Harry Potter stars shooting film footage in England for new theme park rides
Work is coming along on the new Harry Potter ride for Orlando
And I'm not just talking about construction inside Universal Studios Florida. British media are reporting that the stars of the Harry Potter films are working at the Warner Bros studios in Leavesden shooting footage for the new Harry Potter rides in Florida and California.
Tom Felton (Draco Malfoy) and Michael Gambon (Dumbledore) at the opening of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Orlando in June 2010.
Uh, California? Japan? (Cue the record scratch.)
We've known that the Gringotts coaster that will be the centerpiece of the Diagon Alley land that's under construction at USF would need new film footage as part of the ride. (Concept art suggests that it will make the first appearance by Voldemort in one of the Harry Potter attractions.) But the reference to Universal Studios Hollywood's Wizarding World in the story leads one to wonder if California will be getting the Gringotts coaster in lieu of or perhaps in addition to the Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey ride that's housed in Hogwarts Castle at Universal Orlando's Islands of Adventure. Or if California's getting something completely different, instead. Same for Japan. (*The post has been updated to include the USJ reference.)
(Thanks to reader Duncan Henny for the tip.)
This was reported yesterday in Australia as well.
I think it's going to be a couple of extra add-ons for FJ at Universal Hollywood. I'd love it to be a whole new ride - but the cynic in me doubts it. I doubt they would use Gringrotts at Hollywood over FJ, when they have a tried and tested attraction to copy from Orlando.
An insider from Orlando United announced the ride will be 4K 3D. I don't think USH and USJ will be getting both Gringotts and FJ (I'm leaning on FJ for them).
Who knows, it's great to hear they are filming more footage.
O T, the Gringotts ride system will make FJ's robotic arms look like it's a small world.
I'd be somewhat surprised if USH installed a Gringott's coaster and no Forbidden Journey. If they're building a Harry Potter themed area and Hogwarts isn't accessable (even if it is present), I doubt it would go over very well. However, I wouldn't be surprised if instead USH gets a different dark ride inside the castle (or even just Forbidden Journey with some alternate scenes). It's pretty unlikely they'd install both, at least initially.
Maybe it's all about the castle. If people will come to Florida from all over the world to see Hogwarts castle why flood the market with more castles?
@126.96.36.199, Gringotts will have 10x more advanced technology than FJ, so FJ would actually be cheaper.
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