Wizarding World of Harry Potter’s magical success story
Harry Potter fans (and a few celebrities including Michael Douglas and John Travolta) have turned out en masse to see the magical streets of Hogsmeade at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, a part of Universal Orlando. The new park has been so successful that Universal Studios in Hollywood is supposedly drooling to figure out a way to bring Hogwarts to Los Angeles.
The Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Orlando has taken a huge bite out of Mickey Mouse since it opened this past June with record numbers. Attendance at Universal Parks in Florida increased by 36-percent in the quarter after the park opened as opposed to Disney World, whose numbers stayed flat.
The main attraction at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter has been the Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey ride, a magical one-of-a-kind flight simulator that takes you around Hogwarts and through a Quidditch match, while encountering Dementors and the Whomping Willow.
When Daniel Radcliffe toured the park, he declared that the Dragon Challenge roller coaster was his fave and even offered pointers to MTV News about the ride. “Make sure that [the harness is] really tight; you have to try to keep your eyes open and try to come out with the longest prolonged scream, and if all your hair hasn’t gone on one side of your head at the end, you haven’t done it right,” Daniel Radcliffe said.
Check out this video of Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey!
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