Earlier this month, word leaked out that Universal was planning on building a second Harry Potter-themed amusement park attraction. This morning, Universal president Ron Meyer was joined by various prominent state politicians including Governor Jerry Brown to announce that a Harry Potter Park will be added at the Hollywood location.
The attraction will include a Hogwarts castle, though no estimated time of delivery was given. Instead, Meyer spent the morning highlighting the number of jobs the new attraction would create, including almost 800 in construction alone. He also called the park, "a game changer that will change the face of tourism in Southern California," and that Universal, in conjunction with Warner Bros. would spend hundreds of millions of dollars to create the attraction.
County supervisor Zev Zaroslavsky estimated that the Universal theme park currently generates $4.4 billion for the local economy. Governor Brown added "You hear about people moving to Texas. But we're building the dream that never dies. We're truly a state of imagination and the Harry Potter ride pushes us further down that uncertain road California is on."
Universal already has The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at its Orlando resort which opened in April 2010. The attraction will be expanded into the Jaws attraction which is set to close in 2012. The Orlando expansion would involve Diagon Alley, Harry Potter's London and a Hogwarts Express train to transport guest between Universal Orlando and Islands of Adventure. No word though on if you have to run through a brick column to catch the train.
Warner Bros. chairman Barry Meyer added, "After eight films the future of Harry Potter is looking brighter," and that the attraction will have a, "laser focus," on quality, authenticity and, "translating the brilliant literature of J.K. Rowling.
Are you excited to have a second Harry Potter attraction opening up soon, not to mention having to travel to Orlando during summer vacation!