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A Look At The Wizarding World of Harry Potter..Hagrid’s Hut Posted on Wed, Apr 07, 2010 @ 06:35 AM at Orlando Discount tiks blog

Take a Look at a couple of stuff at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter The Following courtesy of Orlando Attractions Magazine An authentic replica from the Harry Potter films, guests will pass by Hagrid’s Hut on their way to the Flight of the Hippogriff family-friendly roller coaster. Just before they board, Hagrid instructs guests on how to properly approach and fly on a Hippogriff. Hagrid’s Hut will be seen as part of a feature about The Wizarding World of Harry Potter on NBC’s The Celebrity Apprentice this Sunday, April 4. The Ellen DeGeneres Show aired a video today from within The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal’s Islands of Adventure. It offers the best look yet into the new land. You’ll see inside many of the stores, inside Hogwarts and a bit of the Flight of the Hippogriff ride. Still haven’t got your Universal Studios Orlando Tickets or a Vacation Package to visit Harry Potter and The Wizarding World opening June 18th?

By Mitch Stacy, Associated Press

The ride Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey is the heart of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, a new environment at Universal Orlando Resort in Florida that will bring the world of Harry Potter novels and movies to life. The new ride combines a new storyline with spectacular new technology so effectively that guests will be immersed in the experience. Film stars Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Emma Watson and others shot a piece of film just for the ride. (Associated Press)

ORLANDO, Fla. — The Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry will open to Muggles for the first time June 18. The Three Broomsticks Inn, Honeydukes sweets and all the other quirky shops in Hogsmeade village will open then, too.

That’s the day the non-wizarding public will be allowed to step into Universal’s The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, the much-anticipated new attraction that brings to life the weird, wonderful realm of the famous boy wizard.

All those Potterphiles who’ve been waiting for the day they could peer into the Gryffindor House common room, soar on Harry’s broomstick or quaff a butter beer in the Hog’s Head pub will not be disappointed.

The theme park attraction was created with the close collaboration of the set designers from the Potter movies, as well as with input from author J.K. Rowling, who first conjured the world in her imagination.

The scope and attention to detail are stunning, from the bizarre bric-a-brac displayed in headmaster Albus Dumbledore’s office, to the boxes of magic wands stacked in the window at Ollivander’s wand shop. (Located in Diagon Alley in the books, the shop was moved to Hogsmeade in Florida, with Rowling’s OK.)

“This is so authentic to what I experienced on the films that I find it hard to tell them apart,” said Alan Gilmore, who helped design sets for three of the Harry Potter movies before joining the attraction’s creative team. “I’m a stickler for detail, and I really haven’t let go of these guys until it was perfect.”

Not only that, but team members working on the park made a series of trips to Scotland to consult with the hands-on Rowling. She signed off on everything, from what would be displayed in the Hogsmeade shop windows to the recipes for the butter beer and pumpkin juice served in the restaurant at the Three Broomsticks and the Hog’s Head. Both libations, are absolutely delicious.

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter is within Universal’s Islands of Adventure theme park, so there’s no extra charge to step from The Lost Continent section right onto the cobblestones of Hogsmeade village, with its steep, snow-covered roofs, grimy crooked chimneys and menacing doorways. The Hogwarts Express locomotive belches steam at the train station nearby. Fans of the movies will recognize this place right away.

The ancient, foreboding castle that is Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry looms over the village, drawing visitors inside to the centerpiece of the attraction, a ride combining 360-degree filming techniques and sophisticated robotics to create the illusion of a magic flight with Harry and his wizarding pals Ron and Hermione.

Believe it or not, standing in line for the ride — called Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey — is half the fun. The queue snakes through the castle’s dungeon, up to the greenhouse (complete with potted mandrakes) and through a corridor to the soaring portrait gallery, where the quirky characters from Hogwarts’ past talk to each other and move from painting to painting.

From there, visitors move into Dumbledore’s office, where the headmaster welcomes Muggles — non-wizarding folks — to the castle for the first time. Dumbledore is on screen, but the illusion magically puts him right him right there in the room.

Next it’s the Defense Against the Dark Arts classroom, where Harry, Ron and Hermione — the movie actors appearing on-screen — intercept the group and invite everyone along for an adventure with them. The Gryffindor House common room is one of the last stops before the ride, which includes an encounter with the Whomping Willow, a narrow escape from a dragon attack and a Quidditch match.

The queue and ride are supposed to be an hour-long experience, but long lines may extend the wait time.

In addition to the Forbidden Journey ride, two outdoor roller coasters at the 20-acre Harry Potter attraction are there for adrenaline junkies who need a fix. Of course, the shops in Hogsmeade will provide ample retail opportunities for witches and wizards of all ages.

Universal announced the June 18 grand opening date, but the attraction will be open beginning May 28 for park guests who buy a special Harry Potter travel package. Some of those early dates may already be sold out. Those packages are still available via Universal’s Web site, (www.universalorlando.com/harrypotter).

Earlier today, we held a press conference at SeaWorld Orlando to discuss several things related to Wednesday’s killer whale incident and the death of our trainer, Dawn Brancheau.

We are in the process of creating, with Dawn’s family, the Dawn Brancheau Memorial Fund – a trust that will support the children’s charities she was so passionate about. We will provide additional details, over the coming weeks, but those who would like to contribute can send donations to:

Dawn Brancheau Memorial Fund
c/o U.S. Bank
P.O. Box 809231
Chicago, IL 60680-9231 

To update the status of the killer whale presentations at our SeaWorld parks: As you know, all direct interactions with these animals were suspended immediately after the incident in all three SeaWorld parks. This includes all show and most husbandry interactions, as well as our dining programs. We will resume performances of our killer whale show “Believe” on Saturday, Feb. 27, at SeaWorld Orlando, San Diego and San Antonio, but our trainers will not enter the water. Our dining programs will likely resume next week.

Regarding our preliminary findings in the investigation of Wednesday’s incident, we have initiated a thorough review of all of the procedures that guide our interactions with killer whales, and we have invited several colleagues from other marine mammal facilities to be part of that review. The findings of this group and the changes to our interaction procedures that result will be shared in due course. We will only resume in-water interactions with our killer whales after that review is complete and we have implemented any changes in procedure we feel will assure the safety of our training staff.

In light of some of the speculation we’ve seen in the media coverage over the past two days, it is important that I again stress that we provide the highest standard of care, and no animal is ever subjected to punishment in any form. Tilikum is no exception.

Once again, and on behalf of everyone in our company, I would like to express our deepest sympathies to Dawn’s family. This has been an extraordinarily difficult time for all of us at SeaWorld, but the grief we’re experiencing cannot compare to that of Dawn’s family. Our thoughts and prayers remain with her husband Scott and all of those closest to her.

Jim Atchison

Jim Atchison

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