The Wizarding World of Harry Potter (Universal Studios Hollywood)

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The Wizarding World of Harry Potter
Wizarding World of Harry Potter logo.png
Universal Studios Hollywood
Coordinates 34°08′17.50″N 118°21′11.64″W / 34.1381944°N 118.3532333°W / 34.1381944; -118.3532333Coordinates: 34°08′17.50″N 118°21′11.64″W / 34.1381944°N 118.3532333°W / 34.1381944; -118.3532333
Status Under construction
Opening date 2016[1]
Replaced Gibson Amphitheatre[2]
The Adventures of Curious George
General statistics
Attraction type Themed area
Designer Universal Creative
Theme Harry Potter

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter is a themed area to be built at Universal Parks & Resorts' Universal Studios Hollywood theme park near Los Angeles, California. It was announced on December 6, 2011.[3]

Background[edit]

Previous attraction attempts[edit]

The concept of a Harry Potter–themed attraction at a Universal Studios park was reportedly first discussed within the company in the late 1990s or early 2000s.[4] However, the rights to the Harry Potter franchise had been acquired by Warner Bros. at the time.[5] In January 2007, About.com reported a rumor from a "highly credible source" that the Islands of Adventure park's Lost Continent area was going to be re-themed "to the stories and characters of one of the most popular children's franchises".[6] Other sources followed up in the next few days with unofficial confirmation that the new area would involve Harry Potter, and that it was being developed under the name "Project Strong Arm" in reference to the KUKA robotic arm technology it would utilise.[7][8] On May 31, 2007, Universal (in partnership with Warner Bros.) officially announced The Wizarding World of Harry Potter would be added to Islands of Adventure.[9][10][11][12] After a two-and-a-half year construction period, the area officially opened to the public on June 18, 2010.[13][14] This resulted in attendance at the park jumping approximately 50% in its first year of operation.[15]

A replica of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry will be built at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. Islands of Adventure's replica is pictured.

Rumors and official announcement[edit]

On December 1, 2011, the Wall Street Journal reported a rumor from "people familiar with the matter" that Universal Studios Hollywood was going to add their version of Islands of Adventure's Wizarding World of Harry Potter.[16] The report also detailed the possibility that Universal Parks & Resorts would open additional Harry Potter-themed areas at Universal Studios Singapore and Universal Studios Japan as well as a location in Spain.[16] This report was widely relayed by other media sources.[17][18][19] On December 6, 2011, Universal Studios Hollywood announced The Wizarding World of Harry Potter.[3] Universal Parks & Resorts executives Tom Williams and Ron Meyer were accompanied by Warner Bros. executives, the Governor of California Jerry Brown as well as James and Oliver Phelps who played the Weasley twins in the films.[20] The announcement came with very few details of what would be built, however, it did confirm that the Gibson Amphitheatre would be demolished and a re-creation of Hogwarts and Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey would be constructed.[2][1] The last show at the Gibson Amphitheatre was held on September 6, 2013 prior to its closure and subsequent demolition.

On April 23, 2013, NBCUniversal made the final step by receiving a unanimous vote in approval of the 25-year expansion by the county Board of Supervisors. This $1.6 billion expansion is expected to greatly boost tourism and the local entertainment industry. It will also create 30,000 jobs during the time of construction. [21]


See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b MacDonald, Brady (December 6, 2011). "It's official: Harry Potter land to debut at Universal Studios Hollywood". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved December 6, 2011. 
  2. ^ a b Nakashima, Ryan (December 6, 2011). "Poof! Harry Potter park to appear in Hollywood". USA Today. Retrieved December 6, 2011. 
  3. ^ a b "Hogwarts Coming to Hollywood". Press Release. Universal Studios Hollywood. December 6, 2011. Retrieved December 6, 2011. 
  4. ^ Hill, Jim (August 15, 2003). "Why For?". JimHillMedia.com. Retrieved May 19, 2010. 
  5. ^ Clarke, Susan Strother (August 8, 2003). "Aol Lawyers Cast Spell On Rumors". Orlando Sentinel. Retrieved December 7, 2011. 
  6. ^ Levine, Arthur (January 28, 2007). "Universal to Float New Island at its Florida Park". About.com. Retrieved May 19, 2010. 
  7. ^ Hart, Lance (February 1, 2007). "Harry Potter / Lost Continent Transformation". Screamscape. Archived from the original on February 3, 2007. Retrieved May 19, 2010. 
  8. ^ Hill, Jim (February 5, 2007). "Monday Mouse Watch: You'll believe a car can fly". JimHillMedia.com. Retrieved May 19, 2010. 
  9. ^ "Harry Potter theme park planned". BBC News. May 31, 2007. 
  10. ^ Sturcke, James (May 31, 2007). "Harry Potter theme park to open in Florida". The Guardian. Retrieved May 19, 2010. 
  11. ^ "Harry Potter theme park swoops to Fla.". USA Today. May 31, 2007. Retrieved May 19, 2010. 
  12. ^ Albright, Mark (July 1, 2007). "A whole new magic kingdom". St. Petersburg Times. Retrieved May 19, 2010. 
  13. ^ Garcia, Jason. "Big day is here: Universal hopes Harry Potter's magic will last". Orlando Sentinel. Retrieved July 10, 2010. 
  14. ^ "Wizarding World of Harry Potter theme park opens". Australia Times. June 19, 2010. Retrieved December 2, 2011. 
  15. ^ Associated Press (7 December 2011). "Potter Park to Appear in Hollywood". ABC News. Retrieved 7 December 2011. 
  16. ^ a b Schuker, Lauren A. E. (December 1, 2011). "Second 'Harry Potter' Park Planned". Wall Street Journal. Retrieved December 2, 2011. 
  17. ^ Associated Press (December 2, 2011). "Harry Potter attraction on way to Universal Studios Hollywood after successful Orlando debut". Washington Post. Retrieved December 2, 2011. 
  18. ^ Serjeant, Jill (December 1, 2011). "Harry Potter theme parks set to expand: report". Reuters. Retrieved December 2, 2011. 
  19. ^ Fritz, Ben (November 30, 2011). "Harry Potter attraction coming to Universal Studios Hollywood". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved December 2, 2011. 
  20. ^ Bevil, Dewayne (December 6, 2011). "Wizarding World of Harry Potter to expand at Universal Orlando". Baltimore Sun. Retrieved December 6, 2011. 
  21. ^ Villacorte, Christina (April 23, 2013). "Harry Potter coming to Universal Studios Hollywood". Daily News. Retrieved April 23, 2013. 

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