Friday, June 01, 2007

Just a little more on the HP themepark planned in Universal
A few more details have come about on this site today, below is a cap of updated items:
* Plans call for three main areas: Hogwarts Castle, Hogsmeade village and Forbidden Forest. They will include a high-tech ride through the imaginary world, two roller coasters, a Three Broomsticks restaurant and Hagrid's Hut. Tourists will also be able to buy Butterbeer from Hogshead Tavern, chocolate frogs from Honeyduke's and magic wands from Ollivanders.
* Parks beginning estimate is at $200 million-plus and is also looking to be a 20 acre attraction.
--This from

Also, this from the Seattle Times:
"The plans I've seen look incredibly exciting, and I don't think fans of the books or films will be disappointed," said author J.K. Rowling, who has been working with a creative team to make sure the park resembles the books and films.
"The park will let visitors view the famed locations in Rowling's magical world, like Dumbledore's office in Hogwarts and the shops in Hogsmeade. Some locations may be in upcoming books", Scott Trowbridge (VP of Universal's Creative Studios) said.

Trowbridge said while there would not be any character lookalikes at the park, fans wanting to see Harry Potter and his magical friends wouldn't leave disappointed.
"This is Harry's world," said Trowbridge. "Most every fan wants to have an encounter with the star of the show."

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