In less than two months, the world's fourth Harry Potter theme park will be opening its doors in California. The Wizarding World of Harry Potter — the second going by the name — is an extension at Universal Studios Hollywood, while two other parks are located in Orlando and one in Japan.
This particular Harry Potter theme park is very similar to the original at Universal Orlando’s Islands of Adventure. While strolling through the village of Hogsmeade, fans can get a sense of being in the actual Harry Potter films, as it closely mimics the familiar setup.
And while the new Wizarding World of Harry Potter does rival that of the Orlando location, it does, however, boast noticeable differences as well. A replica of the Hogwarts Express sits at the entrance where attendees can take a photo on board, while the luggage racks on the train are the actual ones that were used in the Harry Potter movies.
There are also a number of shops at the California park, allowing fans to buy gags at Zonko’s Joke Shop, snag some candy at Honeydukes, get fitted for a wand at Olivanders, send a letter at the Owl Post, have a beverage at the Hog’s Head, and eat at The Three Broomsticks.
But what would a theme park be without rides? Hollywood's The Wizarding World of Harry Potter has a pair of them — Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey, an indoor thrill ride, and Flight of the Hippogriff, an outdoor coaster.
Universal Studios Hollywood's The Wizarding World of Harry Potter is opening its doors on April 7.
Also, be sure to take a look at Disney's upcoming Star Wars-specific expansion.