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.