Here's a first look at California's new Harry Potter theme park
The ever-extending reach of Harry Potter continues, this time to Hollywood. Universal has released a new video that features a Hogwarts express conductor guiding viewers through what the Wizarding World at Universal Studios Hollywood has to offer.
For those who have been to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Orlando, the park already feels familiar. It's set up like the wizarding village of Hogsmeade, with shops including Honeydukes, The Hog's Head, Dervish and Banges, and Zonko's (as well as the factually misplaced Ollivander's, which is actually in Diagon Alley but appears in Hogsmeade at both Universal parks). There's a mouthwatering mention of butterbeer, which will be available throughout the premises.
Beyond the village are Hogwarts castle, home to "Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey," an immersive experience that takes visitors riding through the castle and its grounds. The conductor narrating the video even mentions Hagrid's hut and alludes to the "Flight of the Hippogriff" ride, to reassure us that this park has everything offered in Orlando (minus Diagon Alley...at least for the time being).
The new branch of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter opens in spring 2016.