PHOTOS: Finishing Touches Made On Harry Potter Theme Park

Mar. 25 2010, Published 1:50 p.m. ET

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Now Muggles everywhere can enjoy the magic of Harry Potter, has learned.

The long awaited opening of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios Orlando has been scheduled for June 18 and we’ve got your first look at the park while finishing touches are being made.

From the air, it’s apparent that the attraction is going to be spectacular. “It’s a 360-degree theme park experience and first-ever combination of live-action, advanced robotic technology and innovative filmmaking,” Mark Woodbury, president of Universal Creative, said.

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The aerial pictures show the Hogwarts Castle overlooking Hogsmeade. Fans will be able to take the Hogwarts Express and ride by the winged horses called “Thestrals” and walk through the “Forbidden Forest.” A group of staff dressed in black cloaks are also seen rehearsing in the grounds.

The signature attraction is Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey.  The attraction uses 3-D projection technology   that makes it seem as if Dumbledore is really speaking to attendees while they are waiting in line and also that Harry, Ron and Hermione are really in the Defense Against Dark Arts classroom.

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The attraction will introduce visitors to scenes such as Dumbledore’s office while tourists take a ride through some of the films action scenes.   The full experience –including the line -- will take about an hour.



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