Harry Potter Theme Park

After a long wait, The Wizarding World of Harry Potter opened to the public this weekend in Florida. View our gallery of just-released photos of the spectacular rides and sights.

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Hundreds of fans gathered in front of Hogwarts castle for fireworks at the launch of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Orlando Resort. Music from the Harry Potter franchise was conducted live by renowned composer John Williams.

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Actors Tom Felton, Rupert Grint, Michael Gambon, Bonnie Wright, Daniel Radcliffe, James and Oliver Phelps were on hand for the opening.

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The Hogwarts Express arrives at Hogsmeade Station.

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As guests leave Hogsmeade and make their way toward Hogwarts, the fictional school for Potter and his friends, they encounter the Triwizard Spirit Rally, inspired by the scene in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.

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The line for the Dragon Challenge attraction winds through a gothic archway.

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The entrance to Hogsmeade.

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Portraits line the walls of Hogwarts castle, the marquee attraction of the theme park.

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The Dragon Challenge attraction.

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Headmaster Dumbledore’s office at Hogwarts castle.

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The hog's head, which is mounted on the wall of the Hog’s Head pub, comes alive and puff its jowls at visitors.

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The Honeydukes sweets offers Candyfloss, Pepper Imps, Sugar Quills, and more.

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A performance at the Triwizard Spirit Rally.

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The Flight of Hippogriff roller coaster.

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The arch entrance into Hogsmeade.

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Daniel Radcliffe and James Phelps took an inaugural ride on the Flight of the Hippogriff attraction.

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The Room of Requirement.

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The 20-acre area includes the village of Hogsmeade featuring Zonko’s joke shop, Honeydukes, the Three Broomsticks, the Hog’s Head pub, the Owlery and Owl Post, Ollivanders and Dervish and Banges.

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Film stars Tom Felton, Michael Gambon, Bonnie Wright, Oliver Phelps, Daniel Radcliffe, Matthew Lewis, Warwick Davis, Rupert Grint and James Phelps at the opening.