Looking Forward to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter

Back in September, I wrote about the expansion plans of Walt Disney World.  Not to be outdone, Universal Studios in Orlando, Florida, will unveil a new attraction in its theme park called the Wizarding World of Harry PotterClick here for the official Web site and click here for a cool fan page.

The new section is basically a redesign and expansion of a previously existing portion of the theme park, but it shoudl make Harry Potter fans of all ages feel like they have entered the world of the J.K. Rowling books and Warner Bros. movies come to life.  Visitors will be able to enter a replica of Hogwarts Castle, shop in Filch's Emporium of Confiscated Goods and eat at Hogsmeade, ride a Flight of the Hippogriff rollercoaster and the Dragon Challenge, and much more.

Some critics have argued that the new attraction is nothing more than a themed shopping mall with some re-designed rides, but from the looks of the early conceptual art I think this will delight fans of Harry Potter as well as others looking for a fun vacation with friends and family.

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter opens this Spring 2010.