Conceptual rendering of Zonkoís, located in Hogsmeade
A giant hi-tech roller-coaster set inside Hogwarts Castle will be one of the attractions at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter theme park due to open in Florida next spring. The ‘Forbidden Journey’ ride, named by author JK Rowling, will take customers on a journey through scenes from the Harry Potter films when the attraction opens at Universal Studios’ Islands of Adventure resort in Orlando.
Artists impressions of the theme park also show it will have a full-sized Potter-themed village of Hogsmeade and a Three Broomsticks restaurant.
Alan Gilmore, the supervising art director for the theme park and a former art director on two Harry Potter films, said: “[It is] brand new, extremely exciting, never been done, never been seen before. I can’t say big enough words. It’s going to be absolutely mind-blowing.”
Mark Woodbury, head of Universal Creative, said Wizarding World scenery, attractions and souvenirs were faithful to JK Rowling’s seven-book Harry Potter series.
Woodbury said visitors would also be able to relax in the Owlery and be fitted for a magical wand in Ollivander’s Wand Shop, all of which are familiar to Potter fans.
Other attractions include the Dragon Challenge, a high-speed ride described as “definitely for the brave.” It is based on the Triwizard Tournament, a fictional 13th century contest between students of the three leading magical schools of Europe.
Another is Flight of the Hippogriff, a coaster based on Rowlings’ magical creature with the head, wings and front legs of a giant eagle and body, hind legs and tail of a horse.
The Wizarding World has been under development for five years.