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    Wizarding World of Harry Potter to open in Japan in 2014

    Harry Potter theme park to open in Japan - Entertainment News, International News, Media - Variety

    After turning into a major moneymaker for Warner Bros. and Universal in Florida, nearly two years ago, Harry Potter is ready to cast a spell on theme park guests in Japan. With a second park already planned for Hollywood, the companies will open their first Wizarding World of Harry Potter overseas at Universal Studios Japan sometime in 2014. Entire project, which will soon break ground, is expected to cost around $500 million to build.

    The Osaka-based theme park will replicate the rides, restaurants and attractions, including Hogsmeade Village and Hogwarts castle that have proved a big draw at Islands of Adventure in Orlando, since it opened in June 2010.

    The design and construction will be overseen by Stuart Craig, production designer for the "Harry Potter" films. He also developed the park in Orlando and is now working on the Hollywood sequel, which due to construction demands, isn't expected to open until around 2016.

    "Potter"-author JK Rowling approved of the plans, announced Thursday in Osaka, saying in a statement, "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."

    For Warner Bros. a third Potter park is a way to keep the franchise alive now that the eight films have ended their run in theaters.

    "We view this whole theme park experience as the next great opportunity for the brand to live on in perpetuity," Brad Globe, president, Warner Bros. Consumer Products told Variety. "This is an attraction that will be around for 30 years."

    Company is taking what it learned in Orlando and applying it to the next Wizarding Worlds -- the biggest being expanding the size of retail locations like Ollivander's wand shop, which proved too cramped for throngs of guests.

    "We had high expectations for the first park that were exceeded dramatically," Globe said. "Each (new park) will have its own nuances based on space. But we have to build it to make sense operationally. We have to make sure we have enough room to meet demand (for products). Creatively, nothing changes."

    With Disney opening "Cars Land" this summer at California Adventure, in Anaheim, and spending $500 million on an "Avatar" park inside its Animal Kingdom park at Walt Disney World, in Orlando, themed lands are turning into lucrative new sources of licensing revenue for studios.
    The Potter park in Florida gets much of the credit for boosting Universal's theme park revenue by 24% to $2 billion last year. And the boy wizard is still selling a lot of butterbeer, with revenue rising 5.7% to $412 million and profits up 17% to $157 million during the company's first quarter this year.

    Sales of butterbeer alone racked up $3 million from 1 million mugs of the frothy drink sold in the first six months of the park's opening.

    Universal also operates a theme park in Singapore and has plans to build new parks in South Korea, Dubai and Russia that could house additional Wizarding Worlds.

    While Warner Bros. is considering turning some of its other tentpoles into themed lands, it's limited, with DC Comics characters like Batman and Superman already aligned with Six Flags, as part of an existing longterm deal. That company's properties focus on thrill rides to lure guests. WB doesn't own "The Lord of the Rings" and upcoming "The Hobbit" franchises to exploit.
    Not every tentpole can translate into a full-fledged land, WB stresses.
    "We've seen movies like 'Star Wars,' 'Raiders of the Lost Ark' and 'Jurassic Park' that spawn great attractions and great rides but I haven't ever seen a movie property like 'Harry Potter' that is so experiential," Globe said. "The whole experience of walking into Hogsmeade and picking out your wand" is hard to replicate with other franchises.
    Warner Bros. controls the license for the Harry Potter film franchise, including products and projects spun off from the pics. As a result, it gets final approval of Wizarding World designs and marketing campaigns and collects a percentage of ticket and merchandise sales, while also collecting a fee for the theme park rights. Universal Parks & Resorts ponies up the money to build the park.

    Universal splits ownership of the Japanese park with private investors like Goldman Sachs.
    Decision to open a new Potter park in Japan, as its first overseas expansion, comes after the films earned $893 million at the box office and were viewed by an estimated 78 million people there. Around 24 million Potter books have been sold in Japan.
    Plans to build more Potter parks "began immediately" after "we saw the immense success and the experiences that consumers enjoyed" in Orlando, Globe said. "We feel very confident this will go even more smoothly," since "we've already built" one.

    "Harry Potter continues to captivate generations of fans around the world and we are delighted to announce this partnership with Universal Studios Japan that will allow us to bring the magic of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter to Asia," Globe said. "The Wizarding World of Harry Potter allows fans to step into the magical world created in the books and witnessed in the films. We think this is the perfectly timed next step in bringing the magical world of Harry Potter to life for even more fans."

    The addition of Harry Potter at the Osaka park is expected to provide the kind of attendance boost from the local Kansai region and other parts of the country that benefited U's Orlando property, and should generate thousands of jobs during its construction and once it opens.
    Universal Studios Japan, which opened in 2001, attracted 9 million guests last year, the company said. Park offers similar attractions to U's other properties based on "Jaws," "Jurassic Park," "Shrek" and Spider-Man. But two of its biggest rides, "Space Fantasy" and "Hollywood Dream" aren't branded.

    "It will forever change tourism, not only in Kansai but throughout Japan," said Michael Silver, president, global business development, Universal Parks & Resorts. "We are thrilled to be bringing one of the most powerful themed entertainment experiences of our time to Universal Studios Japan, marking the global expansion of this incredible phenomenon, and we are confident that guests will want to return again and again to fully experience all that this fantastic environment will have to offer."

    One additional beneficiary of the expansion is expected to be Steven Spielberg. While he didn't produce the Potter films, he serves as a creative advisor to Universal Studios Japan, as part of his overall role as a creative consultant to Universal Parks & Resorts, which pays him a percentage of the company's theme park ticket sales. Deal is worth around $50 million a year.
    I can't say I'm surprised. The article states that the one at Universal Studios Hollywood won't open until 2016.
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    Re: Wizarding World of Harry Potter to open in Japan in 2014

    You're lucky I have a very slow computer. I was just about to post this story.

    Perhaps the Japanese can build their theme park attractions much faster than in the states.

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    Re: Wizarding World of Harry Potter to open in Japan in 2014

    I looked on Google Maps and USJ looks just as land locked as USH, but they will complete construction way before. I'm assuming it's because the officials at USH have to go through a lot more red tape to get it built.

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    This article raises some good points as to why USJ may be getting their version sooner.

    http://www.themeparkinsider.com/flume/201205/3043/

    The Osaka theme park is set to begin construction on the Japanese version of the Wizarding World, which will likely be built on the site of a current parking lot between Jurassic Park and the Waterworld theater. Since Universal Studios Japan won't have to clear away any existing attractions for its Wizarding World, it should be ready for a late 2014 debut, opening before the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios Hollywood, which was announced last December.


    No opening date has been announced for the California version of the Harry Potter land, and there are no publicly visible signs yet of construction, which is tipped to involve the demolition of existing structures at the park. (To be fair, Universal Studios Hollywood's getting ready for the public debut of Transformers: The Ride 3D on May 25, so it's not like USH hasn't been busy building new stuff.)
    The Japanese Wizarding World is said to include Hogwarts Castle and the Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey ride from the original "Hogsmeade" version of the Wizarding World, which opened at Universal's Islands of Adventure in Orlando in 2010. There's no word on any possible inclusion of elements from the rumored "Diagon Alley" version of the Wizarding World, which is said to be coming to Universal Studios Florida in 2015 or so.


    This announcement would leave Universal Studios Singapore as the only Universal theme park without a Harry Potter attraction in the works. Park vice president John Hallenbeck last December dismissed speculation about Harry Potter coming to Singapore, and having toured that park and its surroundings in person, I can't imagine where Universal could make an additional attraction of this size fit in that space-constrained theme park.
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    Re: Wizarding World of Harry Potter to open in Japan in 2014

    i think hp in hollywood will open in 2015.
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    Re: Wizarding World of Harry Potter to open in Japan in 2014

    2016 for us? wow...they need to open it in parts then...cause 4 years is not going to cut it, way too long from now

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    Re: Wizarding World of Harry Potter to open in Japan in 2014

    2016? They could break ground as early as January, that's 7 months away. Whats the point of waiting?
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    Re: Wizarding World of Harry Potter to open in Japan in 2014

    Rumor has it they will be adding a new ride next year....so maybe that....but honestly no clue movie wise they have been doing pretty good money wise and I know ALL the theme parks have been making more...not like is a cash issue

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    Re: Wizarding World of Harry Potter to open in Japan in 2014

    I'd bet, the only reason they haven't started Potter here yet is because they have to wait for the Gibson's lease to run out. They can't start tearing it down until the end of December when the last show is scheduled.
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    Re: Wizarding World of Harry Potter to open in Japan in 2014

    Also, like the article above says, USH will have a lot of demolition work to do before construction can begin on WWoHP. Even USF is having this problem...to a lesser extent, with demolishing the Jaws area before they could build out. Luckily they've already started that, but it adds time to the construction schedule for sure. I also think that USH has a lot more hoops to jump through to get anything done, with the way California's laws, and the local residents are.

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    Re: Wizarding World of Harry Potter to open in Japan in 2014

    Quote Originally Posted by s8ntmark View Post
    I'd bet, the only reason they haven't started Potter here yet is because they have to wait for the Gibson's lease to run out. They can't start tearing it down until the end of December when the last show is scheduled.
    Another part of the issue is because Shrek is in the plans to be torn down for Potter. If they took it out right now, there would be one less maze for HHN since they're having to change everything up enough already from Transformers. Therefore, they're probably going to wait until late Summer to tear down the Gibson and wait until November to tear down Shrek.

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    Re: Wizarding World of Harry Potter to open in Japan in 2014

    Quote Originally Posted by s8ntmark View Post
    I'd bet, the only reason they haven't started Potter here yet is because they have to wait for the Gibson's lease to run out. They can't start tearing it down until the end of December when the last show is scheduled.
    Yes but I'm sure this summer they COULD start somewhere or at least get stuff ready so we don't have to wait 4 years for one.....subland

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    Re: Wizarding World of Harry Potter to open in Japan in 2014

    I've just looked on Google Earth and there isn't that much land available. So I guess they will use one of the parking spaces around the park.

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    Re: Wizarding World of Harry Potter to open in Japan in 2014

    Quote Originally Posted by s8ntmark View Post
    I'd bet, the only reason they haven't started Potter here yet is because they have to wait for the Gibson's lease to run out. They can't start tearing it down until the end of December when the last show is scheduled.
    my sister does cheerleading and the SHARP cheerleading are still having a competition in march thats set in stone, so we have to wait for that too lol

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    Re: Wizarding World of Harry Potter to open in Japan in 2014

    Quote Originally Posted by JerrodDRagon View Post
    2016 for us? wow...they need to open it in parts then...cause 4 years is not going to cut it, way too long from now
    No. Cars Land was announced 5 years before it's opening date, same as Potter.


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    Re: Wizarding World of Harry Potter to open in Japan in 2014

    ^DCA had other things going on too...the Pier getting redone and WOC along with other smaller things...I'm sure most people rather some of it open in two years...then have to wait 5 years for the whole thing

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