From what I can see, they are sparing NO EXPENSE with this project. They are not doing anything on the cheap this time. I find that wonderful.
It's going to prevent Disney from being cheap in the future with project or value engineering. Because every new project will have to be as good as Harry Potter. Or else, don't bother.
I think this is fantastic. It means down the road that we'll get even more immersive attractions as people try to one-up Diagon Alley and be even more immersive and impressive.
This is a major WIN all around for every theme park fan. Not only will Disney have to live up to this standard, but Universal itself will have to upgrade the rest of its parks to match the Harry Potter level. That's going to be spectacular.
Disney has done so much since the Magic Kingdom arrived in 1971 and Universal took a single, not so exciting park and transformed it into a fully realized one stop destination resort.
When you look at Hogsmeade, it is pretty remarkable what they did, but they had to squeeze it into an existing area. London on the other hand, has a huge façade, just to hide everything behind it, plus all these new alleyways and shops with the marquee ride visible from the entrance. There is only one way in and one way out, where Hogsmeade is a walkthrough area.
I hope the Disney execs take notice and crack open the checkbooks in the coming years.
So Disney, it's your turn. You have an incredible franchise in Star Wars with so much history and lore that can be turned into something Universal only wishes they had. Hollywood Studios is in desperate need of an overhaul, and this, more than any other time, would be when those deep pockets and very talented and experienced Imagineers need to knock one out of the park.
Finally, regarding the video itself, I was pretty impressed with how excited Mark Woodbury seemed to be. There was something just a bit odd about him, but I felt his enthusiasm was genuine. And having people who care in positions to make a difference is what makes a good park great, and a great park better.
I'm not a Harry Potter fan, but something about riding the Hogsmeade Express from London really resonates with me. The rumors I've heard about the attraction sound great and I think it will be an amazing to get off the train and feel like you have actually arrived in Hogsmeade.
I think the hardest part will be deciding where to start next year. Start with the section I already know and travel on the train to the new, or vice versa?