I know, I know. It’s The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, but that’s a mouthful isn’t it?
So, this world. I know it’s been done in Florida and has been rather successful for the past ten, going on eleven, years. Opening its doors June 1, 2010, The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, Orlando the park has seen about 13 million people. I have never been, but I have watched YouTube videos of others who did.
And now, The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, Hollywood has finally opened. A park on the west coast and more accessible to tiny islanders in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, now being only a 5 hour flight instead of a 13 hour flight.
I am excited. Super excited. And I can’t wait until I save enough money to go.
But is it worth all the hype? The pomp?
I sure hope so. Heading over to London to visit film locations is farther away then a trip to California. More than that though is how often can a book worm experience an almost-real like atmosphere of their favorite fictional world? How about never, until now. Okay, thinking about it a little more, that’s not true. I love visiting Universal Studios (a scotch more than Disneyland) because of the movie magic you get to see. And that was close to a fictional reality as I’ve ever seen.
So, to think that Harry Potter’s world is captured into a theme park? How awesome is that?!
If you haven’t watched the documentaries on the making of the park you have to. It’s such an amazing process seeing how set directors translate the book and the movies into a theme park. The attention to detail and the scripts that were drafted for the rides, attractions, and shows must be amazing! Story board after story board. If only I could get a backstage pass to see the production of the park! That would make my day.
But, for now, I have to save up so I can just make my way there. And know that when I do get that chance, I’ll be writing about.
Until then, I’ll just watch clips like this:
Best of Orlando. “Universal Orlando Breaks Attendance Records.”