“Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey,” the official name of the new Harry Potter theme park, promises to whisk you away from the real world and off to their magical “Wizarding World.” Just how you pictured it in your dreams, only with the humidity of Orlando, Florida.
Guests will enter the “Wizarding World” through a station archway named for Hogsmeade, the magical village near Hogwarts. A plume of steam and a train whistle will sound the arrival of the Hogwarts Express. The goal is to make the experience immersive, so nothing outside is visible after guests pass the Hogsmeade station archway.
Forbidden Journey (yup..) will use “entirely new technology to bring the magic, characters and stories of Harry Potter to life in ways never before experienced.” Guests will also be able to buy chocolate frogs, magic wands and Sneakoscopes. And hopefully there will be some hard alcohol around for the rest of us.
Other rides include “Dragon Challenge,” a twin high-speed roller coaster based off of the “Triwizard Tournament” and the family roller coaster “Flight of the Hippogriff,” named for a creature with an eagle’s head and a horse’s body.
The Harry Potter park will be part of Universal’s Islands of Adventure and is set to open in Spring 2010.