Back in 1997 he flew into book stores as the "New York Times" Bestseller. But in the years to come, Harry Potter may be flying into Central Florida, and he'll be there to stay.
J.K. Rowling, author of the ever popular series, is preparing to sign a major deal with Universal Studios in Orlando, Florida to create a multi-million dollar expansion for the Islands of Adventure theme park, which is part of the Universal Corporation.
After two years of negotiations, the deal with Universal came through. Rowling had talked with Disney first but turned them down due to the fact that they wanted total control of the project.
The Lost Continent section of the park is expected to be remodeled into what some are calling "Potterland". This new theme park experience could be built within as little as 18 months as soon as the deal has been finalized.
The experts think it is a great idea to incorporate this addition to Islands of Adventure, which is also home to areas themed on Steven Spielberg's Jurassic Park and Marvel comic superheroes. This could be Universal Studio's Islands of Adventure's first thrilling attraction since 1999 when the park made its debut.
After more than four years of planning and financing, the Hard Rock Park’s developers finally released details about the park and its attractions. As part of this announcement, Hard Rock Park’s six-city promotional tour recently began in New York City, and this tour will give details about the park to people all across the east coast.
At each stop on the park’s promotional tour, the park developers will collect a piece of Hark Rock memorabilia that will be placed in the park. Memorabilia from this tour will include a graffiti-covered wall from the CBGB rock club in New York City, which closed last year, and a white studded cape owned and worn on stage by Elvis Presley.
This promotional tour will be taken on the park’s most high-profile piece of memorabilia, the Beatles Magical Mystery Tour Bus. The bus will visit six different Hard Rock Cafés in six cities along the east coast and will return to Myrtle Beach on April 18 for the opening of the park’s preview center, which will show people what the park will actually look like.
The park will have six different themed areas, which will feature different genres of music. These six themed areas include the All Access Entry Plaza, Rock & Roll Heaven, British Invasion, Lost in the 70’s, Born in the USA, and Cool Country.
The park will be home to a 10,000-seat amphitheater along with some other attractions such as the Roadies Stunt Show, an action-filled comedy featuring heavy metal musicians, and the Reggae River Falls, a Jamaican-themed water play area. The park will also include a number of themed shops and restaurants such as the Carnaby Street Café and the Mainstreet Gas and Gifts.
Hard Rock Park will feature two signature, thrilling roller coasters. One of these will be a Southern Rock roller coaster that careens through a creepy, abandoned lumber mill called the Midnight Rider. The second of these two roller coasters will be a convertible car themed roller coaster titled Maximum RPM! and it will race to the hits of the 1980’s. The park will have a total of five roller coasters including one branded by an undisclosed band.
The Hard Rock Park will be a 140-acre theme park complex, and it will cost $400 million to build. The park is scheduled to open in April 2008, and park admission tickets will cost $46.