A few weeks ago we learned the happy news that Universal Studios in Orlando, FL will open their new attraction – The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – on June 18 … but this week, Ellen DeGeneres got to visit the World of Harry Potter to bring us a sneak preview of the attraction. But, before we get to Ellen … let’s check out a new promo photo released by Universal Studios that shows us what Hogwart’s groundskeeper Hagrid‘s hut looks like at this new theme park attraction:
Universal Orlando has launched a brand-new feature on The Wizarding World of Harry Potter website that will regularly roll out new information and updates about the area. Click HERE to check it out, and to see a first-look photograph of Hagrid’s Hut within The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. An authentic replica from the Harry Potter films, guests will pass by Hagrid’s Hut on their way to the Flight of the Hippogriff family-friendly roller coaster.
Oh man … this looks and SOUNDS so cool. I am so dying to visit The Wizarding World of Harry Potter myself. Unfortch, tho, the attraction is still a couple months away from being ready for the public … unless you happen to be Ellen Degeneres. For her talk show this week, Ellen visited the Universal theme park to bring us our first in-person look at this magical new attraction — which you can see, after the jump …
Ellen DeGeneres got in touch with her inner child as she was given a sneak preview of the new Harry Potter theme park, which is due to open in Florida in less than three months. Filming for her U.S. television programme, the chat show host was given exclusive access to the 20-acre park along with two young boys, Alex and Nicholas. Up until now, fans have had to make do with artists’ impressions of what the theme park will look like, but now Pottermaniacs can get a glimpse of the real thing. Ellen and the boys wandered through the empty theme park, taking turns to ride a high-speed roller coaster themed after the ‘Triwizard Tournament’. The trio were also pictured nosing around Dumbledore’s den, which comes complete with a dusty desk, walls covered in oil paintings and shelves filled with hundreds of books. Ellen jokes with the boys as they explain various aspects of the Harry Potter experience to her. When they come to a replica of the Hogwarts Express, Ellen quips that it ‘looks more like the midnight train to Georgia’. As the boys stop to get a pint of Butterbeer from a street vendor, they have explain to the chat show host that the drink is non-alcoholic. In a typically humorous response, Ellen whips out a hipflask and takes a swig. When Ellen, Alex and Nicholas stop off at the Owl Post office, Ellen has to concede: ‘Who doesn’t like owls?’ At The Owl Post, guests can send letters with a certified Hogsmeade postmark. The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, which opens on 18 June, will be a new addition to the Universal Orlando theme park.
OMG … doesn’t all of this sound amazing? Well, wait ’til you see it “in action”. Check out Ellen‘s visit to Hogwart’s HERE:
Sooooo cool!! I have to say, I’m pretty impressed with how everything looks … it truly looks like they managed to bring the world of Harry Potter to life! I know this for a fact … I must enjoy my own pint of Butterbeer and I must get me one of those fun-looking hats! Ok … who’s excited now?