The Wizarding World of Harry Potter Ten Years Later and Beyond
This year marks the ten-year anniversary of the famous Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Orlando Resort. It’s not only a theme park but also an embodiment of the franchise that millions of kids grew up with. It’s a very real place where fans can gather and enjoy the thing they have in common. The journey from opening day to now has been a wild one – but in a good way.
Since the opening of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, there have been some major changes to the park. There’s always room for improvement, right?
That’s exactly what the creators in charge of the park think. Long story short, “We’re not done,” says the chief creative officer and senior vice president for Universal Creative, Thierry Coup. You might be wondering, what else is there that can possibly be added to an already amazing theme park? The answer to that is that creativity and imagination have no limits. Coup says the Wizarding World and community have been anything but calm.
You think about what has happened with Harry Potter in the past 10 years beyond our theme parks — [Harry Potter and the] Cursed Child, the eight movies, Fantastic Beasts, the mobile game Wizards Unite. The Wizarding World is not resting. It keeps building.
Just imagine the possibilities that could come out of adding whole new sections to the theme park. We’ve seen the success before when new rides and experiences open.
In 2014, Diagon Alley opened to the public. The entire alleyway, down to the last details in the shop signs, was designed to capture the vision from the books and movies. Fans loved it. You could grab a quick butterbeer while you stroll through the shops, pick up a wand from Ollivanders, and then get some candy all before you even get on your first ride.
In 2019, Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure entered the scene. The high-speed ride, which maxes out at 50 mph, features some of the franchise’s most memorable and favorite creatures. From Fluffy the giant three-headed dog to the tiny Cornish pixies, there’s almost too much to try to look at while you’re whizzing through the ride.
So what’s next, exactly? Perhaps the next portion of the park will see creatures from Fantastic Beasts? Or Cursed Child might move from the stage to the resort for an exciting new chapter of its history? Or maybe we leave the theme park creation to the experts like Thierry Coup and we’ll wait excitedly for the next magical thing. Whatever it is, we’re sure it will be amazing.
What’s your favorite part of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Orlando Resort? What do you think is coming next? Drop us a line and let us know!