16harry_650First, there was Dickens World, a Dickensian theme park which opened in Kent, England, in 2006, and features attractions like “Victorian School” and “The Great Expectations Boat Ride.” Now on its heels comes The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, the hotly anticipated 20-acre addition to Universal Studios  “Islands of Adventure” property in Orlando, opening next spring. 

Details of the park have recently been unveiled, and attractions are set to include a high-tech experience inside Hogwarts castle called “Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey”; a family-friendly coaster  that simulates a Hippogriff (the half-horse, half-eagle beast from Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban) and the Dragon Challenge: a twin high-speed coaster featuring elements from the Triwizard Tournament. “We wanted fans to be able to truly live the experience of these movies,” Mark Woodbury, president of Universal Creative, told the New York Times.

Step aside Mickey Mouse: are literary theme parks the wave of the future?