Posted Monday, December 5, 2011 8:34 AM | Contributed by Jeff
While officials have confirmed plans to build a second Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios Hollywood, few details have emerged yet about the new themed land expected to be announced in the coming weeks.
Read more from The LA Times.
Hogwarts was purposely built a few feet taller than the castle down the road at the Magic Kingdom. Expect a similar nose-thumbing in the general direction of Anaheim.
That's not going to be all that hard...
^^^That's what she said.
And when they say "questions answered" they mean "NAAAW, not really". SRSLY that's a lame piece of journalism right there.
Indeed. There is nothing in that article that confirms ANYTHING about USH that isn't already well known. The headline suggests that someone at Universal commented on it or announced something or...whatever. Instead we have a compilation of previous announcements, details of the Florida attraction, and a dash of wild speculation. That's not "news", folks!
--Dave Althoff, Jr.
But don't journalists have a duty to help their employer move units by hyping the product?
That article contains false assumptions too. "The California park has no outdoor coasters, so the overlays won't work." Who says they need to do an overlay in order to include a roller coaster in Harry Potter? They can simply build a new one. While I have doubts about building a Dragon Challenge, the Flight of the Hippogriff would be easy to include.
I also don't think Harry Potter in Hollywood will have the same effect on the Disney parks down the road as they did in Orlando. Southern California theme parks are primarily attended by locals. The addition of Harry Potter wouldn't make me give up my Disney pass for a USH pass. I also think Disney is upgrading Fantasyland out of necessity not in response to Harry Potter. The new Fantasyland isn't going to cause attendance to skyrocket. It's more about improving the guest experience and adding some needed attractions in a very crowded portion of the park.
Hey, I think its great that Fanatsyland is expanding. For 40 yr. olds like myself and my fiance, we spend little time there. Magic Kingdom can be packed, and we still get on the Mountains, Pirates, Autopia, etc. Great news.
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