Harry Potter and the new wizarding world
J.K. Rowling’s legendary Harry Potter series has sparked worldwide fascination and an ever-growing fan base. The books have inspired amusement parks and various organizations such as United States Quidditch (USQ). Last summer, Universal Studios Japan opened the second Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Osaka, just a week after the Orlando Park unveiled the major addition to its own Wizarding World.
Universal Orlando now has half of its Harry Potter attraction in Universal Studios with the first part in Islands of Adventure, a division resulting in an increase in park-to-park passes for the full Wizarding experience. The second part of Harry Potter World consists of a recreation of Diagon Alley and is complete with the Hogwarts train which offers guests with park-to-park passes a ride to or from either park.
Universal Studios Hollywood expects the grand opening of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter attraction to happen in 2016. Meanwhile, in late February of this year, Universal Orlando hiked up its ticket costs from $96 to $102 for one-day, one-park passes, and from $136 to $147 for one-day, two-park passes. Fortunately, Florida Resident annual passes remain at $189.99.