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Wizarding World of Harry Potter Orlando expansion: all the facts and rumours so far

As we found out at the end of last year, not only is there a second HP theme park to be built in Hollywood, there are also set to be some exciting new developments at the original Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Universal Orlando.

We’ve posted a bit of information regarding this on the site over the last few weeks and months, but we’ve slightly neglected you of all the details. So here is everything that is known or rumoured so far. The information comes via and their sources, and, who have all been following this closely.

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Construction Markings arise in Universal Studios

With Oscar noms just coming out and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 not getting the recognition it deserves, it is time for some happy news. An update from on the Wizarding World of Harry Potter’s Orlando expansion has just become available. According to the theme park fansite Screamscape, construction markers have appeared from the closed Jaws area and continue south.

What you ask is south? The Wizarding World, that’s right. Rumors surfaced stating that the expansion will include a Hogwarts Express to join Universal Studios to Islands of Adventure (where Wizarding World is currently located).

From Screamscape:

According to one source demolition work in the old Jaws area has been going full steam ahead this week, as Amity will soon be nothing more than a giant muddy crater as the work crews are said to be moving quite fast on this. Elsewhere, sources tell us that a bunch of survey markings can now be found all along the main backstage road leading toward the Jaws/Amity area. No word yet on if they stretch all the way from Amity to the Wizarding World or IoA or not, but this sounds like the start of the Hogwarts Express to me. So far markings have been spotted in the area behind Soundstage 33 and down behind the Revenge of the Mummy attraction building.

Universal Studios confirmed the expansion in December, and since then numerous signs of expansion have been seen in Universal Studios which is separate from Islands of Adventure. The expansion is said to be a Diagon Alley type of land with the Hogwarts Express connecting the two parks. This same rumor stated that construction would begin in February. For now, I can only hope that if I go in March I can find out more.

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Wizarding World Orlando to get new Potter rollercoaster

A great batch of new information regarding the Wizarding World of Harry Potter’s Orlando expansion just in from ITS GETTING MORE RIDES! An employee at Disney at Work confirms a working Hogwarts Express, a new roller coaster, and the closing of Poseidon’s Fury. Here’s what the employee said:

-Railroad engineers have been on property extensively designing a track that would run backstage.

-You would be looking outside the train and seeing a video component as you went down the track. Whether that would be similar in technology to King Kong in Universal Florida remains to be seen.

-There is a roller coaster planned for the Jaws area.

-The individual was told to see Poseidon’s Fury [sic] for the last time soon as it was going away by February 1st.

All this seems to add fuel to the speculation that a Diagon Alley with a Gringott’s Wizarding Bank roller coaster would take over where Jaws left off. Additionally it is believed that a Hogwarts Express Train would connect from there to the current Wizarding World of Harry Potter attraction at Islands of Adventure.

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