Since the official announcement in 2011 that Universal Studios was going to bring the popular Wizarding World of Harry Potter area to Hollywood, not much has been said about this addition to the California theme park. Yesterday NBCUniversal confirmed that construction for this highly anticipated section will begin late this summer, according to Deadline.
Concluding a seven-year public hearing and environmental approval process, the Los Angeles County Board voted unanimously this week to allow construction. Beginning near the end of summer, this $500 million plan includes the Wizarding World of Harry Potter as well as upgraded television production facilities, office space and infrastructure for the adjacent Universal Studios lot.
The Potter attraction will be built in the area once occupied by the Gibson Amphitheater. Located inside the Hogwarts Castle, the Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey ride is set to be replicated in Hollywood and the Hogsmeade area is expected to be built as well. NBCUniversal’s press release did not confirm an opening date.
In 2010, the first Wizarding World opened at Universal’s Islands of Adventure in Orlando. /Film reports that the Potter area increased the park’s attendance by 68 percent. Announced last year, Universal Tokyo will receive its own version of the magically themed land that is planned to be open for vistors in late 2014.