Universal Studios Hollywood today announced details of what will appear when the Wizarding World of Harry Potter opens there in Spring 2016.
The iconic “Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey” ride will add 3D visuals, an upgrade from its Florida counterpart at Universal Orlando.
It will take place within Hogwarts Castle, taking guests on a journey into many memorable scenes alongside Harry, Ron and Hermione. Guests will sport Quidditch-inspired 3D goggles.
“Harry Potter is an exhilarating multi-generational global phenomenon that has captivated the world’s attention across every one of its mediums, from books and movies to exhilarating theme park adventures,” said Larry Kurzweil, President of Universal Studios Hollywood. “With its imminent arrival to The Entertainment Capital of L.A., Universal Studios Hollywood is thrilled to bring our guests a new, compelling experience of ‘The Wizarding World of Harry Potter’ as we embark on this next chapter in our storied history.”
The family coaster, “Flight of the Hippogriff,” will also debut as Universal Studios Hollywood’s first outdoor coaster, a borrowed concept from Florida.
Restaurants in Hogsmeade Village will include Three Broomsticks and Hog’s Head pub, as well the Magic Neep and Butterbeer carts.
Hogsmeade will feature eight retail shops and locations, including Honeydukes, Ollivanders, Owl Post, Zonko’s Joke Shop, Wiseacre’s Wizarding Equipment, Dervish and Banges, Gladrags Wizardwear and Filch’s Emporium of Confiscated Goods.
An announcement video will be available beginning today, Tuesday, June 2, at 1PM ET / 10AM PT.