A Game Changer in the World of Theme Design

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at the Islands of Adventure Theme Park in Orlando is one of the newest and most stunning displays of brick and mortar storytelling ever conceived.  (photo by s. rink).

Designed by the same art directors who visualized the films, this new land is created from the point of view of the guest, or camera, and draws you in with striking compositions.

The Village of Hogsmeade, with its snow-covered rooftops, serves as the F&B and Retail street of the area.  At the end of the street is Hogwarts Castle, built at a scale that works masterfully with each new vista.

The Castle rooms and corridors serve as the “Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey Ride” que line and pre-show.   All the details and gags we’ve come to know from J.K. Rowling and the movies are recreated here.  (photo by s. rink)

The Sorting Hat prepares you for your adventure prior to boarding a state of the art robotic arm/ride vehicle that takes you seamlessly from one real environment (built set) to a projected simulation inside a small Omni Max dome.

Back in Hogsmeade Village, the attention to detail is just as impressive.  The level of Character Finish (aging, distressing and stone work) is totally believable. (photo by p. freer)

Magical (animated) Props activate the retail windows and bring another level of life to the land.

Retail interiors are right out of the movies and sell many of the familiar products from the Harry Potter world.

If you’re a fan of the books, movies, or just want to see something impressive, head to Universal Orlando and the Wizarding World of Harry Potter.

About PhillipFreer
Draws, paints and builds stuff. Designs Theme Parks, places and family destinations.

3 Responses to A Game Changer in the World of Theme Design

  1. amandasearfoss says:

    A HUGE fan of the books, seeing the wizarding world come to life makes me want to visit so badly! It looks just like the movies…

  2. Jeyna Grace says:

    Love how everything feels so real!

  3. cristinaferrari says:

    I would love to see all of these animatronics live, your photos look like they were taken on the movie set. Universal really brought this transportive world to life and I’m glad they spared no expense.

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