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Harry Potter's new ride

September 16, 2009|Associated Press

It sounds like a new book in the Harry Potter series, but Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey will be a high-tech ride and the marquee attraction at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, a new theme park area opening in spring 2010 at Universal Orlando Resort.

The ride, named by author J.K. Rowling, was described Tuesday by Universal officials in a webcast revealing details of what the Potter park will look like.

The ride will take guests through scenes and rooms from the blockbuster movies inside a richly detailed remake of Hogwarts Castle made to look 700 feet tall.

Other rides include the Dragon Challenge, a twin high-speed twin roller coaster themed after the Triwizard Tournament, and the family roller coaster Flight of the Hippogriff, named for a creature with the front legs, wings and head of an eagle and the body, hind legs and tail of a horse.

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