Our friends at Orlando Attractions took a plane tour over the current Wizarding World of Harry Potter and over the old Jaws attraction at Universal Studios and took some great video to share with everyone.
As of March 6, 2012, an expansion has been announced for The Wizarding World of Harry Potter park, but not its location. It has also not been announced what will replace Jaws, but rumors say the Wizarding World of Harry Potter expansion will go there with the Hogwarts Express train taking guests between the two parks. There’s even some discussion of some special effects involving a tunnel that Hogwarts Express takes while back stage to keep guests entertained during the trip to Hogsmeade and Hogwarts (and to keep guests from seeing backstage at Universal, of course!).
It’s hard to imagine Universal Orlando fitting a train into the backstage area between Universal Studios and the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. I’ve been backstage, many times, and there’s just not much room. It will be interesting to see how Universal pulls this off, if the rumors are in fact true.
In the video, you can see what used to be the Jaws waterway, now just a big hole in the ground. You can also see that Universal has demolished the whole waterfront area in what used to be Amity Island. What Harry Potter books and story elements could be incorporated with a waterfront location?
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