Universal and Warner Bros. are teaming up to deliver something pretty huge. Basically it sounds like the "Harry Potter" version of Disney World. Opening in Orlando, 2009.
The new park will take its place alongside Universal Studios park and Islands of Adventure, and it looks like the place will be known as "The Wizarding World of Harry Potter." (I woulda called it Potter Planet.) Oscar-winning production designer Stuart Craig was hired to keep the park looking like the movies, and the blueprints have already been met with approval by "Potter" creator JK Rowling.
Sounds like a pretty cool idea. Start saving your pennies now, moms and dads.
From the press release: "Inspired by J.K. Rowling’s compelling stories and characters – and faithful to the visual landscapes of the films – “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter” will provide a one-of-a-kind opportunity to experience the magical world of Harry and his friends. The fully immersive, themed land will enable guests to visit some of the most iconic locations found in the books and the films including the village of Hogsmeade, the mysterious Forbidden Forest, and even Hogwarts castle itself. "The plans I’ve seen look incredibly exciting, and I don’t think fans of the books or films will be disappointed," said J.K. Rowling.
"Expected to open in late 2009, the new environment will feature immersive rides and interactive attractions, as well as experiential shops and restaurants that will enable guests to sample fare from the wizarding world’s best known establishments. Also debuting will be a state-of-the-art attraction that will bring the magic, characters and stories of Harry Potter to life in an exciting way that guests have never before experienced."
Neato. This thing’s gonna be HUGE.