Wizarding World of Harry Potter Opens to Public Today; HP Cast Open Archway to the Crowd (Update)

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Jun 18, 2010

Posted by EdwardTLC

At long last, muggles will be able to walk through the gates and enter the Wizarding World of Harry Potter theme park at Universal Orlando Resorts this morning. Grand Opening activities have been taken place all week and will be topped off starting at 9 AM EST with a grand opening to the public. This event will be streamed live online from 9:00 – 9:30 AM EST via the Universal website right here.
Update: The final grand opening ceremony has just commenced. Here is a brief rundown of events of this morning:

  • The Hogwarts conductor notes that the Hogwarts Express is about to arrive with some special guests and extraordinary students from across the country.
  • A VIM, Very Important Muggle, Bill Davis for Universal speaks to the crowd.
  • The Hogwarts Express arrives with Dan Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Warwick Davis, Bonnie Wright, James Phelps, Oliver Phelps, Tom Felton, Matthew Lewis, and Michael Gambon.
  • Radcliffe speaks to the crowd, notes they are “very, very, very exited to be [there] today.”
  • Cast meets with students from one of the winning schools.
  • James and Oliver Phelps set off Zonkos firework to open park.
  • Snow falls in Orlando (or at least the Wizarding World) as the crowds enter.

Leaky will be covering the event as it happens via our Twitter account. We will also update throughout the day with the very latest from the public grand opening of the theme park.





61 Responses to Wizarding World of Harry Potter Opens to Public Today; HP Cast Open Archway to the Crowd (Update)

Avatar ImagePoisonXLilly says: First comment on the best Leaky Post EVER~! I can't wait till later this year when I go!!!!! =^.^=Avatar Imageelf_ville says: Wow! I can't wait to go there... I got up early just to watch the grand opening. :)Avatar ImageHinkypunkmum says: My stupid job blocks access to Universal's site, but I have been dashing out to the TV to see all the coverage. Even my favorite newscaster Keith Olbermann did a small clip opening up his show last night with sneak peeks ! How I wish I was there !! We will be going Halloween ( I only live 3 hours away !!!! ) to split it between Halloween Horror Nights and TWWofHP !! TROLL IN THE DUNGEON !!! LOL ! I'm kinda giddy right now with excitement for all who are lucky enough to be there right now !Avatar ImageGiant Squid says: Amazing! I am going so soon!!!!Avatar Imagefloridianhp says: omg omg omg!! cnt wait!Avatar Imagefloridianhp says: omg omg omg!! cnt wait!Avatar ImageScarStruck says: Eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeep! omgomgomgomgomgAvatar ImageScarStruck says: Squee.Hehehehehehehe yay!!♥Avatar ImageOddRavenclaw222 says: I'm watchng it right now. So far it's little more than music,a banner and a picture of Hogwarts Express. Oh and also some people waving maps or something like that to keep cool. Floorida gets a bit hot in the winter so I can only imagine how bad it is in the Summer.Avatar ImagePollytomat says: Yeah, the same for me - only a picture of Hogwarts Express...Avatar Imagenarglesohmy says: That was stupid- refreshed the page and now it won't load. D:Avatar ImageScarStruck says: I refreshed and now it won't load.Eeeep.Avatar ImageAriel says: the same for me I refreshed the page won’t loadAvatar ImagePollytomat says: Absolutely the same. So, it is not our fault then!Avatar ImageScarStruck says: They just said on NBC news that it's officailly open, and something about cutting the ribbon but they dont' seem to be focusing on that.Avatar Imagenarglesohmy says: D: Nooo! They can't just keep going! They have to fix their cameras!!!Avatar ImageGryffindor51 says: oh the joys of livestream.....I just got a "server not found" error.....they better replay this thing.Avatar ImagePollytomat says: it's working!!!!Avatar ImageScarStruck says: Eeep I got it!!Avatar ImageGryffindor51 says: oh wait there it is...Phelps Twins about to fire off something...uh-ohAvatar Imageelf_ville says: I didn't get it...Avatar ImageScarStruck says: We seem to have trouble lighting the match.LOL Group picture.Squee!!! It's amazing!!!!! =D Awww they're going in!!! Awwwwwww I want to be there soooooooooooooooo bad right now!!!! O-O ♥Avatar Imageelf_ville says: AHAH I GOT IT NOW! It looks AMAZING :DAvatar ImageScarStruck says: If I was walking in right now my mouth would be hanging open and I would either be crying or screaming my head off. =DDDDDDAvatar Imagetjerriam says: ..oh..i'm so exited to0 see it..i wish i can go there soon..Avatar ImageShinyPineapple says: that was pretty lame...i expected more...like JKR cutting a ribbon or something.....Avatar ImagePhoenix1946 says: Well, they totally botched the live feed of the opening!! I refreshed just in time to see the Phelps twins light a very large rocket that fizzled out then everyone started looking around as though something else was to happen but never did! Hey Universal, thanks for nothing!Avatar Imageelf_ville says: And they've gone in. I wish I was there right now, too :DAvatar ImageScarStruck says: Kinda lame.Oh well it's still amazing!! Eeeeep.Wish I'd stayed up to see the live feed with John Williams and everyone on Wensday (?) night.But it's ok at least I saw some if it. =)Avatar ImagePollytomat says: And the techs of the livestream get a bad-bad-very bad mark! They could have tried before the opening and not do it in the last minutes before the ceremony! Avatar ImageShinyPineapple says: they're replaying the parts we missed!!!Avatar ImageScarStruck says: Eeep Eeeep Eeeep stuff is happening.Specail guests coming in the Hogwarts ExpressAvatar ImageJillxoxo says: Universal link did not work for me either. Fortunately, local station WESH was also carrying it and I caught the last bit of the opening with the cast. The Phelps Twins lit a Weasley sky rocket, then the cast escorted a group of first graders through the gates. The crowds there are huge.Avatar ImageScarStruck says: Hahahaha they're re-playing it.That's nice since we missed it!Avatar ImageScarStruck says: Awwwwwwwwww♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥Avatar Imagezoltan42 says: I'd love to a good picture of the group with the 1st graders. Avatar Imageelf_ville says: YAY they're replaying it... this is so cool :) Did I hear right? There was a class of eighth graders? YES! People acknowledge that Harry is for more than the younger kids... but teens and adults too. :)Avatar ImagePollytomat says: I love every second of the streaming (well, a re-streaming)! Daniel made a great job! I liked the way he talked to children and welcomed everybody inside. However, I had an impression that it was an improvisation, they haven't discussed the ceremony enough. It was a bit disorganized. And I didn't get it with the rocket. There was some problem with it or it went like it should be? Although, I'm really excited with the park and the Hogwarts castle. I'm sure they are amazing! I wish I'll be able able to go there in autumn!!!! :)Avatar ImageLeakyMugLuva749 says: This is SO exciting!!! Avatar Imagechanngalambeatrice says: This is so cool!Avatar Imagemitten37 says: I wanna meet Neville!!Avatar Imagefloridianhp says: aww. dan sooo cute! Avatar ImagePorter Unseen says: Wooow! I can't wait to go!!!!!Avatar ImageIloveDobby says: Just watched it :)Avatar Imageronlvr44 says: man im so jealous of those going today! :/ lolAvatar ImageGryffindor Cutie says: It's all so exciting! The day has finally arrived! I can't wait until I can see the park for myself! It's going to be a dream come true!Avatar Imagelunaisawesome says: AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHH!!!!!AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHH!!!!!AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHH!!!!!AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHH!!!!!AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHH!!!!!AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHH!!!!!AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHH!!!!!AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHH!!!!!AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHH!!!!!AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHH!!!!! O MY GOSH IM HAVING A CONNIPTION!!!Avatar ImageKimberlyZ says: OMGshhhh that is so awesome!!! I cant wait to go!!!! LOL they had to call Oliver twice x) Dan and Rupert look so good there!! haha :P I WANT TO GOOOOO Avatar ImageMidnightSun321 says: Oh awesoooooome :) Love the VIM - Very Important MuggleAvatar Imageteam ron says: im so mad i cant go!Avatar Imagegirlatty1 says: Well I don't like Florida very much but I guess I will have to go there now.Avatar ImageLaithis says: Where was Evana and Emma?Avatar ImageSwedishPotterfan says: Wow, I really want to go there!:DAvatar ImageSmitch says: Great picture! Avatar ImageWON_TWO says: How lovely...Avatar ImageNot Slytherin says: WOOT! Let's all go!!!Avatar ImageNumeroUnoFan says: so so so so coolAvatar Imageazaadpotter says: Oh My God i just cant wait to see everything. I wont be able to go there for quite some time but i think i will faint when i finally get there. its the dream of my lifeAvatar Imageazaadpotter says: Oh My God i just cant wait to see everything. I wont be able to go there for quite some time but i think i will faint when i finally get there. its the dream of my lifeAvatar Imageazaadpotter says: Oh My God i just cant wait to see everything. I wont be able to go there for quite some time but i think i will faint when i finally get there. its the dream of my lifeAvatar ImageIsabella Cauldwell says: Guess what...I'M EXCITED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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