TOLDJA SO! Harry Potter 'Theme Park Within A Theme Park' Announced by Warner & Universal (See First Peek)

Warner Bros Entertainment and Universal Orlando Resort tonight finally gave out details to what I first reported back on April 13th: “The Wizarding World Of Harry Potter” is coming to Universal’s Islands of Adventure theme park in late 2009. The two Hollywood entertainment companies also released these 3 first official artist renderings of the new theme park — and in my opinion they’re are spectacular! (See the concept images larger here.) The pair of studios are partnering to “create the world’s first fully immersive Harry Potter themed environment” envisioned as a “theme park within a theme park” and based on the best-selling books by J.K. Rowling and blockbuster feature films from Warner Bros. “Over the years we’ve received thousands of letters from fans around the world wishing they could visit Hogwarts and the wonderful locations described in each of J.K. Rowling’s beloved stories,” Barry Meyer, Warner Bros Entertainment chairman/CEO said in the press release embargoed for tonight. “Working with Universal Orlando Resort, we are confident that we’ll be able to provide Harry Potter fans with an incredible experience that upholds the richness of J.K. Rowling’s books and delivers on the authentic detail portrayed in our films.” Ron Meyer, Universal Studios president and COO said: “We will rely on our company’s rich movie heritage and expertise in transforming film concepts into theme park entertainment experiences. “The Harry Potter stories are among the most compelling of our time. The millions of people who have read the books and seen the movies will now be able to experience the world of Harry Potter in person.”

The artist renderings appear faithful to the visual landscapes of the films. The theme park planners promise to provide a one-of-a-kind opportunity to experience the magical world of Harry and his friends, bring it to life in a physical environment that fans can walk through and relax in and ride on, as well as enable guests to visit some of the most iconic locations found in the books and the films including the village of Hogsmeade, the mysterious Forbidden Forest, and even Hogwarts castle. (more…)

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