Harry Potter officially coming to Islands of Adventure
Posted Thursday, May 31, 2007 4:23 AM | Contributed by Jeff
Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. and Universal Orlando Resort are partnering to create the world’s first fully immersive Harry Potter themed environment based on the bestselling books by J.K. Rowling and blockbuster feature films from Warner Bros. Envisioned as a “theme park within a theme park” and titled “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter,” the new environment will become part of the experience within Universal’s Islands of Adventure theme park at the Universal Orlando Resort.
The Sentinel has a lot more details on this. Sounds like the northern (?) part of the Lost Continent (the part with Dragons and Unicorn) will be made into the Harry Potter land, while the area with Sinbad and Mythos will reman the Lost Continent. My guess is the new part of the land will be between Unicorn and JP - there is a nice bit of land right there. All in all the area will be 20-acre... which seems to be a pretty big area of land.
Universal plans a 20-acre "Wizarding World," a little bigger than the average size of its themed "islands" at Islands of Adventure. Part would be carved away from what is now "The Lost Continent" island, and the rest would be land now used for employee parking and park support, outside the back fence.
Here is the full story.*** This post was edited by Andrew 5/31/2007 6:44:12 AM ***
Okay... I've got my bearings on where this is. If this picture http://www.screamscape.com/html/ioa_-_project_strong_arm_0.htm is accurate, the Brown coaster below the 'H' in Harry is the Flying Unicorn. The bridge on the left hand side is the existing bridge leading to Jurassic Park. That places Hogwarts between Flying Unicorn and Turkey Lake Rd. The structure to the right of the Flying Unicorn, then, is the castle entrance to Dueling Dragons, The buildings along the left will take the place of the enchanted oak tavern, and the buildings on the right will be where the current entrance to DD is. SO, based on that image, the only real estate they're really adding to the park is the plot of land for Hogwarts itself (Which I'm assuming will contain the rumored Kukla robot arm attraction) What's interesting to me, then, from a theme standpoint, is that only people arriving from the Lost Continent/Seuss Landing side of the park will get the 'full' experience the way Rowling wants them to, where they enter past the Hogwart's Express and make their way through Diagon Alley. People arriving from Jurassic Park will just be dumped right below Hogwarts. I wonder if Rowling intends to demand a mandatory 'Counter-Clockwise park traffic route' in order to make people experience her world correctly?
So I'm also very curious how in the world they're going to integrate Dueling Dragons. The ride is fine, obviously it's no challenge to have Dragons in Harry's world, but the castle itself and the storyline (especially all the knights in the queue) are just so arbitrary when placed into a Potter themed-land.
That could have just been a mistake by the Sentinal. I will wait to see the final designs to make any judgments.
If you Check out this map it would appear that if they take from the Flying Unicorn over to the JP learning center they could fit in a lot. I dont know if they would plan on making the new land its own area, and keep it out of the flow of the park to keep the experience the same as ThemeDesigner pointed out. Can't wait to see though.