The decision to bring Hogwarts to California was announced yesterday, December 6, 2011.
The two companies also announced that they are planning to significantly expand The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Orlando Resort to bring in more magic then ever before. The details of this expansion will be announced over time.
The new Harry Potter theme park opening in Hollywood is said to be just as impressive as the original park in Orlando, Florida which opened in June of 2010. Universal Studios expects to transform tourism in Los Angeles for decades to come with the new park as they yet again bring your favorite movies and books to life right before your eyes.
J.K. Rowling states in a press release “I am delighted that The Wizarding World of Harry Potter has been so popular with fans since the opening in Orlando last year and I am sure that the teams at Universal and Warner Bros. will bring their expertise and attention to detail to Hollywood to make this new experience equally as exciting.”
Harry Potter is a global phenomenon, each book has broken sales records and are translated in over 70 languages, the films have grossed $7.7 billion to date world wide at the box office and soon there will be not one but two theme parks in the United States for Muggles to love and enjoy.
“This is an incredible moment for Universal Studios and the millions of guests who visit our theme parks,” said Ron Meyer, President & COO, Universal Studios. “The Harry Potter stories are some of the most powerful of our time and we are honored to expand our Orlando experience and bring The Wizarding World of Harry Potter to Hollywood, forever changing family tourism in Los Angeles.”
Although the official announcement has been made, Universal Hollywood is not expecting the parks completion until 2016 so Muggles are going to have to be very patient. Unfortunately there is no spell that Universal can perform that will make the building process any faster.
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