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Wizarding World of Harry Potter to open at Universal Studios Japan on July 15

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Published: April 18, 2014 at 6:44 AM

Universal Studios Japan in Osaka announced today that its Wizarding World of Harry Potter will open on July 15. Caroline Kennedy (US ambassador to Japan and daughter of President John Kennedy), Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Evanna Lynch (Luna Lovegood in the Harry Potter films) and Harry Potter production designer Stuart Craig made the announcement in an evening ceremony today in front of the park's new Hogwarts Castle.

Harry Potter announcement date
Photo courtesy Universal Studios Japan

The park also announced a Twitter contest for early access to the new land, which will be the second or third Wizarding World of Harry Potter to open, depending upon when The Wizarding World of Harry Potter - Diagon Alley opens at Universal Studios Florida. The Hollywood version will follow in 2016, leaving Universal Studios Singapore as the only Universal theme park without a Wizarding World under construction. For now, at least.

Readers' Opinions

From TROY DAVIDSON on April 18, 2014 at 10:46 AM
Wow it seems like their construction was pretty quick! I would love to see pictures and be able to compare their build to the Orlando build.
From Robert Niles on April 18, 2014 at 11:23 AM
You can do a virtual walk-through of the new land on USJ's website at www.usj.co.jp/harrypotter. The descriptions are in Japanese, but the intro video and logos are all in English, so you'll find your way around fine.
From 115.65.23.171 on April 20, 2014 at 1:58 AM
Do you think there will be a soft opening for this? I leave on July 12th and desperately want to go before I leave :(

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