Wizarding World of Harry Potter sets sights on Osaka
The first Wizarding World of Harry Potter theme park opened as part of Universal Parks and Resorts' Islands of Adventure in Orlando in 2010, and now Japan is up for its own version of the attraction. The first Harry Potter theme park to be built outside of the U.S. is destined for Universal Studios in Osaka, where it will open in 2014.
The Osaka version of Wizarding World will contain all the rides, restaurants, and attractions of the Orlando park, from Hogsmeade Village to Hogwarts castle itself. Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling on the new park:
"I was delighted to experience and enjoy the attention to detail, creativity and superb craft that went into the first Wizarding World in Orlando. I am equally delighted that the same level of expertise and enjoyment will translate to the new park in Japan."
James and Oliver Phelps, the identical twins who play Fred and George Weasley in the films, were present at the announcement of the Osaka-based Harry Potter theme park. Another version of the park is planned for Hollywood, and will open in 2016.