Live from the Universal Harry Potter Park Announcement in California

Dec 06, 2011

Posted by Melissa Anelli

Good morning! We are live from Universal Studios in Southern California where everyone is wearing house scarves under a baking sun. Guess it’s time to hear about a new JAWS ride!
Wait.. no, that’s not right. No, this is about Harry Potter. Bet your butterbeer we are going to have details about the soon to be revealed plans for the next Harry Potter theme park. We are updating our Twitter @leaky, and will be updating this post with all the info.

Updates (via Twitter) — most recent first:

  • Trays of butterbeer coming out now.
  • There’s a lot of focus of the effects of this on LA commerce. Taped message from LA and Orlando mayors now.
  • Commissioner: “I’ve never seen the Harry Potter film [sic], my staff conspired to get me a DVD of the first movie. [They said] “the least you should do is see the movie”. I’m not a big fiction movie person. There are some public policy connections. First of all the wand. I see the wand being used to create $13B for the state budget, Governor. As far as the broomsticks are concerned is there a better way to navigate the 405 during rush hour? Today’s announcement marks an important new investment [for the economy].”
  • Governor: “Great day when we see investment in California and investment in the imagination”
  • Barry Meyer: “There are now eight films behind us and the future of Harry Potter is looking brighter today than ever with this announcement. We are now truly entering the next phase of what Harry Potter will mean to its loyal and committed audience. The Harry Potter fan is a unique individual – committed/dedicated/unbelievably demanding.” Says Universal is as “committed” to quality and excellence as WB has been. “The best gift we can give over the holidays to every Harry Potter fan in the world is an announcement like the one today”.
  • Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey will be recreated here in California. Plan to invest several hundred million dollars and create more than a thousand jobs here. Generate tax revenue for city and county.
  • Barry Meyer: “The books/films are among the most powerful stories of our time. We’re honoured to creating destinations where these come to life”
  • Phelps twins: “When we’re making a movie, everything is fake…I wandered off to tap the wall. When it’s a set it’s hollow but this is real.”
  • Will be “in the existing theme park” and “every bit as spectacular” as Orlando. Orlando WWoHP will be “greatly expanded” (Internet rumours about Orlando include Diagon Alley, Gringotts etc)
  • Showing a video of the park, mostly of kids enjoying butterbeer and wands :)
  • James and Oliver Phelps are here to help make the announcement. “Hogwarts is coming to Hollywood,” they said as one.
  • Talking up the economic benefit – jobs it has brought to Florida, etc.
  • Park in Cali will include a castle – “fully immersive environment for the entire family”
  • The WWoHP IS coming to Los Angeles – and a big expansion is planned for Orlando.
  • Press event has just started – LA commissioner as well as California Governor Jerry Brown are here as well.




19 Responses to Live from the Universal Harry Potter Park Announcement in California

Avatar ImageWON_TWO says: Sounds like good fun... Avatar ImageGiant Fairy says: Hmmmm....wonder if i can get into Hogwarts Castle this time. Last chrismas in Orlando it was sooo stuffed we couldn t enter the first day, and the second day we made it to the Founders Room where we learnt the founders discussion by heart after 20 repetitions. when a magical voice announced that the carts are beyond magical repair.....well no, they said they were sorry to let us wait 2hours but we should leave the castle..... California here I come?????From the Canaries....Avatar Imageharrypotter4258 says: lol Please vote for me 3 times: http://www.myhogwarts.co.uk/honeydukes/2309 Thanks! :)Avatar Imagelovelle says: "The Harry Potter fan is a unique individual - committed/dedicated/unbelievably demanding." ~this made me laugh, but it is true. that's just how we love Harry Potter so much. Well, I'm looking forward to that!Avatar Imagelovelle says: "The Harry Potter fan is a unique individual - committed/dedicated/unbelievably demanding." ~this made me laugh, but it is true. that's just how we love Harry Potter so much. Well, I'm looking forward to that!Avatar ImageAvanelleWood says: This is going to be awesome! I can't believe the Phelps twins were here! I would have loved to see them!Avatar ImageJackOfClubs says: "There are some public policy connections. First of all the wand. I see the wand being used to create $13B for the state budget, Governor." Good gravy! Leave it to a CA politician to suck all the iterest out of a Harry Potter announcement. I am really excited that I might actually get to taste butter beer in my lifetime, but this guy seriously needs to stop talking about it before my brain withers.Avatar ImageLunaLuver says: This is wicked!!! LA is only about a 5 hour drive from where I live!!!! XDXDAvatar Imagekyrstalkris says: Fascinating! :)Avatar ImageFleur-de- Lily says: that good news!Avatar ImageLivi22 says: They'd better bring it to Britain next, we're seriously lacking in the theme park department!Avatar Imagegav0071 says: I agree with Livi22!! Avatar Imagegav0071 says: The bloddy commisioner hasn't even seen the movies?? And he's not even a fan of ficitional movies? WHHATTT!!?? Maybe he's in the wrong job!Avatar Imagegav0071 says: Don't know why they haven't asked for suggestions as to what they'll create at the park from Potter fans! Its a no-brainer, saves on labor costs if nothing else...but wait we're not in a union....can't have that, nevermind!Avatar ImageWeenyOwl says: Commissioner of what?Avatar Imagehewy says: About time. And gav0071, love that you are soooooo right!!!!!Avatar Imagemolly43 says: This is great to now let people on the other side of the US have a chance to go to the hp theme park. Hope it will come to other countries as well. Avatar Imagemargoooo says: gav0071 - there are potter fans that work on it, too!Avatar Imagerobopkins says: So excited for this! Universal is just a Metro ride away from me, versus all the way in Florida. :D I'm starting to feel like a spoiled child for living in America now. Feeling bad for Potter fans across the pond.

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