David Heyman Comments on Possible Theme Park Expansion
November 18, 2011, 11:36 PM
In an exclusive interview with the Toronto Sun, Harry Potter producer David Heyman acknowledged that Universal Studios is planning an expansion to the popular Wizarding World of Harry Potter theme park, though did not elaborate on any details.
Heyman confirmed with Sun Media that details are being planned,
including new Potter-themed thrill rides. Heyman himself has been
thrilled with the response. "This is the first time we've been here with
this crowd," he said of "real fans" of the Harry Potter universe. "You
realize it does live on and it lives on in so many ways."Do note that any expansion would still be a few years off, but it's an exciting prospect! What are some Harry Potter-themed rides you'd like to see?
How exciting! :D I’ve always thought there should be more rides. :)
They’ll probably do a Gringotts one and maybe a Floo Powder/Portkey ride :D I hope they do another sort of Forbidden Journey like ride because it looked good although I haven’t been yet!!!!!
Expansion is definitely needed. You shouldn’t be able to do every single thing there in a day, even with the long lines. Also, only kids are allowed to go on the Hippogriff ride – adults weigh too much.
In terms of new rides, I think that the wave of the future for theme parks ought to be attractions that are less passive, more interactive, so that they would appeal more to gamers. For instance, there could be a series of rooms with challenges like the obstacles to finding the Philosopher’s/Sorceror’s Stone, so that you actually have to solve some sort of puzzle (not exactly the same ones that are in the book) in order to go on to the next space. Ideally, the puzzles would vary, so that people wouldn’t find out all the spoilers before they went to WWoHP.
I’d like to see a little theatre that shows Potter Puppet Pals videos all day long, with the Cicieregas getting some income out of it. It would only be fair, considering that WB forced them to stop their PPP merchandising. A bandshell with different live wrock bands performing several times a day would be great, and strolling buskers singing Potter filks all over Hogsmeade or in the Hog’s Head.
Also, I’d like to see more live actors in character. The five minutes that you spend with a big crowd watching one person get to interact briefly with Ollivander, after a very long wait on line, is rather disappointing, I found.
In general, I’d like to see an emphasis on more interactivity and opportunities for roleplaying, so that you really feel like you’re in the Potterverse. That’s more important than more thrill rides.
I have a lot of ideas as well. I really hope that they do something that whole FAMILIES can enjoy. Not coasters, but something that even people with disibilities, or small children can do. Something tame. Not all Harry Potter fans love or can even go on roller coasters…it would be nice for those of us who can’t to still be able to do something other than shop.
I finally made it down there the end of last month. I loved it, but thought it was too small. I’m really happy they’re considering an expansion.
OHMYGOD !! Happy dance YES PLEASE !!!
WE WANT IT ALL! aaahhh! Harry Potter! YAAAAAAYYYY!
More Harry Potter-themed stuff! WICKED!
I think what they really need to add is The Ministry of Magic! So much could be done in all the different department! I’m getting excited just thinking about it. =)
I’d love to see an interactive ride, kind of like the Men in Black ride. It could be like an Auror training ride, where you have “wands” on a car that you use to blast dark wizards and gain points. I also think a roller coaster type ride simulating a cart ride through Gringotts would be awesome. And for little kids, a carousel, but instead of horses, you would ride on magical creatures or broomsticks.
Somebody make us a Gringotts roller coaster ride!
I am glad its all going well for them, but, i still think it should of been built in the UK where Harry Potter is originally based. Also, guys, where has your imagionation gone? Dont you want to keep the ideas and pictures of what you imagioned Hogwarts, butterbeer, hogsmead etc to look/taste like to still be continued in your head? Instead of the ‘real thing’ that they are doing here? Just something to think about!! <3
How about a Department of Mysteries Maze? I rather miss the Funhouse concept that every amusement park used to have back in my youth, where you have to blunder around and find your way through at your own pace – rather than riding on something that zips you through and then you’re done.
Speaking of ‘zips,’ zipline (what mountaineers call a Tyrolean traverse) rides have become all the rage since they started putting them up in the cloud forest canopy in Costa Rica some years back. Now more and more ski areas in the US are installing them as off-season attractions. WWoHP could graft broomsticks onto the harness apparatus somehow, and visitors could ‘fly’ from platform to platform over a Quidditch pitch (with lots of safety nets, of course).
I think one of the obvious ride ideas is Gringotts. They should have the entrance be just like the bank where you can exchange money for wizarding currency…like how you can get Disney dollars at Disney world.
Oh, wow, now I’m boiling over with ideas…maybe a Quidditch World Cup experience…the Gladrags idea someone above had…a whomping willow ride…a flying car experience. I’m just so excited and I haven’t even been there yet!