Universal Studios Launches New Dark Arts Show

There is no need to use Veritaserum to discover the truth that the Wizarding World parks are big business at Image result for dark arts universal studios orlandoOrlando’s Universal Studios parks. The Diagon Alley area, located in the original Universal Studios Park, features Muggle versions of many of the shops in Harry’s world, along with the ever-popular Escape from Gringotts ride. The Hogwarts Express will take guests (as long as they have tickets that will get them into both parks) to the Hogsmeade section of the Universal Islands of Adventure theme park. Here guests can join Harry on the Forbidden Adventure ride, or on Flight of the Hippogriff, or even on the newly opened Hagrid’s Motorbike Adventure. Tonight, Universal will debut a new attraction at Hogwarts Castle (located in the Islands of Adventure if you are having trouble keeping up). Join us after the jump to talk about the new Dark Arts show and what it means, aside from the obvious—more money for Universal. [Read more…]

Wizarding World coming to the West Coast

After the phenomenal success of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at the Universal Studios Theme Park in Orlando, Florida, it should come as no surprise that Universal is planning to open a companion section at the park in California. There are also plans underway to expand the Orlando park. Since these plans will not come to fruition for some years, it seems safe to say that, as we’ve predicted here for some time, we’ll be seeing Harry’s world as a permanent part of our culture, much like the elements of Disney World that come from films made long ago (my daughter was fascinated to learn that Sleeping Beauty and Cinderella, not to mention the venerable Snow White, are older than Mommy). Unlike the many come-and-go-attractions at Universal, the ones that change with trends and popularity, it seems safe to say that Harry is here to stay. (Hat Tip to James!)

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