Wizarding World of Harry Potter Hollywood-Bound?
Harry Potter may entertain millions with his coming-of-age heroics, but his greatest spell is and always has been making it rain money.
Since its opening June 18, The Wizarding World of Harry Potter theme park has proven to be a smash-hit for Universal's Islands of Adventure in Orlando, so much so that Universal Studios Hollywood reportedly wants a piece of that action.
Indeed, the park's third quarter numbers were staggering. 3.7 million people visited in that time, up a cool million from a year ago, but the real number Hollywood's crew must be fantasizing over is Orlando's net profit, which nearly tripled, from $37 million to $97 million.
Screamscape, an insider site for theme park news, writes:
The runaway success of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Florida has many Hollywood execs convinced that getting their own version of the Potterverse in Hollywood would be akin to finding the Holy Grail. Normally the big question for Universal Hollywood is trying to determine just where they could put it, given their extreme lack of space. However, with the huge profit margins on record for the Florida version, the question isn’t so much where to put it, but rather what to demolish to make room for it. With those kinds of numbers, I’m told that Universal is ready to put nearly anything and everything under the wrecking ball to make it happen in California.
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