When I was down at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter a few weeks ago, there were questions buzzing around of when Warner Bros. and Universal Studios would expand the Florida park; would there be new rides, new buildings replicated? Instead, the big news is that the Wizarding World is expanding… to set up a whole new park at Universal Studios in Los Angeles!
The timing makes some sense, since competitor Disneyland is planning to open “Cars Land” around summer of 2012. However, Universal Studios Hollywood is decidedly smaller than Universal Studios/Islands of Adventure in Florida; Variety points out that several older rides would probably have to be cleared out in order to house the recreations of Hogwarts, Hogsmeade, and King’s Cross station. And it’s not as if this is the only project Universal is considering; they plan to replace the Backdraft ride (a movie that most Potter fans don’t even know) with a 3-D Transformers-themed adventure.
However, it sounds like the studios are up for a challenge; Variety reports that they’re eyeing a 2015 opening, which will be five years after the Florida park opened. Considering that it boosted tourism to Islands of Adventure 41% after a year, it’s a wise investment.
In the meantime, check out Crushable’s adventures at the park!