embodiment of the Harry Potter book and film series-and the future of theme park entertainment."
A series of quick facts about the Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey ride are also included:
  • Storyline: As you venture through Hogwarts, you meet Harry, Ron and Hermione, who convince you to skip a planned lecture and follow them.  Upon taking their advice you travel by Floo powder, and begin your adventure as you soar over Hogwarts, narrowly escape a dragon attack, have a close encounter with the Whomping Willow, get pulled into a Quidditch match and more.
  • First-ever combination of advanced robotic ride system technology with innovative, immersive filmmaking
  • Award-winning composer John Williams oversaw the creation of the attraction's score
  • The queue includes the following Harry Potter book and film elements: Headmaster Dumbledore's office, Defence Against the Dark Arts classroom, Gryffindor common room, Room of Requirement, and the greenhouse; talking portraits including the Fat Lady and the never-before-seen four founders: Godric Gryffindor, Salazar Slytherin, Helga Hufflepuff and Rowena Ravenclaw; the Sorting Hat, the One-Eyed Witch statue and the Mirror of Erised
  • Duration of ride: The full attraction experience, including the queue, takes about an hour
  • Number of scenes in the attraction: 12
  • Characters (featuring Harry Potter film talent): Harry Potter, Ron Weasley, Hermione Granger, Albus Dumbledore, Rubeus Hagrid and Draco Malfoy You may also catch a glimpse of Fred and George Weasley, Ginny Weasley and Neville Longbottom 
An accompanying video also on the Wizarding World of Harry Potter site features President of Universal Creative Mark Woodbury speaking to the latest news from the theme park as well.  The video can now be viewed here in our Video Galleries.

Readers will recall that, Universal announced the grand opening for the Wizarding World of Harry Potter will be on June 18th.  Those who have purchased one of the advertised packages for May 28 are still promised a "Harry Potter experience," according to reps from the park.  TLC's full report can be read here.

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359 Points

Okay I’m even more excited now! The mirror of Erised and Dumbledore’s office just in the line up! Fred George and Neville…. Oh wow!

Posted by WillowEve ^HISS^ on March 25, 2010, 12:04 PM report to moderator

Ohhh my god booking booking booking!!!! America here I come woooooow!!!

Posted by clintisagain on March 25, 2010, 12:11 PM report to moderator
1183 Points

oh dang! i need to start saving up cash, now! i can’t wait to see this! i’m going to be geeking out the whole time! yeeees! after so much waiting, we finally got the date, june 18!

Posted by hermy007 on March 25, 2010, 12:50 PM report to moderator
261 Points

What about the Great Hall? Won’t there be a Great Hall? I want to see the candles and the ceiling!

…Too soon to begin complaining? lol!!

Posted by Thio on March 25, 2010, 12:53 PM report to moderator
8876 Points

Thio I think there is a Great Hall … I’m pretty sure that I saw a pic of the Enchanted Ceiling some place.

Anyhows I am so excited now lol and, I am so happy that John Williams is involved with it. To me he is the music of HP. The ride with the total immersion film-making sounds just like something out of Red Dwarf. Oh boy this is the coolest thing ever.

Posted by Moose_Starr on March 25, 2010, 12:58 PM report to moderator
34 Points

i have never been more exited im buying my universal package tickets today. :)
<3 june 18th will be the best day this year.

Posted by hpdh_fred on March 25, 2010, 01:01 PM report to moderator
300 Points

Sounds fantastic but I feel bad for people who won’t be able to afford. Very expensive.

Posted by taoist1 on March 25, 2010, 01:28 PM report to moderator
261 Points


I saw that pic as well. But it was the Room of Requirement…

Posted by Thio on March 25, 2010, 01:30 PM report to moderator
4452 Points

WOW!!! It sounds amazing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I’m planning to fly to go there next summer.. if my mum agrees, that is!

276 Points

The ride sounds great. Looking forward to it later this summer.

Posted by leigia on March 25, 2010, 01:55 PM report to moderator
1830 Points

hah, they think the queue and ride will be one hour? No chance! But it looks amazing, I really hope I’ll be able to go. And I thought the music sounded a bit too good on the website.

Posted by nellythemarrow on March 25, 2010, 02:01 PM report to moderator
6535 Points

Yeah!!!! I cannot wait until June!!!!!

Posted by Scathach on March 25, 2010, 02:55 PM report to moderator
2168 Points

AWESOME. just not gonna b able 2 b ther. got a GD concert ticket 4 the 19th june

Posted by MaggieNoise on March 25, 2010, 03:44 PM report to moderator
2422 Points

Mirror of Erised? Very intriguing! I have to save money for LeakyCon!!

Posted by Mr. Brightside on March 25, 2010, 04:23 PM report to moderator
3048 Points

Based on the description we can safely deduce that this ride should leave no fan disappointed and will truly and authentically replicate our wildest dreams from the movies. I look forward to riding this ride.

Posted by Kirk on March 25, 2010, 04:41 PM report to moderator
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