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Robert Niles

Universal Orlando all but confirms interactive wands are coming to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter

Published: June 12, 2014 at 10:55 PM

A little over a year ago, we first told you about the possibility of Universal Orlando selling next-generation interactive wands as part of the debut of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter - Diagon Alley. Today, on Twitter, theme park fans found several posts that essentially confirm that the new wands are coming, to both Diagon Alley and the original Hogsmeade Wizarding World, as we'd reported.

First, a sharp-eyed observer notices some interesting new features embedded in the ground in Hogsmeade.

He posted several more images of the plaques, each featuring a Wizarding spell that could be cast at that point.

If that weren't enough, a Universal Orlando PR rep later tweeted about the training that they're getting for next week's media event.

Lest you might think that an unauthorized tweet, the official Universal Orlando Twitter account then retweeted it.

New wands and wandplay are coming to the Wizarding World. So that will be one more thing for us to review for you when we arrive in Orlando next week for the media debut of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter - Diagon Alley. Stay tuned!

Replies (8)

Daniel Etcheberry

Published: June 13, 2014 at 8:47 AM

Myrtle Beach's Magiquest has interactive wands that works inside the building as well as outside and around Broadway at the beach; the wand activates all kinds of gadgets. This technology is old, and when Hogsmeade opened, I was surprised that Universal didn't do it back then.
Json Son

Published: June 13, 2014 at 9:02 AM

my body is ready

Published: June 13, 2014 at 11:17 AM

Not impressed. Once you bring the wand home, you'll kick yourself for spending umpteen dollars for an otherwise stupid piece of plastic that does nothing. Into the landfill it'll go, and leach probably toxic metals from its battery/electronics components.
James Trexen

Published: June 13, 2014 at 11:33 AM

Robert, do you know anything about how the wand stations are going to work? Would one pad activate only one effect or multiple ones? The nice thing about Sorcerors at Magic Kingdom is that if there are people ahead of you, there are different videos so there aren't spoilers ahead.
Mark Hollamon

Published: June 13, 2014 at 3:02 PM

Glad they are introducing new technology, but they seriously need to do a complete overhaul of their current ticketing system as it is by far the worst I have encountered in the theme park industry.

Published: June 13, 2014 at 3:48 PM

Wow... a post about interactive wands and everyone complains....
Anon Mouse

Published: June 13, 2014 at 4:26 PM

Disney has the free playing cards. I asked for my own set when I visited Disney World back in May, but I didn't try it. I would love to see how Harry Potter works. It must surpass Disney's experience especially since you must pay for the wand.

Published: June 14, 2014 at 10:59 AM

Don't have anything to complain about... I feel left out. :-(

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