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.
Tarps have gone up around the Flight of the Hippogriff for its transformation from the old Flying Unicorn ride. The on-ride video below of the Flying Unicorn gives you an idea of what the Hippogriff ride will be like. It doesn’t seem like they’ll be changing the track layout.
This new tent has been placed along the side of the castle. It seems the queue will run through here. It’s not clear yet if this is just to keep guests out of the sun or if this is supposed to be the greenhouse seen in the movies. Perhaps we’ll get to encounter some screaming mandrakes in person.
The Jurassic Park entrance sign is currently quite visible next to Hogwarts Castle, so I hope they do something to hide it as it really doesn’t fit in. It seems like a solid row of trees could easily block the view of the Jurassic archway from pathway leading up to the castle.
The Wizarding World of Harry Potter is still scheduled to open in Spring 2010. Some rumors point to a possible May opening but those are unfounded at this point.
For more from the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, pick up a copy of our Winter 2010 issue. Here’s a preview: