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

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Posted by: Edward
June 18, 2010, 08:20 AM

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.

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61 Comments

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478 Points

they’re replaying the parts we missed!!!

Posted by ProfessorAlice on June 18, 2010, 09:56 AM report to moderator
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5610 Points

Eeep Eeeep Eeeep stuff is happening.Specail guests coming in the Hogwarts Express

Posted by Peace.Love.Potter ♥ on June 18, 2010, 09:56 AM report to moderator
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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.

Posted by Jillxoxo on June 18, 2010, 09:57 AM report to moderator
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5610 Points

Hahahaha they’re re-playing it.That’s nice since we missed it!

Posted by Peace.Love.Potter ♥ on June 18, 2010, 09:57 AM report to moderator
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5610 Points

Awwwwwwwwww♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥

Posted by Peace.Love.Potter ♥ on June 18, 2010, 09:59 AM report to moderator
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145 Points

I’d love to a good picture of the group with the 1st graders.

Posted by zoltan42 on June 18, 2010, 10:07 AM report to moderator
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60 Points

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. :)

Posted by elf_ville on June 18, 2010, 10:08 AM report to moderator
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1373 Points

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!!!! :)

Posted by Pollytomat on June 18, 2010, 10:08 AM report to moderator
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1089 Points

This is SO exciting!!!

Posted by Bubblelicious749 on June 18, 2010, 10:14 AM report to moderator
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1542 Points

This is so cool!

Posted by Beatrice Jean Granger on June 18, 2010, 10:35 AM report to moderator
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756 Points

I wanna meet Neville!!

Posted by Starka (ROAR) on June 18, 2010, 10:48 AM report to moderator
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1980 Points

aww. dan sooo cute!

Posted by floridianhp*ROAR* on June 18, 2010, 11:04 AM report to moderator
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7492 Points

Wooow! I can’t wait to go!!!!!

Posted by Owner of Next Gen Group (FilmGirl27) on June 18, 2010, 11:06 AM report to moderator
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507 Points

Just watched it :)

Posted by IloveDobby on June 18, 2010, 12:00 PM report to moderator
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1996 Points

man im so jealous of those going today! :/ lol

Posted by ronlvr44 on June 18, 2010, 12:14 PM report to moderator
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