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'Wizarding World of Harry Potter' to Open at Universal Studios Hollywood in Spring 2016

Destination & Tourism | Patrick Clarke | June 04, 2015

'Wizarding World of Harry Potter' to Open at Universal Studios Hollywood in Spring 2016

PHOTO: Orlando's Wizarding World of Harry Potter, pictured, is getting a West Coast counterpart. (Photo by Barry Kaufman)

"The Wizarding World of Harry Potter" is coming to the West Coast.

California's Universal Studios Hollywood theme park has announced this June that it will welcome another Wizarding World in the spring of 2016, joining Universal Studios parks in Orlando, Florida and Osaka, Japan. 

Similar to the other Wizarding Worlds, Hogwarts Castle will be the themed area's centerpiece. There, guests will be able to access its premier attraction, "Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey." According to the theme park's announcement this week, the ride is set to make its West Coast debut as a "dynamic 3D-HD adventure."

Meanwhile, "Flight of the Hippogriff" will become Universal Studios Hollywood's first outdoor roller coaster. The coaster is designed for families and guests of all ages. 

Wizarding World guests will also have access to several food and beverage options. Three Broomsticks and Hog's Head Pub are among the top choices. 

Guests will also be able to shop for souvenirs and other items at the eight different retail shops planned for the new Wizarding World. Honeydukes, Ollivanders and Owl Post are just three of several locations set to open in the themed area next spring.

"Harry Potter is an exhilarating multi-generational global phenomenon that has captivated the world's attention across every one of its mediums, from books and movies to exhilarating theme park adventures," said Universal Studios Hollywood president Larry Kurzweil in a statement. "With its imminent arrival to The Entertainment Capital of L.A., Universal Studios Hollywood is thrilled to bring our guests a new, compelling experience of 'The Wizarding World of Harry Potter' as we embark on this next chapter in our storied history."

Warner Bros. president of consumer products Brad Globe described the momentum behind the Wizarding World attraction as "stronger than ever" and cited its popularity and success in Orlando and Osaka as reason for optimism.

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