The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal.
Harry Potter’s World of Wizardy in coming to Universal in 2010!
Some early information can be found here and at the Universal link below.
You can request email updates of how the attraction is coming along.
Orlando has come a long way in a year – many of the city’s local attractions have been updated and even supplemented with new ideas and/or improvements. Here’s a brief look at the year in review:
- IKEA debuted in Orlando, opening it’s doors in December of 2007
- Prime Outlets got a major makeover – the Belz Outlet Mall got an extreme makeover now offering over 100 name brand outlet options.
- Disney Upgrades: Spaceship Earth at the Epcot Center and the Haunted Mansion ride at the Magic Kingdom were updated and modernized. Disney MGM got a new name (Disney’s Hollywood Studios) and became home to the Toy Story Mania interactive arcade ride.
- Universal Studios: The Simpsons trumped Back to the Future this summer with a hot new simulator ride. The Earthquake attraction was also updated to become a new ride – Disaster! which combines digital technologies and interactive components.
- Sea World launched Aquatica – a brand new family water park.
- Gatorland broke ground on a $4 million complex which is slated to add 19,000 sqft of space to the attraction.
- Disney extends "Year of a Million Dreams" through the end of 2008. This wildly popular program makes dreams a reality for Disney guests – daily prize winners can experience a rare treat such as an overnight stay in Cinderella’s Castle.
So if it’s been awhile since you took a family fun vacation, consider coming back to Orlando to experience all these news adventures!
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Universal Orlando earned a company record $92 million in profit last year, more than twice what it made the previous year, the parent company reported Friday.
In advance of its fourth-quarter 2007 earnings report, which is to be filed next month with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, Universal City Development Partners also announced that combined total attendance for its Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure theme parks was up 3 percent in 2007.
The company reported that Universal’s per-capita spending by visitors was up 6 percent last year compared with 2006. In addition to the theme parks, Universal Orlando operates the CityWalk entertainment district and is the site for three resort hotels.
For the previous year, 2006, the company had reported profit of about $42 million, combined paid attendance of 10.5 million and a total turnstile count of 11.2 million.
A 3 percent gate boost for 2007 would make it the first year since 2004 that the parks had an annual attendance increase.
In November, Universal reported that summer crowds in the third quarter were strong enough to overcome slight attendance declines that the parks had sustained during the first half of the year. That pushed Universal’s annual attendance, through the first nine months, 2 percent ahead of the 2006 pace. So Universal apparently posted an attendance gain in the fourth quarter, too, to achieve a final, 3 percent annual increase.
Universal Studios has been known to operate a number of theme parks based on the movies it has produced over the years. In an attempt to further boost up its customers, Universal Studios has decided to build a new ride based on The Simpsons, which will be constructed in Orlando, Florida.
Universal Studios has chosen The Simpsons as an added attraction mainly because of its immense popularity and sturdy reputation over the past eighteen years, not to mention its award-winning prominence. "What we want to do is bring the Simpsons experience to our guests. They’re going to get to experience the Simpsons like they’ve never experienced the Simpsons before. They know and love them from the TV show, but they’ll actually be able to be a part of their world and have fun with them," Jennifer Sauer, Universal’s attraction designer, said.
According to officials, The Simpsons site is still currently in the design phase and conceptualizing stages although they assure that park guests will get the chance to enjoy an adventure-ride with Homer, Marge, Bart, Lisa and Maggie, and will also be featuring the voices of the original Simpsons cast. The Simpsons site will be assembled on the Back to the Future site, a ride that was closed down at the end of March.
Universal Studios is just one of the companies that has taken advantage of the fame and popularity of The Simpsons. In line with its approaching movie, the popular convenience store chain 7-11 has previously proposed to transform eleven of their 4,700 stores into Kwik-E-Mart imitations, which would sell and promote Simpsons products like Buzz Cola, Squishee cups and Krusty’o cereals among others.
What do you need when you are planning on one of the hottest theme park developments in a decade? You need a contractor. Not your average contractor but one that makes the magic come to life. These specialists – such as ones which build fake rocks for instance! – are aching to get a slice of the $265million Wizarding World of Harry Potter development at Universal Studio’s Orlando.
Members of the ‘theme park building trade’ are eager to get their hands dirty. The development coincides with other theme park developments around the world in response to a global upswing in visitor numbers. The Orlando Sentinel Has the Full Report.