A broad opening date is established: “Spring 2010.”

Sept. 15, 2009: A broad opening date is established: “Spring 2010.” Actor Tom Felton, who plays Draco Malfoy in the Potter films, announces that during a webcast. A crane slips the top shell of Hogwarts atop the manmade cliff at Islands of Adventure. Universal reveals more elements of Wizarding World, including the presence of butterbeer. Announced establishments were Zonko’s, Honeydukes, Ollivanders, Filch’s Emporium of Confiscated Goods, Dervish & Banges, the Owlery, Three Broomsticks restaurant and adjacent Hog’s Head Pub. It’s also the first mention of Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey, which is described as a “thrilling new state-of-the-art attraction that uses entirely new technology” but is quickly wrapped in secrecy. Dragon Challenge and Flight of the Hippogriff, re-themed versions of Dueling Dragons and Flight of the Unicorn, also are announced. The trains on Dragon Challenge are redubbed Chinese Fireball and Hungarian Horntail. Missing: Forbidden Forest, which was presented in original plans and news releases, is no longer on the Wizarding World map.
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