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The Wizarding World of Harry Potter

  1. Here’s a Sneak Peek at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter’s Diagon Alley Expansion, Plus the Opening Date!

    I want to "Ron" right over there. What?! I wasn't going to use a "magical" pun.

    Previously we shared with you some info on Diagon Alley, the upcoming expansion to Universal Studios Florida's Wizarding World of Harry Potter. That its major ride will be Harry Potter and the Escape From Gringotts. That there’s a Hogwarts Express train connecting Diagon Alley to Hogsmeade and Hogwarts. That there will be numerous places to spend money that you don’t have. But reading, as we all know, is for chumps. So here, have some pictures!

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  2. The New Wizarding World of Harry Potter Escape from Gringotts Ride Looks Like So Much Fun [VIDEO]

    It's lev-i-O-sa!

    Having finally visited the Wizarding World of Harry Potter last year, I can honestly say if you're a Harry Potter fan, it's a must-see. And it will be more so soon as the Escape from Gringotts expansion is set to open this summer. Look ahead for a shot of the actual ride car and a few more details.

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  3. Details on the Diagon Alley Expansion of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, AKA, Your Summer Vacation

    This is just like magic!

    It seems like we've been anticipating the Diagon Alley expansion for a long time without a sense of progress, but today Universal Parks folks sat down and detailed the kind of attractions the massive expansion will boast as an addition to the already massively popular Wizard World of Harry Potter.

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  4. Things We Saw Today: Guillermo del Totoro

    Things We Saw Today

    Next time you watch My Neighbor Totoro, imagine the titular forest spirit with Guillermo del Toro's face for a new viewing experience. Brazilian artist Giovanna is responsible for this masterpiece, which arose from a simple typo. (via Neatorama)

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  5. Rumored Tolkien Theme Park: The Hobbitest Place On Earth

    My Precious!

    Look, New Zealand, you're really far away from us and it's really expensive to get to you. Odds are, most of us won't ever be able to experience your beauty, never mind Hobbiton. So it's with a great amount of glee we report a theme park may be in the works as a joint venture between Universal, Warner Bros., and the Tolkien estate. Get ready for Mr. Frodo's Wild Ride! 

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  6. Hold On To Your Broomstick, The Wizarding World Of Harry Potter Is Headed To California

    This is just like magic!

    The Wizarding World of Harry Potter was one of the greatest marketing schemes to come out of the J.K. Rowling's franchise. So good in fact that the folks at Warner Bros. and Universal are planning to duplicate the success of the Orlando, Florida attraction at Universal Studios Hollywood in California. You know what that means...double the Butterbeer! 

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  7. Get Ready for Pandoraland — Avatar-Themed Attractions Coming to Disney World in 2016

    I Guess I Can't Argue With That

    In a rather predictable but still delightful move, James Cameron and Disney's Imagineers will be creating a theme park at Disney World's Animal Kingdom in Orlando, Florida based on the movie Avatar. It's still in its very early stages, but Cameron has a whole bunch of big ideas that will make visitors feel like they're really, truly walking around the fictional blue-green planet of Pandora, including ... smells! We're finally going to find out what Pandora smells like!

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  8. Universal Orlando Surprises Guests With Free Access to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter

    We Can Be Heroes

    Well, this is the best thing ever. After hosting a midnight screening of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2, the Universal Orlando Resort surprised everyone at the screening with free access to its Potter theme park, The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. And instantly, they endeared themselves to the world. Because who doesn't want to ride a hippogriff after everyone else has left the premises? You know Hagrid's got your back.

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  9. Obligatory Harry Potter Post: Universal Opens Online Store for Wizarding World Merch

    This much we know to be true: there are a lot of Harry Potter fans out there who have never been to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, and are not likely to get a chance to visit the Orlando based theme park any time soon. If you're one of those fans, solace has arrived. Solace in the form of retail therapy, at least. And is that really more expensive, on the whole, than conventional therapy? What we're trying to say is that Universal is making the stuff that they sell at the park available for ordering online.

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  10. Universal to Build Lord of the Rings Theme Park?

    According to the ever vigilant blastr, a number of people over at the Disney bulletin boards have been receiving surveys from Universal that are essentially testing the enthusiasm for a Lord of the Rings themed park a la The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. Posts quote the survey as saying:
    Imagine if you will a world unlike any you've ever visited before: it's Middle Earth, the ancient and beautiful land forged by J.R.R. Tolkien as the backdrop for his two most well known creations, Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit. Walk as a human among dwarves, elves, orcs and hobbits—all faithfully recreated and portrayed in the spirit of the original characters as they appeared in both the books and the movies.

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