Hogsmeade, Take Three

April 6, 2016, 9:57 PM · Fans started lining up late Wednesday afternoon for Thursday morning's opening of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios Hollywood. This will be Universal's fourth Potter-themed land, and its third installation of the iconic village of Hogsmeade. But while this is Universal's third take on its original wizarding world, it's not an exact copy.

Universal Creative designers Mark Woodbury, Thierry Coup, and Alan Gilmore talked this morning about the changes that Universal made in building its third version of Hogsmeade.

When asked about the enhancements to the Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey ride Universal made in Hollywood — including the addition of 3D imagery and expanded Dementor scenes — Woodbury said Universal had no plans to retrofit the Orlando original.

"We really like the idea of having two different versions," Woodbury said.

While Woodbury dismissed that suggestion, Coup seemed receptive to the idea of incorporating the castle projection mapping from last night's premiere ceremony into a regular nighttime show in Hogsmeade.

"We may do something that's more permanent in the future," Coup said, with a grin.

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter opens officially to the public tomorrow morning, with an "opening moment" planned for 6:20am. Fans are already lining up outside the park to camp overnight for the opening, and Universal is keeping its parking garages open all night for early arrivals. Admission tickets to the park for the day are sold out.

We will be there bright and early to cover the event live Thursday morning, on Twitter and Instagram, and we will be posting photos and video after the opening here on Theme Park Insider's home page.

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April 7, 2016 at 12:40 AM · Excited to hear the Castle show may become something permanent. I was amazed while watching the live stream.

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