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Wizarding World Hollywood to Open April 7

December 8, 2015, 7:58 AM · Universal Studios Hollywood announced this morning that its Wizarding World of Harry Potter would open April 7, 2016.

Evanna Lynch, Luna Lovegood from the Harry Potter films, joined art director Alan Gilmore for a recorded announcement released via the park's YouTube channel.

The world's fourth wizarding world (following two in Orlando and one in Japan), will be based upon the Hogsmeade Village model of the original world at Universal Orlando's Islands of Adventure theme park. Its centerpiece attraction will be Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey, located within the land's iconic Hogwarts Castle. Unlike the original in Florida, Hollywood's version of this dark ride on "flying benches" will be in 3D, as is the version at Universal Studios Japan.

Each Monday, we've been featuring elements from the new land, most recently the Honeydukes sweet shop. And you can find all of our coverage of Universal's wildly popular Harry Potter lands, from initial development in Orlando through to Hollywood, in our booklet, Theme Park Insider Visits The Wizarding World of Harry Potter.

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Replies (12)

December 8, 2015 at 10:05 AM · i thought it will soft open on Christmas day for merchandise only?
December 8, 2015 at 11:05 AM · I've yet to see a review anywhere of the FJ 3D version now playing in Japan. Any readers here see it yet? If so, how was it?
December 8, 2015 at 11:41 AM · Hurray. This means I will likely visit the park in 1 to 2 years. It took me two years to visit Carsland after it opened. Lines are better at least 1 year after opening.
December 8, 2015 at 12:26 PM · That's a little later than I expected, but still in the general spring break timeframe I've been hearing for months. I think I'll try to visit in early/mid May when there might be a slight lull between opening crowds and summer crowds. I may be a little too optimistic, but while I certainly expect it to be popular I don't expect the same insane crowds Florida saw in 2010.
December 8, 2015 at 5:49 PM · How on earth does FJ work in 3D? More than half the ride is composed of physical effects.
December 8, 2015 at 1:09 PM · I posted this on the Discussion Forum this morning, but USA Today had an exclusive article this morning a few hours before the announcement with the opening date, and some additional p.r.-type details about the land.

http://www.usatoday.com/story/life/movies/2015/12/08/exclusive-hollywoods-wizarding-world-harry-potter-sets-its-opening-date/76752388/

December 8, 2015 at 7:22 PM · Many people seemed to think it was going to be March because of the black out dates on the annual passes. But, those dates are blacked out because that's Spring Break for Los Angeles Unified School District's 650,000 students.
December 9, 2015 at 12:32 AM · @Sylvain

Exactly why this is a baffling decision by Universal. The ride works beautifully without 3D. This will make 6 3D rides in USH. Too much 3D for my tastes.

December 9, 2015 at 4:44 AM · So starting April 7th, no one will ever go to USH again without seeing at least a dozen people wearing Harry Potter robes.
December 9, 2015 at 9:09 AM · Many 3D rides have practical effects. Where have you been? Terminator 3D, Spider-Man, Transformers. Even Disney's 3D movies have practical effects.
December 9, 2015 at 1:19 PM · Re-Anon.

No one ever said that there was anything wrong with 3D rides. But they become a problem when they take up so much of the park's lineup. Yes, Disney has their share of 3D rides, but they also have plenty of practical rides, a lot of which still hold up today. It gives the park a lot of diversity, and you need diversity to have a fully fleshed-out park that people from all different demographics can enjoy. USH doesn't really seem to have that at the moment.

December 10, 2015 at 7:03 AM · @66: I was addressing Sylvain. Your answer missed the mark.

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