Harry Potter's magical world is brought to life at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Orlando.
Based on the <i>Harry Potter</i> books and films, The Wizarding World of Harry Potter is a $200-million theme-park at Universal Orlando that had its grand opening on June 18, 2010. The park includes rides like the Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey, Dragon Challenge and Flight of the Hippogriff. Diagon Alley, a new section of the theme park, opens July 8, 2014.
In the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, Diagon Alley is the newest theme-park feature, which includes the thrill ride, Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts. This attraction combines 360-degree themed sets, high-definition animation, state-of-the-art 3-D projection systems and live effects with characters and moments form the final <i>Harry Potter</i> book and film. And make sure you visit Gringotts Bank (pictured) -- it’s the only bank in the Wizarding World owned and operated by goblins.
Hop aboard the Knight Bus if you’re a stranded member of the wizarding community. To hail the bus, a witch or wizard can just stick their wand up in the air in the same manner that a muggle would do to hail a taxi. It is possible to book tickets for travel on the bus in advance.
Actor Daniel Radcliffe, who plays Harry Potter in the films, leads a group of enthusiastic fans through the park.
The Harry Potter theme park re-creates the picturesque Hogsmeade village with shops and restaurants based on the books.
Hogwarts school majestically towers over the theme park, bringing the tales of Harry and friends to life.
The Hogwarts portrait gallery is just as described in the books with talking portraits of wizards decorating the walls.
Guests get a peek at Dumbledore's office tucked inside Hogwarts castle where the magic happens.
The Hogwarts Express waits to transport young wizards at Hogsmeade Station at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter.
Guests can view a re-creation of Hagrid's Hut on their way to ride the Flight of the Hippogriff.
<i>Harry Potter</i> stars, including Emma Watson, enjoy a pint of frothy Butterbeer at the Hog's Head Pub.
Harry Potter himself (actor Daniel Radcliffe) takes a spin on the family-friendly coaster the Flight of the Hippogriff.
Guests make their way to Dragon Challenge, 2 dueling roller coasters that twist, turn and careen toward each other.
Harry Potter fanatics will swoon for a glimpse of the Goblet of Fire and Twiwizard Cup housed in the champion's tent.
Upon leaving Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey, guests can browse at Filch's Emporium of Confiscated Goods.
Visitors can rest their legs and observe the roosting owls at the Owlery across from the Three Broomsticks.