A First Glimpse of Hogwarts

aaMG_9995 FINAL.jpgI don’t typically go gaga for amusement parks, but this Hogwarts castle recreation at Universal Orlando Resort sent a tingle through my Muggle blood. When it’s finished, the castle will be the home of Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey, a “thrilling, state-of-the-art attraction” that Universal promises will use “groundbreaking technology” to “bring the magic, characters and stories of Harry Potter to life in ways never before experienced.”  (I hope that means visitors will fly). It’s part of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, due to open in spring 2010.

For Harry fans who prefer technology that was state-of-the-art in the 19th century, you can take a ride on the Jacobite Steam Train (aka Hogwarts Express) that chugs from Fort William to Mallaig in the Scottish Highlands, summers only (May to October). You’ll ride through the same spectacular scenery and cross familiar bridges, but you’ll have to bring your own Chocolate Frogs

Photo credit: Kevin Kolczynski, Universal Orlando Resort


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    March 22, 2013, 10:35 am

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    This is down straight awesome. My god my siblings are nutty for the Harry Porter sequel we just can’t get enough of it. Keep watching them altogether on weekends up till 5am in the morning. It is amazing and lunatic too. But this new creation will blow our minds off. I still can’t believe my eyes for reading this. It truly send a tingle down the spine knowing what a massive project and creation this will. They will definitely make huge bucks out of this new innovation.

  11. Robin
    February 14, 2010, 11:50 am

    Well done. That’s the castle of Harry Potter. I wish I could visit to the castle once.
    Glimpse of Hogwarts

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    February 1, 2010, 1:25 pm

    I have been counting down the months (and years) for this park to open, and from what I have been reading, it looks like it won’t let me down. Although I am a die hard Disney Fan, I think this park will also boost Disney sales. I have been reading many articles about how disney stands to lose a lot of profit when this park opens, but I beg to differ. Most likely it will bring in visitors who otherwise would not visit Orlando, but it is also going to bring people to Orlando in genral. And, what family is going to spend their time and money going to Orlano without visiting disney. Disney also has a hold over Universal with their budget friendly resorts. I have a planned trip to Disney in May, but I am planning an additional trip in the fall to visit universal after the crazyness of the opening has died down. So I plan to book really goo drates at a disney resort and visit the Harry Potter world as well. Very Excited!