Since the first Wizarding World of Harry Potter debuted at Universal Orlando Resort’s Islands of Adventure in 2010, muggles from all over the globe flocked to Florida to step into the world of J.K. Rowling’s beloved story about the Boy Who Lived. The magic kept going in 2014 when an identical themed area appeared at Universal Studios Japan and brand new Diagon Alley expansion was added to Universal Studios Florida, but now California is finally getting in on the action.
First announced in 2011 after the initial success of the first theme park attraction, the construction began on Universal Studios Hollywood’s Wizarding World in 2013 as part of a $500 million expansion that includes more backlot office space, production facilities, and more. While no opening date was revealed during that announcement, a new press release issued this week states that Hogwarts Castle will open it’s doors in Spring 2016.
Just like it’s east coast counterpart, shops like Honeydukes and Ollivanders, restaurants like the Hog’s Head and the Three Broomsticks (which will be stocked with Butterbeer), the ‘Flight of the Hippogriff’ outdoor roller coaster, and the land’s signature ride ‘Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey’ will all make their way west. The only difference between the two parks is that this version of the area’s main attraction will be presented in hyper-realistic 3D-HD, which will involve guests sporting Quidditch-inspired 3D goggles for the ride. Check out a sneak peek of the upcoming area courtesy of some concept art in the gallery below:
Will you be among the first to experience the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios Hollywood? Which attractions are you most looking forward to seeing? Let us know in the comments.