Hogwarts castle exterior complete at Universal's Islands of Adventure
Universal Orlando sent along a photo of the now-completed exterior of Hogwarts Castle in Islands of Adventure
The castle will be the home of the new Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey ride in the Wizarding World of Harry Potter land that will open at the park this spring.
I can't wait for this to open - we are trying to plan a vacation accordingly!
Beautiful in itself, but very out-of-place in the park. All of the other islands, with the exception of Jurassic Park, feature bright, colorful landscapes and backdrops. Jurassic Park does not, but, unlike Hogwarts, has no structures that can be seen all around the park.
Let me take another view: I've always been a bit disappointed with the way that the various land at IOA have blended together. To me, they *should be* separate "islands," visually distinct from one another. That's what makes the park "Islands of Adventure." So I'm glad to see Universal finally doing something to realize that original concept.
Universal is by far my favorite theme park empire,and FINALLY completeing the castle is another step towards the openning of WWHP.Also I just came back from UO and the castle is truly amazing.
absolutley stunning, makes me very excited and i can not wait to go back to florida! planning my next trip for 2011
It is so amazing that I am almost considering adding a few days for Universal during my May visit to Orlando. If it just hadn't been for that RRR fiasco last year....
The castle does look great. Looks like they aren't skimping on this. They are clearly aiming to make Potter one of their key draws for years to come. Hopefully the ride itself will live up to expectations.
Wow it actually looks like the artists renderings.. thats damn impressive!
I agree with Joshua on this one. It could have been disguised a little. Not only would it then not impact on other areas of the Park by providing an unwanted backdrop but it might also have added to it's own mystique.
Thanks, Rob P. Couldn't have put it better.
I say let's do it, Rob. Send me the scan and I'll post it.
I wonder how big this Hogwarts castle is compared to the Magic Kingdom...
i heard that the first 10 riders on the new harry potter ride get a date with maggie smith
Maggie Smith is hot, Luis. I'll take that deal.
My Dad once danced with Maggie Smith at a party at the Old VIc theatre !!
On another note: our very own Mr. Niles was quoted not once, but twice, in today's article about the Harry Potter expansion in the USA Today! Kudos to our founding father for his ascension into stardom!
Im so excited for it to open but i was wondering would you be able to stay inside the castle/Hogwarts? Like you can stay in the cinderella castle overnight, are you going to be able to do that at Hogwarts?
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