Butterbeer Toast at Universal LA Tomorrow, Rumors of Universal Florida Wizarding World Expansion

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Dec 05, 2011

Posted by Mel

Tomorrow, at Universal Studios Los Angeles, executives will be on hand to make a very special annoucement:

Universal announced the event, stating in an email that it would be
“hosting a Butterbeer toast to celebrate a very special announcement.”
People close to the matter but not authorized to discuss the event
beforehand confirmed it would be the unveiling of plans to duplicate the
massively successful Wizarding World of Harry Potter attraction from
Universal Studios Orlando at the L.A. theme park.

Top executives from Warner Bros., which made the “Potter” films and
controls licensing rights to author J.K. Rowling’s books about the boy
wizard, will be in attendance along with those from Universal. They will
include the leaders of both companies: Warner Chairman Barry Meyer and
Universal President Ron Meyer (no relation).

The attraction isn’t expected to open at Universal’s Los Angeles
location ” right next to its film and television studio in Universal
City ” until 2015 at the earliest.

In addition to this news, ScreamScape is reporting on rumors of expansion plans for the Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Universal Orlando:

If my various sources are correct, the Amity / Jaws area will be
replaced by the proposed Phase 2 expansion of the Wizarding World of
Harry Potter. Now, before you flip out¦ lets go over it all, because for
starters this really isn’t going to be the Wizarding World of Harry
Potter at all. Instead, from what I’ve been able to gather, the new
land to be build in Universal Studios Florida will actually represent
the “London” side of the PotterVerse¦ including an entrance to the
infamous Diagon Alley.

Diagon Alley, as seen in the movies, is
home to infamous locations such as The Leaky Cauldron, Gringott’s
Wizarding Bank and the true Ollivanders wand shop location, as seen in
the films. The London location is also said to be home to King’s Cross
station, where students would board the Hogwarts Express train from
Platform 9 ¾.

Many of these locations have been mentioned in the
rumored development plans for Phase 2 of the Wizarding World for months
now, including an innovative indoor dark coaster ride said to take
place inside Gringott’s Wizarding Bank. It’s no secret that the
Wizarding World has been popular¦so much so that it needed to be
expanded to spread out the crowds, and come up with a way to provide new
locations for guests to buy Butterbeer, Ollivanders wands and more. But
it seems that Universal Creative really decided to try a new idea¦ and
think really outside the box this time. Literally¦ because this new
expansion is going to allow for guests in both parks to get a taste of
the PotterVerse¦ but to get the ENTIRE experience, you’d going to have
to have a 2-park ticket.

You can read more here.

Thanks very much to Hagiographer13 and Christina for sending us these articles!





26 Responses to Butterbeer Toast at Universal LA Tomorrow, Rumors of Universal Florida Wizarding World Expansion

Avatar ImageWON_TWO says: Hmmm, sounds interesting if true...Avatar Imagegexpert says: If there is anything that would make the perfect roller coaster ride, it would be Gringotts! And ALAS! Real Diagon Alley in construction.Avatar ImageDlcohm7 says: whatever is going to happen will be great!! this is awesome i can't wait until tomorrow! wee! Avatar ImageTifffymarie123 says: Is the toast open to the public and if yes did they give a time?Avatar ImageStarlysh says: If they make a Leaky Cauldron, let's go! Avatar ImageLunaLuver says: Yes, we NEED a Diagon Alley!!! And I want to have a Butterbeer toast! *pouts so herself* I suppose I could pretend giner ale is Butterbeer tomorrow ......Avatar ImageFleur-de- Lily says: awesomeAvatar ImageSweetCandy98 says: We need a diagon alley!Avatar ImageAvanelleWood says: Yipppppeeeee! Universal Studios Hollywood is practically at my front door!Avatar Imageharrypotter4258 says: lmao @person above me. xD Please vote for me 3 times: http://www.myhogwarts.co.uk/honeydukes/2309 Thanks! :)Avatar Imagekyrstalkris says: MUST HAVE MAJOR EXPANSIONS!!! I CAN'T WAIT TO GO THERE! :DDDAvatar ImageFleur-de- Lily says: That's cool!Avatar Imagewandmastercalum says: It would be good if I could go to the FRICKIN Florida version first before even thinking of the Hollywood one

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