Harry Potter coming to Universal Studios Hollywood

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Harry Potter coming to Universal Studios Hollywood

Postby Tink » Tue Jun 02, 2015 4:40 pm

Universal Studios Hollywood announced a major expansion with Harry Potter coming out to the west coast. Hollywood's version of the Forbidden Journey ride is slated to be even better than it's Orlando counterpart.

When the Wizarding World of Harry Potter opens at Universal Studios Hollywood next year, it will feature an upgraded version of the attraction at its sister parks in Orlando.

The biggest change will be adding 3-D to the wildly popular Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey, said Mark Woodbury, president of Universal Creative.
"With the new Wizarding World of Harry Potter introduction, we are building a land that utilizes the latest in technology advancements to bring the experience to life in the most realistic and authentic way possible," he said during a news conference Wednesday morning.

Woodbury wouldn't confirm that Orlando's ride would be upgraded.
"That's a really interesting idea," he said. "Well, today's all about the Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Hollywood, and stay tuned."

At the Hollywood attraction, visitors will don Quidditch-inspired goggles for the ride, which will spiral and pivot 360-degrees on an elevated track.
The new experience, Woodbury said, will bring riders closer to characters in the 3-D film. The story line will be the same as the Orlando ride, he said. That means riders will face a Whomping Willow, battle Dementors and ride along with the titular character Harry Potter on the Quidditch pitch.

"(Riders are) being propelled right into the action instead of just watching it," said Woodbury.
This will be the fourth Wizarding World of Harry Potter, joining Hogsmeade worlds in Orlando and Japan, and Diagon Alley in Orlando.

Woodbury said the ride is among the most popular in the Universal brand, but Universal Studios Hollywood officials still wanted to upgrade the experience.
Orlando's ride is different partly because the advanced technology wasn't available when it was built more than five years ago.

"The technology wasn't there, but it's like what I said, even though you have something that is like a polished diamond you look for ways to even make it better next time," said Woodbury. "So we started experimenting with 3-D technology on it and as we looked at it closely and the results were really extraordinary; we thought, 'Go for it.' "

The Universal Studios Hollywood park will also include the following shops: Honeydukes, Ollivanders wand shop, Owl Post, Zonko's Joke Shop, Wiseacre's Wizarding Equipment, Dervish and Banges, Gladrags Wizardwear and Filch's Emporium of Confiscated Goods.

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Re: Harry Potter coming to Universal Studios Hollywood

Postby whiteshadow » Wed Jun 03, 2015 7:26 pm

I wonder if they'll have any live music / bands playing still at the California version ?

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