Wednesday, May 9, 2012

A Wizarding World in Japan

Rumor no more - Universal Studios Japan is said to fully announce the addition of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter this Thursday, but news has leaked out via the LA Times.  Unlike the recent announcement of the same addition to Universal Studios Hollywood, the land will open much sooner in Japan - said to be as soon as late 2014.

I had no idea that the franchise was so popular in Japan, according to the article the films have grossed more there than in the United Kingdom.  Universal Studios Japan will be able to accelerate the opening of their Wizarding World because they have land available for expansion, whereas Universal Studios Hollywood has to raze a large section of the park to make room.

I'm anticipating some possible artwork or additional details tomorrow from the official announcement, at least I hope they release that information.  The Hollywood announcement left us all wanting more!

The real question, I think, is whether the park will remove their Jaws ride for Potter!  I kid, I kid.  But really, looking at the park there is a nice open space between Jurassic Park and the Water World arena.