Coming soon: ‘Harry Potter’ theme park
London: ‘Harry Potter’ fans can soon experience the thrills of the adventures of the hugely popular boy wizard, for a new theme park based on the hit franchise is set to open next year.
The theme park, called ‘The Wizarding Worlds of Harry Potter’, is set to open in spring 2010 at Universal Studios, the Orlando resort has announced.
The park is being developed in coordination with J.K. Rowling, the author of the immensely successful books, which have been adapted into films.
Recreating the fabled Hogwarts school that Potter and his friends attend, as well as the nearby village of Hogsmeade, the theme park promises a "completely immersive environment" for visitors.
"All of the action and adventures of Harry Potter`s world will come to life here at Universal Orlando Resort," the Telegraph quoted Tom Williams, chairman and CEO of Universal Parks and Resorts, as saying.
"The Wizarding World of Harry Potter will be unlike any other experience on earth," he added.
In fact, visitors at a replica of the Three Broomsticks, one of Hogsmeade``s popular pubs, will be treated to traditional British fare and have the chance to sip on Butterbeer - Potter``s tipple of choice.
The park will also feature theme rides, including the ``Flight of the Hippogriff``, which will simulate a training flight on the magical, quick-to-offend creature.
Those who lobed the fast-paced wizard sport Quidditch, will also have a chance to participate in a simulated Triwizard Tournament, as well as examine Quidditch equipment and even the elusive Golden Snitch at several Hogsmeade shops.
"Harry Potter continues to spark the imaginations of fans of all ages and we really have seen the anticipation continue to build for The Wizarding World of Harry Potter," said Brad Globe, president of Warner Bros. Consumer Products.
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