Get your wands ready – the Wizarding World of Harry Potter will open in California on 7 April, bringing the full Hogwarts experience to the west coast.
But any wizards or muggles desperate to see the new attraction at Universal Studios Hollywood may have to wait; tickets for the opening day have sold out online. According to the LA Times, there will be some tickets at the gate on 7 April – at a price of $115 – but it is not known how many are available. Tickets for the VIP Experience and Front of the Line experience have also sold out for the first three days.
Bringing the immersive world of the popular book and film series to California has been more than five years in the making, according to the Universal Studios, which operates a Wizarding World at its park in Florida, where it has been immensely popular.
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On 5 April, festivities at the new park kicked off with an opening celebration that featured the LA Philharmonic synchronized to a 3D light display on the Hogwarts castle and a fireworks display. Present at the event were actors from the films, including Tom Felton (Draco Malfoy), Evanna Lynch (Luna Lovegood), James and Oliver Phelps (Fred and George Weasley).
The theme park is designed to show the world created in the Warner Bros. films and “is faithful to the visual landscape of the fiction and films, including Hogwarts castle”.
The land also features Hogsmeade, a wizard village, as well as Harry Potter rides, including a signature ride called Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey and a family outdoor coaster called Flight of the Hippogriff.
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