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p. 42 - Super Nintendo World opening February 4th, 2021!

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Anything that further strengthens the bottom line for the theme parks while increasing guest satisfaction is a win in my book.

 

I still haven't seen a Harry Potter movie or read a book, but I still enjoyed WWoHP in Orlando

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Here are a few photos that ran in a variety of Japanese newspapers last month.  The new Opening Date is Spring 2021

I feel like it looks very 'Men in Black' ish.

Yes, I'd like to see that, too, but I can also understand why they would like to keep things under wraps and build the anticipation a bit more.

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The only thing I took from this article is that it apparently takes two years to demolish buildings in America.

 

 

 

I've also heard a recent rumor that TPR is planning a "Potter across the planet" tour as everyone knows that Elissa is a diehard potter fan girl.

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I also find the 2016 date for LA to be staggeringly dissapointing. They better be cloning Forbidden Journey because if they're not, it's just a freakin' joke. I thought they were simply demolishing the amplitheater? There's plenty of room if they just get rid of that money drain.

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Wow...the "best of Universal" park goes from strength to strength. Space Fantasy, new kids area, and now this? We loved USJ - this is one more reason to get back there as soon as the wallet allows.

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Umm.I heard Harry Potter at USH is slated to open 2014-15. not 2016....I dont know where people got that from.:

 

Maybe they got it from a sentence in the article that was posted.

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I highly doubt that I will ever get to Japan, but if I do this would def. be a stop. I love Harry Potter and Universal Orlando did an amazing job. I know a lot of people do not like this idea, but at least read the books! Maybe they will change your mind

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Umm.I heard Harry Potter at USH is slated to open 2014-15. not 2016....I dont know where people got that from.btw Harry Potter USH is going to fill Gibson,Shrek,Curious George,and rumored Waterworld.

I've been hearing the same thing as well. I'm hearing everywhere that WaterWorld is safe and that Shrek and Gibson will be getting the axe. Curious George will most likely stay but be Potterized. They also want to have it doe by Summer 2014 but 2015 may be more realistic.

 

I know one thing for sure: USH wants Potter done by 2015. Japan will probably be finished ahead of us, but not THAT late.

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This comes as no surprise given the massive success of the Orlando Resort. I think we can pretty much assume Hogwarts with the FJ and Hogsmeade with a much larger Ollivanders are a guarantee. As a fan of the series it would be really nice to see Universal give Osaka, Hollywood, and HP2 in Orlando an attraction unique to each resort. Its going to be cool to watch all of this construction over the next 3 years and watch all of these attractions come together.

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Another one? These are becoming like the Titanic Museums, one on every corner.

 

Can you go please post this in the Tokyo Disney Toy Story Mania thread too?

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...and uh...most things I have seen,

copied in the major Japan parks.... well....

USJ Potter will probably blow the USIoA original

off of it's foundations, too.

 

And then there's the new Potter second section

being built in USO, with the indoor coaster tie-in?

 

Awesome if they add that, too.

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I'm still amazed that even something this complex and well-themed will take 2.5 years to build. And longer for Hollywood.

 

I mean, we're talking theme park attractions, not the new World Trade Center!

 

I'll be interested to see how far along they are when I go in October. Assuming that I can see anything, of course!

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I have the feeling the new Potter addition is going where the previous OZLand used to be at USJ.

 

That's where a VERY truncated version of "Wicked" was staged, as well as an Oz-themed

merry-go-round...and a gift shop, lol!

 

The whole thing was closed up and fenced this past summer when TPR toured there.

 

Hmmm.

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Me in front of all of OZ, USJ-style. (2007 TPR Tour)

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And this was at the back of it all - with stadium seating and huge stage area. So... a PotterLand here? Possible/probable.

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I'm still amazed that even something this complex and well-themed will take 2.5 years to build. And longer for Hollywood.

 

I mean, we're talking theme park attractions, not the new World Trade Center!

 

I'll be interested to see how far along they are when I go in October. Assuming that I can see anything, of course!

 

I have heard that JK Rowling is very hands on with these projects, so I would say that is not too surprising (in fact, I incorrectly speculated that because she was so hands on, licensing with another owner would take longer...oops!) if she is really that involved in making sure every detail is correct. It's more complex when working with 3rd parties, let alone the engineering efforts it must take on all levels (structure, electrical, ride, architecture) it must take for a project like that.

 

Heck, even Carsland was announced in 2007 and is just now getting ready to open!

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I have the feeling the new Potter addition is going where the previous OZLand used to be at USJ.

Actually, I think it will be built in the empty spot between Jurassic Park and WaterWorld (top left):

 

 

The Land of Oz area has been rethemed to Sesame Street for this season. Also, it would be a bit crazy to build the HUGE Forbidden Journey building right next to the park's entrance, when they have space in the back.

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Bill, I automatically assumed that's where they'd put Potter as well.

 

If there's anything we've learned from Japan it's that this Potter should crap all over any other.

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The Wizard of Oz section was the only part of Universal Japan that seemed a bit "half-assed." So, yes, I could see removing it for Harry Potter.

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^ It was a temporary "land" anyway, so I'm sure this part of the park is prime for expansion. It was completely changed over (I think to Hello Kitty) when we visited in 2011.

 

--Robb

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i can only one thing right now! 'Re'start construction on Universal Studio's Europe please?

 

This will be great, already wanted to visit USJ. But this will make it even better!

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Wasn't the entire Oz-section redone just this year into Universal Wonderland featuring Snoopy, Sesame Street, and Hello Kitty in basically Universal's own Toon Town?

 

I respect everyone's opinion here, but I find it hard to believe that anyone could consider Potter a truly bad attraction. Does it have its faults? Of course, the storyline is lacking, it does cause quite a bit of motion sickness for some. But its still one of the most technologically advanced, immersive rides, that covers a beloved once-in-a-generation franchise. Looking forward to seeing Potter with the Japanese touch (aka, 10 times better than the US versions...)

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Ugh, looking at that satellite map, if they do put Potter in that smaller parking lot, it pretty much puts Jaws/Waterworld on a countdown clock.

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