By the time the doors opened, there were already 5,000 fans lined up outside of Universal Studio’s brand new Harry Potter theme park, The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, ready to surge through the magical world created by J.K. Rowling in her beloved book series.
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There’s no denying it, Universal Orlando’s Potterland is the greatest attraction to hit the theme park circuit in a long time, and perhaps the most involved. The $250 million project takes park goers through Harry’s world, as created for the film franchise, and into full scale versions of Potter landmarks such as Hogwarts Castle, Hagrid’s Hut and Hogsmede Village.
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This is not the first, nor the last park attraction to lure passionate fans from around the world, but so far, it seems like nothing will be able to top it. As a fan, there is little better than a slice of your favorite fictional world come to life, and theme parks are often a leading source of the opportunity. In ode to Universal’s new sensation, we’ve re-evaluated our other favorite slices of nerd haven in theme parks across the globe, and put Harry aside – just for today.