Hollywood is getting its own version of "The Wizarding World of Harry Potter." Universal Studios and Warner Bros. have agreed to pony up around $200 million to build a second version of the theme-park attraction that opened June 18, 2010, at Islands of Adventure in Orlando.
The themed area has turned into a top draw not only for U but the Orlando area, with tourists flocking to Islands of Adventure, boosting ticket and merchandise sales. NBCUniversal now wants its Hollywood park to benefit from a similar attraction just as Disneyland is about to open "Cars Land" next summer.
Because of "Wizarding World's" instant success, the first question was when Universal would expand the park in Florida, given the amount of land the company owns there. The attraction features replicas of Hogwarts Castle and Hogsmeade village as seen in the films and includes rides like "Flight of the Hippogriff" and "Dragon Challenge." Instead, U and WB chose to build a second "Wizarding World" in Hollywood.