Stop pretending you’re not excited about The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, the new Universal Studio theme park supposedly opening this spring. This is an amusement park dedicated to the series we have been obsessing about for a decade now. As the opening date approaches, more details about The Wizarding World are emerging and all of them sound pretty sweet. Trust me, I am an expert now that I have taken a “flying” tour through the park, i.e., I went on the official website. After the jump, get a peek at what the park is planning.
- The Layout. The park is split into Hogsmeade and Hogwarts. And both are pretty true to the backdrops we’ve become familiar with through the books and movies.
- Rides. There are three—the first is “The Flight of the Hippogriff,” a family-friendly ride that takes you through the yards of Hogwarts as you test-ride a hippogriff. The second, “The Dragon Challenge,” is actually two roller coasters in one, intertwined so they compete head-to-head. The final ride is “Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey” and Universal seems pretty proud of it. The park claims that the ride “uses groundbreaking, state-of-the-art technology” that allows you into the halls of Hogwarts.
- Eats. So far the Wizarding World is only advertising one restaurant, The Three Broomsticks. But if I know anything from my experience as an amusement park adorer, guests will probably be tripping over Butter Beer Breweries and Slytherin Snake Snack booths left and right.
The best news? You can buy your tickets now! To me, it seems a little early to be booking a trip to a Wizard World that doesn’t even have an official opening date yet, but I am sure there are more than a few of you who would disagree.