The Wizarding World Of Harry Potter Unveils Grand Opening Date & Exciting Details!

We featured a sneak peak into the new Wizarding World Of Harry Potter last month, however the opening date wasn’t yet finalized. Now, not only has Universal Orlando Resort revealed the opening date (June 18th), they have also given us some exciting details into this highly anticipated attraction!

What is expected to be one the most exciting theme park experiences ever created:  Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey, will be one of the three themed attractions within the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. The other two will include the Flight of the Hippogriff and Dragon Challenge.

The revolutionary 360-degree theme park experience offers the first-ever combination of live-action, advanced robotic technology and innovative filmmaking – specially designed and developed for this brand-new adventure.

A newly created ride system envelops guests in filmed action scenes and moves those scenes with them as they travel through the ride, allowing more time in the center of the adventure and with their favorite characters.  This fusion of robotic technology and filmed scenes has never been achieved until now.  In some cases, the technology used was invented specifically to achieve the highest level of guest experience.

The Adventure

…meeting Harry, Ron and Hermione as if they were in person
…soaring over Hogwarts castle with Harry
…being swept into a Quidditch match
…feeling the chilling effect of a Dementor
…exploring your favorite places inside Hogwarts castle
…living adventures you’ve only been able to imagine – until now.

The Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey experience starts as soon as you walk through the gates of Hogwarts.  Within the towering Hogwarts castle, you explore a truly magical place. You journey through iconic locations taken from the films and take in the extraordinary detail of each scene.  They include:

Dumbledore’s office: Here, you meet the Headmaster as he welcomes you to Hogwarts.

Hagrid’s Hut

Room of Requirement: Here, with hundreds of floating candles above, you take your seat on an enchanted bench and begin the Forbidden Journey.

In the Defence Against the Dark Arts classroom, you first meet Harry, Ron and Hermione and in the Gryffindor common room, you meet three additional characters who prepare you for your journey.

Other locations: In addition, guests will pass through the Dungeon passageway and hallways of Hogwarts where they will have the chance to see hundreds of wizard portraits from the films, including several magical talking portraits created exclusively for The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, including the four founders of Hogwarts. Guests will even get a glimpse of the Sorting Hat.

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