The first Harry Potter rides and attractions opened in Orlando, Florida, in 2010. A second Harry Potter attraction was added in 2014 bringing with it a healthy boost to attendance to both Universal and the city of Orlando.
Now the Universal Hollywood theme park in Los Angeles is scheduled to open its own Harry Potter theme park this spring, with the grand opening scheduled for April 7, 2016.
Los Angeles Wizarding World of Harry Potter
Fans will love the new Harry Potter theme park which will feature depictions of Hogwarts castle and the village of Hogsmeade, both of which are famous backdrops for the books and movie series.
As for attractions, the new Los Angeles version of Wizarding World of Harry Potter will include an immersive 3-D ride called Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey which will deliver a whole new level of hyper-realism with 3D HD technology, and a new outdoor rollercoaster called Flight of the Hippogriff.
Where to Eat
Universal Hollywood’s Wizarding World will feature two eateries, Three Broomsticks, a rustic restaurant where visitors will feast on hearty fare like the “Great Feast Platter,” shepherd’s pie, and fish and chips. The second is the Hog’s Head pub located adjacent to the Three Broomsticks restaurant.
Here guests will experience an authentic dirty grimy feel from the Harry Potter series which of course is limited to looks only. A variety of alcoholic drinks will be available here as well as non-alcoholic Butterbeer and pumpkin juice, plus a selection of tasty desserts like apple pie and chocolate trifle.
And of course the new park will offer plenty of opportunities for visitors to bring home mementos and souvenirs from Honeydukes, Ollivanders, Owl Post, Zonko’s Joke Shop, Wiseacre’s Wizarding Equipment, Dervish and Banges, Gladrags Wizardwear and Filch’s Emporium of Confiscated Goods.
Visitors to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter will be swept into the adventures of Harry Potter as they tour Hogwarts castle, shop in Hogsmeade and dine at the Three Broomsticks. It’s an opportunity to soar above Hogwarts with Harry unlike anything experienced until now.