11:26am PT by Andy Lewis
Universal Studios Reveals Opening Date for Wizarding World of Harry Potter California
Universal Studios Hollywood announced that the Wizarding World of Harry Potter attraction will open on April 7, 2016.
The attraction will be just like the one in Florida and feature Hogwarts, the shops at Hogsmeade (including an Ollivander’s Wand Shop) and rides. Among the rides will be the first-in-the U.S. 3-D Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey and the Flight of the Hippogriff family coaster.
Wizarding World California has been in development since 2011. The Florida version opened in 2010 and has been credited with boosting attendance at the park, which jumped 17 percent year-over-year to 8.3 million visitors in 2014.