Harry Potter Theme Park Rides

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter is finally set to have its grand opening on June 18, 2010. Built within Universal Resort Orlando, there have been a number of delays (even those who have enjoyed a preview have found the site still under construction), $200 million spent and all involved remaining tight-lipped about the park’s secrets.

Now that the park is finally being revealed (instead of cgi mockups of what to expect), the Harry Potter theme park rides you can expect include: Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey; the Dragon Challenge Roller Coaster (based on the Triwizard Tournament); and, for the younger fans, The Flight of the Hippogriff.

The Forbidden Journey promises to be a great event from start to finish, with the queue for the ride (expected to be a long one) taking you through parts of Hogwarts and meeting some of the book’s characters, and then the ride itself involves a flying adventure with Harry, Hermione and Ron.

Designers from the Harry Potter movies have played a huge part in the design of the theme park, and of course JK Rowling has maintained much of the creative control she has held over the Harry Potter brand.

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