The Wizarding World of Harry Potter

For Harry Potter fans The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Orlando Resort is a must see. Walking through Diagon
“We hope we made J.K. Rowling proud with this flavor.”
The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™ at Universal Studios Hollywood opened last week and we couldn't be more excited. Yes, we're geeked-out Harry Potter fans here at FoodieandWine.com.
"Take -- for example -- the first flying scene over Hogwarts Castle. Thanks to 3D-HD, we were able to go back into that ride
Right from the beginning, that was Universal's goal with its Florida theme parks. Create ground-breaking attractions which really pushed the boundaries when it came to technology. Place their guests right in the middle of their favorite movies & stories and then give these folks a visceral yet intimate experience.
Fans of The Simpsons have been dreaming for decades now about getting the chance to visit Springfield. Well, that dream became a reality back on April 2nd of this year when Springfield officially opened at Universal Studios Hollywood.
As a self-professed Harry Potter fanatic, I spent many hours reading and dreaming about JK Rowling's imaginary but very intricate world, collecting, consuming as many details as my brain would allow.
Today Universal Orlando officials changed their minds. They're finally revealed what they're building right next door to Universal's Cabana Bay Beach. Which will be the Resort's third park, Universal's Volcano Bay.
As the Boy Who Lived is exploring the Burrow, he notices that "the old radio next to the sink had just announced that coming up was 'Witching Hour, with the popular singing sorceress Celestina Warbeck.'" And with that one line of text, Universal Entertainment finally found a solution for a challenge that had been plaguing the Diagon Alley project.
So maybe it's not just Hollywood creatives who are newly aware of what Universal Parks & Resorts can do. But a whole new generation of theme park fans who have finally learned to appreciate the Universal difference.
the folks at Universal Creative have certainly stayed true to Ms. Rowling's original vision for the Leaky Cauldron. For -- as I made my way into The Wizarding World of Harry Potter - Diagon Alley yesterday in a very special luncheon -- I damn near walked right by the entrance.
Let's cut to the chase here: Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts (i.e. the feature attraction for Diagon Alley, that new Harry Potter-themed land that will be opening at Universal Studios Florida later this summer) isn't just a thrill ride. It's really Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2.1.
If you're going strictly by attendance levels as well as the amount of money this theme park pulled in during its brief life span, then Hard Rock Park clearly was a failure. If -- on the other hand -- you're going by what happened in themed entertainment circles after 2008... Well, that's where this story gets complicated.
It seems kind of counter-intuitive to use a plane to promote a train. But that's exactly what the Universal Orlando Resort did earlier this week. They jetted James & Oliver Phelps (AKA the two talented Brits who played Fred & George Weasley in the "Harry Potter" film series) all over the globe.