Ohmygod muggles! Today is the big day! Yes, the Wizarding World of Harry Potter opens to the public today at Universal Orlando Resort, allowing Potter-maniacs across this great country, around this great globe, to live, for a moment, within J.K. Rowling’s magical world. Also, it will make lots of money. While we tend to shy away from all things Orlando, it’s hard to ignore Harry. After the jump, all you need to know about the mega theme park du jour.
*You can get Butterbeer (trademark) there. Butterbeer isn’t beer, isn’t alcoholic. Reportedly, it tastes like cream soda, costs $8.50, and includes a souvenir mug.
*Adults can procure actual beer, wine, and mixed drinks—thankfully—at the Hog’s Head pub.
*J.K. Rowling, Daniel Radcliffe (Harry in the movies), and Rupert Grint (Ron in the movies), all came out last night for the grand opening.
*The park cost upwards of $200 million.
*It’s located in the Islands of Adventure Park within Universal Orlando Resort. Also, there is Universal Studios and lots of sticky children.
*It costs $109 a day to enter the park for adults, $99 for kiddies.
*There are three rides and five shops.
*Buying a wand from one of said shops will set you back $30, a broomstick $300.
*Of the rides, Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey is the one Universal really blew its wad on. It takes riders through a detailed recreation of Hogwarts. When the park opened this morning, there were wait times of 90 minutes for the ride, but waiting and admiring the workmanship and details of the place—from the stonework to talking projections, is all part of the fun, if that’s your thing.
*The other two rides are just roller coasters that were already there and re-themed for Potter world.
*Harry’s magic has yet to work on the oil spill.