The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios Hollywood is about to be cast in a whole new light when its brand new nighttime show, “The Nighttime Lights at Hogwarts Castle,” which features light projections on the castle itself, opens on June 23. [Read more…]
Since their start in 2004, HP Fan Trips has taken Harry Potter fans to Britain and Scotland, offering unique opportunities such as private parties at Edinburgh Castle, exclusive rides on the cars from the Hogwarts Express used in the movies and more. Next year, they’re bringing fans to Orlando to experience Universal’s Wizarding World of Harry Potter and meet some stars from the films. [Read more…]
Universal has released a new video featuring Mark Woodbury, president of Universal creative, talking about and showing off parts of the queue for the new Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey ride in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Universal’s Islands of Adventure.
You’ll see the Portrait Gallery room with the first ever look at Hogwart’s four founders – Godric Gryffindor, Salazar Slytherin, Helga Hufflepuff and Rowena Ravenclaw. Then he’ll take you into Dumbledore’s office, finally heading into the Defense Against the Dark Arts classroom.
Along the way he explains part of the plot for the ride. For more details on the ride and the whole experience inside Hogwarts Castle, see our previous post.
It’s time again for our monthly update on the construction progress of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Orlando’s Islands of Adventure. Here’s a quick video tour of what’s new since our last update, followed by some photos:
As you can see in the photo above, some of the scaffolding has come down on the tallest towers of Hogwarts Castle. This makes it really noticeable from all around. It stands out as you drive down I-4 and nearby Turkey Lake Road behind the parks.
Riding the Dueling Dragons roller coaster (soon to be called Dragon Challenge) offers a bird’s eye view of Hogwarts Castle, though you have to look back over your right shoulder while riding Ice to see it. Notice how large the new building is behind the Hogwarts Castle facade. That building will house the Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey ride.
Scaffolding is still up all around The Three Broomsticks restaurant and Hogsmeade Village.