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Harry Potter And The Forbidden Journey

April 25, 2013 | By Brady MacDonald
We still have more questions than answers about the Wizarding World of Harry Potter more than a year after plans were announced for a West Coast version of the themed land at Universal Studios Hollywood. Photos: Top 10 Wizarding World of Harry Potter rides and attractions With much of the what, where and when of the Wizarding World project still a mystery, let's start with what we do know before working our way to what we still don't know. Where will the new land be located?
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.
April 23, 2012 | By Brady MacDonald, Los Angeles Times staff writer
The new knock 'em, sock 'em Transformers ride at Universal Studios Hollywood is an immersive, in-your-face experience that ranks among the top theme park attractions in the world. PHOTOS: Behind-the-scene tour of Transformers ride The Transformers 3-D ride is now in technical rehearsal mode at the movie theme park, meaning the ride can open or close at any time in advance of the May 25 grand opening. I got my first ride on the new attraction over the weekend and found myself only slightly let down from my astronomically high expectations.
December 15, 2010 | By Brady MacDonald, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
What better way to ring out the old year than with 10 of my favorite theme park "Top 10s"  of 2010? This collection of photo galleries covers roller coasters, thrill rides and new attractions at theme parks across the U.S.. So without further ado, here's my Top 10 of Top 10s: 1. Much like the Florida resort, my Top 10 lists for the four Walt Disney World theme parks are the most comprehensive and exhaustive -- from my favorite park ( Disney's Animal Kingdom ) to the most grown-up park ( Epcot )
June 25, 2010 | By Mary McNamara, Los Angeles Times
What rises beneath the picturesque iron signs, just past the steaming engine of the now iconic Hogwarts Express, is not so much a theme park as an eye-widening, heart-lifting testament to the unassailable power of imagination in the 21st century. A story conjured in the head of a young woman 20 years ago as she rode on a train from Manchester to London has become not just a book franchise, not just a film series, but an actual place: the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Orlando Resort's Islands of Adventure.
December 6, 2011 | By Brady MacDonald, Los Angeles Times staff writer
With frosty mugs of Butterbeer raised in a toast, Universal Studios Hollywood officials announced plans Tuesday to bring the wildly popular Wizarding World of Harry Potter to the California theme park. Details were limited but officials did say the California park would see a Hogwarts Castle and visitors would ride Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey, the marquee attraction at the Florida park. Wizarding World will be built within the existing California theme park, but it was unclear if the new land might be located at least partially on the studio's back lot. > Photos: Top 10 Wizarding World of Harry Potter rides and attractions Wizarding World proved an instant hit when it opened in June 2010 at Universal Orlando's Islands of Adventure theme park.
April 13, 2012 | By Brady MacDonald, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
I took a behind-the-scenes tour Friday of the new Transformers ride opening in a few weeks at Universal Studios Hollywood. PHOTOS: Behind-the-scenes tour of Transformers ride For those of you who have never experienced Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey or the rebooted Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man at Florida's Universal Orlando (or traveled to Universal Studios Singapore where Transformers opened in December), you're in for a real treat when the new motion-simulator dark ride with high-definition 3-D images officially debuts on May 25. For the better part of a decade, the Spider-Man ride was widely considered the best theme park attraction in the world, until the Wizarding World of Harry Potter came along and the Forbidden Journey reset the bar for attraction supremacy.
May 10, 2012 | By Ben Fritz, Los Angeles Times
Having cast a spell in Orlando and planted his flag in Los Angeles, Harry Potter is now taking his theme park magic across the Pacific. Universal Studios Japan on Thursday will unveil plans to build the first international version of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, the blockbuster attraction that has drawn millions of fans to Universal's Orlando resort and is expected to do the same at a planned Hollywood location. The Osaka destination, which will begin construction in the next few weeks with a planned opening in late 2014, is the latest in a series of expansions underway at major parks around the world that has followed an uptick in attendance, particularly in Asia.
April 1, 2014 | Brady MacDonald
As summer approaches, 2014 already looks like a great year for ride enthusiasts around the world as a number of new theme parks are planned for Europe and Asia and several major attractions are in the works for North America. PHOTOS: 32 best new theme park additions of 2014 Consider this a tentative and fluid list of new attractions on tap across the globe. As is often the case, some projects may get delayed while new ones get announced. Let's take a look at the 32 most anticipated additions planned for 2014 at theme parks close to home, across the United States and around the world.
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