Universal Studios Hollywood wields a bit of magic with the reveal of newly created signature art for the eagerly-awaited arrival of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, scheduled to open in Spring 2016. The new image, which depicts a wand-wielding Harry Potter in the foreground with a bustling snowcapped Hogsmeade village and a spectacular view of the iconic Hogwarts castle in the background, captures the spirit of this dynamic new immersive environment as the theme park readies for the West Coast's debut of the The Wizarding World of Harry Potter.
More than five years in the making, and inspired by J.K. Rowling's compelling stories and characters that were brought to life in the Warner Bros. films, The Wizarding World of Harry Potter will be masterfully recreated with impeccable detail as a real world interpretation at Universal Studios Hollywood. The Wizarding World of Harry Potter will be faithful to the visual landscape of the fiction and films, including Hogwarts castle which will serve as its iconic focal point. Like its counterparts, Hogwarts castle will sit at the heart of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter where the land's signature ride, Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey will take guests on a journey into many memorable scenes alongside Harry, Ron and Hermione. Traveling by Floo powder, guests will soar high above Hogwarts, partake in a Quidditch match, narrowly escape a dragon attack and have a close encounter with the Whomping Willow.
Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey is an achievement in pioneering theme park ride technology featuring a groundbreaking robotics ride system, fused with elaborate filmed action sequences and immersive visceral effects. Sporting Quidditch-inspired 3D goggles, guests will venture through journeys experienced by Harry and his friends, spiraling and pivoting 360-degrees along an elevated ride track on a whirlwind adventure of a lifetime. At Universal Studios Hollywood, Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey will make its U.S. debut as a dynamic 3D-HD adventure designed to further immerse guests in an already captivating storyline.
Also within The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, the enchanting family coaster, "Flight of the Hippogriff" will debut as Universal Studios Hollywood's first outdoor coaster. The Wizarding World of Harry Potter will resonate with immense detail, inviting guests to revel in Harry Potter's epicurean world with the opportunity to enjoy authentic food and beverage at multiple locations, including: Three Broomsticks and Hog's Head pub, as well the Magic Neep and Butterbeer carts.
A foray through the shops will add to the authenticity of the land with eight retail shops and locations, including Honeydukes, Ollivanders, Owl Post, Zonko's Joke Shop, Wiseacre's Wizarding Equipment, Dervish and Banges, Gladrags Wizardwear and Filch's Emporium of Confiscated Goods. As excitement builds for the Spring 2016 arrival of "The Wizarding World of Harry Potter," in-park guests at Universal Studios Hollywood are able to experience and purchase authentic merchandise, including wands, robes and other collectibles from The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, available within the Features Presentation shop, located just inside Universal Studios Hollywood's main entry. Join the conversation online using #WizardingWorldHollywood and for all the latest news, "Like" us on Facebook, follow us on Instagram and Twitter at @UniStudios. Take a look at the artwork below, and stay tuned for more from The Wizarding World of Harry Potter.