RIDES!!! Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey – Won Best Attraction 2010 Flight of the Hippogriff – Less intense rollercoaster. Bring your grandma. Dragon Challenge – Used to be Dueling Dragons before transformed. – Pick between the Hungarian Horntail (blue) or the Chinese Fireball (red)
The Forbidden Journey Line goes through the castle Talking portraits Moving pictures/Newspapers Dumbledore’s Office DADA Room Gryffindor Common Room Holographic Videos of Characters So freaking cool.
This Ride is So Kick-Ass, It Gets 2 Slides Soar above Hogwarts, Forbidden Forest, and the Quidditch pitch Be chased by a dragon Get spit on by Aragorn Be chased by Dementors Be scared out of your freaking pants “Save the day”
SHOPS Honeydukes Zonko’s Dervish and Bangs Flich’s Emporium of Confiscated Goods
Bertie Botts Every Flavor Beans at Honeydukes Chocolate Frog
OLLIVANDERS Hour – 2 Hour wait to “get in” the shop. Lies. Shelves FILLED with “wands” Special Effects are at a max Actors to impersonate Olivander and his assistant. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5 whe9XtdQgwhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5 whe9XtdQgw 2.25
Fine Dining The Three Broomsticks – Pumpkin Juice – Butterbeer Frozen or regular – Cauldron Cakes – Turkey Legs – Fish and Chips – Cornish Pasties
Opening Day June 18, 2010 JKR, Radcliffe, Grint, Felton, Wright 6 hour wait to get into HP Park 35 min. wait outside Ollivanders = 5 min. inside. 1 in 10 visitors were in Hogwarts garb. 265 million dollar construction cost Universal hopes to raise attendance Universal VP, Alice Norsworthy, said “[the theme park] established itself as the most spectacular themed environment in the world.”
What the Guests Thought Deborah Kolleya, 48, from Birmingham, Ala., “[My family and I] wanted to actually experience the magic,” “So much better than I could have imagined it,” Paige Passantino, 18, Charleston, NC Blythe Passantino, 21, tearfully said,“I really wanted to live here; it was so much better than our real lives.”
Entertainment Frog Choir Beauxbatons Durmstrang Peppy staff with accents
Brendan Fraser enjoying an ice-cold Butterbeer.