Here is a full description of each of the Harry Potter theme parks, including the already-opened Orlando location, and the upcoming Hollywood and Japan attractions.
- UNIVERSAL ORLANDO RESORT: NOW OPEN
- UNIVERSAL STUDIOS JAPAN: NOW OPEN
- UNIVERSAL STUDIOS HOLYWOOD: Opening Summer 2016
UNIVERSAL ORLANDO RESORT
The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Orlando Resort was first announced in 2007 and officially opened in June 2010. The park is a recreation of Hogsmeade Village, where visitors of all ages can dine at The Three Broomsticks, drink Butterbeer, and shop at Dervish and Banges. The Village leads up to the great Hogwarts Castle, which is home to the park’s main attraction, Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey. Two more rides are in the park as well, including the Flight of the Hipogriff and Dragon Challenge.
In December 2011, it was announced that the park would be expanded. It was later revealed that this expansion would include a Diagon Alley and London-themed area. On July 8, 2014, The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley opened to the public, complete with the Leaky Cauldron, Ollivanders Wand Shop, and Florean Fortescue’s Ice-Cream Parlour (which offers Butterbeer ice cream!). The expansion also features a new thrill ride, Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts.
The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Orlando Resort is the largest Harry Potter theme park, spanning two areas of the Resort, including Universal Studios Florida and Islands of Adventure. Diagon Alley and London are located at Universal Studios, and Hogsmeade is at Islands of Adventure. The Hogwarts Express connects the two parks, and admission to both parks is required.
UNIVERSAL STUDIOS JAPAN
The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios Japan (in Osaka, Japan) was announced in May 2012 and opened on July 15, 2014. Though it does not have everything the Orlando park has, it has some “unique” features, including the Hogwarts Black Lake. Real owls have also been added to park, as well as restrooms designed to look like those used by Harry and his classmates.
UNIVERSAL STUDIOS HOLLYWOOD
The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios Hollywood was announced in December 2011. The park is currently under construction and is set to open in 2016. It will include most of the attractions that the Florida location has. No further details were announced.