Harry Potter is a major part of the Universal Studios franchise. Opened in 2011, the Wizarding World section in Orlando was so popular that a similar version was built in California in 2016.
Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure roller coaster also recently won the title of “Florida’s Best Roller Coaster.”
“It was more than a new ride,” Dan Kline of TheStreet wrote in January 2022. “Wizarding World was an immersive, fully themed land, and it sparked a theme park arms race.”
Currently, Comcast (CMCSA) – Get Comcast Corporation Class A Common Stock ReportUniversal Studios, owned by Universal, is building a new theme park in Orlando known as the Epic Universe, which is slated to open by summer 2025.
While Universal Studios has yet to confirm it, speculation that it will contain a Harry Potter section is mounting. The new section would be alongside the Classic Universal Monsters and How To Train Your Dragon areas.
“We’ve seen the Wizarding World of Harry Potter spread like wildfire at Universal when it comes to Hogwarts, Hogsmeade and Diagon Alley, attracting every guest every day,” writes an Inside The Magic blog post. . “With the incredible demand that continues to flow into the JK Rowling-created franchise, it’s no surprise…the Epic Universe could be home to the next Earth.”
So much Harry Potter news at Universal
But before Universal officially confirmed what would happen in Florida, more Harry Potter news came out of the California theme park.
Nighttime Lights At Hogwarts Castle, which had been suspended after last summer, has resumed regular performances. The popular light show uses Hogwarts castle as a canvas to play music and movie scenes after dark.
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“Watch in awe from Hogsmeade Village as the projections are projected against the majestic castle backdrop,” reads Universal’s description of the show. “Embrace your Hogwarts pride as the four houses are celebrated in stunning light and sound. It’s a great way to end your day at Universal’s Islands of Adventure.
Universal Studios Hollywood is also bringing back its special effects show from July 1 to August 16 (after that, weekends only). While not Harry Potter-themed, the show walks guests through how some of the effects seen in the movies are achieved.
As in previous years, it will take place at the Castle Theater in the park, but will be updated to feature effects from some of the newer films.
“The special effects show has long been a part of Universal Studios Hollywood’s theme park history,” Universal writes of the show. “With various different renders over the years, the latest update features some of the fan favorites from previous releases and new, never-before-seen special effects, including thrilling stunt work by some of Hollywood’s finest.”
How’s Universal been lately?
After a lull at the start of the pandemic, theme parks have seen a surge in demand from people tired of restrictions and looking for something fun.
As a result, popular theme parks have tried to outdo each other by offering visitors something the other doesn’t.
For Universal, the most recent new feature announcements include two escape rooms inspired by “Back to the Future” and “Jurassic World.”
disney (SAY) – Get The Walt Disney Company Report, meanwhile, recently opened new rides like “Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure” and the “Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind” roller coaster at Epcot. He’s also testing the much-discussed Tron Lightcycle Run roller coaster at the Magic Kingdom in Orlando.