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Video:The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Orlando

with Arthur Levine

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Orlando is one of the most richly detailed environments ever presented at a theme park, taking the art of storytelling to new and breathtaking levels. Get a sneak peek at the Wizarding World today!See Transcript

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Transcript:The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Orlando

One of the most beloved and popular series of books and films, fans the world over have embraced J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter. Now, they can visit the fanciful lands and come face to face with the characters. Hi, I'm Arthur Levine, Theme Parks Guide at About.com, here at Universal Orlando's Islands of Adventure for the premiere of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter.

Wizarding World of Harry Potter Overview

Perhaps the most richly detailed, immersive environment ever presented at a theme park, The Wizarding World takes the art of park storytelling to new and breathtaking levels. From the moment guests enter Hogsmeade Village, everything and everybody stay true to the Potter mythology. Many of the storefronts, over a thousand years old according to Rowling's lore, have settled through the millennium. There isn't a straight line to be found.

Roller Coasters at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter

Nestled near Hagrid's Hut is The Flight of the Hippogriff, a family coaster. For more intense thrills, there is Dragon Challenge, a dual track, dueling inverted coaster. The signature attraction, Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey, is located inside Hogwarts Castle. Partly hidden from view, the castle dramatically announces itself when guests reach the end of the village and suddenly see it towering high on a hill. The castle and the astounding ride is everything a muggle who's been invited to the off-limits shrine could hope for.

Harry Potter Gifts at the Wizarding World

There's plenty of unique Potter paraphernalia to purchase including owls, extendable ears, wands, Bertie Bott's Every Flavor Beans, and, a crowd favorite, butterbeer. Both the frozen and non-frozen varieties have a frothy foam topping.

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