2015 – Harry Potter Goes to Hollywood
Update: (Dec. 5) Universal Studios Hollywood has announced a press event for 11 am, Tuesday, Dec. 6 to make the announcement. Governor Jerry Brown will be there with pretty much all of Universal, Warner Bros. and Universal Orlando and Universal Studios Hollywood management to have a "Butterbeer toast."
2015 is shaping up to be an incredible year for theme parks. Of the parks that receive regular mention on this site, the current list is Shanghai Disneyland and Avatar Land at Disney’s Animal Kingdom.
What we are currently hearing from very reputable news sources is that a new Harry Potter Land is going to open at Universal Studios Hollywood in 2015 in a deal that should be finalized in the next couple of weeks.
The biggest questions are where is it going to go and what is it going to include. To answer those questions, I must point out that this is a very fluid situation that has yet to be officially announced, but what we are hearing is that it will be somewhat similar to the Harry Potter Land at Islands of Adventure. Whether that means that Hollywood is getting robotic arms and dueling coasters is anyone’s guess. The only thing that we can bank on at this point is an immersive village where they serve Butterbeer someplace.
I hope that they dont build a Hogwarts there. I thought the whole premise was for it to be a unique experience. Its supposed to be THE Hogwarts Castle. It completely ruins that if there are two of them.
What's really intriguing about this is what the response from Disney will be. Will this force them to accelerate some e-ticket attraction to open the same year so as to not concede the spotlight to Universal? Maybe push up phase 2 of California Adventure?
This attraction will elevate the theme park significantly beyond its current perception. It is mostly a locals park, but it is very attractive to the tourist crowd who loves movies from the traditional Hollywood.
We did a 'what would you do?' post a while back where we tried to shoehorn Potter into USH. It's a tough fit. But you better believe I'll be asking Thierry Coup about this when I interview him this afternoon. (Yep, I'm on Singapore now at USS.)
I'm sold! I hope it does happen. Considering the economy right now, it's difficult for people to travel across the nation to see Hogwarts. Yes, it might take away from the unique-ness of Florida's Hogwarts, but I have no problem with this. Heck, I wish they would bring MIB to Hollywood too!
Great! I'm glad to see that USH will get more than just Transformers. With the DCA expansion,USH is really getting pushed far back. A different(improved?) HP world would be great to see, but if it turns out to be a near copy(minus the dueling dragons due to space), Disneyland will continue to top the park everywhere(from what i can tell from reviews, photos, etc...). Transformers will be great, but with the cutbacks, it won't stand up to carsland or the rest of the DCA expansion. This will force Disneyland to do something regardless due to the HP fanbase. DCA phase two would be great, but i think a constant improvement throughout will be enough(at least 2 new C+ ticket attractions per year for a while). However, I hope HP isn't all that USH has up their sleeve, and if it is, I hope they make it better than the original.
Don't put it at california leave it in flordia theres something better you can do!
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WHAT!? NO! We dont need it. We need something new. Orlando already has it. We need something new if we want to bring in more people. The Orlando people will have no reason to visit Hollywood. They already have one. Ours would probably just be a smaller version of it.
This is great news. Universal could rip out an entire side of the upper lot for HP land. Will anyone really miss Shrek 4D? I'm hopeful there will not be a non-dueling Dragons coaster, and instead there is a family dark ride, in addition to Forbidden Journey and a show. I think it will be an improvement in Florida, and the country is big enough to easily support two HP lands on opposite coasts just as there are two Magic Kingdoms.
I do not think they will rip out existing rides for Harry Potter. It is much too costly and it will take too long. Besides, I think the park is ripe for an expansion. USH is much too small of a park to be competitive with Disney's two parks in Anaheim. The potential for USH to be an equal competitor to Disney is much too enticing to pass up.
Anon Mouse, you should do some research because it's apparent that you don't know anything about the situation with Universal's neighbors and the limitations that are imposed on the upper lot. Fireworks displays? Yeah, right. Theme park expansion in the upper studio lot. Not going to happen.
Eric: There's nothing factual about anything you written. IF you had facts, you would present them instead of asking me to do your work based on how you feel about the situation. Prove what you wrote, then I'll respond.
I say use the War of the World and Jurassic Park set area. They have a good amount of room there to build hogsmead and the castle. You can use the hogwarts express train to take them over to hogsmead.
Here's something interesting.
It really bugs me when theme parks do this. I totally understand why, but why don't they just do something else? Islands of Adventure is supposed to be the only place you can experience (currently) the 'magic' of Harry Potter without all the 'This is how we made the film' stuff.
I'm torn on this one. I loved Wizarding World in Orlando, when my wife and i went last year we had a blast. It would be cool to have chocolate frogs and butterbeer here in SoCal where we live, but I have a feeling that everything else will just be a smaller carbon copy....but I hope I'm wrong.
So...does this count as a contractually obligated expansion? Or is this just Universal exercising its right to open lands in other parks? If it's the first option then I'm with Vader on the NOOO! As an Orlando Potterhead, this does not work for me! If this is option two and WWoHP is still getting an expansion (with gringotts coaster!) then I am okay with it. I will say that if they do build Hogwarts in Hollywood, I would appreciate it if they could finish building Hogwarts in Orlando first - I think they forgot a few buckets of paint to cover up a giant white building we've got here...
Here's what i think, get rid of the golf course that's located on the backlot, and use it to make the WWoHP, and have trams drop/pick you up, it's like HHN, they did that with Terror Tram, so they should do that
Lakeside Golf Club is a private golf club and Universal doesn't own the property. The club is surrounded by residences. Also, it is separated from the Universal Backlot by a storm channel.
Some crazy ideas about where to put this attraction or land. In reality there are only 2 places to do this. Both on the upper lot.
Wonder why no ones suggested expanding the entrance out over the remaining surface lots DCA style.
This was very much on the cards seeing how much extra profit Universal Florida made in Harry Potter lands first year the only question was how much money Universal was going to want to pay J.K Rowling for the privlidge of having the rights to exploit this lucrative venture.
I really like USH 1st because it's an actual movie studio not a tourist location & also it's impressive how they've actually managed to make the 1st theme park here.
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